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With a rise in acts of violence, it is important to have a well-thought out an emergency response plan (ERP). This plan must be tested to find gaps in response to ensure effectiveness.  While running live drills are important, tabletop exercises are a good way to walk-through a test event to evaluate your procedures. Attendees will collaborate with their peers in a focused practice activity that places the participants in a simulated situation requiring them to function in the capacity that would be expected of them in a real event and leveraging technical assets, systems, and tools. This exercise will involve an active assailant incident in a house of worship.

This timed emergency exercise will cover pre-exercise coordination, step-by-step table top instructions, after-action reporting, and emergency preparedness best practices.

Attendees will learn how to:
1) conduct a tabletop exercise at their own location
2) utilize helpful emergency planning tools/resources
3) document emergency preparedness efforts
4) access emergency planning assistance websites

About the speaker


Paul Timm

Paul Timm
Vice President
Facility Engineering Associates

Paul Timm, Vice President of Facility Engineering Associates, is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP), the author of School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program, and a nationally acclaimed expert in physical security. In addition to conducting numerous vulnerability assessments and his frequent keynote addresses, Paul is an experienced Crisis Assistance Team volunteer through the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA). He is certified in Vulnerability Assessment Methodology (VAM) through Sandia National Laboratories and the ALPHAÔ vulnerability assessment methodology. He is also a member of ASIS International’s School Safety & Security Council and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials’ Risk Management Committee. Currently working on his MDiv at Moody Theological Seminary, Paul holds a degree in Speech Communications and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.