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Tabletop Exercise Design and Delivery. Dr. Victoria Calder Director, Texas School Safety Center. WHAT IS A TABLETOP EXERCISE?. Scenario-based discussion Explores effectiveness of emergency policies, plans, procedures Leads to action.

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tabletop exercise design and delivery

Tabletop Exercise Design and Delivery

Dr. Victoria Calder

Director, Texas School Safety Center

what is a tabletop exercise
WHAT IS A TABLETOP EXERCISE?
  • Scenario-based discussion
  • Explores effectiveness of emergency policies, plans, procedures
  • Leads to action
what are the benefits and opportunities of tabletops
What are the benefits and opportunities of tabletops?
  • Allows for testing multiple capabilities
  • Ability to “fast forward”
  • Low-stress learning experience
  • Vicarious learning for observers
what are the drawbacks and challenges of tabletop exercises
What are the drawbacks and challenges of tabletop exercises?
  • Inability to gauge real-life obstacles
  • Loss of “adrenaline” of real-life or drill
  • Requires skilled facilitation
who are the participants in a tabletop exercise
Who Are the Participants in a Tabletop Exercise?
  • Facilitator
  • Players
  • Evaluators
  • Observers
what are the rules of play in a school based tabletop
What are the “Rules of Play” in a school-based tabletop?
  • All actions are guided by School Board policy
  • Outside resources may assist
  • Injects to the scenario will be added during the exercise
what are the rules of play in a school based tabletop1
What are the “Rules of Play” in a school-based tabletop?
  • Facilitator guides play
  • Evaluators assess response
  • Debriefing follows “play”
  • Participants share impressions
what is an example of a school based tabletop
What is an example of a school-based tabletop?

Large City High School Scenario

what are the preliminary steps in planning a tabletop
What are the preliminary steps in planning a tabletop?
  • Determine what needs to be assessed
  • Identify the criteria
  • Define the level of rigor
  • Define points of observation
  • Customize
what information should be captured
What information should be captured?
  • Evaluator Forms
  • Hot Wash Forms
  • After-Action Reports
what are the key features of an exercise evaluation
What are the key features of an Exercise Evaluation?

OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate the capability to respond to and recover from an intruder-on-campus emergency incident

Criterion 1: Staff describes the steps to implement a campus lockdown

Observation: Staff uses a clear message- “We are in Lockdown” --no Codes

what is a hot wash
What is a “Hot Wash?”
  • What worked well?
  • What needs improvement?
  • Recommendations?
what are the key features of an after action report
What are the key features of an After Action Report?
  • List of all participants
  • Objectives
  • Points of Consideration
  • Brief scenario description
  • Summary of Findings
  • Recommendations
for more information contact
For More Information Contact

Dr. Victoria Calder

Director

Texas School Safety Center

512.245.8082

vc16@txstate.edu