Officials to test sirens around Progress Energy’s nuclear plant

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

The public alert notification sirens around the Harris Plant will be tested Tuesday, Feb. 19, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The 83 sirens within 10 miles of Progress Energy’s Harris Plant will be tested at full-volume for approximately five seconds. The test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is conducted in cooperation with the State of North Carolina as well as Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Wake counties.

Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public. In the event of severe weather, the siren test will be postponed until a later date.

Progress Energy Carolinas performs full-volume tests annually. Silent tests are conducted every two weeks and short duration full-volume tests every three months.

Questions about the tests may be directed to county or state emergency management agencies.

Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), provides electricity and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, and serves a territory encompassing more than 34,000 square miles including the cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville in North Carolina and Florence and Sumter in South Carolina.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.