La Antigua, Guatemala: Bioterrorism Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

Event Description: 

The Organization of American States (OAS) Bioterrorism Tabletop Exercise (TTX) was held on May 6-8, 2013 in La Antigua, Guatemala.


This TTX aimed to examine plans, processes, and procedures for ensuring public health and safety and preserving national and regional commerce and trade after an intentional biological attack.


  • Begin development or improvement of local and national plans to respond to a bio-terror incident by examining coordination and integration of response organizations and resources.
  • Examine command and control issues between multiple health/medical and law enforcement agencies.
  • Discuss ways to align and enhance the respective efforts of the medical and law enforcement communities in identifying the nature of a terrorist-initiated biological weapons incident.
  • Examine medical capabilities and discuss regional and international cooperation.
  • Review capabilities to detect and monitor a bio-terror incident.
  • Discuss procedures to provide timely and accurate information to the local population and the world community.


Approximately 40 officials from Guatemala participated on the first day of the TTX in order to capture an honest assessment of the current status of Guatemala's preparedness in responding to a biological incident. On days two and three, representatives from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama joined Guatemala, bringing the total to approximately 70 participants. During these days, host country and international subject matter experts delivered a total of 9 academic presentations, as well as an expert panel session.


Mon, 05/06/2013 to Wed, 05/08/2013
Camino Real Hotel
Event Coordinator: 
Katey Groves
Presenters or VIPs: 
Mr. Marko Magdic, Ministry of the Interior, Chile
Mr. Tim McSherry, Jefferson County Emergency Management, Colorado, USA
Mr. Andres Toledo, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Ms. Fatima Sanchez, Secretariat of Health, Mexico
Mr. Tom Voltaggio, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ms. Terry Kerns, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)