Hanford Site to Test Emergency Siren Tomorrow

The U.S. Department of Energy will test an emergency siren tomorrow at the Hanford site.

The siren, located near the Columbia River, across from the Wahluke Hunting Area, will be activated between 9 and 10 a.m.  People near this area may hear the siren sound, but no response is required.  Public address announcements stating "this is a test" will be made prior to and following the siren tone.

In a real emergency, county officials will activate the Emergency Alert System to broadcast information to the public via local radio and television stations. Sirens located along the Columbia River would be activated if it were necessary to warn people on the river.

Periodic emergency drills and siren tests are conducted at Hanford facilities as part of an ongoing program to test emergency equipment and train workers on emergency response procedures.