Disasters are generally infrequent events in most countries. Thus emergency plans and personnel are often untested. Disaster exercises and simulations can help disaster responders and relief workers test and evaluate their plans and their skills to determine whether they are adequately prepared when disaster strikes. These activities can identify potential challenges and training needs related to the coordination system, the equipment and the response personnel. Exercises and simulations can also be used to practice and perfect skills that are difficult to develop in classroom settings.
InterWorks has developed activities for a large number of clients, that range from table-top exercises for country-level disaster management teams to simulated regional refugee emergency displacements for emergency relief workers and field security exercises for humanitarian personnel.