An emergency management exercise will be carried out at Sydney Olympic Park today (Wednesday 26 June 2019), to test emergency management arrangements in the event of a major flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
Exercise Deerubbin is a state-based multi-agency emergency management exercise which will commence at 9am and conclude at 3pm.
The exercise will involve more than 25 NSW government agencies and volunteer organisations, including NSW Police Force, State Emergency Service (SES), the Bureau of Meteorology, Office of Emergency Management, Transport NSW, and NSW Health.
The exercise is part of an ongoing review process of emergency arrangements to ensure they are robust and flexible. The exercise will involve testing the activation, establishment and decommissioning of a Mass Care Facility in Sydney Olympic Park.
It will involve an estimated 500 role-players and emergency service responders within the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.
While members of the public might see an increase in emergency service vehicles in or around Sydney Olympic Park, they should not be concerned.
Media are invited to attend a joint press conference which will be held this morning as the exercise commences.
WHEN: 11am TODAY (Wednesday 26 June 2019)
WHERE: Main foyer of Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney Olympic Park
WHO: Acting Deputy Commissioner Peter Thurtell APM
NSW Police Force
Commissioner Kyle Stewart
State Emergency Service (SES)
Mr David Elliott
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Media will not be able to film during the exercise; however, footage will be provided by the NSW Media Unit via Hightail link this afternoon.
Media inquiries should be directed to NSW Police Projects Officer, Alison Brown on 0428 436 419 or [email protected]