Pierce County, WA / King County, WA: Seattle-Tacoma Urban Area Anthrax Incident Long-Term Recovery Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Series

Event Description: 

The Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD) Seattle-Tacoma Urban Area Anthrax Incident Long-Term Recovery Tabletop Exercise was held on October 6-7, 2009 in Pierce and King Counties, WA.


This event aimed to assist local, state, and federal agencies, the military, and the private sector with prioritization and planning for long-term recovery following the outdoor release of Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) in King County (downtown Seattle) and Pierce County (near Ft. Lewis).


  • Discuss how local, state, and federal coordination will occur. Place special emphasis on better understanding changes in command/coordination structures as time progresses.
  • Use the Prioritization Analysis Toolset for All-Hazards (PATH) and Analyzer for Wide-Area Restoration Effectiveness (AWARE) tool to provide information regarding resource needs and scheduling associated with decisions made during discussions as appropriate.
  • Discuss and examine the activities required for long-term regional economic recovery.


This TTX consisted of discussion-based exercises. Each one-day exercise used key "decision-points" to drive discussions that were based on prioritization and long-term recovery, specifically examining methodologies and strategies for employing capabilities that support recovery activities. Discussions primarily focused on key areas of concern identified by Seattle-Tacoma region emergency managers.

Tue, 10/06/2009 to Wed, 10/07/2009
Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, Seattle's Downtown Sheraton Hotel
Event Coordinator: 
John Mower
Presenters or VIPs: 
Mr. Steve Stein, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Mr. John Mower, Cubic
Dr. J.D. Malone, PNNL
Mr. Dave Franco, Sandia National Laboratory
Ms. Lynn Yang, Sandia National Laboratory