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Exercises

Your emergency response management program is not complete until your systems are validated.  Exercises are the means by which to do this.  ERMC can organize exercises of varying scales, basing objectives and scenarios on your organization’s needs.

TABLE TOP EXERCISE

Table top exercises are great opportunities to ‘work out the kinks’.  In this type of exercise, a hypothetical emergency scenario is presented, followed by a series of incident escalations.   Responses to the scenario are discussed collectively, with an ERMC facilitator guiding conversation.   These exercises are generally informal, with time included to highlight major processes, gaps, and/or and potential solutions.  There is no activation of field or external resources.

COMMAND POST DRILL EXERCISE

Practice, practice, practice.  For our drills, your response organization is activated based on a scripted scenario, developed with you in advance.  ERMC uses facilitators and a simulation centre to provide inputs to the client’s emergency response organization.   The degree of challenge could vary, ranging from ‘walk-through, talk-through’ to ‘real-time’.  Drills can focus one or more of the following activities:

  • Activation
  • Emergency Operations Centre/Incident Command Post setup
  • Briefings
  • Action plan development
  • General response conduct
  • Demobilization

The actions and response to inputs during these activities are discussed collectively following the activity.  ERMC can also provide formal evaluations or follow-on reports highlighting strengths, areas to improve, and recommendations.

There is no activation of external third party responders and, depending on the complexity, different levels of activation from internal resources occur.

FULL SCALE SIMULATION EXERCISE

In these exercises, mobilization of the client’s emergency response organization takes place in response to a “real” emergency that is simulated.  For example, an empty bus is turned over in the street and “casualties” are made up to look real.  Responders are then mobilized and scripted inputs given to the client’s EOC.  The client’s emergency response efforts are then evaluated in the field, at the EOC and at the corporate level as determined by the scale of the exercise.

Following the exercise, a ‘hotwash’ (immediate debrief) is conducted with exercise participants.  Participants will also be given the chance to individually write their feedback at this time.  Exercise staff incorporate this feedback with their own observations in developing the exercise report.

ERMC is experienced in planning, conducting and evaluating full scale exercises on a scale that includes over 500 responders, multiple mutual aid partners, corporate offices located on multiple continents and numerous third party agencies including, police, fire, emergency medical services, security, defence, operations, IT and internal and external providers.