Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management
CADEM's cornerstone is an Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) Simulation Lab, tailor-built to provide an immersive learning environment that enables users to:
- model real life scenarios
- refine processes and collaborate as a team
- enhance their ability to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency and disaster events
The ECC Lab can be used for training, plan development, and as an alternate ECC should our partners require a hot site to support continuity of operations.
For more information about the Simulation Lab contact us.
Emergency Management Exercises
Training exercises provide an opportunity to test plans and processes in a learning-focused environment. Leveraging CADEM’s Emergency Coordination Centre Simulation Lab and faculty expertise, we are uniquely positioned to design, facilitate, and evaluate training exercises to ensure client compliance with professional body requirements and provincial and federal regulations. CADEM supports the spectrum of discussion-based and operation-based exercises using full simulation in our Lab, in classroom settings on campus, and through custom exercise delivery at the client’s site. CADEM follows the industry-leading Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) for the development, facilitation, and evaluation of its exercises. All exercises include a full debrief with participants.
Tabletop Exercises (TTX)
A TTX is typically held in an informal setting intended to generate discussion of various issues regarding a hypothetical, simulated emergency. TTXs can be used to enhance general awareness, validate plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and/or assess the types of systems needed to guide the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from a defined incident. Generally, TTXs are aimed at facilitating conceptual understanding, identifying strengths and areas for improvement, and/or achieving changes in attitudes.
Functional exercises are designed to validate and evaluate capabilities, multiple functions and/or sub-functions, or interdependent groups of functions. Functional exercises are typically focused on exercising plans, policies, procedures, and staff members involved in management, direction, command, and control functions. In functional exercises, events are projected through an exercise scenario with event updates that drive activity at the management level. A functional exercise is conducted in a realistic, real-time environment; however, movement of personnel and equipment is usually simulated.
CADEM’s team works directly with clients to ensure that all our exercises are designed to meet regulatory requirements applicable to each client’s unique situation. CADEM will also provide a lessons-identified report delivered to the client upon request.