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ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Higher Education: Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit

Higher Education: Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit

Following the April 16, 2007 incident at Virginia Tech, the United States Secret Service (USSS), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began to explore the issues of violence at institutions of higher education (IHE). Accordingly, they initiated collaborative efforts to understand the nature of this type of violence and formulate ways to prevent future attacks. This toolkit was developed with their data and in an effort to assist in mitigating future attacks.

Emergency preparedness exercises can be a daunting and costly undertaking. This exercise toolkit is designed to provide a simple step-by-step guide, as well as other ready-made resources, to make planning and conducting an exercise straightforward and virtually cost free.

The Higher Education: Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit provides all of the materials and information necessary to easily plan and host an exercise. The toolkit incorporates feedback received from the private sector:

The exercise covers three main objectives:

  1. On-scene Command and Coordination – demonstrate leaderships' ability to identify the roles for on-scene command and coordination within a unified command structure.
  2. Interoperable Communication – demonstrate both the responders', and IHE's, ability to implement interoperable communications and accurate notifications amongst agencies, both during and after an event.
  3. Recovery Operations – demonstrate the IHE's ability to organize and coordinate recovery operations in order to resume normal business activities following an active aggressor incident per school policy.

Exercise toolkit materials include:

  • PowerPoint Presentation for the exercise
  • Facilitator’s Guide
  • Participant Situation Manual
  • Planning Timeline
  • Meeting & Support Documents

To register and obtain immediate access to the Higher Education: Active Aggressor Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit, you will be prompted to provide: your name, your institution, e-mail address and location. This information allows Ohio EMA to see who is accessing the toolkit, as well as where the material is being used. All of the materials in the toolkit to plan and facilitate an IHE Active Aggressor scenario tabletop exercise are available to download, free.

To download the materials please click HERE

   Ohio EMA's Training Partners

Wright State University FEMA Emergency Management Institute National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Energetic Materials and Research Testing Center) (EMRTC) NCBRT - National Center for Biomedical Research and Training - Academy of Counter-Terrorism Education at Louisiana State University Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) U.S. Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site - Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS)