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SECTION 18

TEST ABLE, ANNUAL SADS EXERCISES

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INDUSTRY / COMMUNITY WARNING SIRENS

Test Able, SADS & Warning Sirens   Page  
       
01. Test Able ……………………………….. Page 02
       
02. CVECO Member Procedures ……………………… Page 02
       
03. CVECO Member Communications ………………… Page 02
       
04. Test Able - CVECO Member Response …………… Page 03
       
05. Test Able - All Clear ………………………………....… Page 03
       
06. Annual SADS Exercise ………………………………. Page 04
       
07. CVECO Training ………..……………………………. Page 04
       
08. Early Alert Radio System (EARS) ………………...… Page 05
       
09. Phone Callout Systems ……………..……………...… Page 05
       
10. Community Alert Warning System ………………...………… Page 06
       
11. Industry & Community Alarm Tests ………………...……… Page 07
       
12. Activation of the Community Alert System ……………….… Page 07
       
13. Siren Activation & Community Notification ……………….… Page 10
       
14. Siren Activation Centres …………………….…………….… Page 11
       
15. The All Clear …………………….………………………….… Page 12
       
16. Revision History …………………….…………………… Page 13

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1. TEST ABLE:  
   
1.1 This is a test of the traffic control plan.
   
1.2 The procedures are the same as for a Code 6, with the phrase “Test Able” being used.
   

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2. CVECO MEMBER PROCEDURES:  
   
2.1 Each CVECO member will have internal procedures that will outline their actions and/or response when informed of a Test Able.
   

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3. CVECO MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS:  
   
3.1 When notified of a Test Able that requires a simulated traffic control the CVECO member will issue a Test Able over the CVECO radio.
   
3.2 Sample Transmission on the CVECO radio:
   
  VCW - 479 to Sarnia City Police.
   
  Test Able NOVA Chemicals Moore Site Area 2
   
  Test Able NOVA Chemicals Moore Site Area 2.

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4. TEST ABLE - CVECO MEMBER RESPONSE:  
   
4.1 When notified over the CVECO radio of a Test Able CVECO members with designated point duties will respond.
   
4.2 The police point duty officers, and designated industrial personnel will take a position near their traffic control area, but will not interfere with the traffic flow.
   
- Reference Section 6 “Code 6 Traffic Control” for further Information on designated areas for traffic control.
   

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5. ALL CLEAR ON TEST ABLE:  
   
5.1 Personnel are to stand by near their designated traffic location until released by a Police Officer.
   

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6. ANNUAL SADS EXERCISE:  
     
     
6.1 CVECO holds an annual test to check our mutual aid emergency response system.
   
6.2 This test is called the Sarnia Area Disaster Simulation or SADS exercise
   
6.3 The Emergency Response Planning Committee assists the host member in organizing and carrying out the annual test.
   
6.4 The following companies are scheduled to host our future CVECO “SADS” exercises
   
   
- 2003 - Cabot CarbonPoint Edward
   
- 2004 - Sunoco
   
- 2005 - Point Edward
   
- 2006 - Basell
   
- 2007 - Enbridge
   
   

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7. CVECO TRAINING:  
   
7.1 CVECO members are expected to train Plant Dispatcher’s, or any personnel that may be directly involved in activating CVECO codes, or are involved in the implementation of procedures.
   
7.2 As a minimum this training should be conducted annually.
   
- Training programs for incident command, accountability etc. are available in the members only section of the CVECO website.

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8. EARLY ALERT RADIO SYSTEM (EARS):  
     
     
8.1 The Sarnia City Police use a notification system called EARS (Early Alert Radio System)
   
8.2 Using EARS the Sarnia police can break into local radio and cable TV broadcast and provides information to the public when the area warning sirens are activated.
   
- Radio - CHOK 1070 AM, CFGX 99.9 FM, CFHK 106.3 FM
   
- Specific cable TV channels

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9. PHONE CALLOUT SYSTEMS:  
     
     
9.1 The Aamjiwnaang First Nations has their own phone callout notification system to alert reserve residents when warranted
   
9.2 Nova facilitates a phone callout system that can be activated by St. Clair Township when warranted.
   
9.3 This system will call each household in St. Clair Township and provide the residents with an information if an incident has occurred in their area.
   
9.4 Basell, Dow, Dupont, Ethyl, Nova (3 sites), Safety Kleen and Shell all pay an annual license fee to assist in maintaining the system
   
9.5 When activated by St. Clair Township due to an emergency at a plant site, they will back charge the industry for use of the system.
   

