Emergency Planning Exercises

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The Emergency Planning Exercises web page offers free, downloadable table top exercises for the private sector to review, share and use.

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Emergency Planning Exercises for your Organization

FEMA Private Sector Division, Office of External Affairs began a new series of tabletop exercises in 2010 as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. Tabletop exercises are designed to help an organization test a hypothetical situation, such as a natural or man-made disaster, and evaluate the groups ability to cooperate and work together, as well as test their readiness to respond. This particular series of tabletop exercises is part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards.

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The Whole Community: Planning for the Unthinkable
Designed to help identify innovative, atypical solutions to an unprecedented catastrophic event - Maximum of Maximums - following the disaster.

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National Level Exercise 2012: Cyber
Developed as part of the National Level Exercise 2012. Designed to increase understanding of cyber threat alerts, warning, and information sharing across sectors, and to test and evaluate government-private sector coordinating structures, processes, and capabilities regarding cyber event response and recovery.

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National Level Exercise 2011: Earthquake
Developed for private sector preparedness partners as part of the National Level Exercise 2011. Designed to help identify ways to prepare for, respond to, and to recover from a no-notice, catastrophic earthquake impacting the central U.S.

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Critical Power Failure
Developed by the Office of External Affairs and the FEMA's National Exercise Division, this exercise is based on a combination of U.S. communities experiencing critical power failure during a severe weather event.  Designed to help the private sector identify ways to prepare for, respond to, and recover from such a disaster.

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Prepare to respond to and recover from a Category 5 hurricane. Based on the the National Planning Scenario for a major hurricane, this exercise was developed by the Office of External Affairs together with FEMA's National Exercise Division to prepare the private sector for catastrophic damage caused by major flooding, tornado, and other natural disasters. 

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Chemical Accident
Based on the National Planning Scenario for a chlorine tank explosion, this exercise is designed to help the private sector improve Organizational Continuity, Preparedness, and Resiliency in the event of an emergency, to respond to, recover and restore operations.

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If you have technical issues or would like to give us feedback on these products, email us at FEMA-Private-Sector@fema.dhs.gov. We have similar exercise products in development, so check back for new scenarios.

Note on Sources: The Hurricane and Chemical Accident exercises draw on the federal government's National Planning Scenarios, designed as planning tools for natural disasters or terrorist attacks that face the United States.

These exercises are structured on the Tabletop Exercise Design curriculum developed by FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, as well as other FEMA/DHS training reference materials.

Last Updated: 
04/09/2015 - 16:35
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