Plant Vogtle to conduct siren test Thursday, Oct. 12

The Vogtle Electric Generating Plant will conduct the annual test of its emergency notification system Thursday, Oct. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. All 47 sirens and residents’ weather alert radios located within a 10-mile radius of the plant will be activated. The test is not a cause for concern and requires no public action.

As the test begins at 7 p.m., the sirens will activate and sound for approximately three minutes. In addition, a weather alert radio message will repeat several times. If this were an actual emergency, the message would advise residents of any precautionary measures required.

In an actual emergency, sirens would be a signal for residents to go indoors and tune to their local Emergency Alert System radio or TV station. County officials would then use these stations to provide instructions to the public. The sirens are not an indication that residents should leave the area.

Immediately following the test, Plant Vogtle will conduct a brief telephone survey of residents in the area. The five-minute survey will evaluate the effectiveness and coverage of the alert notification system.

This test is conducted by Plant Vogtle in cooperation with the states of Georgia and South Carolina, and Burke, Allendale, Aiken and Barnwell counties.