How to Develop an Exercise Program for the Emergency Plan?

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Abdulhadi Al Saffar, Bahrain

How to Develop an Exercise Program for the Emergency Plan?

To avoid loss of lives during an accident, it is good practice to exercise the emergency response plan.
My question is: how to develop such an exercise plan? Who can provide a brake down events list for such exercise?


Kevin Williams
Investor, United States

Exercising the Cintingency Plan

Indeed, how do you define the exercise plan for emergency response?

Adrian Horodniceanu
CEO, Israel

Preparing for Crisis: ISO22301 - Business Continuity Management Standard

A good way to be prepared for crisis, is to implement ISO22301 - Business Continuity Management Standard. A proper implementation of it makes your organization prepared to deal with crisis (which will always come from the most unexpected direction) in an organized way in order to minimize the damage and bring it on track quickly and in a proper way.

Michael Norris
Director, United States

Emergency Response Exercise Steps

Steps to developing an emergency plan exercise program:
  1. Develop the plan
  2. Teach the plan didactically with stated Goals and Objectives (G and O)
  3. Design the exercise based on the G and O's
    1. Decide to first test upon functional exercise (e.g. test communications, or test logistics), or,
    2. Decide to perform a full-scale exercise (all organizational functions, possibly collaborating agencies).
    3. Table top exercise is the first exercise emphasizing the G and O's using an evaluator/controller. Go slow and guide the responses to each stimulus.
    4. The exercise should be guided by an experienced crisis manager who can instruct.
    5. The second exercise should be at regular speed with only the staff performing the crisis management and then evaluate the exercise.
    6. Then do a third exercise at regular speed to see if learning occurred from the lessons learned.
    7. Now proceed to a field exercise where the same procedures for the table-top are applied.
  4. Change policy or procedures if the exercises indicate a need to do so.


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