"The Baltimore Chemical Terrorism Tabletop Exercise (TTX) was a one-day facilitated tabletop exercise sponsored in partnership by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Chemical Defense Program (CDP) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). The exercise, also referred to as the Baltimore Demonstration Project, occurred on 11 March 2014 in Baltimore, MD and engaged multiple stakeholders including federal, state, and local government agencies and private sector organizations. The TTX used three chemical detection scenarios (modules) that were designed to illicit discussion on the community's response relative to chemical detection capabilities. The exercise assessed the community's integrated chemical detect-to-warn capability, decision analysis, and response Concept of Operations Plan (CONOPS) to determine potential effectiveness. The end goal was to take the information collected from the exercise and provide the community with an assessment of its readiness and capabilities to respond to a chemical incident. The TTX provided an opportunity for discussion of the strengths and areas of improvement relative to a response during a chemical agent release in a subway system. The event afforded both private sector members and primarily local and state government agencies to form partnerships that will improve incident coordination during future response operations. The TTX successfully met the established exercise objectives and helped participants identify existing gaps and recommended areas of improvement."
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