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June 2021 Kenyon Journal Excerpt

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Below is an excerpt from the latest Kenyon Journal. Click Here to download the full issue. 

Emergency Response Plan Exercise Guide

By: Natalie Fairchild, Operations Specialist

This guide aims to aid personnel who are preparing, delivering and evaluating Emergency Response Exercises for their organisations. Kenyon believes regular exercising is a vital element of responding effectively to an incident. Professional sports teams would not consider playing a game without training, so why wouldn’t an organisation do likewise?

Emergency Response Exercises have a number of benefits. They:

  • Test your Emergency Response Plan (ERP), ensuring they are fit for purpose should an incident occur.
  •  Bring people together within your, and other organisations, in a learning environment. This increases knowledge and develops relationships in ‘peace time’.
  • Enable reflection and evaluation, highlighting gaps within your ERP which need rectifying as soon as possible.
  • Help establish best practice and future objectives.
  • Comply with regulations.
  • May provide a little peace-of-mind for the ‘C Suite’, Emergency Directors and key responders.

At Kenyon, we recommend running and partaking in exercises both within your organisation and externally with partners and regulators. For airlines, that may include airport authorities, alliance and codeshares partners, and any key stakeholders that may be affected or part of your response.

These exercises can be scalable, depending on what needs to be tested. Types of exercises can include:

  • Table-Top Exercise
  • Partial Simulation / Table-Top Plus
  • Full-Scale Simulation / Input Response Exercise

Small simple exercises for individual components of an ERP help build confidence towards delivering large complex ones...

Download the full edition of the Kenyon Journal to read the complete "Emergency Response Plan Exercise Guide," as well as an update from our Senior Director, Operations, Ultan Kenny and more.  

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