Tabletop Exercises

A New Tool to Help Your Team Prepare
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How do I Use Tabletop Exercises?

Each CSDSIP Tabletop Exercises presents you and your team with a realistic scenario designed to test your teams emergency  response skills and efficiency of your responsive plan. When completed regularly, these exercises are designed to improve your teams critical thinking and coordination abilities and help build confidence responding to urgent events. However, proper use is the key to the  effectiveness of any tool, so we've created a step-by-step guide to help you get the most out of our Tabletop Exercise Series. 

If you have questions about how to work through a Tabletop Exercise, CSDSIP's Risk Control Team would be happy to help! 

Gather your Team

Bring your emergency response team together in one room (be it virtual or physical). This should include both the planners, like a school principal or Superintendent, and those first on the scene, such as SRO's. However, beware of casting your net too wide as large groups can limit the contributions of individual stakeholders. If you are presenting this tool to an audience of 10 or more, have them complete the activity in smaller groups to promote good discussion. 

Review the Scenario & Critical Thinking Questions

Make sure all participants understand the scenario and the details of the simulated emergency event. When you move onto the Critical Thinking Questions, allow participants plenty of time to formulate and share their responses. Though this is a test of emergency preparedness, allowing your team ample time for thought could increase the quality of their responses. Have someone  note group responses/decisions to compare against recommendations later. 

Review CSDSIP Recommendations for Incident Response

After you have decided on your group response, review CSDSIP's recommendations. If any of your responses differ greatly from the recommendation, consider why. Is your groups response speaking to specific conditions that the recommendation did not take into account? Did the recommendation bring up something your group did not consider?  Feel free to update your responses if need be. 

Evaluate your Conclusions and Next Steps

Take a step back and think about what you learned from this exercise and how it could impact your larger emergency preparedness plans. Review the additional resources included and update your emergency preparedness plan. Remember, having an effective plan in place with trained staff can drastically improve the outcome of a real emergency situation, and your participation in this activity shows your commitment to community safety!  If these scenarios bring up further questions  and you require further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact CSDSIP's Risk Control Team

Severe Allergic Reaction Scenario

Severe Allergic Reaction Scenario

Tabletop Exercise #1

A 1st grade student with a severe peanut allergy sustains a suspected exposure at school, and later has a severe reaction upon returning home. How would your team handle this scenario?

Cyber Incidents

Cyber Incidents

Tabletop Exercise #4

A nefarious enterprise launches a phishing and malware attack in your community, leading to encrypted files and huge headaches. What are your next steps?

School Bus Slide

School Bus Slide

Tabletop Exercise #2

One chilly February morning one of your school busses slides into a nearby SUV. How would your team handle this situation?

Student Playground Injury

Student Playground Injury

Tabletop Exercise #5

A 3rd grade student is injured when the swing he is standing on breaks. What would you do?

After Hours Property Damage

After Hours Property Damage

Tabletop Exercise #3

An unexpected spring storm causes property damage over a long weekend. What do you do?

Have a Topic You'd Like to See as a Tabletop Exercise?

Have a Topic You'd Like to See as a Tabletop Exercise?

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The goal of these exercises is to help you, so if there is a topic you'd like to see in this format, please let us know!