An Intrroduction to Training Exercises

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An Intrroduction to Training Exercises

  1. 1. An Introduction to Training Exercises Tom Munoz, CBCP May2003 Sprint
  2. 2. Types of Training Exercises • Orientation • Tabletop • Drills • Functional Exercise • Full Scale Exercise 2
  3. 3. Orientation • Very informal • Discuss roles and responsibilities • Introduce organization’s policies, procedures, and internal plans • No simulation involved 3
  4. 4. Tabletop Exercise • Informal discussion of a simulated emergency • Low stress -- flexible time limits • Ideal way to evaluate organization’s policies, procedures, and internal plans • Take time for questions! 4
  5. 5. Internal Drills • Tests a single emergency response function • Can limit involvement to one organization • Examples -- fire drills and tornado drills • Ideal way to evaluate organization’s policies, procedures, and internal plans 5
  6. 6. Functional Drills • Policy and ICS personnel can practice • Realistic simulation - stressful • Takes place in “real-time” • Emphasize emergency functions • EOC is activated 6
  7. 7. Full-Scale Drills • Takes place in “real time” • Employs real people and equipment • Coordinates many agencies • Tests several emergency functions • Activate the EOC - high stress • Example is a mass casualty exercise 7
  8. 8. A Progressive Program Crawl Walk Run 8
  9. 9. Sample Schedule Exercise Program Schedule Exercise Activity Purpose / Function Participants Schedule Orientation Tabletop Drill Functional Full Scale Exercise 9
  10. 10. 10 Question Test 1. Does your organization conduct orientation at least quarterly? 2. Has your organization conducted a tabletop exercise in the past six months? 3. Does your organization conduct monthly fire drills? 4. Has your organization coordinated with the local emergency management agency? 5. Does your organization utilize a local back up (hot or cold)? 10
  11. 11. 10 Question Test cont. 6. Has your organization rehearsed dealing with the media? 7. Does your organization use the ICS structure? 8. Has your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) been tested in the last six months? 9. Does your organization include key suppliers and partners in your training exercises? 10. Has your organization conducted a risk analysis in the year? 11
  12. 12. Question & Answers 12

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