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Battery Pier Warning Siren Installed 28 September 2006

The Department of Transport, Harbours Division in conjunction with Manx Petroleums and Manx Gas has erected a warning siren on the Battery Pier.

The siren has been installed to provide an immediate warning facility to prompt members of the public to take appropriate action should a major emergency occur in the vicinity of the Battery Pier, the South Quay approach road, and the Douglas Head area.

If the siren is activated, members of the public who are legitimately in the area for activities such as fishing, walking or visiting premises in that area should evacuate the area immediately for their own safety and not return until told it is safe to do so by the Emergency Services.

The advice to people residing or working in the area is to remain inside their building, close all windows and doors and tune in to the local radio stations for further instructions. They should also be prepared for the possibility of a full evacuation of the properties in the area.

Manx Petroleums and Manx Gas have joined forces to produce a leaflet giving helpful advice on what to do should an emergency situation arise, including instructions on the potential evacuation procedure. This leaflet will be delivered to all households and local businesses in the immediate vicinity very soon. The Department of Transport will also be erecting signs in the area to reinforce the action required if and when the alarm is activated.

Due to the nature of the siren it will be necessary to set up a regular testing regime. The first test will be undertaken on Wednesday 4th October, 2006 at 11.00 am and the siren will sound for about ten seconds. Thereafter tests will be held at 11.00 am on the first Saturday of November 2006, the 1st Wednesday of Feb. 2007, 1st Saturday in May, 2007, and 1st Wednesday in August, 2007.

This quarterly testing pattern will continue on a rolling basis, however the Department will ensure that the general public, local householders and businesses are kept fully informed of its test procedure via public notices in the local newspapers.

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