Part 2 Why a Building Block Approach

In the previous lessons, we briefly discussed the context and importance of an exercise program within an emergency management program, and introduced you to the five phases of an exercise, and the key roles and responsibilities of exercise participants.

Now we're going to take a look at how an exercise program can be put together using a building block approach, and then go on to discuss the two types of exercises: discussion-based and operations-based.  We’ll briefly talk about what kind of exercises go in each of these types, and give you a few examples of how they would be conducted. Finally we'll talk about some of the elements of an exercise that are common to both discussion-based and operations-based exercise, elements such as communications, media participation, briefings, debriefings, and codewords.

You'll be using the vocabulary you’ve been already introduced to, and learning more terms.

In Part 2, you’ll be introduced to:

  • Lesson 7 - The Building Block Approach to an exercise program
  • Lesson 8– Discussion-based exercises and how to conduct them
  • Lesson 9- Operations-based exercises and how to conduct them
  • Lesson 10 -  Common exercise elements such as media participation, communications, briefings, and debriefings



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