Tabletop exercises are an important step in any emergency preparedness and disaster recovery plan. These exercises include bringing together all relevant parties (e.g. fire, police, emergency management, utilities, etc.) to walk-through a scenario and discuss each step in the order they would happen during a real-life event.
The goal is to test the effectiveness and efficiency of the team and its plan. This provides the opportunity for improvement as any inefficiencies and mistakes can be uncovered. Ultimately, this will fine tune the strategy, ensuring event response is effective.
Tabletop exercises are a staple in emergency planning no matter what industry you’re in. From corporations to hospitals everyone should take time annually to review their plans and do a walk-through via a table top drill.
In fact, for hospitals and healthcare systems, the CMS Emergency Preparedness Guidelines require you to perform two drills per year – one must be active, but the 2nd drill can be a table top drill.