Quarterly siren test scheduled for Wednesday morning

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Surry Power alarm test
Surry Power Station (Photo courtesy Dominion Virginia Power)

This is a test. This is only a test.

Historic Triangle residents can expect to hear a three-minute tone from sirens throughout the area Wednesday, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

Seventy-one sirens located within a 10-mile radius of the Surry Power Station will be activated at approximately 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.  The sirens will sound as part of the quarterly test of the early warning system surrounding the nuclear plant.

In the case of an actual emergency at the Surry Power Station, residents should expect to hear four separate three-minute tones, each separated by one minute of silence.  When hearing such sirens, residents are instructed to tune to local television or radio stations that broadcast emergency alerts.

Localities that will be participating in the test include James City, York, Surry and Isle of Wight Counties, Williamsburg and Newport News.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Dominion Power will also participate.

Future siren tests will take place on the second Wednesdays of June, September, and December.