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10. COMMUNITY ALERT WARNING SYSTEM:  
     
10.1 The community siren system covers the entire Village of Point Edward and portions of the Township of St. Clair and portions of the City of Sarnia (including the Aamjiwnaang First Nation).
   
10.2 The community sirens will provide immediate warning to those most at risk. The siren system can also be used to warn the public of weather-related threats.
   
10.3 When the area warning sirens are sounded they will enunciate for 3 minutes. They can be re-activated if the incident escalates.
   
- The sirens give of a 5-second warning interrupted by one second of silence.
   
10.4 Specific instructions and procedures regarding the operation of the alert system have been formulated by Sarnia Police Service based on these protocols and are posted at the activation centres.
   
10.5 City Police will interrupt local cable TV and radio broadcasts using the EARS communication system to provide more details of the incident.
   
10.6 When activated, members of the public are expected to tune into their local radio stations for information on why the sirens were sounded.
   
10.7 The community warning sirens are located in the following locations.
   
- Michigan Ave. and Alfred Street, Point Edward
   
- Sir John Moore school, Corunna
   
- Hill Street firehall, Corunna
   
- Christopher and Scott Road, Aamjiwnaang Reserve
   
- Christopher and Tashmoo Streets, Aamjiwnaang Reserve
   
- Virgil and Chippewa Streets, Aamjiwnaang Reserve
   
- Lansdowne Park, Sarnia
   
- Sherwood Park, Sarnia
   
- Lion’s Park, Sarnia
   
- Vidal Street Overpass, Sarnia

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11. INDUSTRY & COMMUNITY ALARM TESTS:  
     
     
11.1 Each CVECO member is to test their plant warning sirens and/or site alert signals each Monday at 12:30 hours.
   
11.2 The Sarnia Police will test the community emergency alert sirens each Monday at 12:30 hours. Their test will last for 15 seconds.
   
11.4 Audio tests for maintenance or repair purposes may be required and will sound the “Westminster chimes” to avoid confusion with an actual alert.
   
11.5 Daily, automated, silent tests of the warning system will also be conducted but will be unnoticeable by the public.
   

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12. ACTIVATION OF THE COMMUNITY ALERT SYSTEM:  
     
     
Note: Unless the 9-1-1 call centre at Sarnia Police Headquarters is not operational, all requests to activate the sirens and all activation’s will be conducted by Sarnia Police Service.
   
12.1 The sirens will be sounded when there is a need to advise the public to take immediate action in response to an event which poses a threat to their health and safety.
   
12.2 The sirens may be sounded on the advice of industry in the event of a chemical release which has the potential to have a harmful impact on nearby residents. Where there is sufficient lead time, the sirens will also be used to advise the public of tornado warnings.
   
- In an actual emergency, the sirens will be sounded for a period of 3 minutes.

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12. ACTIVATION OF THE COMMUNITY ALERT SYSTEM:  
  Continued ….  
     
12.3 Municipal emergency personnel (police and fire officers) also have the ability to request activation of the siren system.
   
- Sarnia Police, Lambton OPP, Sarnia Fire, St. Clair Fire and Point Edward Fire
   
12.4 A request to activate the community alert system may be made by placing a 9-1-1 telephone call or broadcasting over the CVECO radio channel.
   
12.5 The Fire/Police Dispatcher (9-1-1 operator) receiving the call will accept all information provided by the caller and immediately relay the information to the Sarnia Police N.C.O. (officer in charge) on duty.
   
12.6 If the emergency is of an industrial nature, the CVECO member will complete the CVECO Notification Check Sheet and fax it to the Sarnia Fire/Police Dispatcher
   
- In many cases this will initially be activated by a CVECO member issuing a Code 6. Reference Section 06 “Code 6 Traffic Control”.
   
12.7 The CVECO member should follow up with a phone call to Sarnia Fire/Police Dispatch and state the nature of the emergency, identify the affected areas (if able), provide any other known information and the recommended course of action
   
- Reference Section 03 “Radio & Telephone Communications”.
   
12.8 If the incident involves an industry located outside of the City of Sarnia (area 2 or 4), the Sarnia Fire/Police Dispatcher will forward the detailed information to the OPP Communication Centre in Wallaceburg (C.A.C.C.)
   
12.9 The OPP and C.A.C.C. will then dispatch and notify as appropriate.
   


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12. ACTIVATION OF THE COMMUNITY ALERT SYSTEM:  
  Continued ….  
     
12.11 Upon receipt of a recommendation from industry to activate the alert system, the Sarnia Police (NCO “officer in charge”). will review the information and make a determination whether to activate the sirens and alert residents in the area identified to be at risk.
   
12.12 The N.C.O. will base their decision on the information provided and may expand the alert area if such action is felt to be warranted (including into Aamjiwnaang, Point Edward and St. Clair).
   
12.13 As a precautionary measure, the siren system may also be used to alert residents (prior to receiving information from industry) if there is evidence that a release has occurred and there is impact on the community.
   
12.14 If an incident is clearly localized, only the sirens in the affected area will be sounded. If an incident affects the entire siren coverage area (i.e. a tornado warning) all of the sirens will be sounded
   
12.15 In an event where the sirens are activated within or, in close proximity to, areas patrolled by Lambton OPP, the OPP Communication Centre and Wallaceburg C.A.C.C. will be notified by Sarnia Fire/Police Dispatch.
   
12.16 If there is sufficient lead time, the sirens will also be sounded when Environment Canada issues a tornado warning.
   
12.17 If a patrol officer spots a funnel cloud, the alert system will be activated if time permits. In either instance, the OPP Communication Centre and Wallaceburg C.A.C.C. will be notified by 9-1-1 dispatch.
   
12.18 The OPP and C.A.C.C. will then dispatch and notify as appropriate.
   


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13. SIREN ACTIVATION & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION:  
     
     
13.1 In the event of an actual emergency, the sirens will be sounded for a period of 3 minutes.
   
13.2 After the sirens have been sounded, the N.C.O. will initiate procedures to interrupt local radio and cable television broadcasts (using EARS) to advise the public of the emergency and the required actions or precautions.
   
13.3 The local cable television interrupt will advise watchers to tune to local radio stations for information and instructions.
   
13.4 When Sarnia Police, on behalf of the municipalities of St. Clair or Point Edward issues a public message, the details of the message will be provided by an official representing that municipality.
   
13.5 When a public message is issued by a municipality on behalf of industry, the industrial person in charge of the incident must provide the details.
   
13.6 Upon hearing the sirens, residents should go indoors and tune to local radio stations for information.
   
13.7 The sirens will not be activated again unless there is a need for the public to take further action due to a change in the situation.
   
13.8 An example of the need to provide the public with additional information or instruction would be an upgrade of a shelter-in-place advisory to an evacuation advisory.
   
13.9 All information will be provided to the public over local radio stations. Cable television interrupts will advise watchers to listen to local radio for additional information or further instructions.

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14. SIREN ACTIVATION CENTRES:  
     
     
14.1 The sirens are to be activated by the “officer in charge” at the Sarnia Police Headquarters
   
14.2 In the event the sirens cannot be activated by Sarnia Police, the sirens can also be activated at the back-up 9-1-1 call centre located at the Chris Hatfield Airport, the East Street Fire Hall or, the Hill Street Fire Hall in Corunna (St. Clair Township).
   
14.3 If an incident affects more than one municipality, the sirens in the affected area may be activated on behalf of the other municipality(ies). For example, if an incident occurs in St. Clair Township but also affects portions of the City of Sarnia, St. Clair Township (or an industry located in the Township) may instruct Sarnia Police to sound the sirens and issue a shelter-in-place advisory in both municipalities. This does not mean that municipalities will lose their autonomy or authority to manage an emergency.
   
14.4 Should it be necessary to issue an evacuation advisory for residents in more than one municipality, officials from each municipality (i.e. local police or the head of council) must provide the evacuation order and instructions.
   
14.5 Evacuation instructions for residents in each municipality will be broadcast over local radio.
   


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15. THE “ALL CLEAR”:  
     
     
15.1 The sirens will not be used to issue an “All Clear”.
   
15.2 The public will be advised of the termination of an emergency by radio and cable television broadcasts made by Sarnia Police Service.
   
15.3 The “All Clear” will only be given after consulting with the affected industry and/or municipality.
   
- Reference Section 3 “Radio & Telephone Communications”.
   

 

16. REVISION HISTORY:  
     
Date By Description
     
Feb. 12/03 Doug Martin Original
     
Sept. 10/03 Doug Martin Reviewed. Further information on the community alert system added.
     

 

 
The latest revision to this procedure was approved by:
 
Area Emergency Planners August, 2003
 
CVECO Executive September 02, 2022
 
CVECO General Membership September 10, 2022