Exercises are defined as activities that consider or simulate a real life situation so that an agency is able to review or test procedures and practice participants in defined roles.
Exercising is a core part of readiness and assists in identifying gaps and issues, playing a vital role in the process of developing local and national community resilience.
The lessons identified are integrated into updated plans and procedures that improve the ability to respond to and recover from an emergency.
Local authorities, emergency services, local utility providers, government agencies and other local partner agencies work, plan, train, exercise and respond together. Research shows that people generally respond to an emergency the way that they have trained.
As real life events do not occur that often, exercising is a good way to measure the effectiveness of plans and allow staff an opportunity to practice their skills against a scenario or in a simulated emergency environment.