Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant Oct. 9

09.30.2019

Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

Contact: Karen Williams

Office: 910.832.3930 | 24-Hour: 800.559.3853

Oct. 23, 2019

  • Full-volume, 3-minute test scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9
  • No public action required

SOUTHPORT, N.C. – The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested for three minutes between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9.

This is a change from previous October siren tests, which historically lasted five to 30 seconds.

Officials at Duke Energy are coordinating with state and county emergency managers to standardize the siren test process. The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will sound at full-volume for three minutes. In addition, sirens will not be tested on November 13.

This information is reflected in the 2019-20 Brunswick Nuclear Emergency Preparedness booklets recently sent to residents living within the 10-mile Brunswick  Nuclear Plant emergency planning zone.

This test is performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

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.

For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available at duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.

Duke Energy Progress

Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns nuclear, coal, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,700 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.6 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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