Tabletop Exercise Meningitis Outbreak Division for Law Enforcement

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Tabletop Exercise Meningitis Outbreak Division for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Institutional Research Texas

Tabletop Exercise Meningitis Outbreak Division for Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Institutional Research Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Rules of the Road § Creativity/Group Problem Solving § Use the knowledge and information

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 Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Agenda § § § Introductions Scenario Description Hot Wash (Debrief) Action Planning Texas School

Agenda § § § Introductions Scenario Description Hot Wash (Debrief) Action Planning Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Introductions Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Introductions Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

The Exercise Continuum § § Drills Tabletop Exercises Functional Exercises Full-Scale Exercises Texas School

The Exercise Continuum § § Drills Tabletop Exercises Functional Exercises Full-Scale Exercises Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

What is a tabletop exercise? § Simulates an emergency situation in an informal, stress-free

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 Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

How does a tabletop exercise work? § Scenario-based discussion, guided by a facilitator §

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 Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

What determines the success of a tabletop? § A successful tabletop leaves participants with:

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 Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Exercise Guidelines (Continued) § _____ISD/college policy shall govern all activities relating to the emergency

Exercise Guidelines (Continued) § _____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. Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Exercise Guidelines § This exercise is designed to test the preparedness of the _____

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. Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Exercise Guidelines (Continued) § From time to time, there will be injections to the

Exercise Guidelines (Continued) § 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. Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Purpose § To examine current policies, procedures, resources and actions in the context to

Purpose § To examine current policies, procedures, resources and actions in the context to a response to a meningitis outbreak 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 Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Objectives § To evaluate policies and procedures § To evaluate command control including communications

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

Background § _____ school/college has a student population of _____ § The college has

Background § _____ school/college has a student population of _____ § The college has a large commuter population and a residential population of _____ § The college is located in a rural/urban setting § Campus police/security operations include _____ § Campus health operations include _____ Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Scenario § A student has reported to a staff member that they are feeling

Scenario § A student has reported to a staff member that they are feeling sick. The student tells her that the symptoms exhibited include: § § Fever Nausea Headache Stiff Neck Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Questions § What does the staff member need to know? § How do they

Questions § What does the staff member need to know? § How do they find the information? § What action do they take? § What does your EOP direct? § What are you going to do? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Scenario – Inject #1 (20 minutes later) § The student has developed a pinpoint

Scenario – Inject #1 (20 minutes later) § The student has developed a pinpoint rash § The nurse suspects either bacterial or viral meningitis § The student immediately sought health care at their physician § Lab work is conducted to determine if this is a case of meningitis or common flu Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Questions § § § What do you need to know? How do you find

Questions § § § What do you need to know? How do you find the information? What does your EOP direct? What are you going to do? Who has local public health authority? What policies address school relationship with Public Health? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Scenario – Inject #2 § The public health authority reports back that the student

Scenario – Inject #2 § The public health authority reports back that the student has been positively diagnosed with Meningococcal meningitis § The student has been isolated at the local hospital and is receiving antibiotics § The student lived on campus Note: If your campus has no on-campus housing conduct the tabletop exercise accordingly Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Questions § § What do you need to know? How do you find the

Questions § § What do you need to know? How do you find the information? What does your EOP direct? What are you going to do? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Scenario – Inject #3 § A second student is exhibiting symptoms of meningitis §

Scenario – Inject #3 § A second student is exhibiting symptoms of meningitis § It is found that this student was on a field trip with the first student a couple of days prior § The students, faculty, staff, parents, and community are concerned and want information § The local press is seeking information via email, telephone, and personal visits to campus Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Questions § What actions will you take? § Do you activate your college incident

Questions § What actions will you take? § Do you activate your college incident command? § What is your ICS structure? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

ICS Structure Questions § § § Who is the Incident Commander? Who is the

ICS Structure Questions § § § Who is the Incident Commander? Who is the Public Information Officer? Who is the Liaison Officer? Who is the Operations Chief? How will you incorporate medical services? § What other ICS positions will you activate and who will fill them? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Final Update § The first student with meningitis is showing signs of improvement §

Final Update § The first student with meningitis is showing signs of improvement § The second student is hospitalized and is receiving treatment § There have not been any additional suspected meningitis cases reported Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Questions § § What do you need to know? How do you find the

Questions § § What do you need to know? How do you find the information? What does your EOP direct? What is your ICS team going to do? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Hot Wash § How well did your EOP operate and what actions will you

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? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Hot Wash § What internal divisions were required to work together in this scenario?

Hot Wash § 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? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Hot Wash § What can be done to improve campus health and wellness operations?

Hot Wash § What can be done to improve campus health and wellness operations? § What role did community education play? § What can be done to improve the knowledge and capabilities of students, faculty, and staff as it relates to this scenario? Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Action Plan The lessons learned during this table top exercise will lead to a

Action Plan The lessons learned during this table top exercise will lead to a college action plan to: § Keep Doing _____ § Stop Doing _____ § Start Doing _____ Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Conclusion The Texas School Safety Center, Higher Education Division is available for: § Training/Facilitation

Conclusion The Texas School Safety Center, Higher Education Division is available for: § Training/Facilitation § Technical Assistance § Information Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu

Contact Us Web: www. txssc. txstate. edu Phone: 877 -304 -2727 Texas School Safety

Contact Us Web: www. txssc. txstate. edu Phone: 877 -304 -2727 Texas School Safety Center www. txssc. txstate. edu