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SCE&G to Test Emergency Sirens for V.C. Summer

Jenkinsville, S.C. (July 9, 2018) – SCE&G will conduct a test of its V.C. Summer Nuclear Station siren warning system at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10.  

During the test, SCE&G will sound the sirens located within a 10-mile radius of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield, Newberry, Richland and Lexington counties for less than one minute. As part its regular testing program, all sirens surrounding V.C. Summer are sounded each year for three minutes and each quarter for less than a minute.

Area residents are reminded that the 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 with no prior notice and would alert area residents to tune to an Emergency Alert System radio or television station for further instructions.

SCE&G and other companies that operate U.S. nuclear facilities maintain robust emergency preparedness plans to protect the health and safety of the public. SCE&G conducts multiple emergency response drills each year to validate its emergency response plan, which is independently evaluated every two years by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Information about siren tests, nuclear generation and emergency planning is mailed to residents within 10 miles of V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in the annual emergency preparedness calendar.

For more information, log on to sceg.com/nuclearprep, or call your local emergency management office:

  • Fairfield County(803) 635-4444
  • Lexington County(803) 785-8342
  • Newberry County(803) 321-2135
  • Richland County(803) 576-3400
  • S.C. Emergency Mgt. Division(803) 737-8500

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 723,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 371,000 customers throughout the state.