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University Upheaval Tabletop Exercise

Exercise Overview

Exercise Benefits / Facts
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The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants with an opportunity to work through the various challenges associated with consequence management in the hours and days following an explosion at the Student Union.

Campus Shield Exercise Initiative

The University Upheaval – A Consequence Management Tabletop Exercise is part of the national Campus Shield Exercise Initiative.

Exercise Scenario

Tuesday – 1:07PM

It is Homecoming week and a bright, sunny and calm Tuesday afternoon. Student Union staff members are experiencing a normal day of activities. The dining hall and food court have a couple hundred late-lunch patrons. The adjacent conference center is hosting a symposium by the College of Business; numerous students, faculty, donors and VIP guests (business CEO’s) are in attendance. The Student Government Association and Student Activities offices are abuzz with the campus’ student leaders. Other Student Union operations, such as the bank, have a steady flow of customers.

Behind the scenes earlier that morning, an employee from ABC Food Distributors was unloading his delivery truck at the Student Union’s loading dock and moving pallets of foodstuff into the large refrigerated cooler that serves the dining hall and food court. As the employee pulls a motorized pallet jack off the truck, he slips and the jack slams into the wall, causing a large dent. The employee shakes himself off and proceeds to the cooler with a fully loaded pallet.

Unknown to the employee or anyone else, when the motorized pallet jack slammed into the wall it created a small kink in a natural gas line serving the kitchen. A small leak ensued that was not noticeable to the employee as he went back and forth finishing his delivery. Once the employee left, the loading dock area was closed off and remained unoccupied for the remainder of the morning. As such, no one detected the smell of the natural gas leak as it slowly accumulated in the Student Union’s warehouse.

Suddenly a large explosion occurs at the Student Union as the accumulated gas finally built up enough and reached an ignition source.

Exercise Participation Information

Your university or college can participate in this exercise for $600.
For information about participating in this exercise please complete an Information Request Form. Upon completing the form you will be contacted and provided with additional information.
Once your university or college is approved it will appear on the list of participating universities and colleges.
Exercise Date Exercise Time Scenario Exercise
Location / Participation
Individual participant registration CLOSES at 12:00PM ET on the day prior to the exercise
September 18, 2018 9:00AM – 4:00PM ET
Participation Information
Explosion Register Now ** From a conference room or similar location via the ONX System as part of your organization’s Incident Management Team
* Everyone who will be participating in the exercise must register for the following reasons:
  1. Prior to the exercise important Read Ahead materials will be e-mailed to all registered participants. These materials are important to ensure your participation in the exercise is successful.
  2. At the end of the exercise only registered participants will be able to complete and submit their individual exercise evaluation (Hotwash).
  3. Only registered participants will be able to access and print their Certificate of Participation once they have submitted their individual exercise evaluation.
** Prior to registering you should make sure that your university or college is on the list of approved participating universities and colleges.