Quarterly Emergency Notification Test

Photo by Karen. Williams, senior  communications consultant, nuclear generation, Duke Energy.

 Brunswick Nuclear Plant at sunrise

Some four hours after dawn Wednesday (July 12) there will be a quarterly reminder of this local power source throughout the areas of New Hanover and Brunswick counties bordering the mouth of the Cape Fear River. 
The 38 outdoor warning sirens located within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at full volume for ten seconds between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday. The test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly.  
 This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.  

No public action required 

Hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. In an emergency, sirens are sounded as a signal for residents to tune to a local radio or TV station that would carry emergency alert messages. If sirens are heard and residents are unsure if it is a test or an emergency, they should tune to their local radio or TV station or contact the county emergency management office.  
North Carolina's oldest nuclear power plant, the Brunswick Nuclear Plant is operated by Duke Energy Progress. It went into operation in 1975 o1,200 acres just north of the town of Southport on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. North of the tract is 600 acres purchased by the N.C. State Ports Authority in 2006 and the 8,500-acre Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point the Army's primary east coast deep-water port opened in the 1950s. 
--Jim Brumm

Brunswick Nuclear Plant at sunrise. Photo by Karen. Williams, senior communications consultant, nuclear generation, Duke Energy.