EPESA - Australian Emergency plan evaluation services.
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Specific Services

Exercise Styles

The aim and objectives of the exercise will help determine the most appropriate style

or styles needed.

The style chosen will be influenced by other factors that may include:

  • skills or experience of the staff members
  • exercise needs
  • commitment of key staff
  • venue availability
  • availability of participants
  • exercise target group
  • lead-time
  • time available to conduct the exercise
  • resources available
  • budget
  • a risk assessment.


EPESA offers a technique called premortem which proposes that an emergency plan has failed and then works backward to determine what potentially could lead to the failure of a plan. This is a totally interactive process with all exercise participants involved in either group or syndicate work.

Where relevant, EPESA staff will incorporate lessons learned from past incidents into discussions as well as the human factor contribution to staff performance during incidents.

Scenario Exercises

Scenario exercises are conducted in relation to a range of potential threat situations to practice and validate emergency management plans and processes.  Throughout these exercises hypothetical scenarios are introduced and participant’s role play through the emergency situation. These exercises can be either a desktop process or a more complex scenario involving interaction with other stakeholders.

Evacuation Exercises

Conduct trial evacuations to evaluate and refine plans as required in legislation, codes of practice and standards including Section 7 of AS 3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities. It is highly recommended that the evacuation exercises are conducted following the conduct of pre-mortems and/or scenario exercises.