Crowdsourcing HayWired Earthquake Scenario Exercise Ideas

Crowdsourcing HayWired Earthquake Scenario Exercise Ideas

The Haywired Coalition is developing an exercise toolkit for the HayWired Earthquake Scenario. Earthquakes are complex events with the potential to impact all facets of a community. One component of the toolkit is an idea list of different ways people can exercise an earthquake scenario. Those without much exercise experience can start out by simply focusing on one element, while organizations that are more advanced in their planning and exercises can layer several elements to develop more complex scenarios.

To create a diverse list of ideas we want to tap into the wealth of expertise in the broader response community. We have developed a page to crowd source ideas for different aspects of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario that could be exercised.

The HayWired Scenario involves a 7.0M earthquake on the Hayward Fault with an epicenter in Oakland. You can learn more about the HayWired Scenario at

Share your ideas via the comments section at the bottom of the page for elements of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario that can be exercised.

Ideas may fit into more than one category. Also feel free to expand on ideas already existing. A few initial prompting ideas have been included and ideas from the comments will added to the list about once a week. As you have new ideas, come back and add them. 

Note: Names on the comments are public, so please only use the extent of you name you wish to make public or list your name as anonymous. 

Exercise Timing

Timing of the exercise scenario

  • Immediate response
  • A few days post initial earthquake
  • Weeks post initial earthquake
  • Months post initial earthquake
  • Post aftershock

Energy Infrastructure

Electricity, Natural Gas, Fuel

  • Downed live wires
  • Gas pipeline rupture

Communications Infrastructure

Cellular, Wifi, Data, Landlines

  • Broken fiber optic cable
  • Cellular network down

Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

Water Treatment & Pipelines, Wastewater system

  • Contaminated water
  • Water outage

Transportation Infrastructure

Roads, Bridges, Ports, Rail, Airports

  • Debris on roads
  • Port closure

Supply Chain Disruptions

Vendors & Logistics

  • Critical vendor(s) impacted
  • Travel restrictions

Healthcare Infrastructure

Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Pharmacies

  • Hospital damaged
  • Patient transportation

Public Health

Sanitation & Diseases

  • Boil water notices
  • Infectious diseases
  • Managing sanitation and waste disposal

Community Infrastructure

Schools, Day Care, Grocery Stores, …

  • Schools closed
  • Day care centers closed

Mass Care & Sheltering

  • Activation of shelters
  • Food & Water Logistics

Movement of People

Evacuation & Re-Entry

  • Bringing critical staff back in
  • Employees getting home

Security & Safety

Facilities Security, Search & Rescue, …

  • Securing facilities post earthquake
  • Searching for survivors

Hazardous Materials

Debris, Pollutants, Contaminants

  • Hazardous material spill
  • Toxic air contaminants

Hazards Post Earthquakes

Geological and Fire

  • Fires post-earthquake
  • Liquefaction

Facilities Impact

Impacts to your buildings

  • Building red-tagged
  • People trapped in elevators

Economic Impacts & Recovery

Financial Impacts

  • Business interruptions
  • Insurance filings

Continuity of Operations

Business Operations

  • Disruption to business processes
  • Employee impacts

Personal and Family Preparedness

Being prepared at home and on the road

  • Disaster kit content
  • Out of state contacts

Cross-Sector Partnerships

Coordination with cross-sector partners

  • Business interruptions
  • Insurance filings


Anything that does not fit well into one of the other categories