Emergency management experts gathered in Alberta this week to go over a simulated flood scenario that will test their response to major emergencies.
The emergency management exercise (EMX23) on Feb. 1 and 2 will simulate government’s response to a significant event, using the scenario of a sunny day dam failure that results in flooding for downstream communities.
“Disasters can happen at any time. That’s why it’s important to train together to make sure we’re ready to help as quickly as possible when an emergency response is required,” Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services.
“I’m proud to announce an upgraded, larger facility that will allow government to better respond to a full range of emergencies. Thank you to the thousands of men and women – professionals and volunteers – who continue to protect Albertans and our communities during disasters.”
The exercise will take place at Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre in Edmonton. Emergency management exercises have been held annually in Alberta since 2001.
According to a release, the province’s emergency management system is designed to protect life, property and the environment by providing a unified, coordinated and resilient response to emergencies.
“Exercises like these are just one of the reasons Alberta is better prepared than ever for a flood event,” Sonya Savage, Minister of Environment and Protected Areas.
“Through our River Forecast Centre and our work with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and municipal partners, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas continues to gather and analyze data, develop flood mitigation plans and practise our response to flood events to help protect Alberta communities.”
Albertans are encouraged to practise their own emergency preparation, as disasters can occur with little to no warning. Here are a few tips on how to be prepared:
- Sign up to receive Alberta emergency alerts.
- Build and maintain emergency kits.
- Have an emergency plan in place and practise that plan with your family.
- Review your insurance coverage with your provider to ensure that you have sufficient coverage to protect your family and property.