The Town of Sylvan Lake is set to test out their new Emergency Alert Siren on Mar. 2 at 12 p.m. for approximately five minutes.
The new siren is built into the new fire hall and will be loudest in that area.
Joanne Gaudet, communications officer for the Town of Sylvan Lake said they are excited to have the opportunity to try the siren but wish to ensure everyone knows well in advance so as not to scare anyone.
“We need to know if it is loud enough or as loud as we believe it is and hopefully it will be another resource to use when the Town or province does declare a state of emergency,” said Gaudet. “If we enact the Alberta Emergency Alert Act that is when you would hear the siren going off – something like a train derailment, tornadoes or maybe a toxic noxious gas leak.”
“It is a good opportunity for families to practice their in home emergency responses – we always encourage families to have that plan in place so their kids know what to do if the alert does go off and practice where the safe places are if their is a tornado.”
Gaudet suggests visiting www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca for emergency preparedness tips as well as tips on creating an inexpensive at home 72 hour survival kit.