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The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a series of monthly Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX). The VTTX program is an initiative intended to leverage technology and reach a large training audience.

VTTX programs use a video teleconference platform (ZOOM) to reach community based training audiences around the country and provide a virtual forum for disaster training. The VTTX process involves key personnel from the emergency management community of practice reviewing a pre-packaged set of exercise materials then convening for a four hour table top exercise discussing a simulated disaster scenario. The event allows the connected sites to assess current plans, policies and procedures while learning from the other connected sites as they provide their perspective and practices facing a similar situation.

emergency kitThis VTTX is designed to engage the participants in a no-fault, hazard-specific exercise discussion. Facilitation will occur online from the EMI and will need to be complemented by a dedicated local agency facilitator at each participating site. The participating location must provide a person capable of facilitating the onsite portion of this discussion-based exercise. 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 instructions.

Course dates and scenario topics are included below.

How to Apply: Locations interested in participating in the VTTX series should submit an email request to the program coordinator or call (301) 447-1381. Be sure to mention your preferred topic or course date when making your request. When applying, please provide a central point of contact from your organization to work all VTTX issues. Upon receipt, the central POC will be contacted with the approved participation date.

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Course Date Scenario
Oct 4 – 6, 2022 Family Reunification after an Earthquake
Oct 18 – 20, 2022 Winter Weather
Nov 1 – 3, 2022 Active Threat (Shooter)-Mall
Nov 15 – 17, 2022 Chlorine
Dec 13 – 15, 2022 Cyber
Jan 10 – 12, 2023 Dam Failure
Jan 24 – 26, 2023 IPAWS Seasonal Flooding
Feb 7 – 9, 2023 Flood
Mar 7 – 9, 2023 Public Health – Burn MCI
Mar 21 – 23, 2023 IPAWS HazMat Event
Apr 4 – 6, 2023 Train Derailment – Pass Train
Apr 18 – 20, 2023 Tornado
May 2 – 4, 2023 Cyber
May 16 – 18, 2023 Hurricane COOP
Jun 13 – 15, 2023 IPAWS Hurricane
Jul 18 – 20, 2023 Wildfire Urban Interface (WUI)
Aug 8 – 10, 2023 Cyber
Aug 29 – 31, 2023 Active Threat (Shooter) – School
Sept 12 – 14, 2023 IPAWS MCI Terrorist Event