A series of virtual tabletop exercises between January and June, 2011 will test the capacity of neighborhood groups to prepare for, respond to and recover from a natural disaster.
A Jan. 29 earthquake exercise will address the response to an earthquake. Disasters to be taken up in succeeding months are flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, a flu pandemic and a hurricane scenario.
The Web-based Formidable Footprint exercises ask participants to answer a series of questions about their capacity to respond to a variety of situations they may be faced with following a disaster,
For example, as a hurricane approaches a 93-year-old widow requests help putting up storm shutters. The team playing through the exercise would be asked to determine if that is a something it can take care of or should it refer her to someone more suitable. In either case, it prompts the team to work through its processes. Meanwhile, the exercise clock ticks away, adding a sense of urgency to the self-paced exercise.
See Formidable Footprint Exercise Series an Opportunity to Assess Neighborhood Preparedness, by Corey McKenna for Emergency Management.
Rothstein Associates is working on publishing a compilation of exercise scripts and scenarios for business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management and emergency management.
If you are interested in contributing your favorite scripts or scenarios, contact Philip Jan Rothstein, FBCI.
An unexercised contingency plan could be worse than no plan at all!
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