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SCE&G to Test Emergency Sirens for Lake Murray Dam and V.C. Summer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 4, 2013) – SCE&G will conduct two separate tests of siren warning systems Tuesday, Jan. 8, in two separate locations in the Midlands.

The first test will be a full activation of the siren warning system along the Lower Saluda River at noon as part of the Lake Murray Dam emergency action plan. A full, three-minute sounding of the sirens is conducted on the second Tuesday of January each year. One-minute functional tests are conducted at noon on the second Tuesday of each month during the remainder of the year. In the unlikely event of a potential failure of the Lake Murray Dam and the new backup dam, the sirens are activated to alert the public to tune in to Emergency Alert System stations for information.

The second test on Jan. 8 will take place at approximately 1 p.m. SCE&G will sound the 106 sirens located within a 10-mile radius of V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County near Jenkinsville. All sirens surrounding the plant are usually sounded on the first Tuesday of each quarter for one minute as part of the plant’s regular testing program. Because of the New Year holiday, this test will be conducted on the second Tuesday.

Area residents are reminded that the one-minute sounding of sirens during this time period is only a test. In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at the plant, the sirens would sound for three minutes with no prior notice and would alert area residents to tune to an Emergency Alert System radio or television station for further instructions.

For more information, log on to, or call your local emergency management office: Calhoun County: 803-874-3042 Fairfield County: 803-635-4444 Lexington County: 803-785-8343 Newberry County: 803-321-2135 Richland County: 803-576-3400 S.C. Emergency Mgt. Division: 803-737-8500