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City’s Emergency Drill Simulates Ice Storm Response

October 14, 2010 2:22 PM | News

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Randy Hull (L) looks over a map of Winnipeg during an emergency preparedness exercise called “Ex Ice” on Thursday, October 14, 2010. The exercise took place in the city's Emergency Operations Centre in the lower level of the Council Building. (MAURICE BRUNEAU / CHRISD.CA)

The City of Winnipeg invited members of the media into its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on Thursday to witness a preparedness exercise called “Ex Ice.”

The drill was a city-wide emergency exercise to simulate an ice storm that caused a disruption to the electrical supply in Winnipeg. The exercise also examined potential effects on essential services and critical infrastructure, and the city’s response to such circumstances.

The exercise was modeled after the 1998 Quebec Ice Storm and tested the city’s relationship with companies responsible for restoring power and communication to residents in such a situation.

Partners of Ex Ice included the City of Brandon, Manitoba Hydro, MTS Allstream and the Westman Communications Group.