Tuesday, December 22, 2020

"Tabletop Drills – Practicing Your Zoo Emergency Preparedness Exercises within a Single Room"


"Tabletop Drills – Practicing Your Zoo Emergency Preparedness

 Exercises within a Single Room"

January 6, 2021, at 2:00 pm eastern


Please register in advance.  Registration is free.  Seating is limited.




Practicing for emergency events of all types within zoo and aquarium environments is not only smart preparation for all the many disasters we hear about regularly but also is a zoo association standard necessary for accreditation. While it is important to hold regular live-action practice drills, there are times when a live simulation drill may be too complex or logistically difficult, or too advanced for new or inexperienced staff for it to effect satisfactory lessons and experience. This presentation will describe a variety of “Tabletop Drills,” where your staff can congregate together and be led through an emergency event step by step with the staff describing what actions they would take as the event progresses. A tabletop drill can be formally scripted in advance by a leader with planned injections of complications to test the participants’ reactions. Or a tabletop drill can be set up by the leader with complications randomized by the rolls of specific numbered dice with the outcomes less predictable. Both methods stimulate thinking about potential emergency actions and help prepare your staff for live-action drills as well as real emergencies.


Presenter: Ken Kaemmerer, Curator of Mammals, Pittsburgh Zoo

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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