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Disaster Drills and Exercises

Kenyon has, for a number of years, assisted industry and government agencies with planning and conducting various exercises and drills.

Properly conducted exercises/drills can accomplish many key tasks as part of a comprehensive emergency management program. When properly done, they instill a sense of confidence in responders. They identify shortfalls and planning gaps. Exercises are successful when it covers the things that go wrong. This provides the organization an opportunity to resource the gaps, add training or enhance planning before engaging in a real world event. A well planned and conducted exercise is payoff for the investment in training.

Responding to and managing a real crisis is a difficult job, and rarely follows textbook programs. Therefore Kenyon exercises/drills are approached by answering the key questions of: what has to be done, who will do it, how will they do it, and what will they use to do it with. And most importantly, Kenyon exercises and drills incorporate real world examples from current and past operations.

Kenyon offers three different types of exercises. They are:

  • Table Top Exercise

  • Simulation Exercise

  • Full Scale Exercise

  • Table Top Exercise – Focus on management and coordination of emergency response. These are guided discussions based on a likely or common event scenario. The facilitator gives participants an opportunity to discuss their emergency management roles and responsibilities. These are low stress, but very effective exercises for testing preparedness. This is also a cost effective way to test cooperation between departments or agencies.

    Simulation Exercise – Sometimes known as a functional exercise, are focused on management control. These test an organization's response to a scenario driven event. Exercise controllers inject pre-programmed challenges throughout the exercise. Depending on the organization's level of readiness, the stress level and intensity can be increased by positioning participants in different areas, and using phone and radios to add to the realism of the event.

    Full Scale Exercise – These are complicated and intense events. Management, coordination, and performance of functional tasks are validated in these exercises. A good simulation is as close to a real emergency as possible, and involves deploying people and equipment. Participants responsible for completing tasks just as they would in a real event. Often multiple parties and locations are involved. A well designed and planned full scale exercise is a good test of an organization's ability to successfully respond to an emergency.

    Kenyon's unique role as both consultants and responders provide clients with access to best practice real world proven expertise that is current. That expertise can help you develop and conduct various exercises.

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