Drills and Exercises

NC State is committed to the testing and exercising of Continuity Plans.

Why do we exercise continuity plans?

  • Reinforce commitment
  • Verify ability to recover
  • Demonstrate technical compatibility
  • Exercise the recovery team organization
  • Train recovery personnel
  • Identify improvements

Exercise Types

  • Drill - Supervised activities to validate a specific operation or function. Helps to determine if plans can be executed as designed, to assess whether more employee training is required, or to reinforce best practices. 
  • Full Scale Exercise  - Simulation of a disaster, requiring detailed role playing and quick responses to changing situations  
  • Functional Exercise - Interactive and complex. It tests personnel in performing critical functions.
  • Games - A simulation of operations using rules, data, and procedures designed to depict an actual or assumed real-life situation.
  • Seminar - An informal discussion-based exercise led by a presenter or facilitator, used to teach or orientate participants.
  • Tabletop Exercise (TTX)- Facilitated walk-trough of an emergency scenario through group discussion. Familiarize employees with the Plan.
  • Workshop - Formal discussion-based exercise led by a facilitator or presenter, used to build or achieve a product. Products that are often produced from a workshop include: Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs), Mutual Aid Agreements, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Example Continuity Exercises You Can Run In Your Department

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Calendar of Tests/Exercises

TYPEDESCRIPTIONDATE
SeminarInfectious Disease Discussion Based ExerciseDecember 11, 2014
Functional TabletopCarmichael Gymnasium Disaster Response Training ExerciseDecember 5, 2014
Tabletop ExerciseDASA Tabletop Exercise - Operation Drano PactNovember 24, 2014
Data Recovery TestPayroll Resilience ExerciseNovember 20, 2014
ExerciseUniversity Housing Continuity ExerciseNovember 14, 2014
ExerciseFall University-Wide Disaster Exercise - Operation Wolf FitOctober 23 2014
ExerciseExecutive Officer Tabletop ExerciseAugust 19, 2014
ExerciseUniversity Payroll Continuity Plan Tabletop ExerciseAugust 14, 2014
ExerciseCollaborating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) Functional Tabletop ExerciseJuly 30, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)December 17, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)November 12, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)October 15, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)September 24, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)August 20, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)July 23, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)June 25, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)May 21, 2014
ExerciseApril WEB EOC Exercise- STATEWIDE HURRICANE EXERCISEApril 23, 2014
ExerciseApril WEB EOC Exercise- STATEWIDE HURRICANE EXERCISEApril 22, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)March 19, 2014
ExercisePack Dial - Up Phone Bank ExerciseFebruary 18, 2014
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)November 20, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)October 30, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)September 25, 2013
Data Recovery TestHVAC Upgrade in DC21st Quarter 2014
Data Recovery TestERP Failover Test4th Quarter 2013
ExercisePayroll Functional Tabletop ExerciseAugust 27, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)August 21, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)January 30, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)April 24, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)May 16, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)June 19, 2013
ExerciseMonthly WebEOC Exercise (State of NC and UNC System COMBINED)July 24, 2013
Emergency Response DrillEmergency Operations Group DrillJuly 23, 2013
ExerciseReal Estate Office Continuity Functional ExerciseJuly 3, 2013
ExerciseReal Estate Office Continuity Tabletop ExerciseJune 18,2013
ExerciseUniversity Housing Natural Disaster Full ScaleMarch 13,2013
Emergency Response DrillActive Shooter Drill - Full Scale ExerciseJanuary 4, 2013
ExerciseVigilant Guard DNC Full Scale ExerciseAugust 31, 2012
Emergency Response DrillUniversity Housing Response Drill (Accessing Warehouse Supplies)August 28, 2012
Emergency Response DrillUniversity Housing R/CD & RA Emergency Response Action Steps Drill (Power Outage)August 2, 2012
Emergency Response DrillUniversity Housing R/CD & RA Communications Response DrillAugust 1, 2012
ExerciseUniversity Housing RD Emergency Response Action Steps Drill (Tornado Warning)July 26, 2012
ExerciseUniversity Housing R/CDs Emergency Response Tabletop (Sprinkler Flood)July 25, 2012
ExercisePULSTAR Reactor Tabletop ExercisesJune, 2012
ExerciseCampus Police Emergency Response Tabletop ScenariosApril, 2012
ExerciseEOM Reputational Risks Tabletop ExerciseMarch 6, 2012
ExerciseCyberTerrorism ExerciseFebruary 8, 2012
ExerciseExecutive Officers Emergency Response Tabletop ExerciseJanuary, 2012
ExerciseEmergency Response Exercise with APHIS Resource UnitDecember, 2011
ExerciseCDC Select Agent Tabletop ExerciseOctober, 2011
ExerciseUniversity Housing Sheltering Non Residents Tabletop ExerciseMay 2011
Emergency Response DrillEOM Drill/Campus PoliceApril 2011
Walk-through ExerciseNuclear Reactor Functional DrillMarch, 2011
ExerciseRadioactive Material Security Tabletop ExerciseJanuary, 2011
