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Duke Energy, county officials to test sirens around Robinson Nuclear Plant

on Monday, 11 January 2021. Posted in News, Local News

The 59 outdoor warning sirens around the Robinson Nuclear Plant will be tested for five to 30 seconds between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, as scheduled. To ensure they are functioning properly, it may be necessary to test some sirens more than once. 

This information is reflected in the 2021 Robinson Nuclear Emergency Preparedness booklets sent to residents living within the 10-mile Robinson Nuclear Plant emergency planning zone. 

In addition, the plant’s siren activation system continues to be upgraded, which will require additional siren testing in 2021. To ensure the newly installed equipment is functioning properly, sirens will be individually tested over eight weeks beginning in mid-January. 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. 

Testing is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Chesterfield, Darlington and Lee counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens. 

Because this is a test,local broadcasting stationswill not interrupt regular programming to broadcastEmergency Alert System(EAS) messages. If therewere ever a real emergencyat the plant requiring thesirens to be sounded, localradio and television stations would broadcast informationand instructions to the public. 

For more informationabout the outdoor warningsirens, residents can refer toinformation available at duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.

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