Crisis Leadership Team Hybrid Workshop and Tabletop Exercise

Innovative Solutions for Enhanced
Aviation Emergency Preparedness

Program Overview

Fostering Collaborative Preparedness

Tidal Basin implemented a comprehensive exercise divided into three modules, each targeting specific objectives to ensure effective comprehension and retention of exercise outcomes. These interactive modules went beyond the traditional tabletop exercise (TTX) format, offering unique elements to enhance participant engagement.

Emphasizing the criticality of every department and agency in supporting the emergency response capabilities of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the exercise took place at the LAWA Police Facility Community Room. The Crisis Leadership Team (CLT) consisted of 33 players, 10 observers, and nine exercise staff and partners.

These participants represented key organizations, including LAWA executives and supervisors, city partners such as the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Mayor’s Office, and the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, as well as federal partners like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Customs and Border Protection, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Tidal Basin’s innovative and professional approach to our executive exercise was refreshing and valuable to all who participated. Our airport leaders are better prepared for an emergency due to Tidal Basin.”

“When you get executives dedicating several hours out of their busy day and actively engaged in the exercise and conversations being had, you build confidence in your teams. The unique interactive exercise helps to foster that connection between stakeholders.”


Enhancing preparedness through executive-level exercises

Tidal Basin’s exercise encompassed a comprehensive approach to address a wide range of potential threats and hazards. These included aircraft incidents, organized protests, cyber-attacks, construction accidents, coordinated attacks, and active shooter situations.

Unlike traditional tabletop exercises that rely on discussion scenarios, this program incorporated interactive elements that closely replicated real-world decision-making and activities.

The success of this program emphasizes the vital role of executive-level exercise programs in bolstering preparedness and ensuring effective outcomes across diverse markets.

Program Team

Expertise and Support for Preparedness Exercises

Exercises are crucial to help facilities, communities and governments prepare for unforeseen disasters of any kind. One of the keys to successful preparedness and response is well-trained leaders, management and other key stakeholders equipped with the proper tools to minimize adverse impacts during crisis situations. Training executive staff to respond properly to a situation that activates emergency plans is essential to successfully weathering an incident.

Our team is here to support your facility, organization and community with these specific exercises, and encourage you to reach out to discuss ways to enhance your resilience through executive leadership participation in preparedness exercises.

Stephanie Murphy,
Vice President, Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Management (PREM)
Michelle F. Burnett,
Assistant Vice President, Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Management (PREM)


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Crisis Leadership Team Hybrid Workshop and Tabletop Exercise

In April 2023, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles, and other federal partners participated in a hybrid workshop tabletop exercise facilitated by Tidal Basin Government Consulting (Tidal Basin) preparedness experts. LAWA required a consultant to create an exercise addressing multiple scenarios focused on intentional acts designed to cause harm to the airport, personnel, and passengers.

Download the brochure to dive deeper into how Tidal Basin partnered with LAWA for enhanced airport preparedness.

Aviation Insights

Stephanie Murphy, MS, CEM, was featured in The Washington Post’s article titled, “The GAO told the government in 2015 to develop a plan to protect the aviation system against an outbreak. It never happened.”

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The Tidal Basin Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Management (PREM) team recently supported John Wayne Airport’s triennial, full-scale exercise in Orange County, CA. 

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Stephanie Murphy, MS, CEM, Vice President of Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Management presents at “Practices in Airport Emergency Plans” webinar.

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