Folks who live in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around will hear two siren tests when Exelon Nuclear conducts a system-wide check on Monday.
"Beginning at 2 p.m., residents will hear two sets of tones lasting three minutes each," said Dana Melia, communications manager for Exelon's Limerick Generating Station, via news release. "All testing will be completed by 2:30 p.m."
Monday's exercise will mark the plant's final dual siren test prior to implementation of a new siren system next month.
The updated system will replace 165 emergency sirens in a 10-mile radius around Limerick Generating Station and is part of a $13 million investment to upgrade emergency sirens at Exelon Nuclear stations, the news release states.
“We are committed to the safety of the community in Limerick’s 10-mile emergency planning zone,” said Pete Gardner, Limerick plant manager, via the release. “The new siren system is one of many elements in our comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program to keep families safe in the unlikely event of an emergency.”
Throughout the year, three types of tests will be performed -- using FEMA-approved test standards -- on each siren, the release states.
To learn more, call the following numbers:
Berks County (610) 374-4800
Chester County (610) 344-5000
Montgomery County (610) 631-6530
The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to provide notification of emergencies. Individual counties may activate the sirens to warn the surrounding community of events such as fires, floods, tornados, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events.
The sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, residents should tune to one of the county Emergency Alert System radio or television stations for further information. Residents should refer to the “emergency” section of their telephone books for further emergency response information. Additional information on emergency preparedness is also available at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site, www.pema.state.pa.us.
Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 21 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The plant produces approximately 2,200 net megawatts of carbon-free electricity per hour, enough to power approximately two million homes.
About the company:
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).