The Institute for Homeland Security believes in staying One Step Ahead in research and professional development. The SimTable is a great technological resource that can be used for tabletop exercises or mapping out new response strategies. The highlight of this tool is the interfaces that the software can use to visualize how emergencies unfold throughout a location, particularly in the terrain of the location being projected. The software counts with three different types of emergencies: Fire, Flooding, and Chemical Plumes. In addition to seeing how these emergencies evolve, you can make various decisions to mitigate emergencies from growing and impacting nearby communities. You can implement various strategies for the emergency, like roadblocks, evacuation zones, evacuation routes, staging areas, mobile EOCs, and markers representing incidents or actions. To make this tool make exercises the most effective and realistic, existing GIS can be imported to the 2D map being pictured on the table or online.