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Monday June 6th, 2016

Posted at 4:44pm

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A training exercise is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday that will be based upon a Reportable Event occurring at the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power facility in Monroe, Michigan that might result in an unexpected shutdown of the reactor and possible controlled release of radioactive vapour into the surrounding environment.

The exercise will see the direct and immediate impact to Amherstburg, LaSalle, Tecumseh, and Essex and will also have an immediate short and long-term effect upon transportation throughout the region and across the international border.

Officials and staff of The County of Essex, municipalities of Amherstburg, LaSalle, Essex, and Tecumseh, as well as a large number of community partners, provincial and federal departments and representatives from private industry will participate in the exercise.

Exercise participants will use a variety of technologies such as emergency notification and communications systems, the 211 Call Centre, and WebEOC, a web-based, emergency information management software system that is available for use in all local municipal emergency operations centers.

The exercise, a “Table Top” format, will be conducted at the Town of Amherstburg and LaSalle on Tuesday and the Essex County Civic Centre on Wednesday and consist of a series of scenarios and problem presentations followed by group discussions within and between municipalities, agencies and a regional Joint Traffic Coordination Centre.

The exercise will occur each day from approximately 8am to 1pm.

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