Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EM 222
Course Title:
Disaster Exercise Design and Evaluation
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Course Description

Provides the student with an understanding of how different types of disaster exercises are written and conducted. Exercises are a necessary training tool for all emergency response organizations to test new skills, technology and competency. Prerequisites: EM 203, EM 204, and EM 205. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course will cover simulations, tabletop exercises, functional and full scale drills. The roles and responsibilities of players, controllers, simulators, and evaluators will be presented. Students will learn the steps in exercise planning, preparation, and execution, as well as post-exercise activities.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and define orientations, seminars, drills, tabletop exercises, functional and full scale exercises.
  • Identify and implement the steps to develop, conduct and evaluate each type of exercise.
  • Write a statement of purpose, objectives, narrative, major sequence of events, and messages for a functional exercise.
  • Describe the roles of controllers, simulators, evaluators, and players in an exercise.
  • Define and develop strategies for conducting exercise critiques and evaluations.

Course Activities and Design

  • Lecture on terminology and components of exercises
  • Develop an exercise plan
  • Develop an exercise
  • Conduct an exercise
  • Conduct an exercise critique.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written Exams
  • Written exercise components

                 Exercise Plan

                  Master exercise sequence of events

                  Exercise messages

  • Actively participate in an exercise (role-playing)
  • Participate in a critique of an exercise and the development of the After Action Plan.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Types of Exercises:


Tabletop Exercises

Functional Drills

Full Scale Drills

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