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MyCNN used as part of response efforts for local bomb threat

August 31, 2022/By: Bluewater Association for Safety, Environment, and Sustainability

Just before 12pm on July 18, Lambton College reported receiving a bomb threat at the Sarnia campus. Emergency response efforts were quickly put into place by the Sarnia Police Service, including a community awareness notification sent out via the My Community Notification Network (MyCNN). Shortly after 1:30pm, the threat was deemed to be false and an all-clear was issued by the Sarnia Police Service, with a secondary public notification sent out via MyCNN.  

MyCNN is a community-based notification network whereby subscribers can sign up to receive timely alerts for local emergencies, industrial incidents, unexpected road closures, threatening weather, and other municipal updates. MyCNN subscribers are able to customize the types of notifications that they receive and specify how they receive them.  

Recognizing the unique public safety challenges that are presented when a residential community is located in close proximity to industry, the Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) organization paired with the City of Sarnia in 2014 to create the MyCNN network. Through MyCNN, Sarnia-Lambton is setting the worldwide stage by showcasing how industry and municipalities can effectively work together to share important information with the community in the interest of creating trust and demonstrating a commitment to public safety.  

July’s bomb threat showed how quickly and effectively information can be shared with the community via MyCNN, with notifications going out simultaneously to over 13,500 MyCNN subscribers.  

To sign up for MyCNN notifications and receive important information on how to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency, visit: