Surry Power siren test set for Wednesday morning

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Surry Power alarm test
Sirens within a 10-mile radius of Surry Power Station will sound Wednesday morning as part of a quarterly test of the early warning system. (Photo courtesy Dominion Virginia Power)

Don’t be alarmed if you hear sirens Wednesday morning.

State and local officials will check the early-warning siren system around Surry Power Station on Dec. 14 at roughly 11:10 a.m., according to a release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The test will consist of a three-minute tone by 71 sirens located in Williamsburg, Newport News and James City, York, Surry and Isle of Wight counties.

Each of the sirens is within a 10-mile radius of the plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory System requires the testing. It happens four times a year, on the second Wednesdays of March, June, September and December. VDEM and Dominion Virginia Power participate in the exercise, along with local officials.

During an actual emergency, four three-minute alarms would sound, separated by one minute of silence.

For more information, check the yearly emergency-information calendar from Surry Power Station that is sent to area residents, or go here.

There won’t be another Surry Power siren test until Mar. 8, 2017.