Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX) Guidance
Texas will continue to support two Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX) programs in FY2015, the established FEMA EMI program and a new, regionally based, Texas Virtual Tabletop Series (TX-VTTX) program.
The FEMA EMI VTTX series has steadily evolved over the past two years into a popular and effective national program. EMI has managed to grow the VTTX each year with more scenarios to more communities more efficiently. For FY2015 FEMA EMI plans to offer 20 unique all-hazard scenarios to be conducted over 48 separate dates…all within a 12 month period.
The VTTX is conducted monthly and advertised on the EMI Web Page with a training opportunity announcement, distributed via multiple FEMA distribution lists, and other Emergency Management professional forums. Look for the note below on the EMI Web Page to sign up for the email subscription service.
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The TDEM Exercise Unit will continue to monitor participation for trends and situational awareness. To learn more about the FEMA EMI VTTX explore the below links.
1. EMI VTTX Program Schedule FY2015
2. EMI VTTX Program Information
3. EMI VTTX FAQs as of 15 Feb 2013
4. EMI VTTX Program Article End of Year One Aug 2013
5. EMI VTTX Application Data Sheet
6. EMI VTTX Pre Event Site Checklist
7. EMI VTTX Site Introduction Guide
8. EMI VTTX Post Event Site Checklist
For a more personal Texas touch, TDEM offers another virtual option called the Texas Virtual Tabletop Series (TX-VTTX) program. TDEM took the best of the EMI VTTX program and combined it with an in-house capability to take the virtual tabletop to the next level. In FY2014 TDEM offered 6 scenarios to Texas communities…in FY2015 our goal is to offer up to 36 scenarios. Moving to a web-based VTC system will allow TDEM to reach more Texans to bolster preparedness and resiliency across the state.
The FY15 TX-VTTX program is regionally based; meaning regional stakeholders hand-picked scenarios that reflect regional priorities informed by regional threats and risks. The new VTC system will allow TDEM to connect regional TDEM Staff with the communities they support to better facilitate the sharing of best practices and lessons learned.
To learn more about the TDEM TX-VTTX program explore the links below.