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CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner




(804) 674-2400 (24/7); 897-6510


Nov. 19, 2010

Additional Siren Tests for Surry Power Station Set for Dec. 9-10


Regular quarterly test will take place Dec. 8


RICHMOND, VA – State and local officials will test the early warning siren system around the Surry Power Station Wednesday, Dec. 8, at approximately 11:10 a.m.  A steady three-minute tone will be sounded by 68 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.


In addition to the upcoming test, which takes place every quarter, extra tests for selected sirens around the Surry Power Station are scheduled for Dec. 9-10.  These tests are part of sound studies that are required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The sirens selected for the special testing are located in Surry County, Isle of Wight County, James City County and Fort Eustis.


A contractor, SAFER Services, will be conducting the additional tests Dec. 9-10 and collecting data for Virginia Dominion Power. 


Residents may see 100-foot bucket trucks at siren locations.  Each location will be tested twice to document sound levels, and residents will hear a one minute tone each time the location is tested.


Routine quarterly siren tests for Surry Power Station consist of a single three-minute tone and take place quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Virginia Power and the localities where the sirens are located participate in the quarterly tests. 


If there were an actual emergency at Surry Power Station, residents would hear four separate three-minute activations, each separated by a one-minute silent interval.  Total elapsed time for actual emergency notification is 15 minutes.  When sirens sound, people should listen to a local radio or TV station that is broadcasting emergency information.  Additional information about the siren system and emergency notification can be found in the annual Surry Power Station emergency information calendar mailed to households in the region.


The next quarterly test for Surry Power Station is scheduled for March 9, 2011.



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