Delaware warning siren system to be tested

The Delaware sirens located within ten miles of New Jersey’s Salem nuclear complex will be tested today.

There are 37 sirens on the Delaware side of the river.  The Delaware Emergency Management Agency says the quarterly test will involve sounding the sirens for three-to-five minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The test is being conducted in an area within a ten-mile radius of the Salem – Hope Creek nuclear power plants in south Jersey.  The 2000 Census determined that nearly 26,000 people live in that area.  Delaware borders are within 50 miles of four nuclear plants- Salem, Limerick and Peach Bottom in Pennsylvania and Calvert Cliffs in Maryland.  In the event of an emergency, Delawareans within the zone would be urged to tune to their local stations for EAS instructions.

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