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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

City Launches New Evacuation Route Signs

Saint John residents being told to "Follow the E" in the case of an emergency. 

The city putting up 208 blue and white triangular signs featuring a large 'E' and a directional arrow by the end of the month. 

Police Chief Bill Reid tells CHSJ News the idea is for Saint Johners to follow the signs out of the area of emergency so the first responders can get in.

Murielle Provost is the Manager for Emergency Preparedness in the city and tells CHSJ News the evacuation routes are designed to mitigate traffic jams if everybody had to evacuate at once.

In an emergency situation the public will be alerted to follow the road signs by the local media and by the Emergency Alert Service, which residents can subscribe to on the city website.