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ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency K-12 School Hazardous Material Tabletop Exercise Toolkit

K-12 School Hazardous Material Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Ohio School Safety Center within Ohio Homeland Security, has developed the K-12 School Hazardous Material Tabletop Exercise Toolkit. This toolkit was adapted from material provided by Cuyahoga County’s ReadyEx initiative.

Children spend about one third of their day at their school. They are most vulnerable when it comes to exposures to hazardous materials and hazardous substances in can be inadvertently or intentionally released causing harm to both the health of students and teachers alike. An event in February of 2020 sent 34 students and teachers to the hospital in Massachusetts.

This free exercise resource is designed to help primary and secondary school staff, first responders, and other partners prepare for and protect against a hazardous material incident.

This K-12 School Hazardous Material Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit, provides all of the materials and information necessary to easily plan and host a tabletop exercise.

The exercise covers three main objectives:

  • Evacuation/Shelter in Place: Define how school officials would determine appropriate evacuation or shelter-in-place locations and procedures.
  • Medical Response: Define how school staff would address the medical situation, contact 9-1-1, and provide first aid according to the staff level of training while ensuring safety of those giving aid.
  • Emergency Communication: Define how school officials would disseminate information, both internally and externally, with staff, students, emergency responders, parents, media, and the community.

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 K-12 School Hazardous Material Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit, you will be prompted to provide: your name, your organization, 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 a Hazardous Materials 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)