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Early Warning Siren System Tests Set For Surry Nuclear Power Station

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

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A steady three-minute tone will be sounded at 61 siren locations within a 10-mile radius of the Surry Nuclear Power Station operated by Virginia Power.

A dispatcher from either James City County or Surry County, in conjunction with the Emergency Operations Center of Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) in Richmond, will activate the system.

Full scale siren tests consist of a single three-minute activation and are conducted quarterly, on the second Wednesday of the month.

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

Surry EWSS tests are broadcast by EAS stations in the Eastern Virginia and Richmond Extended Local Areas

Stations within these areas include:


WLQM 101.7 FM Franklin
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
WRVA 1140 AM Richmond
WMXB 103.7 FM Richmond
WRNL 910 AM Richmond
WTVR 98.1 FM Richmond
WRVQ 94.5 FM Richmond
WCVE 88.9 FM Richmond
WTAR 850 AM Norfolk
WFOG 1050 AM Norfolk
WNIS 790 AM Norfolk
WKGM 940 AM Smithfield
WMBG 740 AM Williamsburg
WCWM 90.7 FM Williamsburg


WTVR Channel 6 Richmond
WRIC Channel 8 Richmond
WWBT Channel 12 Richmond
WCVE Channel 23 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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