Welcome to Exercise Green Cloud
Exercise Green Cloud (EGC) is a three hour functional tabletop exercise that provides participants with an opportunity to test/validate the ability of Players to apply the SIMTEC Self-Care Decontamination Protocols by engaging representatives from local first response agencies including, but not limited to, Fire & Rescue Services, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and Hazardous Materials response teams,and hospital first receiver emergency staff, in a simulated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) event.Optionally, health and federal law enforcement teams may wish to participate.
Additionally EGC is especially designed to test the decision-making ability of:
- Incident Command Post (ICP) members;
- Hazardous Material Response (Hazmat) Teams;
- Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) personnel; and
- Hospital Emergency Response (ER) personnel
to respond to a CBRNE event and how they manage their own stress reactions, reduce the stressors on front-line staff and to provide timely psychosocial support to community residents impacted by the CBRNE event. Prior to running the exercises, participants will need to watch a series of short training videos to help them manage the Self Care Decontamination situations they will encounter during the exercise.
What do we mean by “psychosocial”?
Psychosocial refers to the interaction between one’s mind and body; in practical terms, the term refers to one’s physical, psychological and social functioning.
Please Note Before You Start:
- In preparation for achieving success in the EGC exercise, all participants/players will need to review the online training videos and materials prior to the day of the exercise. There is a short-pre-exercise knowledge check self-assessment to make sure participants are familiar with the necessary protocols prior to the exercise.
- The designated Players need to be trained and proficient in ICS, EOC and respective Health Emergency Room (ER) First Receiver policy and procedures in order to manage this CBRNE event. This exercise is not designed to create awareness or introduce ICP/EOC functions to players; however, the Players will require the skills of ICP and EOC functions and performance in order to succeed in provided the required behaviours and responses. There will be simulated casualties in this exercise, and some of the audio-visual and audio inputs into the exercise may be disturbing and distressful to some exercise players.
- You will need to designate a Lead Controller to run and manage the exercise. The Lead Controller will need to take the time to review and download all of the relevant materials and to follow the directions in the Controller Guidebook. The time required for the designated Lead Controller to become sufficiently conversant with the material is expected to take a day. The Lead Controller will not be able to actively participate in the exercise.
- You will need to have separate rooms to use for the exercise for each of the participating groups (i.e., ICP, EOC, Hospital Emergency Response). Ideally you would be able to use your actual EOC. The room should be able to comfortably accommodate all of your exercise players and participants. While there is no maximum number of players, the exercise is best run with anywhere from six to ten players in each of the exercise teams (i.e., ICP, EOC, Hospital Emergency Response). If you have fewer than four players, they may become overwhelmed with the tasks they will be required to carry out depending on the size of your community response.
- Additionally, you will need to sequester the Hazmat Team members and Psychosocial Support personnel until they are to be introduced into the exercise at approximately half an hour into the exercise. If federal law enforcement officials are participating, they too should be sequestered until their presence is required in the ICP.
- The exercise will use the fictional community of “Denton” for this exercise, and all supporting maps, materials and information necessary to become oriented to the community will be available to be downloaded during the training and prior to running the exercise. Nevertheless, your plans and processes (i.e., whether or not you use an Incident Command based approach or some other emergency management system) will be adaptable to this exercise.
- Two computer systems are required to simultaneously run audio and video files in each of the exercise rooms. You will need to ensure that you can accommodate the technical requirements to run the exercise. View the computer technical requirements to run the exercise.
- While this exercise was designed to accommodate an international audience it was developed in Canada and the language used for the exercise is in English.The exercise is framed within a terrorist event, and while no restricted information is required to participate in the exercise, consideration may need to be given to the confidentiality of what materials and strategies exercise participants bring to the exercise.
- It is important to remember that even though this is an exercise, for many players who are immersed in the exercise it may seem very real; there is always the possibility that players may experience some significant psychosocial reactions during or after the exercise. Thus, it will be important to have someone available after the exercise to provide not only an operational debriefing for exercise players but also to provide an opportunity for players to receive a debrief to express any psychosocial responses they may have experienced and to receive any necessary support for those responses.
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