Quarterly emergency system test at North Anna

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Residents in the area of the North Anna Power Station will hear the siren system going off on Wednesday.

Officials from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Energy and local agencies will be testing the early warning siren system at around 11:10 a.m.

The test will include a steady three-minute tone that will be sounded by 68 sirens in Louisa, Orange, Caroline, Hanover and Spotsylvania counties, all of which are located within ten miles of the station.

There will also be a test of the Emergency Alert System, which will include participating radio and television stations, cable system, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers. This test will last about one minute.

These kinds of tests are held quarterly at the nuclear power station.

If there were an actual emergency at North Anna, there would be four separate three-minute activations of the early warning siren system, each one separated by a one-minute silent interval.

That means an actual emergency notification would last for about 15 minutes.

During an emergency, residents are advised to listen to local officials for updates and instructions. Information will also be broadcast by local media outlets.

For more information on the emergency notifications and safety planning, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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