Duke Energy, County To Test Sirens Around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Duke Energy, County To Test Sirens Around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Duke Energy, County To Test Sirens Around Brunswick Nuclear Plant Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 06 April 2020 17:22

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

SOUTHPORT - If you hear sirens on Wednesday, don't be alarmed. Duke Progress Energy will be conducting siren tests of 38 towers for the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant on a schedule during April.

A short five to thirty second test will be conducted from 10 to 11am Wednesday April 8th with additional tests set for later this month.

Duke Energy previously sent a preparedness book to residents within a 10 miles radius of the plant. The siren test schedule was included in that document.

Duke Energy is upgrading the plant's siren activation system which requires additional testing throughout 2020.

According to Duke Energy, "To ensure the newly installed equipment is functioning properly, sirens will be individually tested over two weeks in late April. During testing, sirens will sound briefly, approximately five to 30 seconds. Siren testing will occur Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m."

The tests are being conducted in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens. Since these events are "tests" of the siren system, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages will not be activated on local radio and TV stations. In a real emergency at the plant, the sirens would be activated and local radio and TV stations would broadcast instructions to the public about evacuation routes and other measures to protect against radiation.

For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can visit at http://duke-energy.com/NuclearEP Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns nuclear, coal, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation.

That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,700 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.6 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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