November 23rd, 2017

Montrealers getting blasted by alert sirens as part of exercise

By The Canadian Press on November 14, 2017.

Montrealers are getting blasted this afternoon as sirens echo across the city from nine factories.

It’s a noisy test of the system which would be used to alert the population in case of a major industrial accident.

The sirens are being tested for three minutes at each of the factories.

The city says the exercise is to ensure the sirens are operating properly.

It is also a chance to check the level of preparedness of all teams involved in emergency measures.

If a toxic leak were to occur, the sirens would serve as notice for people who are outdoors to quickly head to the nearest building, close all doors, windows and the ventilation.

Parents would also be urged to not go get their children at school because that would put them all in danger.

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