Halton Region and partners test emergency response with exercise “Power Down”

Halton Region and partners test emergency response with exercise “Power Down”

Release Date: Jun 26, 2017

On June 21, 2017, Halton Region staged an emergency exercise to evaluate its emergency plans, procedures and protocols. The exercise included response and recovery activities to mitigate the impact of a fictional heat wave and major electrical outage that threatened public health in Halton.

“Exercise ‘Power Down’ will help us ensure that our essential services remain available when you need them most,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “This is another example of how we work with local partners to minimize the risks, coordinate response efforts and reduce the impact of emergencies in our community. By keeping Halton ready to respond, we help protect residents and increase our community resilience.”

The exercise engaged Regional staff and representatives from Halton Regional Police Service, Halton Hills Fire Department, Oakville Fire Department and Oakville Hydro. Emergency management staff from the Town of Oakville, City of Hamilton and Peel Region also assisted with its execution and evaluation.

Participants of exercise “Power Down” activated the resources and procedures established by the Region and its partners to address emergency situations. The simulation covered the opening of generator-powered emergency response centres, the mobilization of first responders and outreach initiatives to share safety information and help protect the well-being of vulnerable residents.

Staff from all participating agencies identified strengths, challenges and areas for improvement immediately following the simulation.

Halton’s annual exercises simulate severe weather events and significant crises that could occur based on the community’s environmental features and hazards. Emergencies can happen anytime, making it important for residents to plan today so they are protected tomorrow. To learn more about personal emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.


Media Contact:
Robert Hunter
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7064