Train the Way You Respond

What is the SimTable?

The SimTable is a tabletop sandbox for visualizing natural and man-made disasters. The software included has various interactive features that allow emergency managers to perform critical decisions in exercises with their teams. The interactive nature of the SimTable provides knowledge and experience in incident command systems. This allows teams to get familiarized with procedures in place and develop new tactics to respond to emergencies. The SimTable can also map resources for hospitals, fire stations, schools, areas of critical infrastructure, shelters, hot zones, and more:

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Exercise Possibilities

The tabletop exercises can be offered virtually, live, and hybrid.

Location: Choose one
Coordination/ Development: Choose one
A. Virtual (1 - 3 hours)
A. Conducts planning meetings and provides IHS with scenario (locations, assets, control, measures)
B. On-site with SimTable (5 - 8 hours)
B. Organization conducts planning meetings and IHS assists in development of the scenario (locations, assets, control measures)
C. On-site with SimTable and Virtual
(5 - 8 hours)

Benefits of using IHS's tabletop exercises:

  • These exercises can be tailored to the needs of private industry and government.
  • Utilizing the SimTable brings scenarios from 2D to 3D and brings public and private sectors together to discuss the expertise needed in the areas listed below:

Organization Resilience

Business Continuity

Tabletop exercises are discussion-based sessions where team members meet to discuss their responses to a particular emergency situation. A business continuity exercise includes but is not limited to delegating authorities, communications, and alternate operating locations.

Functional Recovery

Tabletop exercises brings together police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and other first responders. Cooperating on SimTable exercises allows all members to review their mitigation plans and practice emergency responses.


Emergency Communication

Tabletop exercises are discussion-based, where first responders and day-to-day industry workers meet to discuss their roles during an emergency. Every component of the exercise is performed in an informal, low-stress environment to promote teamwork and communication.