POTTSTOWN, PA (Jan. 2, 2009) - Exelon Nuclear will conduct a routine test of the emergency siren systems surrounding its Limerick Generating Station at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.
Residents near the plant may hear a steady three-minute tone.
The test is performed on the first Monday of each month as part of Exelon Nuclear's comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program. The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to provide notification of emergencies. Individual counties may activate the sirens to warn the surrounding community of events such as fires, floods, tornados, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events.
The sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, residents should tune to one of the county Emergency Alert System radio or television stations for further information. Should a siren fail to activate, local police and firefighters would alert residents using mobile public address systems or door-to-door notifications.
Residents should refer to the "emergency" section of their telephone books for further emergency response information. Additional information on emergency preparedness is also available at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site, <www.pema.state.pa.us>.
Limerick Generating Station is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The plant produces approximately 2,200 net megawatts of electricity per hour, enough to power approximately two million homes.