Saturday, April 27, 2013


Posted by George Freund on April 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Actor Briefing

[Exercise Name]


Thank you!

Thank you for your participation.

You provide necessary realism for the responders.

Without your assistance, this exercise would not be possible.

Today’s Briefing

Exercise Overview

Exercise Safety

Exercise Schedule

Exercise Scenario

What Will Happen?

Exercise Identification


Exercise Overview

A [length of play] interagency exercise focused on field-level response to [scenario]

No-fault learning environment

A training tool

Exercise Players

[List participating agencies and organizations]

Exercise Safety

Safety is everyone’s concern.

Safety concerns override exercise conduct.

In the event of an actual emergency, stop play and say, “This is a real-world emergency.”

Be aware that operating in this environment is inherently dangerous.

The players will take this seriously; so should you.

Exercise Schedule

[Insert exercise schedule]

Exercise Location

[Insert exercise site map]

Scenario Overview

[Insert scenario overview here, including date, time, setting, incident, and weather, as appropriate]

Victim Tags

Actors will wear [color] symptomology tags to identify their symptoms to players.

What Will Happen?

A simulated occurrence will initiate the incident.

Your clothing and other personal items should be bagged and tagged. You will be told where to collect your valuables at the end of the exercise.

The actor controller will instruct you to react.

Responders will arrive on the scene and begin to assess the situation.

What Will Happen? (cont’d)

Actors who are nonambulatory (can’t walk) may be there a while.

Continue to display your “symptoms” throughout the exercise. DO NOT STOP ACTING.

You may not see responders immediately. Response activities will evolve slowly because responders will need to protect themselves from the threat.

What Will Happen? (cont’d)

Water will be available during the exercise. Please drink it to stay hydrated.

There will be no invasive treatments (no medicines or needles).

Follow the instructions of the actor controller.

Actor Decontamination (Optional)

Emergency responders will begin to decontaminate the victims.

Be prepared to be decontaminated. Wear a swimsuit: you will be asked to remove your clothes!

During decontamination, you will be hosed off with water.

After decontamination, you will be triaged (prioritized for treatment).

Hospital Transportation (Optional)

Some actors will be transported to hospitals before the exercise starts.

Actors will be transported back to the exercise site for lunch and to sign out.

Follow the instructions of the actor controller.

What Will Happen? (cont’d)

At the conclusion of your participation:

Fill out the assessment form on your victim tag.

Turn in your assessment form.

Follow all instructions of controllers.

How to Play Your Role

Act your role, but don’t overact.

Do not ad lib symptoms.

If there is a problem, or you do not feel well, tell the nearest responder or controller, “This is a real emergency.”

Exercise Identification

Exercise director [color] hat

Exercise team [color] hats

Controllers [color] badges

Evaluators [color] badges

Support staff [color] badges

Players [color] badges

Observers [color] badges

Media [color] badges

Actors [color] symptomology tags

Final Exercise Reminders

Know your role and the symptoms. Do not overact.

Do not prompt or get in the way of players.

Contact controllers with any problems.

SAFETY COMES FIRST. Use the phrase “This is a real emergency” in an actual emergency.

Thank you for your participation.


William Shakespeare - All the world's a stage (from As You Like It 2/7)

All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,

In fair round belly with good capon lined,

With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws and modern instances;

And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts

Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide

For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,

Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

Categories: New World Order

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