OGL supported the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) with the design, development, conduct and evaluation of four (4) regional active threat-based tabletop exercises. The underlying scenario for these exercises involved active shooter and potential active improvised explosive device (IED) threat. (Active IED was modeled after the Boston Marathon Bombing incident in which the assailants threw homemade explosive devices at responding officers.) Each exercise took place in a shopping mall in each of the four NJ OHSP Regions.
OGL followed Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidance in the design, development and conduct of the exercises. Planning meetings supported by OGL include:
· Concept & Objectives Meeting
· Initial Planning Meeting
· Four (4) Midterm Planning Meetings/Master Scenario Event List Meetings
· Final Planning Meeting
· After Action Meeting/Improvement Planning Meeting
For exercise conduct, OGL provided the lead facilitator, breakout facilitators (as required), lead evaluator, and exercise support staff to help with logistical issues.