Duke officials to test sirens near Oconee Nuclear Station

SENECA — Select outdoor warning sirens around Oconee Nuclear Station will betested this week.

The required testing is necessary to complete acoustic analysis to ensure sirens are operating optimally. Select sirens around Oconee and Pickens counties will be tested using three-minute tests and could sound more than once. The tests will occur Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The testing is different from quarterly testing. The next quarterly test will take place onOct. 11.

Although a siren might sound multiple times, this is part of the testing and no public action is needed. If unsure, members of the public can tune to local TV or radio to confirm. Because these are tests, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If a real emergency occurs at the station requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public.

Testing is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Oconee and Pickens counties.

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