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Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

— Full-volume, 3-minute test scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9
— No public action required

From Duke Energy: The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested for three minutes between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9.

This is a change from previous October siren tests, which historically lasted five to 30 seconds.

Officials at Duke Energy are coordinating with state and county emergency managers to standardize the siren test process. The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will sound at full-volume for three minutes. In addition, sirens will not be tested on November 13.

This information is reflected in the 2019-20 Brunswick Nuclear Emergency Preparedness booklets recently sent to residents living within the 10-mile Brunswick Nuclear Plant emergency planning zone.

This test is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public.

For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available at duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.