Nuclear plant to test sirens

September 17, 2009 6:56:14 AM PDT
If you hear the warning sirens around the Harris Nuclear Plant next Tuesday don't panic.Progress Energy says it will hold its annual full volume test of the Harris siren system Tuesday, September 22 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

The 83 alert notification sirens within 10 miles of the plant will sound.

Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public. In the event of severe weather, the siren test will be postponed until a later date.

Progress Energy performs full-volume tests annually. Silent tests are conducted every two weeks and short duration full-volume tests every three months.

Questions about the tests may be directed to county or state emergency management agencies. Residents with questions may also call the Harris Plant at (919) 362-3261.

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