The Canadian Red Cross is currently participating in Trillium Resolve, a disaster training exercise in Ontario that simulates severe weather events to test the province’s emergency response teams.

Yesterday, after fictitious tornadoes destroyed a trailer park near Kincardine and damaged the Bruce Power installations, emergency responders continued a disaster response simulation which included air quality testing from the Federal Radiological Assessment Team and local hospital support from the Emergency Medical Assistance Team.

The Canadian Red Cross tested sea cans to store and ship relief supplies to disaster areas and opened three shelters in the region as part of the simulation. After the shelter in Kincardine was open, the exercise called for its evacuation and a shelter was set up in Saugeen Shores instead. Once the shelter was set up and open, fictitious victims began to arrive.

The Trillium Resolve exercise concludes tomorrow afternoon. The exercise provides a unique way to test emergency plans and procedures in the province in order to see which areas are in need of improvement to ensure Ontario is prepared for a real large-scale emergency or disaster. You can follow the exercise on Twitter by following the #TrilliumResolve hashtag.