CLINTON, Ill. - Exelon Generation completed the installation of a state-of-the-art siren system around Clinton Power Station. This effort is part of a multi-year, $2 million investment to upgrade sirens at Exelon's six Illinois nuclear facilities.
Clinton Station has 41 Exelon-owned sirens within a 10-mile radius of the facility. Half were upgraded in a prior improvement project completed in 2008. The remaining 21 sirens were upgraded last month. All of these sirens are newer models that have a battery back-up feature as well as enhanced remote monitoring capabilities.
The sirens around Exelon's Illinois facilities are in place to alert residents in the unlikely event of a station emergency. Exelon also allows counties surrounding the stations to use them to alert residents for weather-related events or other emergencies. Since 2010, counties around Exelon's facilities have activated sirens 189 times for severe weather events. The sirens are a signal to tune to the local Emergency Alert System channels.
"These sirens are a tremendous value to the community," said Teresa Barnett, DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator. "It's a pleasure working with a company like Exelon and Clinton Power Station during all of our DeWitt County emergency planning."
The emergency sirens are tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month.