Emergency Management Exercise

Emergency Measures Organization (to Dec. 19, 2005)

September 27, 2002 1:05 PM

Nova Scotia's emergency managers will participate in a
simulated emergency from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The scenario is
designed to test emergency response plans and identify ways to
strengthen emergency preparedness capabilities.

As part of Exercise Atlantic Tour, each provincial government in
Atlantic Canada will test their skills in the same simulated
emergency.

Exercise Atlantic Tour allows staff from emergency operations
centres to practice interagency co-operation during an emergency.
The exercises are a co-operative effort between the Emergency
Measures Organizations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince
Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Office of
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness
(OCIPEP) -- the federal emergency management agency.

"Even though we've had more than our share of emergencies to
manage recently, it's important to maintain our co-ordination and
communications channels and skills," said Tim Olive, Minister
responsible for the Emergency Measures Act. "Because our past
emergency response efforts have been very successful, we know
that conducting this type of training exercise will help to
further ensure that all agencies are ready for major emergencies.

Nova Scotia's exercise will take place in the Joint Federal-
Provincial Emergency Operations Centre in Dartmouth and in the
Emergency Operations Centre for Cape Breton Regional Municipality
(CBRM) in Sydney. The scenario will be a provincewide emergency,
but CBRM is the only municipality that will directly participate.

The exercise is known as a table-top or command post exercise.
This means that emergency response agencies such as police, fire
and ambulance will not respond to the simulated scene. However,
key management officials will receive information and will be
required to make decisions based on the information and
hypothetical situations that are presented to them. Details of
the exercise scenario are being kept confidential to create a
more realistic problem-solving environment.

Exercise Atlantic Tour was designed by Science Applications
International Corporation (SAIC Canada), with funding from
OCIPEP. Officials from key government departments in all
participating provinces and municipalities also contributed to
the design.

Regular emergency services will not be disrupted during the
exercise.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotia will test its emergency response plans.

Emergency managers will participate in a simulated emergency

from September 30th to October 2nd to identify ways to strengthen

emergency preparedness capabilities.

     Tim Olive, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures

Act, says that because our past emergency response efforts have

been very successful, we know that this type of training will

help to further ensure that all agencies are ready for major

emergencies.

     The exercise will take place in the Joint Federal-Provincial

Emergency Operations Centre in Dartmouth and in the Emergency

Operations Centre for Cape Breton Regional Municipality in

Sydney.

     Regular emergency services will not be disrupted during the

exercise.

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Contact: Ellen Lawless
         Emergency Measures Organization
         902-424-0284
         E-mail: lawlesee@gov.ns.ca

sac         September 27, 2002      1:01 P.M.