Global Emergency Exercise
5 September 2014 | London
Part of the Kenyon Exercise Control Team: L-R Di Pook, Kerstin Detel, Eline Schotsmans, Stephen McKenna, David Herriman, Gavin Solomon, James Ayling, Kate Morris, and Jerry Allen.
On September 5th, Kenyon facilitated its largest and most complex emergency exercise in recent years. The client required a no-notice exercise involving full activation of client emergency staff in seven different countries. The client activated its "silver" and "gold" level crisis centers in four different locations. A very challenging and fast-moving scenario was introduced by Kenyon at multiple levels, in multiple locations (often simultaneously) and by multiple media.
Kenyon’s involvement in this exercise started several months ago with clandestine client meetings to determine the scope and scale of the exercise. A scenario was developed alongside a significant Master Events List (exercise ‘script’). The Kenyon Exercise Control (Excon) team consisted of 14 staff. For the Excon Team, the work will continue after the exercise, collating the lessons learned from the various locations and preparing an Exercise Report for the client.
For those organizations considering their own exercises, regardless of scope or complexity, some reflections from the management of this event include: