US-DHS has free exercises for schools

Active Shooter Template

https://www.schoolsafety.gov/emergency-planning?subtopic%5B117%5D=117#block-views-block-resources-by-subtopic-block-1


FEMA’s Sample School Emergency Operations Plan (for Training Purposes)

Federal Emergency Management Agency

This sample school EOP was developed in accordance with the “Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.” This document has been developed for training purposes only.


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Readiness = Resiliency

Individuals, Families, Communities, Governmental Jurisdictions, etc. who build full disaster cycle phase resiliency are the ones who are ready to prepare for, protect against, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against future incidents of any kind:

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2022 Reading List

Here’s what we are reading in 2022:

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Gen. Stanley McChrystal with Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: 7th Edition by the American Psychological Association

Moving to Higher Ground: Rising Sea Level and the Path Forward by John Englander

Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich

Communicating in Risk, Crisis, and High Stress Situations – Evidence-Based Strategies and Practices by Vincent T. Covello


Here’s the reading list from the Center from Homeland Security and Defense, from the Naval Postgraduate School:

https://www.chds.us/ed/items/81


Have a suggestion for our “light reading” book for the year? We usually choose a Stephen King book, but since COVID, it seems we need something a bit lighter, maybe even uplifting. Any suggestions – please include them in the comments.


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EMPs – the MOM of COOP/COG for EM

We believe the worst-case scenario disaster which will fall on Emergency Management is the Electro-Magnetic Pulse wave (EMP) from a low-atmospheric detonation of a nuclear device over the United States. This will have catastrophic impacts to the continuity of operations / continuity of government (COOP/COG) for emergency management (EM). It is the maximum of maximums (MOM).

We have built an advanced table-top exercise for this scenario and welcome your thoughts and comments. It will be usable by single entries, any level jurisdiction, all the way up through an international multi-player exercise. The concept is the same: When you have no comms and no modern transportation and of course no electricity nor electronic devices, what do you expect/order your staff to do next? Take care of themselves and their families or do everything they can to get to work/stay at work? And do they know now what they are supposed to do if such a scenario should occur?

https://bartondunant.com/ola/services/emp-ttx-up-to-five-5-organizations-remote-facilitated-with-one-remote-exercise-evaluator

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Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide from FEMA

New material, as of November 2021.

The impacts of climate change are being felt today in communities across the country and increasingly test our resilience. Exercises provide a method for participants to visualize a future that is outside their direct experience and evaluate options for constructive action to adapt to climate changes already occurring and those to come. The Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide is a “one-stop–shop” for any jurisdiction or organization looking to conduct a climate-focused exercise. This guide equips users with:

  • A dictionary with common terms to ensure a shared understanding of climate-related terminology and principles before an exercise.
  • Tools and templates for planning and conducting climate-focused exercises.
  • Resources including funding opportunities, risk assessments and training programs.

Please e-mail NEP@fema.dhs.gov with questions or to share how you are using the Long-Term Community Resilience Exercise Resource Guide.

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Hot Washes

A Hot Wash is a term used for the immediate after-action review conducted after exercises (usually performed at functional or full-scale exercises, but can be done on any type of exercise) and real-world incidents. The term comes from the haz-mat (hazardous-materials) responder world, where the immediacy of decontamination is needed, due to being “hot” (having bad stuff still on you). The time to make corrective action is now – or at least identify where there are strengths and opportunities (positives and negatives). Once these items are identified as changes needed to be made to the Plans, Organization (staffing pattern and levels), Equipment, Training, and (future) Exercises – the POETE – they should be organized into four categories:

  • Sustain – longer-term strengths which should be continued
  • Quick Fix – short-term opportunities which have little or low cost to implement
  • Improve – medium to longer-term opportunities which have a higher cost to implement
  • Parking Lot – those strengths and/or opportunities which need further discussion – and POETE, and are beyond the scope of this incident and/or exercise.
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After Action Reports

Some of the After Action Reports (AARs) on major incidents, we have found on the web. Know of any others available as OSINT (Open Source Intelligence – items available to the public, not classified or sensitive)? Please add in the comments. If any of these links are broken, please let us know via an e-mail to info@bartondunant.com.


There are also academic perspectives on AARs in general and specifically aligned to the AARs we have noted below. We have provided links to those as well. If you know of others – please let us know!

