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Designing Exercises in Healthcare - Tactical, Operational and Strategic


Designing Exercises in Healthcare - Tactical, Operational and Strategic is an activity-based training. This exercise design course will work towards innovative ways to complete the exercise responsibility's of a healthcare emergency manager.

Goals for the day include the following:

  • Tactical (front line staff) - How to create a unique and operational drill for your front line staff, including a FREE template to use to create this drill to repeat with multiple scenarios, etc. within 2 planning meetings or less. 

  • Operational (Department Managers and Directors and Incident Command Staff) - How to use the "Scenario Sundays" process (@TobiasWatson in LinkedIn or search "Scenario Sundays on LinkedIn search bar) to create quick and usable exercises to meet exercise requirements from accreditation agencies.

  • Strategic (Organization Senior Leaders) - How to approach senior leaders with a preparedness mindset to get noticed and gain buy in for your program. This will include senior leader workshops, executive mini tabletops, quarterly exercises and briefings, and thought exercise emails.  

This is NOT a beginner exercise course. These are advanced concepts in exercise design and operations. It is STRONGLY recommended that all attendees have a minimum training of FEMA IS120. It is meant for preparedness professionals that have done some exercise work in the past and want to build their skills and capabilities.

Who should participate?

Personnel tasked with developing and conducting disaster exercises for their facility. The goal is to give participants the information and tools they need to design and conduct internal exercises. The training will also better enable them to participate as members of the design team for multi-agency exercises.

Commitment & pre-requisites

Because each module of the training builds on previous modules, participants are asked to commit to the full training period.
We highly recommend participants complete IS-120.C: An Introduction to Exercises prior to attending the course.

About the Presenter:

Tobais Watson, Exercise Planner

Tobias Watson is an Exercise Planner with Constant Associates and has a passion making preparedness exercises practical and applicable. He has over 10 years of professional experience encompassing emergency management, firefighting, and emergency medical services. Using his knowledge of field response, he is better able to understand the needs of those in the first responder/receiver capacity and the differences between paper plans and frontline needs.  

Mr. Watson graduated from Union College in Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in International Rescue and Relief. His highlights from college include five weeks of survival and rescue training in the Colorado wilderness, and a Capstone semester in Nicaragua studying and applying skills in survival, austere medicine, global health, and firefighting. 

Mr. Watson has served in multiple roles for emergency management providing training for emergency response, guidance for COVID-19, and program management and strategic development of healthcare emergency preparedness. His previous role was the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for a two-campus hospital with a Level II Trauma Center in Lincoln, NE. 

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