A mock disaster may be defined as one method of exercising teams in which participants are challenged to determine the actions they would take in the event of a specific disaster scenario.
Mock disasters usually involve all, or most, of the applicable teams. Under the guidance of exercise coordinators, the teams walk through the actions they would take per their plans, or simulate performance of these actions.
Teams may be at a single exercise location, or at multiple locations, with communication between teams simulating actual “disaster mode” communications.
A mock disaster will typically operate on a compressed time-frame representing many hours, or even days.