Harris nuclear plant to test sirens

March 28, 2011 5:47:36 AM PDT
Progress Energy says it will be conducting routine testing of the public alert notification sirens in the 10-mile area around Harris Nuclear Plant over the next several weeks.

The tests begin Tuesday, March 29 and end April 21. The tests will be full-volume short duration tests that will last approximately five to ten seconds. The work will be conducted Tuesdays through Thursdays, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Since the sirens will be tested individually, there is no specific time when residents of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties can expect to hear any of the sirens. This testing is being performed to support the annual maintenance of the sirens.

These tests are being conducted to make sure each siren works properly after maintenance is performed. Each siren may be tested multiple times. Residents may not hear the sirens unless they are close to one when it is being tested.

Progress Energy conducts silent tests every two weeks and low-volume tests every three months; full-volume testing is conducted annually. The siren tests are conducted in cooperation with the emergency planning offices of the State of North Carolina and Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties.

Questions about the tests may be directed to county or state emergency management agencies or to Progress Energy at (919) 362-3261.

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