Penn effectively collaborates with outside law enforcement and emergency response personnel, table top and field training exercises are regularly conducted throughout the year.
In order to ensure that Penn effectively collaborates with outside law enforcement and emergency response personnel, table top and field training exercises are regularly conducted throughout the year. This training involves the presentation of mock-scenarios that could affect the University community. Exercises include scenarios based on severe weather emergencies, chemical, biological and radiological emergencies, industrial accidents, terrorist events, and active shooter incidents.
Table Top and Field Training Exercises begin with an initial situation report, which puts the exercise into context. The situation report provides a back-story of key events leading up to the mock-scenario. Situation updates are used throughout the exercise to move the scenario forward and encourage flexibility in mitigating various stages of the emergency.
The goal of conducting exercises is to assess University plans, policies, and procedures, and to determine if any gaps exist that should be addressed. Conducting exercises is pivotal in demonstrating the capacity and readiness of emergency preparedness at the University.