Orange County to Participate in Indian Point Siren Test Aug 14 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Orange County to Participate in Indian Point Siren Test Aug 14

Aug 14th, 2013 | By | Category: General Interest

Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Walter C. Koury and Orange County Deputy Commissioner, Division of Emergency Management, Seamus K. Leary advise residents that a full-volume test of the Indian Point Energy Center siren system will be conducted in the evening between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 throughout the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) around Indian Point, including the sirens in Orange County.

During this full-system activation test, sirens will sound simultaneously for four minutes. The sirens will sound at full-volume for the entire duration of the test. No action on the part of the public is necessary or required for this drill.

If the sirens were sounded during an actual emergency, residents would listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information and instructions about any action to be taken. Sounding the sirens is a signal for residents to listen to EAS broadcasts for important information. It is NOT a signal to evacuate.

“Orange County tests the Indian Point sirens throughout the year as part of our emergency preparedness plans,” said Deputy Commissioner Leary. “No action on the part of the public is required for this test.”

The Indian Point Energy Center, located in Buchanan, NY, is a nuclear powered electric generating facility on the east bank of the Hudson River in Westchester County, close to portions of Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties.

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