Putrajaya, Malaysia: Blazing Tiger Tabletop Exercise (TTX)
The Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) Blazing Tiger Tabletop Exercise (TTX) was held on June 23-25, 2014 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
This exercise aimed to strengthen biosecurity preparedness in compliance to Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540, evaluate the current mechanisms in management of deliberate biological incidents, and enhance the current capacities and capabilities in the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery to biological threats.
- Examine operational communication and coordination between various sectors, especially law enforcement, public health, and emergency management.
- Examine incident investigation.
- Examine trigger points for notification and action.
- Examine determination of credible threats by Law Enforcement and Health.
- Examine laboratory practices and protocols (biosafety and biosecurity).
- Examine media management and information sharing.
- Examine roles and responsibilities at various stages of an incident.
- Examine mass care and medical surge capacity during an acute incident.
- Examine detection and reporting.
- Examine Law Enforcement and Health planning and response.
- Examine agricultural management during an incident.
The main purpose of this exercise was to enhance multi-sectoral policies, goals, objectives, roles, and responsibilities in prevention, preparedness, and response to biological incidents and threats. The TTX revolved around participant discussions in response to the events that unfolded during a hypothetical biological incident. Following play on the second day, the exercise concluded with a half-day working session to identify strengths, areas for improvement, improvement actions, and best practice response and coordination processes regarding a biological incident or threat.