Susquehanna nuclear to test siren system on August 18

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(WBRE/WYOU)  Talen Energy is alerting residents to its annual rest of all sirens.

The test will  be on Thursday, August 18 at 11 a.m.   It will include all sirens in a 10 mile radius that are part of the Susquehanna nuclear plant emergency notification system.

“Testing the sirens is an annual requirement that helps us ensure the emergency warning system is working properly,” said Jim Gorman, Susquehanna’s emergency preparedness manager. “The sirens are an important part of our communications system and direct the public to tune into local news stations for information.”

In Thursday’s test, the sirens will sound once at 11 a.m. with a steady tone that lasts for three minutes.

The public does not need to respond to this test. After the sirens sound, local Emergency Alert System radio and television stations will carry a message about the test. Emergency notifications features on personal mobile devices may also be activated during this test.  

“The sirens can be used to notify the community of emergencies that are unrelated to the plant,” Gorman said. “Some of the sirens are shared with local fire companies, which use them for their calls.”

The Susquehanna plant, located about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by Susquehanna Nuclear LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by Susquehanna Nuclear.

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