NLE PARTICIPATION ESSENTIALS: HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE FOLLOWING?

If you are interested in participating or having access to the NLE Exercise that begins next week, please make sure that you have done the following:

A.  Sign up for the Department of Homeland Security, Lessons Learned Web site, which can be found at https://www.llis.dhs.gov. Once registered, please subscribe to the channels listed below by e-mailing Channels@llis.dhs.gov and provide the name of the channel, the reason you are requesting the channel, and your name. Channels you will need to subscribe to are:  “National Level Exercise 2011 Channel” and “National Private Sector Working Group (NPSWG)

B.  Identify the most appropriate level of play for your organization by choosing one of the following participation options:

•  Full Engagement – Planner and Player

•  Full Engagement – Simulation Cell (Simcell)

•  Leadership Discussion Testbed

•  Self-Directed-Downloadable Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

•  Virtual Engagement

For a complete description of each participation option, please refer to the March edition of the “NLE 2011 Preparedness Matters” newsletter found at http://www.llis.dhs.gov or in the FEMA “Private Sector Participation Guide for the National Level Exercise 2011” document also found on the DHS Lessons Learned Web site.

C.  Download and review the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “Private Sector Participation Guide for the National Level Exercise 2011.”  To access the Private Sector Participation Guide, log onto https://www.llis.dhs.gov/index.do. You must have access to the National Level Exercise 2011 – National Private Sector Working Group (NPSWG) channel. Click on NPSWG General Membership link and then locate NLE 11 Participation Guide 8 Mar 2011. If you don’t have access to LLIS, please contact Private.sectorNLE@hq.dhs.gov or apply directly to http://www.llis.dhs.gov.

D.  Send your contact information to Private.sectorNLE@hq.dhs.gov. Please indicate: the desired level of participation, i.e., national or regional/State level; which states are of interest to you to ensure that you are assigned to the appropriate Exercise Planning Team; which of the 18 sectors you represent or are involved with, and other key information needed to design and coordinate your participation in NLE 2011.

 E.  Gain access to the Homeland Security Information Sharing Network (HSIN). HSIN is a national secure and trusted Web-based portal for information sharing and collaboration between Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and international partners engaged in the homeland security mission. Membership in HSIN is Community of Interest (COI)-based.  To become a member and gain access to NLE 2011 Exercise information, please request access to the critical infrastructure COI. If you need additional information, please contact the Mission Advocate listed as the POC for a particular COI(s), or e-mail the HSIN program at HSIN.Outreach@HQ.DHS.gov.

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