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This week the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership held a simulated training exercise at the TARA Centre at Evergreen Park. Over 80 volunteers helped simulate to support a large number of displaced evacuees. This controlled event is an opportunity for regional partners and assess Emergency Response Plans in real time.

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GPREP is an emergency response partnership comprised of six regional municipalities, including: The County of Grande Prairie, the City of Grande Prairie, the Town of Beaverlodge, the Town of Sexsmith and the Village of Hythe.

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"Emergency Social Services (ESS) is an emergency response program that provides for the various short-term needs of evacuees during a large-scale emergency or disaster. These short-term services (up to 72 hours) are to preserve the emotional and physical well-being of evacuees." (GPREP

Photos by Tanya Owen.