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Early Warning Siren System Tests Set For North Anna Nuclear Power Station



Full-scale tests of the Early Warning Siren System (EWSS) surrounding the North Anna Nuclear Power Station are scheduled for approximately 11:10 am on these dates:

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), Dominion Virginia Power, and the jurisdictions where the sirens are located will participate in the tests which commences at approximately 11:10 a.m.

Fifty-five (55) sirens are to be tested in a 10-mile radius around the nuclear power facility including 28 in Louisa County, and 25 in Spotsylvania County. Hanover and Caroline counties each has one siren to be tested.

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 North Anna Power Station Emergency Planning Information calendar mailed to every household in the same area. More information on Dominion Virginia Power's siren system is available here.

The complete text of the Virginia Radiological Emergency Response Plan is available here.

Full-scale siren tests consist of a single three-minute activation and are conducted quarterly -- on the third Wednesday of the month -- February, May, August and November.


The alerting system signifying an Actual emergency at the North Anna 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 Early Warning Siren System alerts the public to tune to their local radio or television Emergency Alert System (EAS) for information to follow in the event of a real emergency.


North Anna EWSS tests are broadcast by EAS stations in the Richmond Extended, Fredericksburg, and Culpeper Local Areas, as well as WVIR-TV which is in the Charlottesville Local Area..

Stations within these areas include:

Radio:

WRXL 102.1 FM Richmond
WRVA 1140 AM Richmond
WRNL 910 AM Richmond
WRVQ 94.5 FM Richmond
WTVR 98.1 FM Richmond
WMXB 103.7 FM Richmond
WKLR 96.5 FM Richmond
WCVE 88.9 FM Richmond
WYSK 1350 AM Fredericksburg
WFLS 93.3 FM Fredericksburg
WFVA 1230 AM Fredericksburg
WYJY 90.5 FM Fredericksburg
WWED 89.5 FM Spotsylvania
WYSK 99.3 FM Spotsylvania
WCVA 1490 AM Culpeper
WCUL 103.1 FM Culpeper
WJMA 98.9 FM Orange
WVCV 1340 AM Orange
WOJL 105.5 FM Louisa

Television:

WTVR Channel 6 Richmond
WRIC Channel 8 Richmond
WCVE Channel 23 Richmond
WWBT Channel 12 Richmond
WVIR Channel 29 Charlottesville


 
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