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Early Warning Siren System Test Set for Surry March 9


Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-6510


Contact: Bob Spieldenner - (804) 897-6510



February 24, 2005


Richmond, VA - State and local officials will test the early warning siren system around the Surry Nuclear Power Station on Wednesday, March 9, at approximately 11:00 a.m. 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 8, 2005.

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 9 test.


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


Radio: Television:
  • WXGM 1420 AM Gloucester
  • WXGM 99.1 FM Gloucester
  • WGH 1310 AM Newport News
  • WGH 97.3 FM Newport News
  • WCMS 100.5 FM Virginia Beach
  • 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
  • WMBG 740 AM 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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