​​​​Crisis Simulations and Exercise Facilitation

Case Studies

Click each heading below to read stories about some of the results we've achieved for our clients.

"ICS Translation" | Public School District 

"Disaster Response Leadership" | Hospital District 

"Emergency Operations Coordination" | Transit Authority

"Organizing in Good & Bad Times" | Youth Sports League

"Crisis Leadership" | Higher Education

Crisis Simulation & Exercise Facilitation

Discussion-based table top exercises or full scale exercises and everything in between.

I've facilitated and evaluated hundreds of functional exercises for thousands of participants, so far.  Read more about me HERE.

Contact me to discuss how I can improve the outcomes for your group through experienced and effective exercise facilitation.

Suggested Topics

When done right, facilitation is facilitation.  Instruction, exercises, speaking, etc. are all about YOUR outcomes, not mine, so subject matter expertise is not always required.

Nonetheless, in areas where I do have subject matter expertise and experience, the engagement can be more seamless.  Such as:

  • The Response​ Leadership Sequence™
  • ​​​​How Leaders Set Priorities & Achieve Objectives
  • How to Strengthen Your Leader’s Mindset
  • How to Decrease Risk and Increase Resilience
  • Decision-Making for Leaders
  • Team Building: Engaging the Disengaged using the TEAM Solutions Wheel of Engagement
  • Build a Readiness to Act by Filling Your TEAM Solutions D.U.F.F.E.L. B.A.G.
  • How to Organize Before a Crisis or Event
  • How to Lead During a Crisis or Event
  • How to Respond to a Disaster
  • How to Communicate in a Crisis or Event
  • Leadership Case Studies

To explore further how these topics can be brought to life in your organization, contact me today.

Sample Agenda / Deliverables

Below is a sample outline for a 4-hour facilitated tabletop exercise (Organizing Before a Crisis):

Sample Agenda - Organizing Before a Crisis

  • 1
    Introduction & Objectives
  • 2
    Planning Assumptions
  • 3
    Roles and Responsibilities
  • 4
    Considerations for a functional-based role in a crisis
  • 5
    Delegation and Redundancy
  • 6
  • 7
    Competence, not hierarchy or titles
  • 8
    Policy considerations
  • 9
  • 10
    Scenario injects - facilitated simulation exercise
  • 11
    Facilitated Wrap-up
  • 12
    A final written report with recommendations

Example Delivery Model

Facilitated simulation exercises, workshops, tabletops, etc. tend to fall into one of the below delivery models.

1-hour video conference

4-hour facilitated discussion (tabletop exercise)

8-hour full-scale exercise

Who Is This For?

I've been fortunate to assist many different organizations in many different industries.  Over 13,000 adult participants so far.  Learn more about that and me, here.  

Some of the industries that I've helped so far:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Emergency Mgmt, Law, Fire, EMS, SAR
  • Higher Education
  • Public Utilities
  • Insurance 
  • Healthcare
  • Local, State & Federal Governments
  • Transportation


"Mike McKenna helped us save the (pretend) day from a (simulated) ice and wind storm that could have (hypothetically) been (fake) devastating. Thanks fellas. Unity College is genuinely safer today because of you." (Full-Scale Crisis simulation project with Jonathan Bernstein of Bernstein Crisis Management) - John Zavodny, Chief of Staff, Unity College

"Thought provoking and engaging.”

“Time well spent.”

“Very excellent conversation material"

"Mike earns 5 stars!"

Important Notes

  • Sessions can be delivered individually or can be combined into a day or half day session.
  • Most pricing is a flat fee plus expenses and may involve a limit on the number of participants permitted into each session.
  • Deliveries outside of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex include travel associated fees. 
  • Discounts may be available for select non-profits.
  • Customized delivery of customized topics is available.  Please contact me to discuss.
  • Scheduling is done 2+ months in advance.
  • Yes, within reason, I’m willing to register as a vendor with your organization.
  • 1/2 payment is due at booking, 1/2 before the session starts.

Still have a question? There are no dumb ones so ask away!

Current Event Schedule

The majority of my events are either private engagements or registration is handled by my client, which means there will not be any public registration or visibility.

Any public events where I handle the registration will be listed below.


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Scenario Injects - Mass Casualty Incident (MCI)

Planning a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) exercise?

Try these free scenario medical injects to use for your adult or pediatric 'patients':

Also, if you need MCI 'patients' consider these inflatable, re-usable adult and pediatric Mass Casualty Incident mannequins.  They don't need feeding and won't require an injury waiver for your exercise!  Buy more and save.  

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