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3. Controller Role

The exercise controller manages the exercise for a District. The controller is responsible for notifying players of changes in the situation, as indicated in the Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) and the Controller Guide (this document).
The District Emergency Coordinators have been selected to act as exercise controllers for their District. Some DECs may have other duties during the exercise, and in some cases may need to be players. In that case, the DEC may need to recruit an alternate to act as controller so the DEC can properly play in the exercise.

Preparation is necessary

Prior to the exercise, the DEC will need to identify a few key stations to interact directly with the SEOC and in some cases to relay to other Districts. DECs will need to identify the county for the first inject in Appendix A, Injects for all Districts.
Each DEC will identify a key station to communicate with the SEOC on the schedule in the appendices below.

Cooperation is necessary

Districts 3, 7 and 8 will need to coordinate to arrange stations, times and frequencies to relay traffic between the Districts.
The District 8 DEC will identify a key station to communicate with District 7 rather than the SEOC.
The District 7 DEC will need to identify a station to interact with District 8, and a station to interact with District 3. It is possible these might be the same stations depending on capability.
The District 3 DEC will need to identify a station to interact with the SEOC, and a station to interact with District 7. It is possible these might be the same stations depending on capability.

Do not share

Neither the MSEL nor the Controller Guide should be shared with players. The players should rely solely on the Participant Guide.
Controllers may share events from the MSEL after those events have occurred. Controllers should not share future events with the players.
Controllers should keep notes on those areas needing improvement and those things that went particularly well. The controller should be prepared to share these observations in an after-action conference call.

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