East Providence News

5/6/2011 - Providence Emergency Management to test sirens

Providence to Test Port Emergency Siren Warning System
in Combination with Full Scale Exercise

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has announced that the city’s Port of Providence Emergency Siren Warning System (PPESWS) will be tested on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. PEMA will also be conducting a Full Scale Exercise with Johnson & Wales University on the same day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Harborside and Downcity Campuses.

The PPESWS test will consist of a loud tone as well as a voice message. The system would only be activated for life-threatening emergencies when there is no advance warning and it is imperative for people to seek shelter. Weather events, such as a blizzard or hurricane, would not warrant activation of the system. Emergencies that would likely require PPESWS activation include a hostile intruder, a large chemical release or an unpredictable natural disaster such as a tornado.

Sirens have been installed at the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus, Allens Avenue at Public Street, Allens Avenue at Ernest Street and near Silver Spring Golf Course on Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence.

On 16 April, in preparation for exercise and test, volunteers went door-to-door in adjacent neighborhoods handing out information about the test and actions resident should take during an actual emergency.