Residents within 10 miles of the Surry Power Station should expect 71 sirens to power on for 3 minutes next week.
The state Department of Emergency Management officials, the Federal Communications Commission and Dominion Energy are set to test the emergency alert system and the wireless emergency alert system at 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a James City County news release.
Residents should expect test emergency alert messages to be sent to their cellphones as well as the quarterly siren tests at that time, the release said.
The wireless emergency alert will be the first ever conducted by the state, according to the release.
Both systems are used to warn residents of potential dangers or other critical situations and notify them to tune in to emergency broadcasts, the release said.
The test will determine if the region’s emergency alert system is reliable and effective enough to distribute a regional emergency message, according to the release.
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