By Christine Rumleskie
A major event that happened more than a decade ago is still fresh on the minds of emergency coordinators in the District of Taylor.
In January 1999, Solex Gas Liquids Ltd.’s methane plant caught fire and suffered three major explosions. The District of Taylor declared a state of emergency and evacuated its 1,200 residents.
Now, Taylor’s Emergency Services Program Coordinator Bryant Bird says the town reviews its emergency plan every year, and completes a mock emergency exercise every three to five years.
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The next mock-emergency exercise will be held on Tuesday April 13th.
It includes a test of Taylor’s Emergency Siren and PA system, as well as a mock-evacuation.
When residents hear the sirens on Tuesday morning, they are asked to make their way to the Community Hall to register with the Essential Social Services Team.
However, Bird says there are plans in place should an actual emergency happen during the mock-exercise.
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Bird says local industries will be participating in the exercise.
The sirens will begin sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13th. The entire exercise should last until 11:30 a.m.