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					  EDS Security
Tabletop Exercise

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[Exercise Location]
  [Exercise Date]
Welcome and Overview
                  Purpose

• The purpose of this exercise is to provide
  participants an opportunity to evaluate current
  response concepts, plans, and capabilities for
  a response to a bioterrorism event in
  [Jurisdiction]. The exercise will focus on
  local emergency responder command and
  control coordination, security, and critical
  decisions necessary to save lives and protect
  public health and safety.

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                       Scope

• The exercise will focus on the role of [Jurisdiction]
  in response to potential consequences of a
  bioterrorist event
• Processes and decision-making are more important
  than minute details
• The emphasis is on coordination, integration of
  capabilities, problem identification and resolution




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   Target Capability:
Public Safety and Security
                           Objectives

•   Discuss the activation of security personnel to the EDS by the
    Security Branch Chief, during a biological terrorism incident in
    accordance with standard operating procedures and the EDS
    Safety and Security Plan.

•   Assess the process of mobilizing and deploying security resources
    and personnel to the EDS by the Security Branch Chief upon
    notification of a biological terrorism incident according to existing
    standard operating procedures and the EDS Plan.

•   Discuss the ability of security personnel to address traffic and
    crowd control issues, as well as scene security challenges at an
    EDS during a biological terrorism incident in accordance with
    standard operating procedures and the EDS Safety and Security
    Plan.

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                           Objectives

•   Examine the procedure for security personnel to demobilize and
    return to normal operations at an EDS following a biological
    terrorism incident in accordance with existing protocols and the
    EDS Safety and Security Plan.

•   Evaluate the process for security personnel to transport/escort and
    secure SNS materials en route or at an EDS during a biological
    terrorism incident, in accordance with existing standard operating
    procedures and the EDS Safety and Security Plan.

•   Assess the process for security personnel to credential response
    staff during a biological terrorism incident, according to existing
    standing operating procedures and the EDS Safety and Security
    Plan.


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                 Participants

• Players
   – Respond to situations presented
• Observers
   – Support players as they develop responses to the
     scenario
• Facilitators
   – Provide situational updates and moderate
     discussions
• Evaluators
   – Observe and record discussions

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  Exercise Structure & Guidelines

• Four modules, each comprised of…
   – Multimedia situation updates
   – Moderated group discussion of response issues
• This is an open, low-stress, no-fault environment.
  Varying viewpoints, even disagreements, are
  expected
• Consider different approaches and suggest
  improvements
• Base your responses on the current capabilities of
  your agency
• Feel free to visit other participants

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    Assumptions & Artificialities

• The scenario is plausible, and events occur
  as they are presented.
• There is no “hidden agenda”, nor any trick
  questions.
• All players receive information at the same
  time.




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                Agenda

[Time]   Registration
[Time]   Welcome and Overview
[Time]   Introduction
[Time]   Module 1: Detection and Activation
[Time]   Module 2: Response Underway
[Time]   Module 3: On-going Operations
[Time]   Module 4: Demobilization
[Time]   Hot Wash



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Module 1: Detection and
      Activation
               [Month, Day, Hour]

• Credible intelligence at home and abroad has projected
  the possibility of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

• Intelligence and Health Care Communities have
  heightened awareness and surveillance measures.

• A white powder incident in [Your Town/City] is
  confirmed by the State Lab as Anthrax. Mass
  prophylaxis is needed to treat those exposed within 48
  hours.

• [Your Town/City] has deployed resources to open an
  initial Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) at [name of an
  EDS] at [EDS address].
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Discussion
Module 2: Response Underway
              [Month, Day, Hour]

• An initial truck load of pharmaceutical supplies has
  entered [Your Region] and is nearing [Your
  Town/City]. The intense media coverage of the
  terrorist attack has drawn attention to the shipment of
  supplies and the EDS facility.

• [Your City/Town] Police Department has raised
  concerns regarding the growing line waiting outside of
  the EDS. Clients have questions and appear to be
  losing patience as the frustration is mounting.

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Discussion
Module 3: On-going Operations
               [Month, Day, Hour]

• Several hundred [Your Town/City]
  residents are waiting in line outside
  of the facility.

• The adjacent parking lots have
  become gridlocked with traffic and
  the nearby thoroughfare is backed
  up with in coming vehicles.

• A small argument has escalated into
  a physical altercation between two
  men. During the fight a bystander is
  pushed to the curb.

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              [Month, Day, Hour]

• An MRC volunteer has just radioed the EDS
  Manager requesting assistance with a citizen who is
  demanding extra medication and is refusing the leave
  the clinic.

• The EOC has just radioed the EDS Manager to notify
  her that a truck load of support supplies are en route
  to [EDS name] and are set to arrive within the hour.

• The EOC has advised all responders to be on the
  look out for three potential suspects who were seen
  leaving the site of Anthrax attack.

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Discussion
Module 4: Demobilization
               [Month, Day, Hour]

• Federal, State and Local
  officials have agreed that it is
  safe to stand down the
  dispensing operations at [EDS
  name].

• The [Your Health Department]
  has started the demobilization
  process. The doors at [EDS
  name] are set to close at
  [Time].

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Discussion
Hot Wash
                  Hot Wash

• Strengths

• Areas for Improvement

• Next Steps for [Your
  City/Town]




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Thank you for participating!

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