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"Tabletop Exercise"

A “Tabletop Exercise,” often shortened as “TTX,” is a discussion-based exercise frequently used by emergency planners.  Led by a facilitator using a planned scenario, TTX participants describe the actions they would take, and the processes and procedures they would follow.  The facilitator notes the players’ contributions, and ensures that exercise objectives are met.  Following the exercise, the facilitator typically develops an after action report and conducts a debrief discussion during which players and observers have an opportunity to share their thoughts, observations, and recommendations from the exercise without assigning fault or blame.

Many of the attributes of a TTX are the same we seek to promote in the discussion generated from our blog posts.  Tabletop exercises are collaborative by nature, and involve representatives from the entire range of private and public agencies and jurisdictions.  The goal is to capitalize on the shared experiences and expertise of all the participants to identify best practices, as well as areas for improvement, and thus achieve as successful a response to an emergency as possible. 

We will stay true to these principles of good-natured collaboration, and ask that all contributors do the same.  Thanks in advance for following and contributing.


  1. Debbie Gailbreath on August 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Joining to see what I can learn

  2. Jeff on August 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Welcome aboard Debbie!

  3. Ricky Marshall on August 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Just checking it out.

  4. Gus Hudson on September 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Sounds like an interesting topic. Very interested in the information that is presented here.

  5. Charlene Fisk on September 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Looks very interesting. Thanks for posting the info Roger.

  6. Sheri Hokamp on September 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Just stopped by to check it out. Will be checking in. I’m sure I will learn alot. Thank you for putting this into place.

  7. Jeff on September 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Thanks Sheri and welcome.

  8. Fran Self on September 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Anxious to see what I can pick up

  9. Geoff Spring on September 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM


    I will be interested to see what issues the USA and Austrailia have in common.

  10. Jeff on September 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Agreed Geoff