Siren testing in Catawba Co. Wednesday morning

- Sirens will be tested around Catawba and McGuire Nuclear Stations Wednesday morning.

Duke Energy and county officials will test 89 sirens within 10 miles of the Catawba Nuclear Station for three minutes to make sure each siren works properly. The 67 sirens within 10 miles of McGuire Nuclear station will be tested for three minutes as well.

This will take place at 11:50 a.m.

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 an Emergency Alert Message (EAS). County officials use these stations to provide information to the public. 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, according to a spokesperson for Duke Energy.

For more information about the public alert notification sirens, residents can refer to information here.

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