Quarterly siren test for North Anna Power Station set for May 18

June 7, 2011  //  

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Quarterly siren test for North Anna Power Station set for May 18

Two sirens will get extra test May 16

RICHMOND, VA — State and local officials will test the early warning siren system around the North Anna Power Station Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at approximately 11:10 a.m. A steady three-minute tone will be sounded by 68 sirens in Caroline, Hanover, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. The sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the plant.

In addition to the upcoming test, which takes place every quarter, an extra test for two sirens is scheduled for Monday, May 16, with a rain date of May 17. Two sirens will be tested – one in Louisa County in the Bumpass area and one in Spotsylvania County on Route 208 near the Virginia Department of Transportation. These two sirens will be sounded several times for one-minute durations. These extra tests are part of sound studies that are required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Quarterly siren tests consist of a single three-minute tone and take place 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 test of the North Anna siren system will be Aug. 17, 2011.



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