Crisis Exercises and Simulations

At PM we have a passion for various types of tailor-made crisis exercises and simulations for crisis operations, crisis governance, crisis communications and crisis management. We excel in building realistic but challenging scenarios that put your organisation’s processes and skills to the test. Highly scoping every exercise session by carefully choosing exercise objectives, we reconcile challenging participants and building confidence in their own abilities.

We are specialised in organising entire crisis exercises and simulations from start to end. We can also be assigned certain parts of your crisis exercise, such as building the scenario, observing, evaluating, etc. If useful for the exercise objectives, we can employ our CIP Simulator to simulate communication pressure on your teams.

Different types of exercises can be organised according to your organisation’s needs:

Tabletop Exercises

Confronted with a realistic escalating scenario about an incident related to your organisation, this thought experiment challenges your crisis team to think about the various ways the organisation would handle a crisis (or would otherwise fail to handle it). The tabletop focuses mainly on one particular crisis team. Which role would the team play in the whole crisis management cycle? Which key actions should the particular crisis team undertake? How would this team be notified, alarmed, activated and formed? Resulting in higher crisis awareness levels and a more detailed view on the matter, tabletop exercises provide crisis teams with valid insights in their current and emerging crisis preparedness priorities. For any crisis team, this type of exercise functions as a safe environment where existing knowledge, processes, procedures and practical arrangements can be tested against predicted or unforeseen scenarios.

Sandbox Exercises

In this exercise, multiple crisis teams are confronted with an unfolding real life simulated crisis. All participating teams are challenged to define their necessary steps within the crisis management cycle. What is our role in handling the simulated crisis effectively? In reality, would we be able to define and fulfil these tasks? In a sandbox exercise, actions by operational response teams and emergency services are part of the simulated context. As these additional parties are not involved as participants, sandbox exercises allow a safe environment to build the necessary crisis knowledge, processes and skills. Cooperation and interdependencies between crisis teams, coordination, information management and action planning are frequent objectives for these kinds of exercises.

Field Training Exercises

In a Field Training Exercise (FTX), as many crisis teams as possible are involved as participants as opposed to being simulated in the other types of exercises. Often, the details of the scenario are kept secret to the participants which really puts the procedures and skills of crisis management teams to the test. This exercise allows teams to practise both general exercise objectives as team related crisis preparedness aspects. Allowing operational response teams to train for physical crisis interventions, an FTX is often organised in collaboration with external partners such as emergency services or local governments. On some occasions, various organisations specific to the simulated scenario are asked to participate as well, e.g. other affected organisations such as a railway company, neighbourhood organisations, even potentially affected citizens, etc.

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