EBS: Getting Started With Incident Scenarios and Creating Incident Templates in Incident Communications

Topic:

Incident scenario and incident template practice exercises to get started.

Description:

Provides training and discussion opportunities for stakeholders to:

  • Identify incidents and events that necessitate notifications (Policy and Governance)
  • Identify who is responsible for managing, planning, constructing, and sending notifications (Policy and Governance)
  • Identify the methods for reaching people in a timely and effective manner (Methods & Recipients)
  • Identify procedures for constructing the notification (Message Content)
  • Identify next steps to ensure the organization has necessary access, training, and procedures
NOTE:

The goal of this document is to discuss and review policies and procedures to improve an organization's ability to reach the right people in the right way. Also, to provide a workflow for creating incident templates for later use. Please review all the sections of the form (Policy and Governance, Methods, Recipients, Message Contents). Incident information is provided for each scenario. The following scenario types may or may not be applicable for all organizations. These fields can be updated to make the document applicable to your use cases. As a best practice, hard copies should be provided for notes and comments.

Example Scenario: Tornado Warning

National Weather Service reports a Tornado Warning affecting neighborhoods in the southernmost part of your jurisdiction.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event? YES
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending? OEM
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance? YES
  • Who will construct the message? OEM
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message? OEM

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐Social Media

☐Website

☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee: ALL DEPARTMENTS
  • Public: ALL RESIDENTS WITHIN THE AREA
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations? IMPACTED AREA, LENGTH OF ALERT, CRITICAL SAFETY ACTIONS
  • What can be predefined in the message? CRITICAL SAFETY ACTIONS
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select? IMPACTED AREA, LENGTH OF ALERT
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text? NONE

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Scenario #1: Workplace Violence Threat

An employee was recently terminated for making threats to employees. He told employees "he will watch them suffer." He is an avid gun collector and has frequently made comments that employees have expressed concern about.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #2: Cyber Attack – Ransomware

A hacker contacted your IT Department and stated that valuable data containing employee and customer information is breached, and the company can no longer access it. The hacker is asking for a one million dollar ransom in a deal to allow your organization to recoup access to the data.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #3: Active Shooter/Assailant Reported at a Local Business

Dispatchers received two calls of an active shooting situation in progress at a local paper factory. It is not yet known how many are killed or injured, and if anyone was able to escape. Police officers are responding.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #4: Missing Person

A nine-year old child was reported missing in your locality. He was last seen by his friends and teachers leaving school around 3:00 pm.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #5: Bomb Threat

An unidentified person called 9-1-1 to report that he hid a bomb in a local commercial building. Several companies occupy the building. It is unknown if anyone in the building is aware of the threat, or if evacuations have taken place.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #6: Snow Emergency Declaration

A "Snow Emergency" has been declared by the local mayor/council/manager/etc. During previous snow storms, many cars remained parked in snow routes, and plows were unable to clear streets. Some cars were damaged due to narrow streets and low visibility.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #7: Hazardous Materials Spill

There has been a hazardous materials spill as a result of a truck accident. Cleanup crews have not yet arrived. The wind speed and direction may cause danger to people nearby.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #8: Building Closures

Due to severe weather, all government buildings, libraries, and schools have decided to close as of 7:00 am.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #9: Employee Accountability Check After an Earthquake

Employees evacuated a moderately damaged high-rise building impacted by an earthquake. Within fifteen minutes after the incident, supervisors have asked managers to locate and account for all staff.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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Scenario #10: Public Health Emergency

The local public health department has identified a tremendous increase in residents with an influenza-like illness (ILI). Many people at your workplace and in the community are affected.

Policy & Governance Decisions

Methods

Recipients

Message Contents

  • Will a notification be sent for this event?
  • What agency/user is responsible for sending?
  • Will a message template be created and approved in advance?
  • Who will construct the message?
  • Who will approve or pre-approve the message?

☐ SMS/Email/Voice

☐ Mobile App

☐ Social Media

☐ Website
☐ EB Network

☐ IPAWS

☐ Alertus

☐ Audio Bulletin Board

  • Internal/employee:
  • Public:
  • Other:
  • What needs to be included in the message, based on protocols or regulations?
  • What can be predefined in the message?
  • What variables would an operator need to input or select?
  • What portions of a message should an operator be able to enter as free text?

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