Week 4 Types of Exercises Evaluation Plan Discussion

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2. In your own words, briefly define the role of each of the following: a. Controller b. Participants c. Simulators d. Evaluators e. Safety Officer

3. Design a sample evaluation plan and customize it specifically for a natural hazard (tornado) with people trapped under rubble in need of rescue. Use the samples posted under Course Documents and in Topics. Design a sample evaluation plan and customize it specifically for a natural hazard (tornado) with people trapped under rubble in need of rescue. They are also below as resources. Fill in the plan as a Word document, save and attach. This is a simple activity that will give you an idea of the type of planning that goes into any exercise. Also open the document entitled "Evaluator Checklist." This would be used by an observer / evaluator to make comments about what worked and what didn't. You need not fill out that form, or the "Evaluator Checklist II." These are for your review and edification.

Reading Assignments

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1. IS 139a Lesson 1 (Review)

2. IS 139a Lesson 2 - Exercise Planning Team (Review)

3. IS 139a Lesson 6 (Yes, I know we've skipped 3, 4, 5) - Additional Enhancements

4. HSEEP Volume 2 - Found in link titled Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

5. California Hospital comparison of exercise type - attached


Moving along the spectrum from least complicated to more advanced exercises, look at the IS 139a lessons to see what characterizes the functional and full scale exercises. See how important it is to build an exercise planning team - and hold regular meetings with specific expected outcomes. How much time does it take to build each? How much time do the players need to commit once it starts? Who does the evaluation? What can you as the exercise developer use to make the exercise realistic? Once again, the HSEEP files will really help.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

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HSEEP file

Here's the URL for the full 139a course:


Evaluation Documents

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2a. Controller - A controller is essentially the facilitator for the exercise. They provide the structure and keep the participants on track and focused by providing injects and direction for the participants. 2b. Participants - Participants are the people who are doing the exercise from a response point of view. They are the staffers of the EOC, responding emergency workers, and employees of an entity during an exercise to name a few potential roles. They are the people whose skills are typically being tested during an exercise. 2c. Simulators - Simulators are people who add realism to exercises, such as patient actors, citizens, or representatives from other stakeholders. They contribute a realistic but scripted response to an incident in order to help test participant reaction. 2d. Evaluators - Evaluators use set criteria to determine whether or not functional and resource requirements have been met during an exercise. They record their observations and analyze what they see to help develop recommended actions after an exercise has occurred. 2e. Safety Officer - The safety officer looks at the exercise and determines what hazards might be present in order to mitigate or eliminate them. Their job is to keep everyone safe physically and mentally throughout the duration of the program. 3. I have attached the Evaluation Plan in Word, Pages, and PDF format. DBwk4_EvalPlan.docx DBwk4_EvalPlan.pages DBwk4_EvalPlan.pdf
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Exercise Evaluation Plan- Outline
Thesis Statement: This plan provides exercise evaluators, controllers, and simulators with
guidance concerning procedures and responsibilities for exercise evaluation and support.
I. Purpose
II. Concept
III. Pre-exercise
IV. Assumptions
V. Evaluation management
VI. Evaluation

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Functional Exercise Roles
2(a) Controller- A controller works to facilitate the exercise by providing directions and ensuring
that participants are playing their roles. The controller also introduces contextual injects which
facilitate the participants’ behavior and roles.
2(b) Participants- These are the main characters in the exercise and they play the role of response
from the EOC point of view. As the center of the exercise, the essence of participants is to
showcase skills in response to the emergency or disaster.
2(c) Simulators- These are people or devices that create context and add realism to the exercise.
Their typical function is to evaluate the performance of the participants by providing an
environment that pushes for or evokes certain reactions.
2(d) Evaluators- Evaluators review the process of the exercise and using certain checklists
determine whether objectives have been reached. Their evaluation is used in improving the
team’s response and knowledge by implementing actions that they recommend.
2(e) Safety Officer- The safety officer is concerned with the safety of everyone involved in the
exercise by reviewing hazards and reducing risk. Their role if to ensure that the exercise is
carried out in a safe environment for all participants.



Exercise Evaluation Plan
This plan provides exercise evaluators, controllers, and simulators with guidance concerning
procedures and responsibilities for exercise evaluation and support. It explains the exercise
concept as it relates to the evaluation process, establishes the basis for evaluation, and
establishes and defines the communications, logistics, and administrative structure needed to
support evaluation before, during and after.
Most importantly, the plan lays out the Exercise Evaluation Methodology including the
evaluation team structure, team member responsibilities, locations, and procedures.

Play Concept
This section provides an overview of the exercise and related exercise activities, a general
description of the scenario, an overview of primary players and their exercise locations,
guidelines for emergency call-off of the exercise, and exercise assumptions, artificialities, and
Exercise play will officially begin at 1000 hours on Monday May 10th, 2019 and end at
approximately at 1300 hours on Thursday May 14th, 2019 as determined by the exercise
director. The exercise will be played six hours per day at all primary exercise locations;
however, some locations may extend the number of hours to a maximum of ten if need arises.
On May 10th the exercise will be initiated by an exercise briefing describing the situation as it is
and the current level of response by emergency services. Participants will also watch a brief
video to contextualize their responses. This background briefing will be based on the
information in the Scenario Narrative, attached to this handbook. There will be a post-exercise
meeting at each player location on May 14th at 1400 hours.

—Evaluation Eyes Only—

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Overview–Scope (Continued)
Figure 1. Exercise Activity Calendar
May 2019







—Evaluation Eyes Only—

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Exercise Scenario
On the morning of 10th May 2019, at around 0735 hrs, a tornado struck Giftpark community
which is the most southward area of Gift County. While most of the community members got to
safety in time, a church accommodating around 50 people who were attending morning prayers
collapsed. The structure of the church was hit by a tree on the north side which led to partial
collapse whereby at least 30 victims are trapped in the rubble. While Gift Municipal fire engines
have already...

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