Tabletop Exercise Tool Training Update

In June 2010, U.S. EPA published the Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool).  The TTX Tool is designed to assist those interested in planning and facilitating tabletop exercises on Water Sector-related issues.  The TTX Tool expands on the capabilities of the first version of the tool, published in 2005.

The updated TTX Tool contains fifteen scenarios that address an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness and response, including natural hazards and manmade incidents, as well as the potential impacts of climate change on the Water Sector.  Each scenario contains all of the materials needed to plan, customize, facilitate, and evaluate a tabletop exercise, including a Situation Manual, additional discussion questions, and PowerPoint presentation.  Users can modify these materials, allowing them to conduct a tabletop exercise to meet their specific needs.

EPA is continuing to conduct Train-the-Trainer courses where students would learn more about what resources are contained in the tool, and how the materials can be used to design a tabletop exercise that is tailored to the exercise planner’s specific needs and objectives.  To date, trainings have been held in Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, and New York, NY.  New trainings are planned in Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, and Tennessee.  These one day,in-person trainings are free of charge, and will be held between June-September 2010.  Please visit to register for a training near you!

EPA and WaterISAC are also sponsoring a two-part training webinar series on the TTX Tool. The first webinar will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time, and will provide an overview of the functionality of the TTX Tool. The second webinar will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 3:00-4:30pm Eastern Time. This session will provide more detailed information on how to use the materials on the TTX Tool to plan, design, facilitate, and evaluate Water Sector-specific exercises. Both webinars are free and open to the public, visit to register for both webinars.

The TTX Tool is also available for download from EPA’s website at: . Please email  if you have any questions regarding the TTX Tool, the in-person trainings, training webinars, or if you would like to request physical copies of the tool.


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