Simple Tabletop Exercise Objectives: • Evaluate ER preparedness and crisis management • Develop a procedure to simultaneously and efficiently handle widespread contamination and the loss of a water supply • Ensure that a Communication Plan exists
Zenith City, USA • Located in upper Midwest • 20o F winter/78o F summer • 90,000 people in five boroughs • Historic manufacturing center beginning to attract tourists and conventions • Air, rail, and road transport
Zenith City, USA • City government is council/manager form with elected mayor • Fire and rescue services provided by Zenith City Fire Department • City served by four hospitals: St. Michaels (75 beds), Sacred Heart (100-bed facility w/ helipad), North End (50 beds) and Zenith City (50 beds)
Zenith City, USA • Constructed on glacial sediments, including sands and gravels that supply water • City receives its drinking water from both surface water and ground water sources
Zenith City, USA • Surface water is pumped from the Crystal River to supply drinking water to Zenith City • Alta City, Zenith City’s neighbor to the south, also derives its water supply from the Crystal River • Water treatment consists of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. In addition, softening, pH adjustment and fluoridation are also performed.
Zenith City, USA • Pumping stations have capacity of 5 MGD, and system can store up to 3 MG • 4 supply wells, 4 storage tanks, and 130 miles of distribution pipeline • Many homes and businesses lack backflow prevention valves.
Zenith City, USA • Wastewater services are provided in the southern portion of the city via a secondary wastewater treatment plant. • There are two stormwater outfalls: one located along the West River and the other on the Crystal River.
Autumn • It is November 2, Election Day • Locals are proud of the presidential candidate from Zenith City • Record-breaking warm temperatures, but strong westerly winds • National Threat Advisory Level: Orange
Zenith City Simple Tabletop Exercise After Action Review (“Hot Wash”) Discussion Points
Verification That Exercise Objectives Were Met: • Evaluate ER preparedness and crisis management • Develop a procedure to simultaneously and efficiently handle widespread contamination and the loss of a water supply • Ensure that a Communication Plan exists