ExerciseOperation Red Rail ExerciseJanuary 13, 2011
ExerciseCollege of Natural Resources Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJanuary 21, 2011
ExerciseCollege of Design Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJanuary 6, 2011
ExerciseCollege of Engineering (COE) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseDecember 8, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Management (COM) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseDecember 6, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Textiles (COT) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseNovember 22, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Education (CED) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 28, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Veterinary Medicine Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 21, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 12, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHASS ) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 7, 2010
ExerciseCollege of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PAMS) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 7, 2010
ExerciseUniversity Payroll Functional ExerciseJuly 7, 2010
ExerciseGA Funded IT Functional ExerciseJune 3, 2010
Walk-through ExerciseEOC WorkshopApril 30, 2010
ExerciseDivision of Undergraduate Academic Programs Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJanuary 20, 2010
ExerciseHazMat Explosion Tabletop ExerciseDecember 9, 2009
ExerciseHazMat Explosion Functional ExerciseDecember 8, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Education Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseDecember 15, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Tabletop ExerciseOctober 29, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Textiles Tabletop ExerciseOctober 5, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Design Tabletop ExerciseOctober 1, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Management Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseSeptember 16, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Natural Resources Tabletop ExerciseAugust 28, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Veterinary Medicine Tabletop ExerciseAugust 27, 2009
ExerciseCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences Tabletop ExerciseAugust 4, 2009
Emergency Response DrillNuclear Reactor DrillFebruary 12, 2009
ExerciseActive Shooter Tabletop Exercise with Executive OfficersWinter 2008
ExerciseActive Shooter Tabletop Exercise with Crisis Communication Team/Campus PoliceFall 2008
Exercise“Shots Fired” Active Shooter Tabletop ExerciseMay 15, 2008
Walk-through ExercisePower Outage Walkthrough Drill with Crisis Communication TeamJanuary 15, 2008
ExerciseOffice of Information Technology - Communication Technologies Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseDecember 10, 2008
ExerciseFoundations Accounting and Investments Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseNovember 13, 2008
ExerciseUniversity Dining/All Campus Network Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 30, 2008
ExerciseAdvancement Services Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 28, 2008
ExerciseUniversity Controllers Office Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 21, 2008
ExerciseFire Protection Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 15, 2008
ExerciseStudent Health Center (includes Student Health Services and Counseling Center) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 9, 2008
ExerciseOffice of Scholarships and Financial Aid Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseOctober 9, 2008
ExerciseOffice of Undergraduate Admissions Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseSeptember 29, 2008
ExerciseReal Estate Office Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseSeptember 26, 2008
ExerciseCampus Police Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 14, 2008
ExerciseUniversity Payroll Office Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 13, 2008
ExerciseFacilities ( includes Facilities Operations, Office of University Architect, Design and Construction Services, and Capital Projects Management ) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 7, 2008
ExerciseHR Information Management Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 7, 2008
ExerciseUniversity Benefits Office Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 1, 2008
ExerciseRegistration and Records Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 1, 2008
ExerciseUniversity Housing Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseAugust 1, 2008
ExerciseNCSU Transportation Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 30, 2008
ExerciseHR Employment & Compensation (includes Background Check, Employment, Compensation, and Temporary Services) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 28, 2008
ExerciseEHS ( includes Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery, Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Safety/ Biosafety , Environmental Affairs, and Insurance and Risk Management) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 24, 2008
ExerciseMaterials Management (includes Warehouse, Purchasing, Wolf Copy, Graphics, Administration) Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 23, 2008
ExerciseSponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 21, 2008
ExerciseUniversity Cashier's Office Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 16, 2005
