City of Vernon staff learn how to respond during an emergency at the regional airport Thursday.

City of Vernon staff learn how to respond during an emergency at the regional airport Thursday.

City of Vernon tackles emergency planning

The exercise helps staff understand how to respond in the event of an emergency at the airport

The City of Vernon is prepared for a disaster.

Vernon Regional Airport held its annual tabletop training day Thursday for city staff, including the RCMP, the fire department, operations and communications, as well as the B.C. Ambulance Service.

“The exercise helps staff understand how to respond in the event of an emergency at the airport and identify areas of concern,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications officer.

“Tabletop exercises are held once a year, with larger scale live scenarios held every four years. The next live scenario will take place in 2016.”