2013 Campus Tabletop Exercises – Now available


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As we hear about tragedies and incidents at colleges and universities – from natural disasters to active shooters to bomb threats – it causes us to face the question: What would we do if this happened here? Tabletop exercises help us determine how best to respond should such “What ifs?” turn to real-life.
For instance, active shooter tabletops have become quite common on campuses, especially since Virginia Tech, as institutions explore lockdowns, shelter in place strategies and split-second responses. Tabletops also allow campuses to explore other scenarios, from weather-related emergencies to railroad disasters for schools along the tracks to pandemic flu possibilities.
Campus Tabletop Exercises 2013: Tools, Tips & Techniques is a 180-page binder filled with guidance and samples that you can implement immediately. It allows users to discuss how they would respond to hypothetical crisis situations and prepares institutional stakeholders.
Topics Covered
Within this binder, you’ll find materials such as:
Tools: We’ve created several sample tabletop exercises that you can implement right on your campus, complete with objectives, scenarios, facilitation tips, discussion questions, aftermath considerations and more. By using these exercises, participants will get a better handle on communication structures, individual roles and responsibilities, crisis management tasks, preparation possibilities, training needs and the effectiveness of policies and procedures currently in place.
Tips: Here we’ll provide examples of how tabletops are being used at different colleges and universities. What situations might you encounter during your time on campus? Chemical/hazmat spills, active shooters, tornadoes, fire evacuations, floods and more are all very real dangers – and we’ll show you how institutions are preparing for the worst through tabletops.
Techniques: Plus, we’ll provide tips on how to run effective tabletop exercises – including the who, what, where and when. Who should you involve? Where can tabletops be held effectively? When is a good time? What should you try to cover in a certain amount of time? And how can you create your own tabletops that fit your institution? These questions and more will be addressed.
As a bonus, we’re offering a section on Crisis Communications & Media Relations. Effective communication before, during and after an incident is key when it comes to tabletop success. Learn more about how to work with your campus and community constituents, as well as the media, here.
Special Section:

The Impact of Social Media on Campus Crises
Information is instantaneous within today’s campus landscape and having a smart, savvy, efficient and effective social media plan in place is a key piece of the communications process when handling campus crises. This special section offers ideas, tips, suggestions and real-life examples of how and why you should consider using social media during crises. It explains who should use it and when, as well as common mistakes, effective tools, monitoring and response strategies, reputation and branding considerations, return on investment thoughts and more. Plus, we’ll provide examples of successful social media strategies to incorporate into your campus emergency plan, along with the do’s and don’ts.
What You Get
Save time and money by ordering Campus Tabletop Exercises 2013: Tools, Tips & Techniques Binder & CD. It makes using a tabletop exercise to train your staff much more doable – and within a quicker timeframe. Plus, we provide the strong framework you need to help you develop your own campus-specific tabletop exercises.

Pricing Info
$349 + $9 S&H
With Campus Tabletop Exercises 2013: Tools, Tips & Techniques Binder & CD, you get both the printed binder and an accompanying CD. Access the materials at your convenience – use and distribute the materials in a way that works for you and your staff.
Binders are in stock and available for immediate shipment. We offer a full money back guarantee if not satisfied.

Be sure to train all personnel — ATF Checklist for Bomb Threats

Using checklists during a bomb threat is prudent and a best practice.  Organizations should remember to train all personnel who may take a bomb threat or be in a position to see suspicious packages.  Secretaries, maintenance and security personnel are important front-line employees, who need such training. Be sure to instruct all personnel to never touch any suspicious package and to report such packages immediately according to your standard operating procedures.

As part of the webinar we have been conducting for Paper-Clip.com entitled Campus Bomb Threats: Policies, Protocol & Plans we include the ATF checklist for Bomb Threats, which is now available at our website www.ldarrylarmstrong.com look under webinar in the left column – click and it will take you to the webinar resource page.


Golden Eagle Award – Redwood City Schools Presents New Safety Plan



 We are pleased to give a “Golden Eagle Award” of excellence to the Redwood City schools in California who have announced a new safety plan to prevent and react to campus violence in the wake of several recent shootings throughout the county, according to the city’s police and fire departments.

The Redwood City Police Department actually began devising the new safety strategy several weeks prior to the string of violence and its need solidified even more greatly after, according to the announcement. 

The plan is a multi-phased approach that includes collaborative training of schools staff and a large-scale preparedness exercise involving the departments, school staff and other involved agencies. No specific date for the exercise has been announced but officials expect to do so within the year.

The safety plan’s other components include:

• On-site safety lectures to school staff by experts on how to immediately respond to campus threats while awaiting police response;

• A drill by school staff of those lessons;

• Refining existing emergency response contingency plans and training levels to boost effective response;

• Develop synchronized response plans.

The Redwood City Police Department is also focusing on protection of middle and elementary school students — the youngest and most defenseless children, according to the announcement — by reviewing security plans and making recommendations at all school sites, having day shift patrol officers meet with the administrators of each school within their beats to establish good working relationships, conducting walk-throughs of each school to  familiarize themselves with the layout and surrounding areas and, when work permits, stop by each elementary school in their beats at least once during each school day. 

The plan is in keeping with the advice we share with our clients at L. Darryl ARMSTRONG and Associates Behavioral Public Relations LLC:

1. The importance of being inclusive and having all the stakeholders and impacted parties involved in the planning process on the front-end so they have the necessary buy-in on the back end.

2. The need to collaborate – co-labor – instead of just cooperating – “playing nice”. Collaboration requires all parties to stay involved until the best plan possible can be prepared and agreed upon.

3. Announcing the plan to the community, students, staff and all interested stakeholders was appropriately accomplished and helps the community understand the commitments the college has to its students, faculty and staff.

4. Finally, the announcement states a “drill” will be conducted and we would encourage the developers of the plan to hold regular table-top exercises (drills) using all the key principles outlined in the development and implementation of table-top exercises, which can be found in our manual Campus Tabletop Exercises 2013 – Tools, Tips and Techniques available at Paper-Clip.com. Developers and interested parties also can obtain free checklists at our website: ldarrylarmstrong.com