Burke County, GA (WJBF) – The Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (Plant Vogtle) will conduct the annual test of its emergency notification system Thursday night, beginning about 7:00 p.m.
Georgia Power officials tell us that all of the plant’s 47 sirens and residents’ tone alert radios located within a 10-mile radius of the plant will be activated. The test is not a cause for concern and requires no action on the part of the public.
As the test begins at 7 p.m., the plant’s sirens will activate and sound for approximately three minutes. In addition, a tone alert radio message will repeat several times. If this were an actual emergency, the message would advise residents of any precautionary measures required.
In an actual emergency, sirens would be a signal for residents to tune to their local Emergency Alert System radio or TV station. County officials would then use these stations to provide instructions to the public. The sirens are NOT an indication that residents should leave the area.
Immediately following the test, Plant Vogtle will conduct a brief telephone survey of residents in the area. The five-minute survey will evaluate the effectiveness and coverage of the alert notification system.
This event is part of an annual simulated event conducted by Plant Vogtle in cooperation with the states of Georgia and South Carolina, and Burke County, Allendale County, Aiken County, and Barnwell County.