Woodside Fire Protection District
Citizens for Emergency Response and Preparedness Program

Earthquake Exercise

WHERE: Your neighborhood.

WHAT: Learn about the impact of a major earthquake will have on your neighborhood.

What do I need for the exercise?

This exercise has both a “table top” and simulated field problems. Some of the more organized neighborhoods have decided to set up simulated damage and injury situations in their neighborhoods. Other neighborhoods will be working around a kitchen table or at their organizations Emergency Operations Center simulating damage and injuries by rolling dice.

In either case, neighborhoods will be thinking about solving problems they may face after a major earthquake. You’ll be reporting the most serious of these situations and requesting help when your “team” needs it.


The structure of the exercise is designed to get your group thinking and talking. The success of the exercise will largely depend on your group’s ability to discuss the situations and the various response options you may have.

Some neighborhoods will be gathered around a neighborhood kitchen table. They will be simulating both damage and injuries to their own neighborhood. Neighborhood teams will be requesting assistance and providing damage information to their Division Leaders by radio.

Other neighborhoods, will have teams out responding to simulated incidents. These teams will be reporting via Family Radio Service Radios to their Neighborhood Team Leader, who will be relaying information on to their Division Leader by radio.

Division leaders will be operating from their Division Operations Center. They will be collecting information and requests from neighborhood and relaying it to Town or County officials all via established radio communications channels.

Town and County officials will be in their Emergency Operations Centers. They will be dispatching services, relaying requests for assistance, and developing an overall picture of the damage that has resulted from the earthquake.

Simulated Damage
The damage resulting from this earthquake will be simulated using the Damage Assessment form and by rolling a single die to introduce some random results.

Neighborhoods will be simulating damage to 10 homes, and will also be determining damage to utility services and to roads and streets. If the random nature of this damage leaves your neighborhood virtually untouched, you should try again. Light damage will result in a very dull exercise!

Division Leaders will be determining damage to community and commercial buildings within their division.

Town officials will be determining damage to the various town structures along with the roadways that provide access in and out of their towns.

The damage that is simulated in today’s exercise should not be taken as a scientific prediction of the actual damage your community would likely suffer. Rather is it a means to provoke thought on how neighborhood teams can respond to damage of this nature.

Injuries and Deaths
The number and nature of the injuries resulting from the earthquake will be dependent on the amount of damage neighborhoods received, along with a few additional rolls of the die.

Neighborhood teams should refer to the instructions and sample form on the Medical Summary Instructions. They will guide you in determining the number and severity of injuries in your neighborhood. You will get to make up a description of the injuries to match the triage status on the form.

What do I need for the exercise?

Many of the documents you will need for this exercise are in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. You can download Acrobat from Adobe at no cost.