The objectives for GridEx III are:
· Exercise crisis response and recovery
· Improve communications
· Identify lessons learned
· Engage senior leadership
As in the first two GridEx events, GridEx III is made up of a grid-focused operational exercise for participants across North America and a tabletop discussion for executives. The majority of participants will take part in the exercise from their place of work over two days and will receive sequenced email messages that detail simulated scenario conditions. Based on this information, participants will respond with simulated internal and external information sharing activities. An exercise control cell, based in the Washington, D.C. area, will manage scenario distribution, monitor the exercise and gather lessons learned.
Planning and Participation
The nine-month planning cycle is structured around three planning conferences: the Initial Planning Conference on March 11-12, the Mid-term Planning Conference on June 10-11, and the Final Planning Conference on September 3. Designated Planners from each organization will participate in these conferences and identify exercise participants ("Players") from across departmental and functional areas. Planners develop customized scenario events that achieve additional local exercise objectives and increases realism for their Players. Planners will also identify their organizations as either an “Active” organization that is directly involved in planning, dynamic exercise play and after action activities or as an “Observing” organization that participates in a less resource-intensive manner.
Contact Bill Lawrence, senior manager of CIP Awareness, Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center.