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A selection of materials from DRI International is available here as an added benefit for DRI members. We hope you enjoy this informative collection of industry information and research.

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Leading Large Scale Exercises for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2019

Author: James Mitchell

Attend this session to learn the essential elements necessary to manage an exercise on a large scale. The presentation walks through the process used by Texas Children’s to manage multiple large-scale exercises involving multiple external agencies and hundreds of participants. While the presentation is from a healthcare organization, the lessons are applicable to all. Topics covered include working with external partners (such as law enforcement and EMS0, internal and external communications, and developing after-action reports and corrective actions.

Tags: Healthcare, Active Shooter/Workplace Violence, Exercises

WORKSHOP: Designing Creative Exercises – From Theory to Real World

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2018

Author: Raelene Anderson, Bobby Cook

This three-hour, hands-on workshop is a practical exercise design course during which you will be actively engaged. If you want to learn how to build (or better!) your exercises, this is the workshop for you. Exercising can mean the difference between surviving a crisis and not. We practice to ensure all participants understand their roles and responsibilities during crisis. An exercise is NOT a test, but rather to practice skills learned through training. Equally as important, is to set your exercise up right from the beginning. Designing an exercise takes time, patience, and support. An exercise should produce measurable, useful, timely and relevant results. Designing exercises is not a one size fits all, however many of the foundations are the same. This course will take you through the steps to design a creative, effective and fun exercise.

Tags: Active Shooter/Workplace Violence, Disaster Scenarios, Exercises

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WORKSHOP: Designing Creative Exercises – From Theory to Real World (Active Shooter Exercise)

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2018

Author: Raelene Anderson, Bobby Cook

This three-hour, hands-on workshop is a practical exercise design course during which you will be actively engaged. If you want to learn how to build (or better!) your exercises, this is the workshop for you. Exercising can mean the difference between surviving a crisis and not. We practice to ensure all participants understand their roles and responsibilities during crisis. An exercise is NOT a test, but rather to practice skills learned through training. Supplementary Active Shooter Exercise Example. See presentation listing. Equally as important, is to set your exercise up right from the beginning. Designing an exercise takes time, patience, and support. An exercise should produce measurable, useful, timely and relevant results. Designing exercises is not a one size fits all, however many of the foundations are the same. This course will take you through the steps to design a creative, effective and fun exercise.

Tags: Active Shooter/Workplace Violence, Exercises

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WORKSHOP: Reality-based Disaster Exercise Techniques

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2018

Author: Jeanne Powell

We test our backups and recovery processes occasionally and pass our audits, isn’t that enough? Only if your BCP goals are just that. Those are certainly important objectives. But, those types of exercises are not enough if the ultimate goal of your BC/DR Program is for your business to survive an actual disaster and the ensuing chaos. Reality-based, scenario driven exercises pull everything together by encouraging a holistic view of impacts and consolidated recovery considerations/efforts not discoverable in more narrowly focused exercises. This workshop will build on previous topics from the same presenter and take things further into the practical realm of disaster exercises. Come and participate in this workshop as we look at and talk about the benefits of robust disaster exercises; quickly review definitions and disaster scenario creation process (previous topics); exercise ingredients, methods, and script techniques; potential outcomes. The presenter brings deep experience with both actual disaster situations and reality-based disaster exercises, which will add a real-life perspective to our discussions.

Tags: Disaster Scenarios, Process, Exercises

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Case Study: Exercise Innovations and Lessons Learned from Silicon Valley’s Applied Materials

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2017

Author: Bobby Cook, Raeline Anderson

Applied Materials, a $9.7 billion technology giant, takes business continuity and emergency response seriously. Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. At the center of the company’s overall program is a robust test and exercise strategy and schedule. Designed to protect 14,000+ employees, 10,200+ patents in 81 sites and 18 countries, it all starts at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters. It is here that our commitment from top executives makes excellence and innovation possible. Attend this session for an in-depth case study detailing two massive recent exercises — from start to finish. The presenters spent decades in the public sector and have translated their experience, knowledge, and training into a world-class global program for use in any public or private organization.

Tags: Business Continuity Program, Case Study, Exercises

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Event Management: Got the Right Tools?

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2015

Author: Tonya York, Kathryne Estrada, Jayne Johnson, Jared Gouldy

In this session, the McKesson service Continuity Office team shares the processes and tools it uses to manage semiannual exercises and actual events. Learn how McKesson created a SharePoint-based event and exercise-management tool that is flexible, real-time, and allow the team to successfully manage 24-hour contiguous exercises with over 200 participants from two data centers, work-from-home locations all over the U.S., and outsourcers' locations in India and Mexico.

Tags: Exercises

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