January 12, 13 and 14, 2016, Course: V-0025B - Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX)

Exercise Date & Location:  

January 12, 13 and 14, 2016, Virtual Exercise – Multiple Locations

(Note: Three separate offerings to accommodate as many site applicants as possible)


Exercise Length:  4 Hours.  Start time is 12:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and end time is 4:00 P.M. EST.


Exercise Description:

This Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX) will focus on an active shooter event taking place in a shopping mall setting.  The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures.  This VTTX differs from other Tabletop exercises in that it will be conducted using Video-Teleconference (VTC) technology (not web‑based), and is intended to provide an opportunity for responders across the Nation to simultaneously participate in a hazard-specific facilitated discussion.  Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating agency.  This format will allow the common delivery of exercise materials, scenarios, modules, and discussion questions among those participating in the exercise. The VTTX documents are editable to fit your location, choice of dates and the module questions can be changed to best fit your training needs.


Exercise Goal:

This virtual exercise will enable the participants to exercise their knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to effectively conduct all-hazards emergency preparedness, response and recovery.  Overall goals include:


  1. Prepare participants for an active shooter incident affecting their community.
  2. Enable participants to better coordinate their response operations with counterparts from local governments, other State governments, Federal agencies, Tribal, private sector organizations, and non-governmental agencies.
  3. Leverage VTC technology to reach remote sites.
  4. Provide a virtual, experiential education environment to exercise and enhance critical response and recovery tasks.


This delivery method will allow participating communities to share real-time active shooter focus incident related preparation, response, and recovery concerns and solutions with all participants.


Target Audience:

The VTTX program is designed for a “community-based” group (not individual participation) of personnel from federal,   local, tribal or state emergency management organizations with representation from all Emergency Management disciplines - public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental and other whole community partners involved during an active shooter incident.

Exercise Design

This VTTX is designed to engage the participants in a no fault, hazard-specific exercise discussion.  The lead facilitation will occur via VTC from the EMI campus, and will be complimented by a dedicated local agency facilitator at each VTC site.


The VTTX will be supported by an Exercise and Coordination Facilitation Guide, which will include all required logistical information (room layout, connection instructions, etc.), as well as facilitation and hot wash instructions.


The VTTX will consist of:

  • Three discussion modules presented by the EMI facilitator.
  • Local discussion with guided questions facilitated by an on-site facilitator.
  • Brief-outs from each participating location after each module.


Participation Requirements:

The VTTX will be limited to approximately 10-15 locations per exercise.  Participants must have an appropriate site equipped with VTC capability (not web-based) that can access the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) VTC site (connection information will be provided by EMI).  Participating locations will be responsible for local exercise logistics, and should designate an exercise coordinator to implement the logistical requirements for the exercise.  In addition, the location must provide a person capable of facilitating the on-site portion of exercise.  Electronic copies of the related exercise materials (Situation Manual) will be provided in advance by EMI.


To Apply:

Locations interested in participating in the VTTX series should submit an email request to participate in the exercise to Doug Kahn at [email protected], phone (301) 447-7645, with preferred date of participation.  Your email is your program application.  When applying, please provide a central point of contact from your organization to work all VTTX issues.  Each location will receive a notice from EMI and will be provided with relevant logistical information and exercise materials to set up and facilitate the exercise locally. With your request cc in your email: the Integrated Emergency Management Branch office at [email protected]  or call 301-447-1381.


VTTX Program Information:

For a complete listing of all the FY16 VTTX dates and scenarios please check our homepage at:  http://www.training.fema.gov/programs/emivttx.aspx

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