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Select sirens at McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested over next 2 weeks

Alarm testing at McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville is underway for two weeks.

Sept. 18. The outdoor warning sirens around McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested multiple times during the weekdays between Monday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 29.

This required testing is necessary to ensure sirens are operating optimally after completion of maintenance activities. During this time, individual sirens will be tested in short 20-second increments. These tests will occur between 9 am and 4 pm.

This testing is separate from quarterly testing. The next quarterly test will take place  Oct. 11, which will be a three-minute test of all sirens.

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 there was 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.

Testing is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Catawba, Gason, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties.

For more information about nuclear emergency preparedness and outdoor warning sirens, residents can visit duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.


One Response to “Select sirens at McGuire Nuclear Station will be tested over next 2 weeks”

  1. Please start an alert system like Amber Alert or severe weather/tornado alert that we can sign up to have these tests come to our phones. There can be “this is a test, only a test” qualifiers posted.
    I have not heard any of the sirens today, probably won’t hear the October 11th siren either if in the house. I am 77 and wear hearing aids. Lots of old folks in this area. Thanks.

    Posted by Laura Knight | September 18, 2023, 4:59 pm

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