The Township of Woolwich, in partnership with the Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) group has established emergency preparedness programs for the residents of Woolwich Township.
Over 2011 the Township expanded the Community Alert Network (CAN) system Township-wide.
Community Alert Network (CAN) System
The CAN system is activated by a public emergency authority only and automatically phones all homes and businesses in the affected area with a specific warning and/or basic instructions. All calls are generated, tracked and backed-up by a sophisticated database computer system to ensure that every number in the list is called - more than once if necessary.
The CAN system may be used for severe weather events like tornadoes but also chemical releases, explosion or major fires. For the system to work effectively, the contact database needs to be current. If your correct phone number is listed, you'll be called.
To find out if you are on the list or to update your information complete the online form here, or call 519-669-6006.
Elmira residents: Siren, Shelter-in-Place, Community Alert Network
The Elmira Town Siren may be used in the event of: severe weather, gas leaks, transportation accidents, and chemical releases. The Siren is tested every Saturday at noon.
If you hear the Siren outside of the test, you should 'Shelter-in-Place'. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there.
You may be asked to:
- Do not collect children from school or other activities as they will bef following the Shelter-In-Place protocol.
- Close all windows, outside doors and every door inside the building.
- Seal the cracks around doorways with wide tape and a rolled damp towel at the floor space.
- Set thermostats so air conditioners, furnaces and hot water heaters will not come on. Do not use fireplaces and close all dampers.
- Stay tuned to local radio AM 570, AM 1090, FM 96.7, FM 105.3 or TV SWO TV for information and keep your phone line open.
Watch the video for more information about Shelter-in-Place.
Once the Siren has been sounded, and residents have performed 'Shelter-in-Place' procedures, a message will be sent as quickly as possible, via the telephone through the Community Alerting Network (CAN) system.