***** Emergency Management Exercises: From Response to Recovery. By Regina Phelps. Chandi Media, www.rothstein.com; 232 pages; $79.95.
There is no shortage of books available to help security managers deal comprehensively with creating, conducting, and evaluating emergency exercises. Emergency Management Exercises: From Response to Recovery is the latest to tackle this subject. And it does an excellent job of pulling together the key elements in this area.
The author, Regina Phelps, delivers on the promise of her subtitle, which is “Everything you need to know to design a great exercise.” She has put together a roadmap based on her many years of experience and training to get the reader from start to finish (although, in reality, there is no “finish” to emergency planning). Using examples, suggestions, appendices, and organizational aids, Phelps has created a compact and comprehensive guide that helps even the most experienced emergency manager ensure the best possible exercises for any organization.
There are some small weaknesses: The book is a bit pricey, and it has neither index nor bibliography to help the reader. Her identification of “six types of exercises” seems to needlessly distinguish some forms from others—her separation of “full scale” from “multi-site” as types of exercises, for example. However, these are relatively minor faults and do not detract from the overall quality of this book.
Emergency Management Exercises deserves a place on your shelf of well-used reference books kept close at-hand.
Reviewer: Mayer Nudell, CSC, is an independent consultant on crisis management, contingency planning, and related issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Webster University.