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Run a Simulation

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With WebEOC, you can run a realistic simulation that tests your organization's ability to use WebEOC effectively during an emergency response. Via WebEOC's Simulator Manager, you can set up an incident with injects, presenting users with realistic obstacles that they must manage appropriately. When creating such an incident, you control all aspects of the incident so you can test the appropriate users, groups, and positions.

As the incidents used for a simulation are to be realistic and customized to your organization, you cannot use the Setup incident feature to run a simulation. Instead, log in to an incident created for the drill or exercise before starting Simulator. Users, groups, and positions are assigned to the simulated incident the in the same way as for an actual incident, ensuring that those you test are those required for the exercise.

To run a simulation
  1. In the Admin window, go to Incidents: Simulator. The Simulator page opens.


  2. Click the Run Simulation link associated with the simulation you want to run. The simulation control window opens.


The simulation control window uses DVD-like controls, complete with buttons and a digital elapsed time display. The buttons on the control are, from left to right: Rewind, Pause, Reset, Play, and Forward.

  • Rewind sets the Simulator clock back to one second before the last ETime and removes the entries matching that ETime from the related boards.

  • Pause stops the clock without setting it to zero.

  • Reset stops the simulation, resets the clock to 00:00:00, and removes all entries posted up to that point. If you click Reset, the Reset the Simulation window opens, advising you that this action removes all posted entries from status boards. To reset the clock and remove posted entries, click OK.

    Note: Entries with 00:00:00 ETimes that were manually injected must be individually removed by clicking the Enable button.

  • Play starts the clock.

  • Fast Forward advances the clock to the next scheduled ETime and posts the entry or entries configured with the specified ETime.

  • Configured entries for the simulation are displayed in the list box and are ordered by ETime.

  • Entries with ETimes of 00:00:00 do not auto-post to their respective boards. The administrator running the simulator must manually inject these entries by clicking the Add button next to them.

    Tip: Contingency messages and injects with indeterminate post times are excellent candidates for 00:00:00 ETime configuration.

  • Each line entry displays the ETime, Inject #, Board name, Synopsis, and three action links with the default settings of Post (or Remove), Edit, and Disable (or Enable).

  • Link settings associated with each entry line indicate the operation that is applied to the entry when the link is next clicked. As link settings are changed, the entry status and display color (white, blue, or red) corresponding to that entry also change.

  • If the Post and Disable links are available, the entry may be injected (either manually or automatically) or disabled (unavailable for posting). When the Post link is clicked or the entry is automatically posted, the Remove link is made available and the Disable link is made unavailable. When the Disable link is clicked, the Enable link is made available and the Post link is made unavailable.

  • When the simulation is initially loaded, all line entries are displayed in white. The default button settings of Post, Edit, and Disable indicate they are available for posting (that is, they have not been injected). As the simulator runs and ETimes are reached, or as entries are manually injected, individual entry lines change colors and the associated links change, indicating actions that can be taken.

  • Before posting to a status board, users can modify associated details via the Simulation: Edit Simulation page or the Edit link. After a post has been uploaded to its status board, entry updates can only be accomplished through the input view.

  • For the user, entries can be added, updated, sorted, and filtered as any other entry.

  • Do not data-link entries posted through the Simulator Manager; this can cause unpredictable results when posts are removed from a board.

  • The simulation automatically pauses once all non-zero ETimes for the simulation have occurred.

  • At the conclusion of the simulation, event information can be archived intact with all injects, posted by players, or deleted per your organization’s policies and procedures.

    Note: To save all the posted entries with the injects, click Save. Do not use the Control Reset button. The reset button removes all the posted entries from the status boards.

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