7. CONDUCTING DRILLS
When conducting drills the process should always be the same. The reason a set process
should be followed is to minimize risking injury to personnel, or damage to equipment or the
environment. A part of the drill process is contacting outside organizations such as the fire
department, safeguards and security, and emergency response units. They should be notified
when drills are to commence, and to respond or not to respond as required by the drill scenario.
Included in the notification of these organizations should be how they will be notified in the event
of an actual facility abnormal condition. Conduct of drills includes the pre-drill briefing, drill
initiation, and drill performance.
7.1 Pre-drill Briefing
The drill coordinator should hold a pre-drill briefing with the selected drill evaluators, safety
monitors, observers, and visitors to discuss each person's role, past problems encountered, and
any safety considerations. The drill coordinator should discuss each section of the scenario,
including specific instructions concerning intervention points, and answer any questions team
members may have. The drill coordinator should also discuss how drill termination will be
identified for both normal and abnormal conditions and how the facility will be restored.
7.2 Drill Initiation
The drill should be initiated by either the drill coordinator or by a drill team member in accordance
with the drill scenario. Drill initiation can be coordinated by either time or event. The exact
actions for the drill initiation should be identified. An example of an exact action is "Open breaker
DC-34-BAC located in electrical panel DC-03-4. An alarm will immediately sound on the auxiliary
pump control board indicating the loss of #3 pump control circuit." If an announcement is to be
made that initiates the drill, the wording should be stated in the drill initiation section of the drill
scenario and include the words "This is a drill."