A pandemic flu event. An earthquake. There are any number of disasters that can disrupt the work of your institution. How do you keep business, research and academic functions on track? This series of three continuity tabletop exercises will allow you to simulate such an event and discover the strong and weak links in your response and continuity plans. The exercises lead to the creation of stronger policies and better emergency response. This resource includes templates for you to customize for your organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance understanding of current Emergency Preparedness and Continuity plans
  • Identify gaps in Preparedness and Response plans
  • Foster collaboration and coordination opportunities among internal departments and outside agencies
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities of faculty, staff, and students in a large scale public health emergency


  • First wave pandemic flu scenario
  • Second wave pandemic flu scenario
  • Earthquake scenario


These Emergency Preparedness: Continuity tabletop exercise resources were originally designed for a University of Washington School of Public Health emergency preparedness and continuity drills held in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Other universities, community colleges, health departments, and organizations are welcome to modify and use them in their own preparedness exercises.

The resource includes planning materials, PowerPoint slide set, handouts, day of event logistics, and evaluation templates and criteria.

Lead Course Developer

Andy Stergachis, PhD, RPh
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health, University of Washington

September 30, 2016
Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
Infectious Disease & Immunizations
Exercises and Drills
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills