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Warning siren testing for the public Nine factories will sound their warning sirens for the public from 2 pm, on November 14, 2017

14 novembre 2017

Montréal, le 14 novembre 2017 - At the stroke of 2 pm, on November 14, nine factories located on the territory of the urban agglomeration will set off their warning sirens for the public as part of a test coordinated by the Centre de sécurité civile de Montréal. This exercise will verify the proper working order of the equipment in place and the state of readiness of all the interveners in case of an emergency. It will also be the perfect opportunity to remind residents of the actions to take in the event of a real major industrial accident.

The siren is sounding: everybody take cover!

Warning sirens are meant to notify people who are outside to quickly seek shelter when a toxic leak occurs. The main instructions to be observed in the event of a toxic leak are: quickly enter the nearest building; close all doors, windows and ventilation; do not pick up children at school, so as not to risk putting you and them in danger; and avoid unnecessarily clogging phone lines. In the event of a real leak, compliance with these instructions will help ensure the safety of all and greatly facilitate the work of first responders.

The “Notices and Alerts” service allows people to receive notices and alerts for emergency situations as well as notices related to drinking water and to broken water mains. Register now to be notified in the case of a real event.


A brief explanation of the test

A warning siren will be heard in the areas of exposure of the factories concerned, that is, in certain sectors of the boroughs: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Anjou, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, LaSalle, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie, as well as in the towns of Côte Saint-Luc, Montréal-Est, Montréal-Ouest and Mont-Royal.

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, between 2 pm and 3 pm

What: Warning sirens will sound for three (3) minutes at each factory


- Pêcherie Atlantiques distribution centre –Metro Richelieu inc. division

- Montréal meat and frozen products distribution centre – Division Metro Richelieu inc. division

- Indorama PTA Montréal S.E.C. (IVPTA)

- Suncor's Montréal sulfur factory

- Molson Coors

- Labatt Breweries of Canada

- Saputo inc. –Saint-Laurent and Saint-Léonard complexes

- Parmalat Canada Inc.

To view the map of the affected sectors or for more detailed information, go to the page Alert siren test.