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Tabletop Exercises

A Tabletop Exercise (TTX) is defined by the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) as follows:

Tabletop Exercises (TTXs) involve key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. This type of exercise can be used to assess plans, policies, and procedures or to assess the systems needed to guide the prevention of, response to, and recovery from a defined incident…Participants are encouraged to discuss issues in depth and to develop decisions through slow-paced problem solving, rather than the rapid, spontaneous decision making that occurs under actual or simulated emergency conditions. The effectiveness of a TTX is derived from the energetic involvement of participants and their assessment of recommended revisions to current policies, procedures, and plans.

 

Please visit the following links for more information on our roll in each exercise:

  1. Panflu Essential Healthcare Services Tabletop 2009-2010
  2. Indiana PanFlu 2008 Tabletop Exercises
  3. School Closure Order
  4. Strategic National Stockpile: Pandemic Influenza Countermeasures
  5. Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 3
  6. Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 4

 

Panflu Essential Healthcare Services Tabletop 2009-2010

Essential healthcare services tabletop exercises sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health and CDC Pandemic Preparedness were held in the Summer of 2009 and again in 2010.

Indiana PanFlu 2008 Tabletop Exercises

Facilitated tabletop discussion exercises sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health and CDC Pandemic Preparedness were held in March-April 2008.

  • Delivered long-distance from Purdue University via webcast and conference call.
  • One exercise in each of the ten Indiana Homeland Security Districts.
  • 1430 participants from 83 Indiana counties.
Participants included:
  • Local Health Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency management agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire departments
  • Volunteer agencies
  • Elected officials
  • Media
The exercise scenario included:
  • Pandemic influenza strikes the U.S. and impacts both the human sector and critical infrastructure.
  • Sustained human to human contact of pandemic influenza was occurring causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare phase 5, and subsequently Phase 6.
  • With this information the scenario drove examination of the following issues:
    • Pandemic countermeasures (receipt, storage, security, distribution and dispensing).
    • Pharmaceutical measures (antivirals, pre-pandemic vaccine and pandemic vaccine).
    • Medical surge capacity, alternate care sites, and home care.
Goals and Objectives:
  • Discuss roles and responsibilities according to existing plans, policies and procedures for all agencies that participate in these areas of pandemic countermeasures: receipt, storage, security, distribution and dispensing.
  • Discuss how your county’s pandemic plan reflects the means to administer limited amounts of pre-pandemic vaccine and vaccine based on current CDC guidance.
  • Using existing plans where possible, list issues your county will need to address including medical surge capacity, alternate care sites, and home care for treating pandemic influenza populations.

 

School Closure Order

Facilitated tabletop discussion exercise for Indiana counties sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health was developed in 2007.

  • Intended for all Indiana counties.
Suggested Participants included:
  • Elected county/city officials
  • Law enforcement representatives
  • County attorney
  • Local Health Department
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • School system
  • Mental health
  • American Red Cross
  • Hospital infection control director or staff
  • Business managers in the community
Purpose:
  • Test local health department and school closure plans when confronted with a pandemic or help develop a plan if one is not already in place.
  • Consider public health impact caused by a school closure order.
  • Educate community stakeholders regarding school closure issues in a pandemic influenza environment.
Goals and Objectives:
  • Understand Indiana’s legal authority for school closure orders.
  • Identify community stakeholders necessary to implement a school closure order.
  • Identify local health department actions necessary to implement a school closure order.
  • Write press release statements for a school closure order.
  • Identify local personnel and tools needed for effective communication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the Indiana Health Alert Network.
  • Identify gaps between communication capabilities and needs.
  • List the issues and needs the community will face as a result of school closure.
  • Identify community stakeholders that will provide resources to deal with community needs.
  • Ensure a pre-pandemic education plan is in place.
  • Consider personal preparedness issues.

 

Strategic National Stockpile: Pandemic Influenza Countermeasures

A facilitated tabletop discussion exercise for Indiana counties sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health was developed for delivery in 2007.

  • Intended for all Indiana counties.
Suggested Participants included:
  • Elected county/city officials
  • Law enforcement representatives
  • County attorney
  • Local Health Department
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Hospitals/Health care agencies
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Indiana State Department Health
  • Coroner/Mortuaries
Purpose:
  • Test Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) plans of local health departments when confronted with a pandemic or help develop a plan if one is not already in place.
  • Explore the capabilities of Indiana counties to receive and securely store SNS pandemic influenza countermeasures.
  • Educate community stakeholders regarding SNS issues in a pandemic influenza environment.
Goals and Objectives:
  • Identify and prioritize the initial actions required by local health departments and local stakeholders when SNS pandemic influenza countermeasures are delivered.
  • Determine roles and responsibilities of local stakeholders in the receipt, storage, security, and distribution of pandemic countermeasures.
  • List issues regarding adequate storage facilities.
  • Identify security issues and concerns involved with the arrival of SNS countermeasures.
  • Identify a means for distributing pandemic influenza countermeasures.
  • List issues regarding the process of requesting, moving, securing, and tracking SNS pandemic influenza countermeasure resources.

 

Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 3

A facilitated tabletop discussion exercise sponsored by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security was held on October 19, 2006.

  • 193 participants from 11 Indiana counties
Participants included:
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Indiana State Department of Health
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Toll Roads
  • Indiana State Police
  • American Red Cross
  • Newport Chemical Depot
  • Indiana Army National Guard Civil Support Team
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Mayors
  • Commissioners
  • Local public school officials
  • Emergency Management Agencies
  • Fire Services
  • Hazardous Materials Teams
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Public Information Officers
  • Local Media
  • Local Health Departments
  • Local Hospitals
The exercise scenario included:
  • Anthrax inhalation
  • Tanker truck spill of hazardous materials into a river
  • School bus shooting by terrorists causing major traffic accident
Goals and Objectives:
  • Support incident command and transition to unified command
  • Interoperable communications
  • Roles and responsibilities of public information officer
  • Emergency response resource allocation
  • Mutual aid agreements
  • Initial recovery and cleanup
  • Coordination with elected public officials
  • Hospital and public health logistics
  • District and state-wide decontamination methodology

 

Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 4

A facilitated tabletop discussion exercise sponsored by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security was held on September 21, 2006.

  • 164 participants from 9 Indiana counties
Participants included:
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Indiana State Department of Health
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Indiana Toll Roads
  • Indiana State Police
  • American Red Cross
  • Newport Chemical Depot
  • Indiana Army National Guard Civil Support Team
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Mayors
  • Commissioners
  • Local public school officials
  • Emergency Management Agencies
  • Fire Services
  • Hazardous Materials Teams
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Public Information Officers
  • Local Media
  • Local Health Departments
  • Local Hospitals
The exercise scenario included:
  • Hepatitis A outbreak
  • Stolen tanker trucks crashed into a train by terrorists
  • Stolen M-16s from the National Guard Armory
  • Interstate traffic accident involving hazardous materials
Goals and Objectives:
  • Interoperable communications
  • Emergency response resource database
  • Mutual aid agreements
  • Advantages and disadvantages of population protective actions
  • Hospital and public health logistics
  • District and state-wide decontamination methodology
  • Initial recovery and cleanup
  • Red Cross shelter capabilities and capacities
  • Coordination with elected public officials

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