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Table 2 Tabletop Exercise Design Variability

From: Designing and conducting tabletop exercises to assess public health preparedness for manmade and naturally occurring biological threats

Design Element Variability
Exercise length • 2–8 hours
Number of participants • 10–40 participants
Types of participants • Public health (local and state)
  • Law enforcement and fire
  • Emergency preparedness (local and state)
  • Elected officials and policymakers
  • Health care providers and administrators
  • Emergency medical services (EMS)
Agent/disease exercised • Plague
  • Anthrax
  • Smallpox
  • Botulism
  • Hypothetical or Novel
  • Pandemic influenza • Avian Influenza
Facilitator involvement • Limited
  • Moderate
  • Active