Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner (804) 897-6510
(804) 674-2400 (24 hours)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 27, 2011
Additional siren tests for North Anna Power Station set for Feb. 8
Regular quarterly test will take place Feb. 16
RICHMOND, VA — State and local officials will test the early warning siren system around the North Anna Power Station on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at approximately 11:10 a.m. In Caroline, Hanover, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties, 68 sirens located within a 10-mile radius of the station will sound a three-minute tone. The sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the plant.
In addition to the upcoming test, which takes place every quarter, extra tests for selected sirens around the North Anna Power Station are scheduled for Feb. 8. These tests are part of sound studies that are required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The sirens selected for the special testing are located in Hanover, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties.
A contractor, SAFER Services, will be conducting the additional tests Feb. 8 and collecting data for Virginia Dominion Power. Residents may see 100-foot bucket trucks at siren locations. Each location will be tested twice to document sound levels, and residents will hear one-minute tone each time the location is tested.
Routine quarterly siren tests for North Anna Power Station consist of a single three-minute tone and take place quarterly on the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Virginia Power and the localities where the sirens are located participate in the quarterly tests.
If there were an actual emergency at North Anna Power Station, residents would hear four separate three-minute activations, each separated by a one-minute silent interval. Total elapsed time for actual emergency notification is 15 minutes. When sirens sound, people should listen to a local radio or TV station that is broadcasting emergency information. Additional information about the siren system and emergency notification can be found in the annual North Anna Power Station emergency information calendar mailed to households in the region.
The next quarterly test for North Anna Power Station is scheduled for May 18, 2011.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971