Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner (804) 897-6510 or 674-2400
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 22, 2011
North Anna Power Station plans additional siren tests
RICHMOND, VA – The early warning siren system near the North Anna Power Station is being upgraded, and once the work is completed, the sirens will be tested. These siren tests will take place June 27-July 1 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
People in Caroline, Hanover, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties that are within a 10-mile radius of the North Anna Power Station will hear a steady three-minute tone from the 68 sirens that are located in those counties. This week of extra testing is part of system improvements that are required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The June 27-July 1 siren tests are not part of the routine quarterly tests for the North Anna Power Station that take place on the third Wednesdays 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.
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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