As part of the preparation to conduct a tabletop exercise there are several important administrative and technical items that are easy to forget. Forgetting one or more of these items may lead to a less than desirable outcome during the exercise. Here’s that list:

  1. Identify the training location(s)
  2. Finalize the agenda
  3. Documents prepared (MSEL, selected hardcopy injects, participant exercise books, participant evaluations, evaluator checklist, copies of plans, etc…)
  4. Participants identified and confirmed attendance
  5. Moderators and evaluators identified
  6. Recorder (scribe) identified
  7. The remainder of this list is in the free checklist below

This dynamic checklist is ideal for those that organize exercises and need to make sure they don’t forget the finer details. Also, it’s free!

About Rob Burton

Rob is a Principal at PreparedEx where he manages a team of crisis preparedness professionals and has over 20 years of experience preparing for and responding to crises. Part of his leadership role includes assisting PreparedEx clients in designing, implementing and evaluating crisis, emergency, security and business continuity management programs. During his career Rob has worked for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, as a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords and he served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. Rob was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit The Grenadier Guards where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. Rob was a highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanded covert operational teams and was a sniper. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism. Rob has a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.