MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ville de Montréal's Centre de sécurité civile today coordinated a voluntary and simultaneous public warning siren
test at five plants located within the urban agglomeration. Although
today's test was technical, Montréal wishes to remind citizens that
when the public warning sirens sound, they must take shelter.
The tests at the Labatt Brewery, Cepsa Chimie Montréal s.e.c.,
Chemtrade, Molson Coors and Saputo inc. enabled us to confirm the good
working condition of the warning equipment. It was also an opportunity
to inform the public on what to do when a siren is activated.
When the sirens sound, take shelter
In case of a toxic product release into the atmosphere that exceeds
industry limits, a warning siren will be activated to alert people
within the plant impact area. Although very few major industrial
accidents have been reported in Montréal in the past, a risk remains,
and it is vital that residents know how to react responsibly.
Proper behaviour is to seek shelter quickly inside the closest building,
close the doors, windows and ventilation system. Do not pick up your
children at school and avoid overloading telephone lines. These
instructions will be broadcast on the radio and must be followed to
ensure public safety.
Increased level of awareness of Montréal businesses
The city is being proactive and working in association with industries
to minimize the consequences of a major accident on local communities
and to develop a civil security reflex among citizens. The industries
that took part in the siren test have adopted prevention and
intervention procedures that meet the highest standards, based on
standardized risk assessment.
In accordance with federal environmental emergency regulations,
industries that store a large supply of dangerous substances must
inform Environment Canada and their municipality, as well as implement
an environmental emergency plan.
For more information on warning sirens or the Centre de sécurité civile, please visit www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/csc
SOURCE: Ville de Montréal
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Source: Centre de sécurité civile de la Ville de Montréal
Information: Valérie De Gagné
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