Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This Happens Every October Here!

San Onofre to test sirens alert system today

Up to three-minute-long sirens will sound on Wednesday and are expected to be heard in areas of south Orange County within at least a 10-mile radius of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as part of a federally-mandated annual drill.

"The sounding of the alarm is meant to alert residents to turn on radio or television for emergency information that their community wants to offer," said Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, the majority owner and operator of the nuclear plant.

Officials urge people not to call 911 when they hear the sirens between 10 a.m. and noon as part of the drill.

The Community Alert Siren System is a network of 50 sirens located within the plant's Emergency Planning Zone to notify people in the event of any emergency.

The zone is the area surrounding the plant and includes Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, unincorporated parts of Orange County south of Ortega Highway, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California state parks, and parts of Northern San Diego County.

This article is from the Orange County register:)

I thought this might be interesting for those of you not familiar with this little tidbit that happens every year in October around San Clemente:)

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