ORISE designed software tool helps streamline the emergency exercise planning process
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education created a self-paced, computer-based tool for drill and exercise development called Exercise Builder.
The tool, originally created for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group, contains all the steps for designing, developing and evaluating an emergency exercise at any number of DOE facilities.
Exercise Builder makes available generic exercise components such as scenarios, objectives and criteria and tools, and users can add site-specific information to produce custom exercise packages.
Additional features of Exercise Builder include:
- Step-by-step, prompted assistance in developing the documents required for an exercise plan
- Storage of site-specific information that is automatically inserted into the exercise plan
- Suggestion of appropriate exercise objectives based on the scenario type and exercise participants
- Customization of exercise objectives, as well as the addition of new objectives
- Automatic generation of a master scenario events list (MSEL) after times are assigned to response steps
- Exercise message storage with links to the MSEL (even if times change, messages are updated and re-sequenced)
- Generation of entries for the controller directories based on message addressees
- Creation of exercise evaluation guides using previously entered information
- Generation of components of the after-action report
ORISE has worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Veterans Health Administration to adapt the existing Exercise Builder tool for hospitals, which is helping these facilities evaluate the operational readiness of VA hospitals and medical centers.