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Saint John is the first municipality in Canada to launch evacuation route signage

03-May-2011

The City of Saint John and the Saint John Police Force officially launched the City’s evacuation route signage today.

In an emergency, citizens are urged to Follow the E. The new blue and white triangular shaped signs feature a large E and a directional arrow to signal the appropriate evacuation route. When an evacuation is required, the Saint John Police Force will direct citizens along the appropriate route, either to another part of the city, or out of the city as necessary.

 “The Saint John Emergency Management Organization provided the structure our police force will use to safely and efficiently undertake an evacuation,” Chief Bill Reid said. “The Evacuation Plan is an important component in preparing our city for any emergency, small or large.”

The evacuation sign program is the first of its kind in Canada. While some areas have tsunami or storm surge warning signs, this is the first program to feature an all-hazards evacuation scenario.

 “We live in a city that prizes the economic drive of industry, but we need to co-exist safely with the risks involved,” explains Mayor Ivan Court. “An evacuation plan ensures we are prepared to take care of our citizens during an emergency.”

The Saint John Emergency Management Organization has drafted the City’s all-hazards evacuation plan with the input of City of Saint John Municipal Operations (traffic and pedestrian services), Ambulance New Brunswick, the Saint John Fire Department, the City’s Police Force, the Public Safety Communications Centre, ADI, Limited (route design), and McGale and Associates (sign design).

Signs are in the process of being placed around the City of Saint John. Information on the plan is available at saintjohn.ca/emo or by calling 648-3275.

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