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 are building 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 thr 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?

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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 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.

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
2017Independent Review of the 2017 Protest Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
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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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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[Ad] Crisis Communications Exercises

Once you have your team in place, workable Crisis Communications Team Plan (and Crisis Communications Plan – the one with what you will communicate as templates, to whom, and how), it is now time to exercise the team. This is the final step in the POETE process, as described in the fifth Crisis Communications Workshop. Here is what we have to offer:

This third TTX might have better results if one or both of the other two TTXs were run first (or you think your team needs a challenge)

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POETE: COVID-19 Organizational Impacts

Recognizing and Mitigating against COVID-19 Organizational Impacts

Some U.S. State and Countries are experiencing a pause in increasing positive cases. Others are exploding beyond their medical capabilities. When is the second wave coming? What will happen if a hurricane comes? Or an earthquake? Can our expanded use of at-home technology continue to support virtual work? What if a large-scale computer virus attack occurs? Are schools really opening in the fall?

Download our free white paper on the subject of Recognizing and Mitigating against COVID-19 Organizational Impacts, which includes sample S.M.A.R.T. goals for business continuity along a POETE construct.

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DHS S&T’s Social Media Guidance Planning

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Social Media Emergency Management (SMEM) Guidance Tool (SMEM Guidance Tool) is an easy-to-use tool designed to support emergency managers (EMs), public information officers (PIOs), and others working in crisis communications with the development of planning materials for SMEM operations. The SMEM Guidance Tool is free and provides potential users a simple, step-by-step line of questioning to create plans to improve SMEM operations within their organizations. It is automated, web accessible, and mobile to enhance usability for practitioners, who often have limited time to dedicate to SMEM planning and operations efforts.

https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/social-media-guidance-planning

DHS S&T released the existing SMEM Guides (Social Media Business Case GuideDigital Volunteer Program Guide, and Social Media Plan Guide) in a PDF format as a resource for SMEM practitioners. The SMEM Guidance Tool builds on the existing DHS S&T SMEM Guides (linked below) and provides users with a more robust and user-friendly experience in creating planning materials for SMEM operations. Users can create a Social Media Business Case and Digital Volunteer Program with the tool. The feature for completing a Social Media Plan will be integrated by the end of 2019.

Visit the SMEM Guidance Tool at smemguidancetool.org

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