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Early Warning Siren System Test Rescheduled for Surry March 10


Date: March 5, 2004
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-6510
Contact: Bob Spieldenner
(804) 897-6510


Richmond, VA - State and local officials have rescheduled the early warning siren system test around the Surry Nuclear Power Station on Wednesday, March 10, to 4:00 p.m. The siren test, originally scheduled for 11:10 a.m., would have interfered with Standards of Learning testing being conducted at neighboring schools.


A steady three-minute tone will be sounded by 67 sirens in Williamsburg, Newport News and the counties of Surry, James City, York and Isle of Wight. The sirens are located in a 10-mile radius of the plant.


The siren system alerts the public to tune in to their local radio or television Emergency Alert System (EAS) station for information. A list of area EAS stations is located in the yellow pages of the phone directory in the affected areas, as well as in the annual Surry Power Station emergency information calendar mailed to households in the region.


Full-scale siren tests consist of a single three-minute activation and are conducted quarterly, on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December. The next test of the Surry siren system will be Wednesday, June 9, 2004.


The alerting system signifying an actual emergency at Surry Power Station consists of four separate, three-minute activations, each separated by a one-minute silent interval. (Total elapsed time for actual emergency notification is 15 minutes.)


The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Virginia Power and the localities where the sirens are located will participate in the March 10 test.


In the Surry area, the EAS radio and television stations are:



WXGM 1420 AM Gloucester
WXGM 99.1 FM Gloucester
WGH 1310 AM Newport News
WGH 97.3 FM Newport News
WCMS 100.5 FM Newport News
WTAR 850 AM Norfolk
WNIS 790 AM Norfolk
WFOG 1050 AM Norfolk
WRVA 1140 AM Richmond
WRNL 910 AM Richmond
WTVR 98.1 FM Richmond
WRVQ 94.5 FM Richmond
WMXB 103.7 FM Richmond
WKGM 940 AM Smithfield
WCWM 90.7 FM Williamsburg


WTVR Channel 6 Richmond
WRIC Channel 8 Richmond
WWBT Channel 12 Richmond
WTKR Channel 3 Norfolk
WVEC Channel 13 Norfolk
WHRO Channel 15 Norfolk
WAVY Channel 10 Portsmouth
WGNT Channel 27 Portsmouth
WVBT Channel 43 Portsmouth
Channel 48 Ft. Eustis


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