SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISES MORE CONSISTENT AND MORE SUCCESSFUL

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Scope, rationale, context: general description. Precise here if this technology is currently use (eg. company name or contact info) Emergency response exercises or crisis management simulations are essential tools for testing and validating response plans and building organizational resilience. However surveys of exercises, and real-life examples, show that exercises vary greatly in quality. Sometimes this is due to faulty exercise design or conduct, sometimes to underlying social or 'political' agendas, sometimes to a culture of 'semi-confidentiality' which prevents lessons being learned and discourages scrutiny. This paper suggests some criteria for successful exercises, including consistency of design and of documentation, and building ability to learn from experience. It outlines several attempts to achieve these goals, including a software framework for exercise design and assessment.

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Emergency response exercises or crisis management simulations are essential tools for testing and validating response plans and building organizational resilience. However surveys of exercises, and real-life examples, show that exercises vary greatly in quality. Sometimes this is due to faulty exercise design or conduct, sometimes to underlying social or 'political' agendas, sometimes to a culture of 'semi-confidentiality' which prevents lessons being learned and discourages scrutiny. This paper suggests some criteria for successful exercises, including consistency of design and of documentation, and building ability to learn from experience. It outlines several attempts to achieve these goals, including a software framework for exercise design and assessment.

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