ISR works with many government departments and agencies, at all levels of government to address safety and security challenges through the development of long term emergency management programs.
Since 1998, as part of the Visit Safety Program to host nuclear powered and capable vessels at three designated locations, ISR has planned, developed, and conducted all Nuclear Emergency Response Exercises (NER EXs) and subsequent Evaluations (NER EVALs) for the Royal Canadian Navy. A series of Table Top Exercises (TTXs), hosted by Transport Canada (TC) were designed and executed by ISR to build capabilities through the engagement of Industry responders in complex exercises. Exercise Gold was the third and final Olympic security exercise, and took place in November of 2009. One of ISR’s core capabilities is developing training and exercise programs, as well as developing, conducting and evaluating exercises to assist clients in continued improvements in operational preparedness.
Exercise Unified Response (ExUR) was a three-day exercise held in May of 2014 designed to challenge all organizations with a responsibility to respond to a nuclear emergency at Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS).
Beginning in January of 2014, ISR worked with Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Sciences and partners to develop exercise Northern Lights. ExCon.ca was developed by ISR to significantly increase the ease and effectiveness of exercise design and control. ISR utilizes scientific methodology as part of the training and exercise evaluation process. To assist with the evaluation process of Exercise Unified Response (ExUR), an exercise designed to challenge all response organizations to a nuclear emergency at Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS), a web-based data collection system was developed to capture observations from Evaluator’s across all locations. ISR has the ability to develop customized training for any client or to provide pre-developed courses in order to meet specific requirements of our clients. In February 2013 ISR and partners were awarded a contract to provide the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Middle East, with a Regional Nuclear Emergency Response preparedness and Response Plan. ISR designed and delivered a four day CBRNE Awareness and Basic level training course for senior representatives of the Abu Dhabi Health Corporation (SEHA), and the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD).
In the event of a radiation emergency in Ontario, the staff of the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Management Branch (EMB) and key provincial partners will play an extremely important role in decision making in the Emergency Operations Centre regarding the coordination of Ontario’s public health and health care response.
In keeping with this commitment and in light of current international issues, we want to remind all campus community members of the University's policy that each person is required to possess a valid USD identification card while on campus. Additional university safety information can be found in the Annual Campus Safety and Security Report.
Should the national threat level be increased to "severe" (red), Public Safety will implement a number of additional security precautions throughout the campus.
Evacuation of the buildings will be signaled by activation of the fire alarm evacuation systems.
The assembly locations have been predetermined and were practiced during evacuation exercises each year. In the event an emergency occurs which dictates safety be sought within University buildings, appropriate information will be announced over Department of Public Safety patrol vehicle public address systems and portable public address systems throughout the community.


We ask for your support of these and other important security measures should they become necessary to implement in the future. Each of the TTXs has involved the deliberate release of a chemical, biological or radiological threat in the geographical area where the TTX was held. It served to confirm that federal, provincial, regional and municipal organizations were prepared to respond to any emergency that could have occurred during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. ISR has an in-house, proven methodological approach to developing and executing exercises that is based on Canadian and International best practices. ISR worked with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana along with federal partners and technology providers to test a wide range of communications equipment within a simulated emergency environment in November 2014.
ExUR spanned a wide spectrum of the response functions, from the initial indications of a problem at the plant and notification of response organizations, through the activation of emergency operations centres and the actions required to protect the public, including public messaging, to the first steps of the recovery phase, when the emergency has been stopped and life must return to normal. This exercise is a capability exercise (CAPEX) that occurs every two years and involves response teams of law enforcement and military specialists from Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.
This website also allowed for the collection of data from a player’s online post exercise survey, critical timeline from evaluators, and data on interoperability, scientific data exchange, and public communications. ISR will be providing detailed theoretical and practical instruction in nuclear emergency response, two regional level table-top exercises and finally two regional level field exercises – all designed to reinforce the implementation of the plan, teach basic through to advanced radiological response skills (practical and decision making) and confirm this training through the use of field exercises. This will include providing risk assessments and guidance to public health authorities, health care providers and government. One such measure may include verifying a legitimate affiliation with USD by our Public Safety Officers by requesting to see a USD I.D. This includes electronic data collection during and following the exercise for use in the post-event review, in addition to using quantitative analysis techniques to determine the success of the response. ISR developed and delivered Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) training for the first responders. Clients at all levels of government have worked with ISR to deliver effective exercises involving all-hazards. The experiment area covered the southeast corner of Alberta, the southwest corner of Saskatchewan and northern Montana and had participants sending and receiving communications from a variety of locations in order to test the equipment used but also to measure the improvement to the overall response. ExUR involved over 54 organizations and thousands of players responding to the major nuclear emergency at DNGS as if it were a real event. CAPEX allows these teams to practice their response to complex scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats. It allows for the collection and synthesis of raw field data into a real-time command map, allowing decision makers to make effective recommendations for the protection of the public.
For areas where there were interoperability linkages, evaluators were able provide a rating on the basis of response objectives and criteria. ISR ran training for the Ministry staff to enhance the capacity of the EMB and a small number of the key staff of identified provincial partners to respond to radiation emergencies through technical training.


All students, faculty and staff will be instructed to remain within their classrooms, office areas, residences or other indoor locations.
ISR continually works with NER EVAL stakeholders to ensure that the exercise development met requirements. ISR developed and delivered Table-Top Exercises, and constructed and delivered two live-play events to confirm interoperability capabilities during a "boots on the ground" CBRNE response. The goal of the experiment was to assess how both Radio, and Radio combined with a deployable broadband network, can improve the overall response of emergency officials to an emergency.
Northern Lights took place at the end of April 2015 at the RCMP's Technical Protective Operations Facility near Ottawa. Data is automatically collected through a wireless network eliminating the requirement for intensive manual data collection and entry. The ratings and comments provided by all evaluators were used in the evaluation meeting to determine and agree upon the identified critical gaps and items that needed to be included in the After Action Report.
This was done via an intensive training course presented by ISR specialists to key MOHLTC staff. All campus visitors will be identified through other identification measures and the nature of their visit confirmed accordingly.
Additional updated instructions will be made available to all community members via mass e-mail, voice mail and the USD web site.
ISR also executed the Command Post Exercise portion of GOLD that exercised international coordination and resource provision agreements. The results of this experiment will be shared with the emergency management community in both Canada and the US. The Tier One evaluation for ExUR followed a multi-stage process that consisted of training, data collection, data input and analysis, evaluation meeting, and, subsequently, production of an evaluation report. Another increased security measure may involve proof of USD affiliation prior to boarding our trams at all off-campus locations. Additionally, ISR conducted CBRNE requirements definitions, capability and gap analysis and developed the CBRNE plan for the Province of British Columbia. The evaluation process was based on the evaluation criteria that were developed and approved by the evaluation working group.
Prior to the exercise conduct, a team of evaluators with knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of response organizations and their respective plans were carefully selected to observe Exercise Unified Response participants. Evaluators were selected on their ability to recognize best practices and deficiencies, and to make recommendations for improvement, if required.



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