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ERIC Number: ED495926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Planning and Conducting a Functional Exercise. Helpful Hints for School Emergency Management. Volume 2, Issue 4, 2007
US Department of Education
A key component of comprehensive school and school district emergency management plans is an exercise program that includes the five types of exercises: (1) orientation seminars; (2) drills; (3) tabletop exercises; and (4) functional exercises. Functional exercises are excellent tools for testing the extent to which an existing emergency management plan contains the appropriate procedures, policies, roles and responsibilities for responding to various hazards. The helpful hints on functional exercises described herein are based on the recounting of an actual exercise conducted at a school district which involved over 500 people from 15 agencies and organizations. Helpful hints include: (1) allow for sufficient planning time; (2) reach a consensus about the functions to be tested; (3) design the exercise to resemble an actual emergency; (4) conduct a series of orientation meetings before the exercise; (5) engage stakeholders; (6) consider student involvement; (7) evaluate the exercise; and (8) conduct after-action debriefings and modify emergency management plans. (Contains 3 figures and 3 footnotes.) [This document was published by the Emergency Response and Crisis Management (ERCM) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS).]
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A