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Exercise - Tabletop Controller/Mentor
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

Tabletop exercises (TTX) are discussion-based events designed to evaluate the content and effectiveness of organizational / jurisdictional plans for responding to incidents such as the uncontrolled release of hazardous substances into the environment that pose threats to public health and safety, and/or the environment. Through facilitated discussion, key response personnel will describe how their organizations would use their knowledge, procedures, and equipment to improve information collection and sharing; understand responder roles and responsibilities; and enhance strategies to isolate and mitigate threats and effectively communicate with the public and other stakeholders during response operations. 

TTXs are facilitator-led and conducted in modules. Each module will include information about a plausible release scenario and will contain questions that will challenge participants to use existing plans, policies, and procedures to describe their ability to safely and efficiently respond to an incident.

TTXs are usually evaluated. Facilitators and/or evaluators will take notes or complete an evaluation guide to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.  This information will be used to develop an After-Action Report that includes recommendations for enhancing organizational preparedness and community resilience.

The target audience for this exercise is senior emergency response personnel and community planning partners who may represent their organization during an incident.


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
For general information contact ERTP Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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