EPESA offers a technique called pre–mortem 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 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.
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.