Sirens wail in east end as part of emergency test

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 11/27/2012 4:50:00 PM

Residents in the city's east end got a taste this afternoon of what would happen in case of an industrial accident.

A very loud siren wailed for a few minutes, similar to what you'd hear during the old times of war.

Except here it would be a warning of a chemical spill or industrial accident.

And civil security spokesperson Louise Bradette said it's also a test.

"What we're trying to do is test the equipment first to be sure it's working well and in the second time, we want to communicate to the people to the citizens how they should react," Bradette told CJAD News.

And they should stay in their homes or seek some kind of shelter, close the doors and windows, and leave the kids at school where they know what to do.

"Avoid using the phone, listen to the radio for notifications," Bradette said.

The sirens could be heard within a 1.5 km radius of the two Montreal East companies, CEPSA and CHEMTRADE, taking part in the emergency simulation that also involved a hundred security officials. The boroughs of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rivière-des-Prairies were affected.

The last such test took place in 2007, with other tests not involving sirens happening every year.


Photo: Sécurité publique Québec

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