City testing its emergency plan Wednesday

By rdnewsNOW staff
December 5, 2017 - 3:46pm

Some City of Red Deer facilities might be busier than normal when The City puts its emergency plans to the test as part of an emergency response exercise on Wednesday (Dec. 6).

City Hall and the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be used as part of the exercise with City Hall serving as the Emergency Operations Centre, and the G.H. Dawe Community Centre being set up as a mock reception site. It is business as usual for both facilities with all regular facility programs and services happening as scheduled; however, citizens may see City staff and emergency personnel participating in the training scenario.

“We test our emergency plans and processes regularly, with one major training exercise annually,” said Karen Mann, Emergency Management Coordinator. “Emergency exercises give us an opportunity to not only test our plans but to enhance our skills and learn from peers, colleagues and experts in the industry. Putting our processes, plans and people to the test helps us ensure we are prepared for any emergency situation that could arise.”

The exercise will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with various staff participating in different ways throughout the day.

Representatives from Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Health Services and other neighbouring communities and supporting agencies will also be participating.

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