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Saturday October 12th: 8:00 - 18:00 & Sunday October 13th: 8:00-12:00 


Mass Casualty Incident Response Plan: Riceland Simulation Exercise


Course Directors

  • Massimo Azzaretto (Italy)
  • Luca Ragazzoni (Italy)


  • Francesco Della Corte
  • Jeffrey Franc
  • Ives Hubloue
  • Mick Molloy
  • Eric Weinstein


The course is designed for 40 participants.

Required materials

Participants should each bring their own laptop.

Course description 

Participants from various backgrounds and experience in mass casualty incident planning and response will collaborate similar to the constituents involved in the creation of an actual mass casualty incident response plan.  The class will be divided into three committees to work together and collectively to produce a hazard vulnerability analysis, resource analysis and a mass casualty incident plan of a fictional country. Participants will receive lessons from experts, breakout sessions to guide each of the committees to work towards completion of their assignments, and a computer simulation to exercise their plan.

Learning objectives

1. To identify and gather relevant constituents to research, create and implement a mass casualty incident response plan for a government or non-government organization.

2. To research, adapt and complete an appropriate hazard vulnerability analysis of risks facing a government or non-government organization.

3. To research necessary staff, stuff and structures already possessed by response agencies and to learn how to acquire or contract the remaining staff, stuff and structures to meet the demand of a mass casualty incident.

4. To collaborate with relevant constituents to research, create and implement effective and efficient exercises that stress the mass casualty incident response plan with critical review to then implement appropriate process and system improvement.



Saturday 12 October

08:00-08:15 Intro to Riceland Game  L. Ragazzoni, M. Azzaretto 

Health Authority

E. Weinstein
08:45-09:15 Risk Assessment and Risk Management I. Hubloue

Resource Analysis and Logistics

M. Azzaretto
10:00-10:30 Surge Capacity and Crisis Standard of Care F. Della Corte 
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-11:30 ICS/HICS J. Franc
11:30-12:00 MCI Plan M. Molloy
12:00-12:15 Explanation interactive map L. Ragazzoni
12:15-12:30 Explanation Committee format M. Azzaretto
12:30-13:30 Working Lunch & commitee tables  

Breakout Committee establish structure 

All instructors
14:00-15:30 Expectation to have clear Committee assignments, establish object  
15:30-16:00 Break  

Each Committee presents preliminary work

16:30-18:00 Committees continue work  All instructors


Sunday 13 October


Recap D#1

M. Azzzaretto, L. Ragazzoni

08:15-09:45 Finalize MCI Plan incorporating HVA, RA E. Weinstein
09:45-10:30 Surge Sim exercise Student plan J. Franc
10:30-11:00 Break  
11:00-11:45 Q&A Plan All Instructors

Final thoughts and wrap up

L. Ragazzoni, M. Azzaretto

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