Provincewide emergency preparedness exercise planned for June 202009 January 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick communities are invited to participate in the third provincewide emergency preparedness exercise, scheduled for June 2020.
Called Exercise Brunswick Charlie 2020, the one-day effort will give municipalities, First Nations and local service districts an opportunity to practise their respective roles during an emergency. It is being organized by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO) with help from the Canadian Armed Forces, through Joint Task Force Atlantic.
“We have been seeing more signs that communities are better prepared for emergencies when they occur,” said Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart. “This is in part because of new resources, such as additional NBEMO regional emergency management co-ordinators who work with local communities, and through regular joint exercises such as Brunswick Charlie.”
The exercise will allow community staff involved in emergency management to practise planned responses and other procedures at any level they choose, from simple to complex.
The exercise scenario will revolve around severe weather unfolding across the province. Advanced weather reporting, simulated social media, and web-based news reporting will add to the realism of the exercise. It is anticipated that this year’s event will be a simulated severe heat wave culminating with a tropical storm. Further details will be developed and discussed at the initial planning conference in Fredericton on Jan. 14.
Municipal, local service district and First Nations participants are invited to take part in the planning over the coming months. Brunswick Charlie can also be an opportunity for local service groups, retirement homes and others to exercise their emergency plans.
“The feedback we have received from the first two exercises shows that people are engaged and that they find the experience worthwhile,” said Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. “Participating in the planning process will help ensure they continue to get the kind of test they need so they can be prepared for an emergency.”
NBEMO staff provide advice to communities regarding their emergency planning and provides emergency management training, such as a recent emergency operations centre course in Paquetville.
The organization also co-ordinates preparedness for emergencies, working at provincial, regional and municipal levels to ensure communities are protected during all phases of an emergency. It also co-ordinates provincial response operations during emergencies and administers disaster financial assistance programs during recovery.09-01-20