Nuclear Emergency Siren Test Set for April 5

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (March 30, 2010)—It's almost time again for the quarterly test of the alert and notification sirens throughout southern Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. The sirens and testing are required because of a possible emergency at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby.

The testing is scheduled for Monday, April 5, at noon. The siren test will consist of a three-minute activation.

Public safety officials say the testing is conducted to enhance siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents are advised to tune to one of the listed local radio stations for information and instructions.

Emergency Alert System stations include:

WPTX 920 AM Lexington Park
WKIK 102.9 FM Mechanicsville
WAAI 100.9 FM Cambridge
WMDM 97.7 FM Lexington Park
WCEM 1240 AM Cambridge
WCMD 1560 AM La Plata
WCEM 106.3 FM Cambridge
WXTR 104.1 FM La Plata
WCEI 1460 AM Easton
WSMD 98.3 FM Mechanicsville
WCEI 96.7 FM Easton

Although the nuclear facility is located in Calvert County, seventeen of the sirens are in St. Mary's County.

The testing is conducted by the St. Mary's County Department of Public Safety and the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division.

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