Friday, December 8, 2023

Surry Power Station to conduct emergency siren test Wednesday

The Surry nuclear power plant is across the James River from Jamestown Island. (WYDaily/Courtesy Dominion Energy)
The Surry nuclear power plant is across the James River from Jamestown Island. (WYDaily/Courtesy Dominion Energy)

If you hear a siren in the Williamsburg area Wednesday, don’t be alarmed.

The Surry Power Station will conduct its quarterly emergency warning siren test around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management said.

The siren test will include a steady three-minute tone and will be sounded by 71 sirens in Williamsburg and Newport News, as well as Surry, James City, York and Isle of Wight counties.

All siren locations are within a 10-mile radius of the power station, the department said.

The siren test sounds different than the siren for a true emergency. In a real emergency, residents in the area would hear four separate three-minute activiations, each punctuated with a minute of silence.

When a real emergency siren is activated, residents should look for updates and instructions from local officials and local media outlets that broadcast emergency information.

The next siren test this year will be Dec. 12.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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