On January 17, 2018, the Compact organized a Business Continuity Climate Resiliency Tabletop Exercise at Harvard University. The tabletop exercise assessed business continuity and coordination procedures following a climate based incident adversely affecting the Cambridge area and causing business interruptions to stakeholders in the City. A category 2 storm scenario was used for the tabletop exercise. The exercise discussed inter-dependencies on systems (transportation, vendors, and utilities) among Cambridge stakeholders, resource sharing needs during a supply chain disruption and actions to maintain critical business functions in the aftermath of a city-wide disaster.

file-14The exercise allowed for increased awareness of gaps and obstacles in resource sharing in a climate-based disaster, as well as after action items to resolve these issues and improve coordination and communication throughout Cambridge.

The Situation Manual provides an overview of the exercise and information on the exercise objectives, structure, and guidelines. The After Action Report outlines the strengths and the areas of improvement that resulted from the exercise.


Cambridge Climate Tabletop Exercise Introduction and Scenario Modules – Suzanne Blake, Manager, MIT Emergency Management

The Bigger Picture:Emergency Response at the State Level – Mike Main, Manager, MEMA Region 1

Interdependent Systems and Your Resiliency Scorecard- Jim Goudreau, Head of Climate, Novartis

Flood Risk Under an Uncertain Future Climate – Dr. Ken Strzepek, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change