Guidance to Exercise Planning

Discussion Based Exercise

Workshop. A workshop resembles a seminar, but is employed to build specific products, such as a draft plan or policy (e.g., a Training and Exercise Plan Workshop is used to develop a Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan).

Tabletop Exercise (TTX). A tabletop exercise involves key campus and unit personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting.  TTXs can be used to assess plans, policies, and procedures.

Operations Based Exercise

Drill. A drill is a coordinated, supervised activity usually employed to test a single, specific operation or function within a single entity (e.g., the UIC polce department conducts a decontamination drill).

Functional Exercise (FE). A functional exercise examines and/or validates the coordination, command, and control between senior mangement from UIC's major units and colleges (e.g., emergency operation center). A functional exercise does not involve any "boots on the ground" (i.e., first responders or emergency officials responding to an incident in real time).

Full-Scale Exercises (FSE). A full-scale exercise is a full campus and multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multi-discipline exercise involving functional (e.g., joint field office, emergency operation centers, etc.) and "boots on the ground" response (e.g., firefighters decontaminating mock victims).

Guidance to Exercise Planning