DON’T BE ALARMED: Cook Plant announces annual fall extended Emergency Siren testing schedule.
Beginning Monday, September 16 Cook will be individually testing each of the 70 Emergency Sirens located across Berrien County. Testing will take place in various locations throughout the county during the weeks of September 16, September 23 and September 30 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Folks within a 10-mile radius of the plant can expect to hear individual sirens tested three to four times for about 30 seconds in order to gather readings and make adjustments to ensure proper coverage and reliability. Annual preventative maintenance and batter checks will also be done at this time.
Under normal conditions, Emergency Sirens would be activated by the Berrien County Emergency Management Department to alert the public to emergency situations. This could include severe weather, industrial or transportation chemical spills or activation of the Cook Nuclear Plant emergency plan. Because these sirens are used for multiple purposes, testing will be suspended during severe weather conditions to avoid confusion with an actual emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, the sirens are all sounded continuously for three minutes.
Please share this information with your friends, families and neigbors, reminding them not to be alarmed over the next few weeks during these tests.
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