Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Joseph Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111
For Immediate Release: March 7, 2001
CON EDISON TO CONDUCT TEST OF INDIAN POINT SIRENS
New York - Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) will conduct a 10-second test of each of the 154 emergency alert and notification sirens located within the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its Indian Point 2 nuclear generating station in Buchanan, N.Y. Each siren will be tested individually and will reach full volume during the 10-second tests, which will be conducted from Monday March 12, 2001 through Tuesday, March 20, 2001. THESE ARE ONLY TESTS.
In accordance with guidelines established by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), these tests are part of the scheduled testing procedure of the plant's alert notification system. FEMA guidelines require an annual full-volume test of all sirens. Con Edison, however, performs simultaneous full-volume tests twice a year, as well as two tests where each siren is checked individually.
The company will test a total of 154 sirens in the four counties surrounding the plant; 77 in Westchester (March 12, 13 and 14); 51 in Rockland (March 15 and 16); 10 in Putnam (March 19); and 16 in Orange (March 20).
In the event of an actual emergency, the sirens would sound for three minutes, alerting individuals within the 10-mile radius surrounding the plant to tune to Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages broadcast on local radio or television stations for timely and accurate information and instructions.
EAS radio stations and television channels are listed in the Planning for Emergencies booklet, which is mailed annually by county officials to households within 10 miles of the power plant.