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Event Planning - Table Top

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This class will address the skills and planning activities necessary to create the plans for drills, public service events, and activations.  The class will include interactive table-top exercises.
Intended Audience: This class is intended for hams who will be planning events.
Prerequisites: Must have completed any of the level 2 classes in any of the following areas; Field Ops, Net Control, or Packet.  This class is strongly suggested for ECs and AECs.
Length: 3 hours
Students should bring:
  • Completed homework assignment
  • Copy of course presentation and exercise materials (see below)
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of events
  • Create measurable exercise objectives
  • Describe the planning process and what is different based on the event type
  • Describe how to deal with problems that might be encountered during the planning process
  • Properly complete the ICS 202 Incident Objectives form
  • Explain how to use checklists as a planning aid
  • Create an event plan for a functional area of a drill or public service event
  • Create an After Action Report (AAR)
Topics Covered:

The course agenda includes:

  • Types of planning situations
  • Event-specific considerations
  • The planning process
  • ICS 202 Incident Objectives - Table-Top
  • After Action Report
  • Problems and pitfalls (homework)
  • Common planning considerations (homework)
  • Checklist as a planning aid (homework)
  • Table-Top exercise
Scheduling Info:
Course Materials:

Pre-class Homework Assignment:

Classroom Presentation (Revised  11-June-2022):

Exercise Materials (print out and bring to class):


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This page was last updated on 11-June-2022