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October 20, 2009 14:47 ET

'Exercise Harbour Siren' Underway Wednesday: Government of Canada Coordinates Regional Port Safety and Security Exercise in the Port of Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - A full-scale regional marine safety and security exercise will take place in the Halifax Harbour on October 21, 2009.

Exercise Harbour Siren will practise existing emergency plans and protocols and confirm that port stakeholders collaborate effectively during a marine incident. The exercise will involve more than 250 emergency management experts from federal, provincial, municipal and private sector organizations.

These events are all simulated and there is no actual danger to the public. Before all warning signals, there will be an announcement indicating that the alarms are part of an exercise.

"Exercises, like Harbour Siren, are important tools for strengthening our ability to effectively deal with all kinds of potential incidents," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety. "This exercise is an example of our government's on-going commitment to working with all areas jurisdictions to ensure the security and safety of Canadians."

Citizens will notice an increase of marine activity, primarily on the Dartmouth side of the Halifax Harbour near the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, as well as increased activity at Nova Scotia Power's Tufts Cove Generating Station, and in localized areas in south Woodside. They may also see the deployment of specialized marine safety equipment in the harbour, and hear public warning signals triggered by private sector participants in the exercise.

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