Event
Year
Report name/Location
2009The Lessons of Mumbai
2010Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Disaster
2015Attacks on Paris, France
2017Las Vegas MCI – October 1st Route 91 Concert Shooting
Commemorating Disorder in After Action Reports: Rhetorics of Organizational Trauma after the Las Vegas Shooting
2017Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
2020An After-Action Review of City Agencies’ Responses to Activities Directly Following George Floyd’s Death on May 25, 2020. Conducted on behalf of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
2021City of Austin-Travis County 2021 Winter Storm Uri After-Action Reports
Table of AARs

After Action Reporting is a formal process conducted after both real-world incidents and exercises. It involves an independent review of the actions and gaps (strengths and opportunities) of those groups responding, based on their plans. Barton Dunant can help with After Action Reporting – drop us a line to learn more.

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Unsolicited Donations

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The following photo shows what can happen when well-meaning people send unsolicited items to a disaster site. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, large piles of used clothing, shoes, food, and household goods sent to Port-au-Prince went unclaimed and began spoiling, attracting rats and other vermin. Not only did these become a health hazard for aid workers and people living nearby, they also clogged up the runway used for relief flights. In the end, these piles of goodwill had to be bulldozed off the airstrip and burned as garbage.

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Diversion of Time and Space

For many people, donating stuff feels good because they are giving tangible items that one might give to a friend in need. But unsolicited items can clog supply chains and disrupt disaster operations by taking up valuable space needed by aid groups to receive and distribute critical relief supplies. Managing these donations diverts aid workers’ time and attention from the task of providing life-saving aid. Also, managing piles of unsolicited items can force aid groups to change logistical and distribution plans, adding more work and cost to their humanitarian mission.

Inappropriate Donations

Chandeliers to Rwanda. Fertility drugs to Haiti. As the illustration shows, donations of food and clothing can be unnecessary, culturally/religiously inappropriate, and in some cases, downright unhealthy. Donations of canned goods or food are rarely beneficial, and the collection of bottled water is highly inefficient, as both food and potable water can be purchased at local markets close to the disaster area. In addition, used clothing frequently goes unused. In fact, 38 countries have banned the importation of used clothing, and 28 additional countries have severely restricted imports.

Transportation: Costly and Complicated

Unsolicited donations are expensive to send. They incur more costs every time they change hands and leave a big carbon footprint in their wake. Transporting “stuff” to a disaster site is far more costly and complicated than slapping a stamp on a care package. How costly? Check out our Greatest Good Donations Calculator. What you will learn may surprise you.

A common misconception is that the U.S. government or relief agencies will transport donations free of charge, or even for a fee. This is not true. Individuals or organizations that collect and send donated items are responsible for paying for transportation and related expenses – including customs fees – at commercial rates. Therefore, it is important that transportation arrangements are secured before any kind of material donations are collected.

Things to Consider

Before collecting material donations, you should consider the following things. Otherwise, your donation may end up burdening the relief effort it seeks to support:

  • Has a credible relief organization identified a need for the items being requested?
  • Is an organization prepared to receive, manage, and distribute the items you’re sending?
  • Have the costs of transportation, shipping, warehousing and distribution been calculated and covered?
  • Who is handling customs tariffs, fees and other cross-border requirements?
  • Have quality assurance requirements from the host government been met?

From the New Jersey Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (www.njvoad.org).

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COVID-19 Recovery CISA Tabletop Exercise Package (CTEP) Documents

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed the COVID-19 Recovery CISA Tabletop Exercise Package (CTEP) to assist private sector stakeholders and critical infrastructure owners and operators in assessing short-term, intermediate, and long-term recovery and business continuity plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approved by the White House Task Force, and with input from the Federal interagency, this CTEP also provides organizations the opportunity to discuss how ongoing recovery efforts would be impacted by concurrent response operations to a potential “second wave” of global pandemic infections. 

You can find the SitMan, Exercise Planner and Facilitator Evaluator Handbooks, Exercise Brief Slide Deck Template and more at https://www.cisa.gov/publication/covid-19-recovery-ctep-documents.


CTEP Situation Manual (2020)

CTEP Welcome Letter (2020)

CTEP Exercise Planner Handbook (2020)

CTIP Facilitator Evaluator Handbook (2020)

CTEP Invitation Letter Template (2020)

CTEP Exercise Brief Slide Deck Template (2020)

CTEP Participant Feedback Template (2020)

CTEP Planner Feedback Form (2020)

CTEP After-Action Report / Improvement Plan Template (2020)

COVID-19 Recovery CTEP Fact Sheet (2020)

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