Training and Exercises (Emergency Management)

The lecture for this week presented information on training and exercises, including their purposes and potential benefits. Below are some questions to consider: You don’t have to respond to all of them, but please provide reasons for your answers. Your discussion should focus on a real organization in your life–your employer, school, or faith-based or other nongovernmental organization that you may serve as a volunteer, or that you are otherwise familiar with. 

There is one overall multi-part question for this week, which is to be addressed in your response:

  • Does your organization conduct drills and training? For what particular kinds of disasters, crises, or critical incidents? Have you found the drills or training useful?
  • Are the drills always scheduled and announced in advance, or are there “surprise,” no-notice drills and exercises?
  • Are there “injects” of new information or changes in the original scenario to challenge the participants?
  • Are there types of incidents for which there are currently no drills or training, but you think should be done?
  • After drills or training, are after-action or lessons learned reports prepared, or meetings held to evaluate the results and develop action or improvement plans?
  • What improvements would you recommend? 
  • Note: 1 1/2 pages, 3 references, APA.

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