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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 have rescheduled the early warning siren system test around the Surry Nuclear Power Station on Wednesday, March 9, to 3:00 p.m. The siren test, originally scheduled for 11:10 a.m., would have interfered with Standards of Learning tests conducted at neighboring schools. In Williamsburg, Newport News and the counties of Surry, James City, York and Isle of Wight, 67 sirens will sound a steady three-minute tone. 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 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.


Quarterly full-scale siren tests, consisting of a single three-minute tone, and are conducted on the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December. The next test of the Surry siren system will be Wednesday, June 8, 2005.


The alert signifying an actual emergency at Surry Power Station consists of four separate, three-minute tones, each separated by one minute of silence. 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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