I started my year by addressing participants at a tabletop exercise last week at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The exercise brought together federal agencies, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to focus on two main areas:
- Managing the capabilities of the Emergency Operations Center management
- The transition from crisis management to consequence management
This exercise helped us refine our procedures and allowed all the players to strengthen our working relationships before an emergency. We were also able to take a look at “best practices” revealed during the exercise and to network with our federal and state partners. Pre-disaster exercises like this are ongoing events across the FEMA Regions.
In emergency management, there is a constant focus on improving preparedness so we can respond better during an emergency. Tabletop exercises, like the one hosted last week, are a great way to form relationships with other members of the emergency management team as we work to identify and solve issues before a disaster strikes.
It was an honor to address the participants of the training and meet newly elected officials across all levels of government. What training experiences have made an impression on you? Table top exercises are only “a piece of the whole pie” of emergency management training. Leave a comment and share some of your memorable preparedness training moments.