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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. TOPOFF2 Lessons Learned. Half Full or Half Empty. TOPOFF2 Overview. May 12-16, 2003 Largest Terrorism Response Exercise Designed to Identify Vulnerabilities in the Nation’s Incident Management Capability

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The Good,

The Bad,

and The Ugly

TOPOFF2 Lessons Learned

topoff2 overview
TOPOFF2 Overview...
  • May 12-16, 2003
  • Largest Terrorism Response Exercise
  • Designed to Identify Vulnerabilities in the Nation’s Incident Management Capability
  • Radiological Dispersal Device (Seattle, WA)
  • Pneumonic Plague (Illinois)
  • Open Exercise to Enhance Learning and Preparedness
dhs after action summary
DHS After Action Summary...
  • Marred by Communications Problems
  • Serious Shortages of Medical Supplies and Hospital Rooms
  • Lack of Federal, State and Local Preparedness
  • Confusion Over Where Radiological Residue would Spread
major activities
Major Activities…
  • Disease Investigation and Surveillance
  • SNS Distribution and Dispensing
  • SWMDT Takedown
  • Hospital Play
  • JOC/JIC Operation
many positives from t2
Many Positives from T2…
  • Critical Decisions by Governor and Top Staff
  • SNS Distribution and Dispensing Activities
  • SWMDT Takedown of Terrorist Cell
  • Disease Investigation and Surveillance
  • Utilization of ILEAS – 1,200 law officers
  • Public Information and EAS Activation
  • Rapid VMI Re-supply
future preparedness needs
Future Preparedness Needs…
  • Coordination Between Many Command Centers
  • Joint Decision-Making/Information Sharing
  • Mass vs. Targeted Prophylaxis
  • Prophylaxis of First Responders
  • Consolidate Conference Calls
  • Further Development of JOC/JIC
  • Streamline Electronic Communication (E-Mail)
  • No Prioritization of Information Shared
future preparedness needs1
Future Preparedness Needs…
  • Wider Distribution of State Situation Reports
  • Blast-Faxing of Information Slow
  • Need for Effective Staging Areas
  • Communication with SWMDT During Event
public health activities
Public Health Activities…
  • Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology
  • Laboratory Confirmation and Technical Assistance
  • Strategic National Stockpile Distribution
  • Hospital Response and Collaboration
  • Legal Authorities and Review
the good i e successes
The Good (i.e. Successes)…
  • Preparedness Activities and Pre-Planning
  • First Responder and Hospital Coordination
  • Strategic National Stockpile Distribution
  • State and Local Public Health Collaboration
  • Legal Team Development and Review
  • Defined Public Health Role During Emergency
the bad i e concerns
The Bad (i.e. Concerns)…
  • Coordination with Command Centers
  • Sending Voice and Electronic Communications (Alerts)
  • Monitoring News Reports (VNN)
  • Highlighted Resource (Personnel) Needs
  • Input in Major Decisions (Schools and O’Hare)
the ugly i e critical issues
…The Ugly (i.e. Critical Issues)
  • New Concept of JOC/JIC
  • Multiple Points-of-Contact with Federal Government
  • Time Compressed Activities Produced Unrealistic Scenario
lessons learned
Importance of Surge Capacity

Critical Role of Regional Planning (Mutual Aid)

Electronic Reporting is Mandatory

Core Surveillance Standards are Needed

Public Health is from Venus and EMA is from Mars

Lessons Learned…
next steps
Next Steps…
  • Further Define SNS Strategies (Mass vs. Targeted)
  • Upgrade Voice and Electronic Communication Systems
  • Integrate Public Health and Hospital Preparedness Activities
  • Conduct Additional Exercise (No Notice)
questions comments

Donald Kauerauf

Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness

and Response

Illinois Department of Public Health