HUNTERSVILLE – It’s time for the quarterly test of sirens around Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station. The sirens, which alert residents in the event of an emergency, will be tested Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 11:50 a.m.
No public action is required during this three-minute test. By testing the sirens, state and county officials and Duke Energy ensure the sirens are operating properly. County emergency officials are responsible for sounding the sirens.
Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials would use these stations to provide information to the public.
The McGuire plant opened in 1981 at the south end of Lake Norman. A second unit came on line in 1984. For more information about nuclear preparedness at McGuire, visit www.duke-energy.com
Meanwhile, sirens around the Mountain Island Hydro Station on Mountain Island Lake also will be tested. Listen for that alert at around noon on Wednesday. More info www.duke-energy.com