Phase 2, Documentation: Control Plan

Exercise Name: _________________________________________________

Purpose and Scope

This plan provides exercise facilitators with guidance concerning procedures and responsibilities for exercise control, simulation, and support.


Type of exercise: _______________________________________

Exercise date: _________________________________________




Scenario Narrative



Exercise Players and Organizations Participating in Exercise



Guidelines for Emergency call-off

The facilitator may suspend play or end the exercise at any time when it appears that a real-world emergency may affect exercise play. Participating organizations also have the option of withdrawing any of their players from the exercise at any time to address matters or concerns directly related to their emergency response missions.

Assumptions, Artificialities, and Simulations

The assumptions, artificialities, and simulations applicable during the exercise are provided in the following paragraphs.

[The following assumptions are fairly generic; you may modify and/or add specifics for your own exercise.]

Exercise Assumptions

The following assumptions are made in order to ensure that the exercise is as realistic as possible and that exercise objectives be achieved during exercise play.

  • Players will respond in accordance with the existing Emergency Plan. In the absence of appropriate written instructions, players will be expected to apply individual initiative.
  • Implementation of disaster response plans, policies, and procedures during the exercise will depict actions that would be expected to occur under actual response conditions.
  • Real-world response actions will take priority over exercise actions.

Exercise Artificialities

While the following artificialities and constraints will detract from realism, exercise planners should accept these artificialities as a way to meet exercise objectives.

  • The exercise will be played in near-real time; however, to meet exercise objectives, some events may be played by participants before the exercise, and other events may be accelerated in time.
  • Responses obtained by players from simulations may not be of the quality or detail available from the real organization or individual.
  • During the exercise, actions may occur to direct unit, personnel, or resource deployments, and subsequent movement of resources may be simulated with no live movement occurring in the exercise.

Management Structure

Overall exercise planning, conduct, and evaluation for the exercise is the responsibility of the Exercise Team. The team is responsible for coordinating all exercise planning activities.

Master Scenario Events List Procedures

The exercise will be managed by the Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), the primary document used to manage the exercise, to know when events are expected to occur, and to know when to insert messages into the exercise. All events listed in the MSEL are in chronological sequence.


  • The time is the date and time expected to inject the event into exercise play. For expected player actions, this is the approximate time by which the expected action is to have occurred.


  • Phone or Radio - some messages will be delivered via telephone or radio.
  • Message or Fax - some messages, designed to simulate electronic messages, memoranda, and news bulletins, may be handed to appropriate players at designated times.
  • Video - video may be used for news updates.
  • Player Action - events will be monitored to ensure that players take the required action to maintain the pace of the exercise and to ensure objectives are met.

Expected Action

  • The expected action describes results expected from the MSEL event. It is used by evaluators to determine the effectiveness of an event.

Facilitating the Exercise

After presentation of the scenario, the exercise begins. The focus of the exercise is to test:



Questions to ask the players to begin play and to keep the exercise focused:



Attach a copy of:

  • MSEL
  • Expected actions
  • Major and detailed events
  • Key messages