Plant Farley to conduct test of emergency siren system in communities surrounding the plant
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Plant Farley, in cooperation with state and local emergency management agencies, will conduct the annual test of the emergency notification system located within the plant's 10-mile emergency planning zone. This annual test ensures area residents can be promptly notified in the unlikely event of a plant emergency.
The test will begin at approximately noon CT. All sirens located within the plant's 10-mile emergency planning zone will be activated. The test is not a cause for concern and it requires no public action.
When the testing begins, the sirens will activate and sound for about three minutes. The sirens may be heard in Houston and Henry counties in Alabama and Early County in Georgia by residents, schools and businesses.
If this were an actual emergency, the message would advise residents of any precautionary measures required. In an actual emergency, sirens would be a signal for residents to go indoors and tune in to their local Emergency Alert System radio or TV station. County officials would then use these stations to provide instructions to the public. The sirens are not an indication that residents should leave the area.
For more information about Plant Farley's emergency response plan and instructions for area residents, review the 2017 Plant Farley Emergency Information Calendar online at http://www.southerncompany.com/about-us/our-business/southern-nuclear/pdfs/emergency_info_farley.pdf.
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Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is a leader among the nation's nuclear energy facility operators and an innovator in advanced nuclear technologies. Southern Nuclear is an essential part of Southern Company's energy portfolio, and its importance will continue to grow as America transitions to a low-carbon energy future. While the company produces clean, safe and reliable nuclear energy, it's also an economic engine powered by quality jobs and community service. Southern Nuclear operates a total of six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga.; and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga. Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under construction at Plant Vogtle that are the first nuclear units being constructed in the United States in more than 30 years. Southern Nuclear received numerous accolades in 2016 for leadership in the advancement of nuclear energy including the Special Achievement Award by the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council and the Presidential Citation by the American Nuclear Society. Southern Nuclear also received two of the Nuclear Energy Institute's Top Innovative Practice awards and special recognition for achieving excellence in research and performance. Southern Nuclear's Plant Hatch received the ANS Operations & Power Division's Utility Achievement Award for plant improvements that resulted in a record-setting refueling outage duration. The company's headquarters is in Birmingham, Ala.
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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 44,000 MW of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.
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