DOE to test sirens on Wednesday

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s public warning siren system will be tested March 2 in areas surrounding the department’s Oak Ridge Reservation.

The sirens will be tested between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. People in these areas during the test will hear a siren for 3-5 minutes.

The sirens are near DOE’s East Tennessee Technology Park, Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The sirens are intended to provide immediate notification of an emergency to people who are within an approximate 2-mile radius of DOE’s 33,725-acre Oak Ridge Reservation in Anderson and Roane counties.

The sirens will be sounded in the event of an emergency.

When citizens hear the sirens they should go inside, close all windows and ventilation systems and listen to radio or television for public health and safety-related information.

The DOE public warning siren system is tested on the first Wednesday of each month.  

This effort is consistent with testing of warning systems around the Tennessee Valley Authority’s nuclear power plants.

DOE has a Web site that provides information to the public on what to do in case of an emergency at the Oak Ridge Reservation.

The Web site is at www.oro.doe.gov/emercomm/default.shtm.

Call 576-0885 for more information.

DOE’s Oak Ridge Office is responsible for major national programs in science, environmental management, nuclear fuel supply and national security.