Quarterly siren test for Surry Power Station set for December 14

December 7, 2016  //  

RICHMOND – State and local officials will test the early warning siren system around the Surry Power Station on Wednesday, December 14, at approximately 11:10 a.m. A steady three-minute tone will be sounded by 71 sirens in Williamsburg, Newport News and the counties of Surry, James City, York and Isle of Wight. The sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the plant.

Siren tests for the Surry Power Station are required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and they occur quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Virginia Power and the adjacent localities participate in the quarterly tests.

If an actual emergency occurred at the Surry 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 for instructions.

Additional information about the siren system and emergency notification can be found in the annual Surry Power Station emergency information calendar mailed to households in localities noted above.

The next test of the Surry siren system will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017.



December 7, 2016


Dawn Brantley (VDEM)
(804) 897-6510 or 674-2400

Rick Zuercher (Dominion Virginia Power)
(804) 273-3825

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund