June 16, 2009
POINT LEPREAU (CNB) - Point Lepreau-area residents will soon have a more responsive emergency notification system.
The Lepreau Alerting System will give residents the option of receiving emergency notification concerning the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station by fax, phone, cell, e-mail, or SMS (short message service). In the event of an emergency, it will deliver a message in the residents' order of preference, and continue to do so until it receives confirmation that the message has been received.
The initiative is a joint venture between the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) and NB Power - Point Lepreau nuclear generating station.
"We are very pleased to implement this system, which will provide more options to residents for receiving emergency alerts," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran. "We have worked very closely with NB Power - Point Lepreau nuclear generating station and its community partners to ensure that residents will be informed and prepared in the event of an emergency."
"NB Power has been working closely with the Department of Public Safety throughout this process," said Gaëtan Thomas, vice-president, nuclear, NB Power. "We commend them for not only maintaining an important communication tool, but also for their proactive work in implementing the most up-to-date technological advancements. This leadership is important to us and the people in our community, and the members of our Community Relations Liaison Committee."
Point Lepreau wardens and members of the Musquash Fire Department are going door-to-door this summer to collect updated contact information from residents. In addition, NB-EMO has sent a letter to residents inviting them to an information session to be held this evening, Tuesday, June 16, from 6 - 8 p.m., at the Dipper Harbour Fire Hall. Representatives from NB-EMO and NB Power will be available to demonstrate the system and answer questions.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Daniel Lessard, communications, Public Safety, 506-453-4433; Heather-Anne MacLean, media relations, NB Power, 506-458-6618.