Table-Top Simulation Exercise for Pandemic Influenza
Materials that enable you to conduct a 1-day pandemic influenza table-top simulation exercise are attached.
The materials should be and can easily be tailored by you to reflect your own organizational and geographical settings and issues. Undertaking a simulation exercise for a pandemic also helps to stimulate preparedness for other related threats, as much preparedness is generic rather than hazard-specific.
This Pandemic Influenza Simulation Table-Top Exercise package uses a progressive pandemic scenario together with injects to enable participants to better understand the potential impact of a pandemic with the aim of facilitating appropriate contingency planning and preparedness actions.
The objectives of the pandemic influenza simulation are to:
- Raise the level of awareness of an influenza pandemic and the impact that it might have on staff health + safety and business continuity.
- Understand the key preparedness measures required to ensure health + safety of staff and continuity of essential services during pandemic.
The package is designed to take place over the course of a full day. 3-4 hours in the morning consist of a short introduction followed by the simulation. A further 2-3 hours are then required for de-briefing.
The package consists of:
- An introductory note
- A briefing note for participants
- An agenda for the day
- A Powerpoint presentation to deliver at the start of the exercise
- A paper with the different scenarios and injects that will be brought in during the course of the exercise – these should be tailored to your local context
- Notes for the facilitator(s)
- A Powerpoint presentation to use during the exercise presenting the scenarios and injects
- A Powerpoint presentation to use at the end of the day in debriefing
- An evaluation questionnaire for participants to complete
The package was developed by the Pandemic Influenza Coordination team in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva.