City of Red Wing

Train Derailment Exercise

Monday, September 11 2017 3:15 PM

The City of Red Wing, Goodhue County, and State of Minnesota along with private partners will participate in an exercise taking place on September 19th, 2017. The exercise is being conducted in order to test and improve the community’s overall preparedness for an emergency event. The fictional exercise simulates a train derailment in downtown Red Wing. Exercise participants will practice initial incident response, incident command, and oil spill recovery. The incident is not real; however the response activities during the fictional exercise will be practiced in a manner that is as realistic as possible. Local emergency responders, City and County Emergency Management personnel, other government agencies, and private sector partners will be participating.

The exercise areas will be clearly marked. For your safety, and in order to complete the exercise in a realistic environment, the exercise area will not be open to the public. We ask for your patience and support if the exercise disrupts your daily routine. The exercise area will be centered around a track siding on ADM property and will have minimal effect on local businesses, there will be a portion of Levee Park and Ikata Drive closed near ADM Property, the majority of Levee Park will remain open to the public.

There are simple steps that the community can take to prepare themselves and their loved ones for emergencies: be informed, make a plan, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved through opportunities that support community preparedness. By gathering supplies to meet basic needs, discussing what to do during an emergency with your family in advance, and being aware of the risks and appropriate actions, you will be better prepared for the unexpected and can help better prepare your community and the country. Please visit the website, https://www.ready.gov, or call the phone number1-800-BE-READY to learn more about preparedness activities. The City of Red Wing Office of Emergency Management is also available to assist you with emergency planning or concerns you may have. You can reach me at the number and email listed below.

We thank all area residents and local businesses for their support of this important exercise. If you have any concerns or questions about the exercise, please contact: The Office of Emergency Management at 651-267-2611 or tony.grosso@ci.red-wing.mn.us

Sincerely,

Tony Grosso

Administrative Captain/ Emergency Manager

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