Bioterror tips for running a tabletop
Planners of a recent bioterrorism tabletop exercise in Columbus, OH, offered the following tips for participants in the exercise:
- The scenario is plausible, and events occur as they are presented.
- There are no hidden agendas or trick questions.
- All players receive information at the same time.
- There is not a "textbook" solution. Varying viewpoints and possible disagreements are anticipated.
- Respond based on your knowledge or current plans and capabilities.
- Current agency or department policies and procedures should not limit discussion and development of key decisions.
- The outcome is neither intended to set precedents or reflect an organization’s final position on specific issues.
- Assume cooperation and support from other responders and agencies.
- Speak up! Talk to your colleagues and ask questions. This is your chance to learn how other agencies in your community would respond in an emergency.