Sirens to sound for August 14 Y-12 emergency management exercise

Posted: August 8, 2013 - 8:09am

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Emergency response personnel from the National Nuclear Security Administration and B&W Y‑12, along with federal, state and local emergency management personnel, will conduct an emergency management exercise August 14 at the Y‑12 National Security Complex.

During the exercise, the public warning sirens around Y‑12 will be sounded. People in the vicinity of the Y‑12 NSC may hear the sirens on the morning of August 14. Remember, this siren sounding is only part of the exercise. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will also initiate an Emergency Alert System test message over participating radio stations.

The public may also observe response personnel simulating response activities and performing environmental monitoring or sampling but these offsite activities are part of the exercise.

This event is part of emergency management exercises conducted on a regular basis by the U.S. Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge. These exercises test the ability of emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations, and ensure that the public, Y‑12 employees and the environment would be protected in the event of an actual emergency at the Oak Ridge Reservation.

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