Exercise Week!

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Okay…I get that this is the SpaceX Control Centre, but I would love to have an operations centre like this one!

It’s exercise week around here! As much as I love the research and writing part of my job, it’s the exercises that really make life interesting. This is our chance to see if all of our planning and writing actually comes to anything. It’s particularly interesting when you’re exercising an organization that hasn’t exercised in a while.

Monday was spent getting all the little details in order, making sure we had pens and paper for everyone, the chairs and tables were set up like we needed, and making sure that the technology all worked like we expected. Today was the big challenge, exercising an organization that hadn’t really stretched its legs in a while. I haven’t really decided how it went, but it sure was a lot of fun to get everyone into the same room!

Tomorrow we get to play with the rest of our region, lots of public and private organizations all playing the same scenario while the controllers try to trip us up! I don’t know the full details of the exercise because I’m leading my organizations response and so have let my partner take the lead on the planning. I do know that it is a very possible scenario, and one that would have huge consequences for the entire region.

Will we succeed? Stay tuned to find out!

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