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Disaster exercise to test Alberta's emergency response team

Alberta’s emergency response experts will be put to the test over the next two days as a simulated ice storm sweeps across the province, bringing mass casualties, derailments, collapsing buildings and power outages.

This year's annual exercise to be the largest and most complex yet, minister says

The Provincial Operations Centre, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is responsible for coordinating the initial response and support for natural or human-caused disasters. (CBC)

Alberta’s emergency response experts will be put to the test over the next two days as a simulated ice storm sweeps across the province, bringing mass casualties, derailments, collapsing buildings and power outages.

The emergency management exercise, aimed at  testing the government’s response to potential disasters, is held annually but this year’s will be the largest and most complex yet, said Municpal Affairs Minister Diana McQueen.

The mock ice storm will be held as a live exercise in Thorhild, 80 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, as well as a virtual exercise in eight other Alberta communities.

More than 100 members of Alberta’s all-hazards disaster response team, known as Canada Task Force 2 will be deployed in Thorhild, she said.

Representatives from all levels of government, First Nations, industry, and emergency management agencies will also participate.

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