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Council leads emergency test

PUBLISHED: 15:02 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 11 August 2010

BARKING and Dagenham council led a London-wide exercise to test how the Capital would cope in an emergency. The exercise took place on March 5 and involved all 32 London boroughs activating their emergency control centres to ensure that they would be able

BARKING and Dagenham council led a London-wide exercise to test how the Capital would cope in an emergency.

The exercise took place on March 5 and involved all 32 London boroughs activating their emergency control centres to ensure that they would be able to deal with a serious incident.

On the day, the centres were faced with an imaginary storm that hit the National Grid and EDF energy distribution network, causing major power cuts across London.

As the lead authority, Barking and Dagenham held the responsibility for making sure the harsh criteria were met in responding to the emergency.

The Emergency Planning Response exercise is run on a regular basis to monitor every London council's ability to respond quickly.

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