ExerciseOffice of Contracts and Grants Alternative Worksite Functional ExerciseJuly 14, 2008
ExercisePandemic Flu Tabletop Exercise with Executive OfficersOctober 2007
ExerciseCampus Wide Train Derailment ExerciseMarch 13, 2007
Emergency Response DrillWake County School Closing DrillFebruary 6, 2007
Emergency Response DrillSuspicious Ticking Bag Reactor DrillDecember 2006
ExerciseNC Emergency Management Pandemic Flu Tabletop ExerciseMay 25, 2006
ExerciseCYPHER - Pandemic Influenza Exercise - NC Emergency Management CenterMay 24, 2006
Emergency Response DrillQuarantine and Isolations Drill with Wake CountyFebruary – April, 2006
ExerciseDean’s Council Tabletop ExerciseMarch 2, 2006
ExerciseProvost Office Direct Reports Tabletop ExerciseMarch 2006
ExerciseCAPRAC Pandemic Flu (Influenza) Tabletop DrillFebruary 23, 2006
Emergency Response DrillPULSTAR Nuclear Reactor DrillJanuary 25, 2006
ExerciseCollege of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Tabletop ExerciseNovember 29, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Design Tabletop ExerciseNovember 21, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Textiles Tabletop ExerciseOctober 31, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Education Tabletop ExerciseOctober 11, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tabletop ExerciseOctober 7, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Natural Resources Tabletop ExerciseSeptember 27, 2005
ExerciseCollege Of Engineering Tabletop ExerciseSeptember 1, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Veterinary Medicine Tabletop ExerciseAugust 30, 2005
ExerciseCollege Of Management Tabletop ExerciseJuly 21, 2005
ExerciseCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences Tabletop ExerciseJuly 6, 2005
ExerciseNCSU Transportation Tabletop ExerciseJune 25, 2005
ExerciseMaterials Management (includes Materials Support, Graphics, Purchasing, Materials Management) Tabletop ExerciseJune 16, 2005
ExerciseOffice of Contracts and Grants Tabletop ExerciseMay 27, 2005
ExerciseReal Estate Office Tabletop ExerciseMay 16, 2005
ExerciseHR Employment & Compensation Tabletop ExerciseMay 11, 2005
ExerciseInformation Technology Division Tabletop ExerciseMay 6, 2005
ExerciseNCSU Libraries Tabletop ExerciseMay 6, 2005
ExerciseRegistration and Records Tabletop ExerciseMay 5, 2005
ExerciseUndergraduate Admissions Tabletop ExerciseMay 4, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Payroll Tabletop ExerciseApril 29, 2005
ExerciseFacilities University Architect Tabletop ExerciseApril 28, 2005
ExerciseFacilities Planning and Design Tabletop ExerciseApril 28, 2005
ExerciseFacilities Operations Tabletop ExerciseApril 28, 2005
ExerciseFacilities Construction Management Services Tabletop ExerciseApril 28, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Dining Tabletop ExerciseApril 28, 2005
ExerciseAll Campus Card Network Tabletop ExrciseApril 28, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Advancement Tabletop ExerciseApril 27, 2005
ExerciseFoundations Accounting and Investments Tabletop ExerciseApril 25, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Controllers Office Tabletop ExerciseApril 22, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Benefits Office Tabletop ExerciseApril 22, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Housing Tabletop ExerciseApril 14, 2005
ExerciseStudent Health Services Tabletop ExerciseApril 14, 2005
ExerciseEnvironmental Health and Public Safety Tabletop ExerciseApril 13, 2005
ExerciseOffice of Scholarship and Financial Aid Tabletop ExerciseApril 11, 2005
ExerciseUniversity Cashier's Office Tabletop ExerciseApril 11, 2005
Data Recovery TestInformation Technology Disaster Recovery Exercise - Recovery of Mainframe EnvironmentDecember 5-9, 2005
ExerciseNuclear Reactor Tabletop ExerciseDecember 2005
Emergency Response DrillTerrorism Drill - Wake County (Carter Finley scenario)May 12, 2005
Emergency Response DrillRadioactive Material Spill Drill - (with Raleigh Hazmat)April 2005
Emergency Response Drill2004 PULSTAR Nuclear Reactor Drill – Emergency Response DrillDecember 15, 2004
Emergency Response DrillNuclear Rector Test - Reactor plane to building drill (Raleigh Fire)November 2004
Data Recovery TestInformation Technology Disaster Recovery of Mainframe Environment at Hot-Site, Smyrna, GAOctober 21-22, 2004
ExerciseEH&S Tabletop ExerciseNovember 2003
Emergency Response DrillDirty Bomb Scenario – Emergency Response DrillMay 16, 2003
Walk-through ExerciseInformation Technology Plan Walkthrough ExerciseMay 14, 2003
ExerciseTesting of the Crisis Communication Plan Drill - Small Pox ScenarioApril 25, 2003
Walk-through ExerciseInformation Technology Plan Walkthrough ExerciseApril 4, 2003
Emergency Response DrillCentennial Campus Dirty Bomb (SBI Bomb Squad, Raleigh Hazmat, NC Mass Casualty unit)April 2003
ExerciseCampus HAZMAT Spill Tabletop (with RFD, Larry White, NC Emergency Management)May 2002
Emergency Response DrillHAZMAT Reactor Drill (Raleigh EMS, Raleigh Fire, Raleigh Police, NC Emergency Management)December 2001
EOC TestTesting the EOC Infrastructure on generator powerQuarterly

Interdepartmental Tests

Departments have a responsibility to ensure that staff are aware of their business continuity procedures and plans. The Department of Business Continuity recommends that departments test the following things at least quarterly:

  • Call Trees
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • The ability for staff to connect remotely
  • Wireless Test
  • Testing data ports in alternate sites