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For some, Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off next week! (If you are not sure when your state’s preparedness activities occur, consult the National Weather Service Awareness and Preparedness Calendar.) This is an opportune time to hold a tabletop exercise that synchronizes with other activities being conducted in your area—like using your local community’s tornado siren testing as the start of a tornado drill and then following it with a tabletop contemplating tornado damage to your business. But what is a tabletop exercise? And how can you conduct one successfully with your organization? Let us explore.
A tabletop exercise is an activity in which personnel gathers to discuss a simulated emergency scenario. Personnel uses role-playing and discussion to practice responding to the simulated threat(s) while referencing company policies and plan documents to support their efforts. While these types of tests can vary greatly in their scope and complexity, this testing type is always interactive and low risk. It gives everyone a chance to rehearse and ask questions, in scenarios that typically do not offer a chance to think through response during the intensity of an actual event. Depending on the scope of the emergency for which you are preparing, and the size of your business, your tabletop exercise could last a few hours to several days.
Key participants may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Some of the benefits of engaging in tabletop exercises could include:
Perhaps most importantly, a tabletop exercise can also expose gaps in your organization's preparedness, giving you a chance to address shortcomings and, in some cases, prevent failures or improve recovery times as a result. Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) engages in tabletop exercises, so the value to organizations from small to very large is clear. At Locknet® Managed IT, we engage in tabletop exercises ourselves and at times with our clients, though it is not a regular service we provide. The importance of tabletop exercises should not be overlooked as a part of your preparedness strategy as they tend to be highly effective in determining how prepared your organization is before it is caught up in an emergency.
As a managed IT company, we work tirelessly to shore up protection for our clients so that their business is shielded from attacks, hacks, and other IT emergencies. But every business faces threats on a regular basis, both under the umbrella of IT and well outside of it—and those threats are always evolving. Planning for contingencies is a big part of managing IT, and the organizations that are most prepared when disaster strikes have typically put in long hours considering what might happen, and how they would react to minimize damage to the enterprise. Tabletop exercises are one component of that emergency preparedness mindset.
If you have not conducted a tabletop exercise recently, or ever, plan one today! Your next emergency could be tomorrow.