Exercises are problem solving tools - they bring people together and inspire "out of the box" thinking. To be efficient, excersises need a deliberate focus on a particular preparedness need or threat, a vision for what the outcome should be, and a plan detailing the structural components needed to make it work - no more, no less. Often people get bogged down in process and lose sight of why they are conducting the exercise in the first place. This book is designed to help emergency managers and exercise planners keep thier goal in sight, give strategies of conducting the actual exercises and ultimately, achieve thier intended outcomes.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION; What is an exercise?. What is a scenario?. Natural disaster, man-made, climate, cyber, other. The history of disasters. The history of exercises. Why exercise work. Emergency Management/Disaster Management and the Preparedness Cycle. How this Book Works. CHAPTER I - Why do you need an exercise?. High level planning worksheet. CHAPTER 2 - What type of exercise?. The "which exercise" grid - high level planning worksheet. Data Gathering Techniques. Get to Work. CHAPTER 3 - Designing your exercise. How do we all get on the same page?. Seminars. How do we build a plan?. Workshops. Tabletop Exercises. Scenario Planning. Games. Drills. Functional Exercises/Command Post Exercises. Full-scale exercises. CHAPTER 4- Additional Exercise Parts. Build. Deliver. CHAPTER 5- Seeing is improving. Exercise Evaluation. Improving from Lessons Learned. Repeating the process. CHAPTER 6- Additional Evaluation Exercise Parts. Complete the exercise. CHAPTER 7 - The Broader Timeline. Continuity of Operations (COOP) Exercises. Private-Public Partnership Exercises. Environmental/Climate Exercises. CHAPTER 8- The Future of Exercises. What will exercises be like in 5, 10, 20 years?. Index. Glossary.
Jeff Roth is a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Associate with over 18 years of experience. For over a decade, he has led the Booz Allen Hamilton Exercise Team, where he is responsible for planning and executing environmental and disaster management exercises. He has personally designed and facilitated over 100 environmental and disaster management planning conferences and exercises for the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S Army, U.S Air Force, Transportation Security Administration, Food and Drug