Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Blue Cell Intel Summary Vol. 5 Issue 1

TTX VAULT
It began as a simple enough notion. To take a massive archive of previously constructed exercises and electronic files numbering in the thousands and pages numbering in the millions and turn it into something that could be shared, adapted, easily understood and put to good use. The oldest of these files dates back to the early 1990’s. Before there were MEP’s, a Department of Homeland Security, before 911, before WACO and before the Oklahoma City bombing…. True and pure, old school exercise design, and most importantly great data.
Fast forward to the end product today.

TTX Vault is a first of its kind location to purchase both individual and packaged exercises. With our single exercises you receive a plausible and field tested base scenario, in a format that allows you to make it fit your location.
And of course, today there is a litany of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) suggested paperwork. It varies from one exercise type to the next. If it is recommended, it is included in the scenario folder.

A truly contemporary touch is the additional complete template sets that are provided in a notional location called Chelsea County USA.  This is a deep and well thought through online simulation environment featuring characters, typed resources and a support library of plans that rivals any real county in the US. This password protected website has endless scenario play possibilities. Stop by today and browse our ever growing catalogue of scenarios and packages at www.ttxvault.com
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Friday, February 3, 2017

The Blue Cell Intel Vol. 4 Issue 1

         ALL HAZARD INCIDENT COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS TOOL


         The All-Hazard Incident Complexity Analysis Tool created by The Blue Cell, LLC is the culmination and collaboration of a number of doctrines to include, but are not limited to, wildland fire complexity, the concepts of managing and prioritizing objectives (life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation) and the advanced concepts found in both Department of Homeland Security (DHS) course of MGT-315, Threat and Risk Assessment for Local Jurisdiction and the Department of Defense (DOD) doctrine of criticality, accessibility, recuperability, vulnerability, effect, and recognizability, otherwise known as C.A.R.V.E.R. This acronym is used throughout the targeting and mission planning cycle to assess mission validity and requirements.

The primary factors on this tool are ones found in the current Incident Command System training 300 level, expanding incidents, national curriculum. In unit four, nine factors that contribute to an incident becoming more complex are identified. Additional sub factors were added under the primaries. Items frequent on many types of incidents. Several sub factors for aviation resource usage, non ICS form product development and terrorism were also added.

With that said, the use of the Complexity Analysis Tool is still more art than science. The tool is influenced by individual input. The matrix weights life safety factors, heavier than incident stabilization, which in turn are weighted heavier than property conservation. The formulas are then designed to offer a suggestion or a possible solution. The red X , which moves based on percentage, moves from one category to another at the bottom of the tool and indicates the increasing and decreasing in complexity.


       These are suggestions and does not necessarily mean you need to order an entire team. This is where the analysis comes into play, leading to a conclusion and a decision.                  
                      
       The tool encourages the current incident managers to more thoroughly examine specific deficiencies and determine whether position specific orders of a higher qualification are needed based on the line item in the matrix. In the event the form is being completed manually, five or more boxes checked would indicate the complexity increasing from the  perceived current level. The weights for each factor were intentional hidden so as to support and reinforce objectivity for the user of the tool.

        Created in 2010, this tool has been used unchanged and has been run on over 100 incidents in real time and, in some cases, after the fact. It has also been used in simulations and distributed on thousands of classroom disks by The Blue Cell, LLC and The Blue Cell Companies. The tool has been custom branded for multiple agencies at the State and Local levels and is under consideration for inclusion in the current re-write of the FEMA L-962, Planning Section Chief position specific course.

Here is a link to the tool on The Blue Cell website where it is branded under our new F.A.S.T. product line. It is free to download.

LINK TO COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS TOOL

LINK TO OUR COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS VIDEO

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The BLue Cell Intel Summary Vol.3 Issue 6


The concepts of ordering, validating, accounting for and tracking resources is a challenge nationwide. Several initiatives are now underway Nationally to address this in the incident and emergency response community. The Blue Cell internally has four projects in development to meet the needs of its customers and is collaborating with one of the leading firms in the field, Salamander Technologies.

Here is an article for HS Today Magazine on changes coming in the HSPD 12 conversation.

 http://www.hstoday.us/industry-news/general/single-article/dhs-to-award-new-hspd-12-credentialing-contract-in-2013/e963fc2125e23cbb56694e80e92b0001.html#.UYqTSop5y5M.gmail

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Blue Cell Intel Summary Vol 3. Issue 5


The link to article below is from the New England Journal of Medicine and is on the topic of Mass Casualty Preparation. It was so well done I thought it was worth reposting in the Blue Cell Intelligence Summary for the month of May.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1305480?query=TOC&

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Blue Cell Intel Summary Vol. 3 Issue 4

The success and expansion of The Blue Cell, LLC has been meteoric and beyond anything our initial business planning had envisioned.

After a significant 1st quarter 2013 sprint, we are catching our breath and continuing to delivery quality training, exercise, consulting, deployment and technical services. However, our drive and innovation presses on.

We have five new major product and service subsets under development in the areas of distance learning, field grade products, advanced exercise solutions, international services and a new web interface, designed to connect homeland security, emergency management and frontline responders in ways not available previously.

Look for these new initiatives beginning in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2013.

Todd Manns, Owner
The Blue Cell, LLC and Command School TTX