This is a TEST: Community Reception Center (CRC)

At a glance

This toolkit is for the This is a TEST CRC Edition training and exercise simulation tool for community reception centers. Rulebook and playthrough video resources cover how to use this tool in your jurisdiction.

This is a TEST CRC edition logo with radiation symbols


This is a TEST CRC Edition (TEST CRC) is a training and exercise simulation tool that helps participants understand specific roles and responsibilities at a community reception center (CRC) during a radiation emergency. The game uses a serious collaborative design to bridge the gap between discussion and operational exercises. It uses narrative-based problems to foster teamwork and discussion of resource management.


  • Provide pressures or situations similar to a real emergency
  • Highlight the need to work together to process the population effectively


TEST CRC was designed with several learning and exercise objectives:

  • Provide realistic scenarios that introduce difficult choices
  • Highlight the complexity of an emergency response
  • Facilitate discussion of access and functional needs and health equity considerations
  • Create engaging experiences that foster collaboration
  • Facilitate understanding of organizational responsibilities
  • Provide ways to visualize process flow and resource needs for a radiation response
  • Enable players to feel more confident transitioning to operational-based exercises

Who should use TEST CRC?

Emergency preparedness and response professionals who may be involved with setting up and operating a CRC to respond to a radiation emergency.

Player roles include:

  • Communications
  • Emergency management
  • Fire and police
  • Hospitals
  • Public health
  • Radiation control
  • Volunteer coordinators

See TEST in action

Group of people with gameboard and pieces on table.
Group of public health professionals playing TEST CRC at conference.

Other TEST versions

Access the This is a TEST main page and other TEST versions by using the links below.

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