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1 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Tabletop Exercise Civil Unrest Division for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Institutional Research

2 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Rules of the Road  Creativity/Group Problem Solving  Use the knowledge and information available in the room  Active Thinking  Active Listening  Active Participation  Respect – challenge ideas, not people  Reality Check – make the exercise real for you.

3 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Agenda  Introductions  Scenario  Description  Hot Wash (Debrief)  Action Planning

4 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Introductions

5 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu The Exercise Continuum  Drills  Tabletop Exercises  Functional Exercises  Full-Scale Exercises

6 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu How does a tabletop exercise work?  Scenario-based discussion, guided by a facilitator  Problems talked through without stress  Evaluators selected to observe and offer feedback on the proceedings  Policies, plans, and guidelines are updated

7 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu What is a tabletop exercise?  Simulates an emergency situation in an informal, stress-free environment  Initiates discussion of emergency guidelines  Focuses on training and familiarization with roles, guidelines, and responsibilities

8 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu What determines the success of a tabletop?  A successful tabletop leaves participants with:  A positive learning experience  Organizational learning  Improvement Action Planning  More effective policies, plans, and guidelines  Improved preparedness

9 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Exercise Guidelines  This exercise is designed to test the preparedness of the _____ to respond to a multi-agency, multi-site emergency event  Following 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Purpose  To examine current policies, procedures, resources and actions in the context to a response to domestic violence/shooter in a school/college setting  To promote greater understanding and ability to apply NIMS/ICS principles in a college setting  To make improvements as identified as an outcome of the exercise

13 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Objectives  To evaluate policies and procedures  To evaluate command and control including communications procedures  To identify resources needed vs. available  To identify training needs  To identify needed improvements and create an action plan to address those needs

14 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Demographic Overview  On this slide, add bullets of information about the demographics of your school/college, including but not limited to:  Number of schools/facilities  Types of schools/facilities  Athletic facilities  Student population  Employee population

15 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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:  Police  Fire  EMS

16 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Threat Assessment  On this slide, add bullets of information about the known threats to your school/college, including but not limited to:  Internal threats  External threats

17 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Scenario  A 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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.com  Local Media is also reporting that some of the people taking part in this protest are coming from outside the area.

19 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Questions  Where 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 roadways  Throwing bottles and trash at police  Setting park trashcans on fire

27 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Questions  What is your first concern in this situation?  For what contingencies must you plan?  What actions will you take?

29 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Questions  What 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Scenario Inject #3  At 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Questions What is your first concern in this situation? For what contingencies must you plan? What actions will you take?

33 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu 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?

35 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Hot Wash

36 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Hot Wash  How 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Hot Wash  What 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 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Action Plan  The lessons learned during this table top exercise will lead to a college action plan to:  Keep Doing ______  Stop Doing ______  Start Doing ______

39 Texas School Safety Centerwww.txssc.txstate.edu Conclusion  The Texas School Safety Center, Division for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Institutional Research is available for:  Training/Facilitation  Technical Assistance  Information

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