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Exercise Planning

  • By: David E. Alexander
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

One way to become familiar with the effects of disaster, and the tasks to be performed in order to reduce impacts, is to conduct exercises. These are simulations of real events, which are carried out under controlled conditions. The main kinds of exercise are tabletop, command center (or command post), emergency procedures (functional exercises), and full-scale field operations. Exercises may also be known as drills.

Tabletop exercises are conducted indoors and may involve interaction among participants or interaction between players and electronic equipment (computers, whiteboards, and touch-sensitive screens) in some form of virtual-reality environment. Command center exercises recreate the process of command, control, and communications with respect to the directing role of an operations center. Typically, they may last three to six hours. They are usually ...

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