Province-wide exercise to take place next month to test emergency preparedness plans

A province-wide exercise will take place next month to test emergency preparedness plans in New Brunswick municipalities and local service districts. 

Government says Brunswick Alpha 2018 is a one-day event scheduled for June 13th that will revolve around a progressively severe weather event unfolding across the province. 

Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry says this first-of-its kind exercise in New Brunswick is an excellent way to test local emergency plans as communities have to be able to react swiftly in the face of an emergency, while plans need to be up to date.

The province says advanced weather reporting, simulated social media, and web-based news reporting will add to the realism of the experience. 

More than 100 communities, municipalities, and local service districts are set to participate, as well as the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, the Canadian Armed Forces, NB Power, the Red Cross, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Public Safety Canada. 

The exercise is being organized and led by NB EMO in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces, through Joint Task Force Atlantic.