Crisis situations that require quick reaction and on-the-spot decision making are often unexpected and unavoidable. The degree of our success in responding, controlling and managing such a crisis is directly reflected by the level of effective and relevant training of the people involved. Having accurate continuity plans is not enough to ensure a successful recovery. People must be trained. Conducting exercises is one of the most important activities that we can do to train people to respond, restore and recover from a crisis event. These exercises transpose our response and recovery strategies from theory based ideas to reality.
Exercises build continuity muscle by generating knowledgeable and trained people along with more accurate and viable documentation when designed, developed and conducted correctly. But what does it take to pull off a powerful and effective exercise? How do you measure the results of an exercise? And how can you leverage the learning environment that the exercise creates for maximum learning experience?
Some of the topics we will cover:
- What is and why should you conduct disaster exercises
- The six types of exercises
- Using the Exercise Planning Template (handout)
- Designing just the right exercise with the best of ingredients to obtain desired results
- How to prepare people for their success with maximum outcome
- Conducting the exercise where theory meets reality
- How to spot low hanging fruit by recognizing and identifying action items
- Virtual exercises, are they effective
- Focusing on what makes exercising easy …and fun
Exercising our business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management plans are no longer an option if the objective is to have a viable continuity program works when reality strikes. This is the one training about exercises that you cannot miss. We will cover issues and present information that you will find nowhere else. Take the time to make this happen for you.