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NB Power and Public Safety exercise full scale emergency plans

2015-09-23


Fredericton, N.B. – NB Power and New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organizations (NBEMO) will exercise nuclear emergency response plans and grid reliability in a full scale exercise November 17 and 18 during Community Preparedness Week.

“This is an opportunity for NB Power and NBEMO to work with emergency response partners to collaboratively test and exercise emergency response plans, and demonstrate we are well prepared to effectively mitigate, respond to and manage a highly unlikely nuclear emergency,” said Gaëtan Thomas NB Power President and CEO.

Exercise Intrepid 2015 will ensure response plans at all levels of government are integrated to maximize response effectiveness. The plans will be exercised under strictly controlled conditions to actively test the readiness of all responding organizations. The exercise will involve emergency response personnel from local communities, the provincial and federal governments, NB Power and several co-operating agencies and organizations. During the exercise, residents may see emergency response vehicles and hear radio communications simulating an emergency at the station.

While NB Power and NBEMO exercise their emergency response plans, it is important for New Brunswickers to ensure they are prepared for severe events. Community Preparedness Week is a reminder to check emergency plans, make sure family members know the plans and emergency equipment and supplies in the home are in good working order.

“We are exercising emergency response plans to test our collective emergency response capabilities, to ensure all levels of government are integrated to maximize emergency response effectiveness,” said Hon. Stephen Horsman, Minister of Public Safety. “New Brunswickers can be confident in our preparedness and are encouraged to take action to prepare and test themselves, and their families for emergencies.”

The Exercise will take place over two full days, November 17 and 18 at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization and other emergency response partners. Community Preparedness Week events will take place throughout the province November 16 – 20, 2015.

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Gerrish, Communications (506) 470-7676 or mgerrish@nbpower.com.