Harris Plant testing sirens this morning

Harris Plant (file)

NEW HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – If you are near the Harris Nuclear Plant on Wednesday morning, get ready for a siren test.

The 83 sirens within 10 miles of the Harris Nuclear Plant will be tested at full-volume for approximately five seconds between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Duke Energy Progress said in a news release.

The test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly.

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. In the event of severe weather, the siren test will be postponed until a later date.

Duke Energy Progress performs full-volume tests annually. Silent tests are conducted every two weeks and short duration full-volume tests every three months.

There are three more “low-volume” tests scheduled for 2016 and a full-volume test scheduled for Nov. 9.

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