In July 2017, the Arbor Lodge / Kenton and Overlook NETs completed a fantastic, well-designed Deployment Exercise. They practiced deploying to their staging areas, completing and handing off ICS forms, establishing chain of command, assessing needs and planning response, and communicating via radio (with each other and the PBEM ECC). The exercise generated a huge list of lessons learned that they used to make important revisions to their Ops & Comms Plans and inform their training plans.
This exercise was completed again in October 2017 by Arbor Lodge / Kenton, Overlook, Piedmont, Concordia / Vernon / Woodlawn, and Boise / Eliot / Humboldt. We hope to continue doing this exercise twice a year and including more teams each time. Wouldn’t it be great to do a city-wide exercise at some point?
- You may access the Deployment Exercise materials and customize them for your team(s). Contact ArborLodgePrepares@gmail.com with questions.
- Huge thanks to Angela Watson, Taylor Dewey, Mitch Bixby, and Leslee Lewis for designing this exercise.
- For more hands-on practice ideas, check out the NET Meeting Ideas document.
Sometimes our brains get a little mushy when we’re presented with a high-stress situation (like an earthquake). Keep these handy cheat sheets in your pack to help you remember your training!