CDRE Organizes Local Emergency Exercise

CDRE Organizes Local Emergency Exercise

CDRE Designs and Conducts Local Tabletop Exercise

December 01, 2016
(Pictured above: Dr. Duane Hagelgans and Graduate Assistant, Andrew Yarosh brainstorm possible scenarios for the exercise)

The Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) coordinated and facilitated a tabletop exercise for West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania. Discussions about the exercise began in early 2016.  Students and faculty worked to develop the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercise and scenario for the Township. Undergraduate and graduate students were able to gain valuable experience while developing and writing the scenario and exercise structure. 


The tabletop exercise was conducted on October 4, 2016 at the West Lampeter Municipal Building and was facilitated by Dr. Duane Hagelgans. Andrew Yarosh and Chris Soelle, graduate assistants at the CDRE, were on hand to evaluate the exercise participants based on their pre-existing plans and national guidance. The exercise scenario designed for the West Lampeter Township officials focused on a severe weather situation that impacted the dense population center in the Township.  Many of the participants commented on the positive benefits of the exercise and the value of having an opportunity to practice as a group and be better prepared for a disaster. 


“At the Center for Disaster Research and Education our goal is to do as much community outreach as possible to better assist our nation’s citizens,” said Hagelgans. “In conducting these activities, we also assist our students in their educational process.  The exercise provided tremendous benefits to all who participated!”


West Lampeter Township is a township southeast of Lancaster, PA in central Lancaster County. The township is home to roughly 15,000 residents. More information about the township can be found HERE