Memorial University said today it will host a full-scale emergency exercise on the St. John’s campus — in partnership with the RNC, Eastern Health, St. John’s Regional Fire Department, Salvation Army and Canadian Red Cross — on Monday.
The exercise will be a test of Memorial’s Emergency Management Plan to help the university practise for a potential emergency. The event will involve several buildings on campus and will include simulated casualties and emergency responses.
“As a public institution, it is critical that we prepare for any and all potential threats to the safety of individuals on our campuses,” said Kent Decker, vice-president (administration and finance) and director of emergency operations for the exercise.
“This event gives us the opportunity to determine the level of co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration required between Memorial University and its external community partners, and to test internal groups that could potentially be involved in a major emergency response.”
The exercise will be part of a three-year testing cycle that includes a tabletop exercise, which was last conducted in 2012. The exercise takes the university through the steps to emergency response with no actual execution.
The university will continue to test its ability to respond as part of its ongoing emergency preparedness process.
“The RNC recognizes the benefits of enhancing the skills of our members and specialized units while training with emergency response partners and stakeholders,” said Sgt. H. Hall, the RNC emergency management planning co-ordinator.
“The RNC is pleased to assist in the planning of and to participate in the May 13 mock exercise at Memorial University.”