Presentation on theme: "Tabletop Exercise Civil Unrest"— Presentation transcript:
1 Tabletop Exercise Civil Unrest Division for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Institutional Research
2 Rules of the Road Creativity/Group Problem Solving Use the knowledge and information available in the roomActive ThinkingActive ListeningActive ParticipationRespect – challenge ideas, not peopleReality Check – make the exercise real for you.
3 Agenda Introductions Scenario Description Hot Wash (Debrief) Action Planning
5 The Exercise Continuum DrillsTabletop ExercisesFunctional ExercisesFull-Scale Exercises
6 How does a tabletop exercise work? Scenario-based discussion, guided by a facilitatorProblems talked through without stressEvaluators selected to observe and offer feedback on the proceedingsPolicies, plans, and guidelines are updated
7 What is a tabletop exercise? Simulates an emergency situation in an informal, stress-free environmentInitiates discussion of emergency guidelinesFocuses on training and familiarization with roles, guidelines, and responsibilities
8 What determines the success of a tabletop? A successful tabletop leaves participants with:A positive learning experienceOrganizational learningImprovement Action PlanningMore effective policies, plans, and guidelinesImproved preparedness
9 Exercise GuidelinesThis exercise is designed to test the preparedness of the _____ to respond to a multi-agency, multi-site emergency eventFollowing the exercise, there will be a debriefing time or “Hot Wash”Each participant will be given the opportunity to share his/her views on what worked well and what needs to be addressed in additional planning, training and/or drilling
10 Exercise Guidelines (cont.) _____ISD/college policy shall govern all activities relating to the emergency event.The facilitator shall serve as the exercise referee and will provide any official interpretation of the exercise rules.Although we will not actually be contacting them, ISD/college and outside resources are available to assist you.
11 Exercise Guidelines (cont.) From time to time, there will be injections to the scenario. These are intended to further assess response to the exercise scenario.This is a learning experience.
12 PurposeTo examine current policies, procedures, resources and actions in the context to a response to domestic violence/shooter in a school/college settingTo promote greater understanding and ability to apply NIMS/ICS principles in a college settingTo make improvements as identified as an outcome of the exercise
13 Objectives To evaluate policies and procedures To evaluate command and control including communications proceduresTo identify resources needed vs. availableTo identify training needsTo identify needed improvements and create an action plan to address those needs
14 Demographic OverviewOn this slide, add bullets of information about the demographics of your school/college, including but not limited to:Number of schools/facilitiesTypes of schools/facilitiesAthletic facilitiesStudent populationEmployee population
15 First Responder Resource Overview On this slide, add bullets of information about the first responder resources immediately available to your school/college, including but not limited to:PoliceFireEMS
16 Threat AssessmentOn this slide, add bullets of information about the known threats to your school/college, including but not limited to:Internal threatsExternal threats
17 ScenarioA group of approximately 200 people has begun setting up tents in a local park across from a nearby government building.They are protesting what they refer to as “government tyranny and the brainwashing of our youth through public education.”On the same day, a group of ten students erect tents in a campus green space and place signs with slogans of support for the anti-government “sleep in.”
18 Scenario (cont.)Local media are reporting that this activity is part of a larger movement that is being directed in part via an internet site: SAYNOTOBRAINWASHING.comLocal Media is also reporting that some of the people taking part in this protest are coming from outside the area.
19 Questions What is your first concern in this situation? For what contingencies must you plan?What will you do at this point?Who will be involved in any actions you take?
20 Scenario Inject #1 (two days later) The protesters occupying the park in front of the government building have grown to approximately 400 in number. Local media reports indicate that some have come from as far away as California.The protesters at this site appear to be becoming more aggressive in their language when speaking to reporters about their “outrage.”
21 Scenario Inject #1 (cont.) The number of protestors on campus has increased to approximately 50. They have erected tents and public health issues are becoming a concern due to trash and human waste.It has become apparent that while the first ten protestors were students, many of the remaining 40 are from outside the campus community.
22 QuestionsWhere will you establish your Command Post for this incident?After establishing command, what will you do first? Why?What is your first concern in this situation?For what contingencies must you plan?
23 Questions What do you need to know? How do you find the information? What does your EOP direct?What are you going to do?
24 ICS Structure Questions Who is the Incident Commander?Who is the Public Information Officer?Who is the Liaison Officer?Who is the Operations Chief?What other ICS positions will you activate and who will fill them?
25 Scenario Inject #2 (three days later) The protesters occupying the park in front of the government building have grown to approximately 1,000 in number.Police have been called in from surrounding jurisdictions and assigned to provide protection for the protestors and community.
26 Scenario Inject #2 (cont.) Some protestors at the downtown site are becoming physically aggressive with police who have been assigned to the area and arrests are being made.Illegal actions by downtown protestors include:Blocking of roadwaysThrowing bottles and trash at policeSetting park trashcans on fire
27 Scenario Inject #2 (cont.) The Mayor of the city has warned that the protestors must vacate the site the following morning or face arrest. He is citing public health concerns as the reason for the order.The number of protestors on campus has increased to approximately 150. At this time they remain peaceful, but public health concerns are increasing.
28 Questions What is your first concern in this situation? For what contingencies must you plan?What actions will you take?
29 QuestionsWhat information will you provide to the incoming Incident Commander (the senior officer) during your change-of-command briefing?How will you work with the police throughout the remainder of the incident?What other agencies will you be working with?Do you have all the necessary cooperative working agreements in place?
30 Scenario Inject #3At 8:00 a.m. the population of the protest area had been reduced by about half. Police moved into the park and made numerous arrests. Injuries occurred to protectors and police. The protest was dispersed.Some protestors from the downtown site are beginning to appear on your campus.
31 Scenario Inject #3 (cont.) Media reports indicate that while many protestors have dispersed peacefully, some vandalism is occurring throughout the city/town.The on-campus protest group is growing in number and increasing in its perceived degree of agitation.
32 QuestionsWhat is your first concern in this situation? For what contingencies must you plan? What actions will you take?
33 Scenario Inject #4 Police have dispersed the on-campus protestors. Arrests and injuries occurred to both protestors and police.Vandalism has taken place in certain areas of campus. The protestors left behind tents, camping gear, and garbage.
34 Questions What is your first concern in this situation? For what contingencies must you plan?What actions will you take?What does “recovery” look like?
36 Hot WashHow well did your EOP operate and what actions will you take toward improvement?How well did your ICS Team operate and what actions will you take toward improvement?How well did your Communications Plan operate and what actions will you take toward improvement?
37 Hot WashWhat can be done to improve campus police/security operations?What internal divisions were required to work together in this scenario?What external agencies did the Liaison Officer need to work with in this scenario?Are all necessary agreements in place to facilitate cooperation among agencies?
38 Action PlanThe lessons learned during this table top exercise will lead to a college action plan to:Keep Doing ______Stop Doing ______Start Doing ______
39 ConclusionThe Texas School Safety Center, Division for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Institutional Research is available for:Training/FacilitationTechnical AssistanceInformation