- Published on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:25
- Written by Super User
SOUTHPORT, N.C. – Tests of the public alert and notification sirens located within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be conducted Wednesday, April 16 starting at 10 a.m. The tests are part of Duke Energy Progress’ comprehensive emergency planning program performed in cooperation with the State of North Carolina and Brunswick and New Hanover counties.
During these tests, the sirens will be sounded for short periods of time lasting approximately 10 seconds. The sirens are tested on a regular basis to ensure the system is in good working order. Short-duration “growl tests” such as those to be performed July 16 and October 15 are conducted quarterly to make sure the sirens respond and operate properly. Full-volume tests lasting for about three minutes are conducted once per calendar year, with the full-volume test for 2014 scheduled for November 19.
Because the April 16 siren activation is a test, local television and radio stations are not required to interrupt their regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. Some stations may run a scrolling message across the screen letting viewers know that it is simply a test. Duke Energy Progress distributes a safety information brochure each year to citizens residing within 10 miles of the Brunswick Plant. For more information regarding safety and emergency preparedness at the Brunswick Plant, refer to the safety information brochure or visit our website at www.duke-energy.com.
Duke Energy Progress owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.5 million customers in a 34,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $115 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.