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Continuing the LRF’s busy autumn schedule of exercising aimed at responders being prepared and helping to keep the people of Wiltshire and Swindon safe, multi-agency media leads from across Wiltshire and Swindon took part in a social media tabletop exercise on Thursday 29th September 2016.
Exercise Ludo was a multi-agency social media exercise developed by Wiltshire Police and Public Health England (Porton Down) utilising wnn and Twister news and social media sites. The exercise focussed on a chemical incident at a fictitious factory on the West Wiltshire Trading Estate in Westbury.
The exercise was supported by the BBC who provided professional journalists for the pseudo media element. Players were fed information and had to respond to live time tweets and calls from the media. This was all conducted as part of a joint multi-agency media cell.
It is the first time that an exercise of this type has been held in Wiltshire and Swindon and proved a huge success, with all players learning lessons and gaining valuable experience from the day.
Bob Young, Wiltshire Police Emergency Planning Manager and Exercise Director said “This was a really important exercise to test our multi-agency response to social media in a safe learning environment, so that we are better prepared when dealing with real incidents and the huge demands of the media and public expectations.”