By Joel Goldenberg
February 5, 2014
Côte St. Luc will be launching later this year a high-speed automated emergency notification system, Councillor Glenn Nashen announced at the January city council meeting.
Nashen, now in charge of the emergency preparedness portfolio, pointed out that Hampstead just launched its own CodeRed system, which automatically calls cell phones and leaves audio and text messages, or e-mails when an emergency takes place.
The councillor said Côte St. Luc’s version of that system will be more complex, owing to that city’s population, larger size and higher number of streets and phone lines.
“But once it is put in place this year, we will be able to very rapidly get in touch with either every resident in the City of Côte St. Luc, or certain streets or certain sectors, depending on the emergency,” Nashen explained. “This is something we’ve talked about at council meetings and smaller meetings over the last many years,” reacting to “the concern that some of our council regulars have had and some others, with regard to the environment around Côte St. Luc, be it the train lines, or trucks coming in with petroleum to feed the gas stations.
“If we have to communicate rapidly with a chunk of our community, we’ll be able to do so in a very effective manner.”
Nashen said he hopes residents will input their contact information, so they can be reached when an emergency takes place.
“That’s one of many ways we’ll expand and increase our emergency preparedness within Côte St. Luc.”
Almost $10,000 for mass alert system
By Michael Moore, The Free Press
The Côte St. Luc city council approved a nearly US$10,000 contract with American-based Everbridge Inc. to install an automated mass-alert system that will warn residents of emergencies.
The contract, passed at the city’s February 10 council meeting, calls for a one-year term at US$9,247.59 plus a onetime installation fee of US$739.81. Côte St. Luc also holds three, one-year options at the yearly fee.
“This will enable the city to have an application whereby all current phone numbers which are known within Bell and otherwise known publicly will be called and inserted into the system. Other residents will be able to opt in, hopefully as many as possible,” said Councillor Glenn Nashen.
The city will be running a publicity campaign this spring to encourage people with an unlisted number or cell phone to join the system, which will have a test run in March before being implemented in April.
The multi-lingual service won’t be limited to only Côte St. Luc numbers, thereby enabling relatives outside the city to keep tabs on their loved ones.
“The benefit of that is if somebody living out of town has an elderly parent in Côte St. Luc, they can opt in and add their phone number as well so they can find out if there’s an emergency in Côte St. Luc. They can then call their parent to advise them on what to do and what can be done,” said Nashen.