VDEM Press Release

10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226


June 3, 2015

CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804)  897-6510 or (804) 674-2400

Quarterly siren test for Surry Power Station set for June 10

RICHMOND, Va. – State and local officials will test the early warning siren system around the Surry Power Station Wednesday, June 10, 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 take place quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December. 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 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, Sept. 9, 2015.


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