The Regional Municipality of Durham


Public Service Announcement

Region of Durham testing public alerting system in the City of Pickering

WHITBY, ON May 12, 2014 – Residents in the City of Pickering are advised that Durham Region will be conducting testing of the public alerting system within the 10-kilometre area around the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

WHEN:

Testing is scheduled to take place during regular daytime business hours on May 26 for indoor notification (automated telephone dialing system), and on May 27 for outdoor siren activation. The outdoor sirens will sound for up to one minute.

WHERE:

The public alerting system is in place for the 10-kilometre area around the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in the City of Pickering.

WHY:

The public alerting system is designed to warn residents and businesses in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency. It consists of two components–outdoor sirens installed within three kilometres of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, and an automated telephone dialing system for indoor notification within the 10-kilometre area. Only households and businesses with a land line, in this area, will receive the indoor notification.

Testing of the public alerting system satisfies provincial requirements. It helps to ensure operation of the system, while increasing public awareness.

NOTE:

Individuals near the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station who hear sirens or receive the indoor notification are not required to take any action. This is only a test of the public alerting system.

For additional information about the public alerting system, please visit www.durham.ca/demo, or contact the Public Alerting Information Line at 1-866-551-5373.

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