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Exercise Builder

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.

How ORISE is Making a Difference

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.

Exercise Builder

ORISE customizes Exercise Builder tool to standardize Veterans Affairs hospitals’ exercise development process

ORISE worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Veterans Health Administration to develop an exercise tool for hospitals known as Exercise Builder: Hospital. The VA serves nearly eight million veteran enrollees and their families at more than 150 VA medical centers and 900 outpatient clinics across the United States.

Through emergency preparedness exercises and response and recovery activities, Exercise Builder: Hospital was developed to standardize the VA's exercise program throughout its medical facilities.

ORISE presented the tool as a means to support the best practices needed to maintain these hospitals as world-class medical facilities through the VA-mandated, annual exercise program.

Exercise Builder: Hospital is being connected to a new database, which will compile after-action reports and provide the necessary information for the development of hospital preparedness improvement plans.