Preparedness Exercises

Preparedness Exercises are a critical component of food defense planning to assure your organization can execute response plans, has necessary relationships, and has recovery of operation plans in place in the event disaster strikes. 

FPDI can design, develop, and/or deliver individualized Preparedness Exercises for your organization.

People standing around together outsideOur exercises will be customized to your organization’s context based on its needs to meet its specific objectives. FPDI exercises can be tailored to:

  • Testing policies, procedures, and personnel related to food defense and other emergencies;
  • Identifying strengths and gaps in food defense protection, response, recovery, and risk mitigation;
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities within the context of an emergency;
  • Discussing and redefine best practices; and/or
  • Developing "after-action" plans to improve preparedness for a food defense emergency.

Examples of exercises

Examples of exercises developed and delivered previously include combinations of several factors:

Type of Event

  • Economically Motivated Adulteration
  • Disgruntled Employee
  • Terrorism

Type of Facility

  • Food manufacturer
  • Retail food restaurateur
  • Major entertainment venue concessions

Supply Chain Location

  • Globally sourced ingredients
  • Third party ingredient contaminated
  • Breach in processing facility
  • Retail and consumer exposure

Type of Product

  • Spices
  • Beverages
  • Secondary ingredients
  • Seafood
  • Meat products

For example, one scenario included the intentional adulteration of a key secondary ingredient produced by a third party manufacturer subsequently used in restaurant operations.

Preparedness exercises may take many forms. FPDI has delivered in person table-top exercises, remote real-time facilitated exercises, and multi-day exercises with game play where the outcome of the exercise depends on participant actions and decisions. An infinite variety of combinations is available based on your organization’s needs and interests. They are applicable across the food industry and can be used to test preparedness within a single company, across responding organizations and agencies, or across multi-entity supply chains.

 Contact Deb Freedman at freedman@umn.edu for more information on Preparedness Exercise opportunities.