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Kingston Airport has emergency plans. Do you?

April 24, 2017 -

"Crash" to test Kingston Airport's emergency plan

The City of Kingston is urging residents to get ready for possible emergencies – just as it is doing – by thinking through your emergency response plans.

Go to www.CityofKingston.ca/GetReady to find checklists on how to:

  1. Make a plan. How will you get out? Where will you go? Who will you call?
  2. Have a Go Bag. Fill it with items you or your baby, parent or dog might need.
  3. Have supplies that allow you to stay at home for 72 hours.

May 7 to 13 is national Emergency Preparedness Week, but the City and its partners are getting ready a week early by testing an emergency plan with a "crash" at Kingston Airport.

"The City, Kingston Airport and first responders need to have detailed plans to respond to emergencies of all sorts, such as a crash at the airport, a mid-town fire, an ice storm or a hazardous waste spill. You and your loved ones need to plan, too," says Kingston & Rescue Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong.

Jet Simulator To Be Used In Airport Exercise

This mock scenario will involve props simulating a crashed and burning plane with local students "made up" to simulate wounded people wandering around Kingston Airport on Thursday, May 4.

"This live, real-time, full-scale scenario will help all participants test the emergency response plan and help us improve it, so that we are prepared in the event of an actual emergency and better able to help people and minimize impact," says David Snow, manager Kingston Airport.

Kingston Airport, emergency first responders and partner agencies are using a jet simulator to test the airport's emergency response plan. Regular testing of the plan is required by Transport Canada.

The last full-scale emergency exercise was held at Kingston Airport in 2011.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.