EPA Posts New “Exercise Development” Toolbox

Preparing for any emergency requires development and testing of procedures, and conducting exercises is an effective means for doing this.  To help drinking water utilities prepare to respond to a drinking water contamination incident, EPA’s Water Security Division has developed the Exercise Development Toolbox (EDT) as part of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response System program.

The EDT is an easy to use desktop application that guides a user through the steps of developing exercises around realistic contamination scenarios, which can be used to practice and evaluate utility response procedures.  The EDT saves user-entered data and generates exercise documents (e.g., Situation Manuals, After Action Reports, Evaluation Forms) to streamline the development process, saving time and effort.  Training resources are also included to educate new users on the basics of designing and conducting exercises.  The EDT can be downloaded for free at:  http://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance/water-quality-surveillance-and-response-system-exercise-development-toolbox

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