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N E W S   R E L E A S E


September 7, 2012





Jody Puckett, Communications Director


Surry test includes new sirens in JCC


Three newly installed sirens in James City County will be tested for the first time during the upcoming Surry Power Station emergency alert siren test Wednesday, Sept. 12, at approximately 11:10 a.m. .  Dominion Virginia Power added the sirens at the request of the County to cover areas where there has been increased population.  The new sirens are at Jamestown High School, in Greensprings West and in Governor’s Land. 

Located within a 10-mile radius of the plant, 71 sirens in Williamsburg, Newport News and the counties of Surry, James City, York and Isle of Wight will sound a steady three-minute tone during the test. Siren tests for the Surry Power Station take place quarterly on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion and the localities where the sirens are located participate in the quarterly tests. 

The siren notification 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.  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 test of the Surry siren system will be Dec. 12, 2012.


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