Check it out—it could be only a test. Siren tests last for approximately three minutes and occur in your area on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:15 a.m. CT. The sirens may not be tested if there is severe weather in your area.
Tune to one of your local radio or television stations and listen for instructions. These local radio and television stations will carry the emergency broadcasts. Initially, information also will be broadcast over the NOAA weather radio system (162.400 and 162.475 MHz). Remember, if you are not sure about the sirens, assume the warning is real.
Check on your neighbors.
If the warning involves an incident at Browns Ferry, you might be advised by radio, television or emergency responders’ loudspeakers to go indoors and close all windows, doors and other sources of outside air.
Do not use the phone unless absolutely necessary. The phone lines need to be open for emergency workers.
Do not call 911 for information if you hear the sirens.
Familiarize yourself with the Prompt Notification System. Click here to learn more.
This is a precautionary action to advise the public within the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) that a serious emergency at the nuclear plant exists and you should monitor the situation and prepare for the possibility of evacuation, shelter in place or other protective actions.
If an evacuation is underway, members of the public who are NOT directed to evacuate should remain off the roadways to allow the evacuation to proceed.
A "Restricted Access" protective action decision may be issued to the public. If issued, all persons are restricted from entering any area in Alabama within the two-mile emergency planning zone (EPZ) of the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant except for residents of the two-mile EPZ, authorized radiation emergency workers or Browns Ferry nuclear plant personnel.
Children in schools within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) will
be given top priority during an emergency. Your local school system has an evacuation plan which will be implemented prior to the evacuation of the general public. These plans detail how the students will be transported with supervision to designated
locations outside the EPZ. Parents should review their school’s plan to get specific details on where the children will be relocated and when they can be picked up.
Local radio stations will broadcast school information during an emergency.
It is important that you follow the evacuation routes shown on the map. These routes are marked with blue-and-white evacuation signs. Go to a reception center within your own county.
Even if you do not plan to stay in a public shelter, you should register as an evacuee. It is important that you register for accountability.
Law enforcement officers will secure the evacuated areas to protect homes and businesses. Homes and buildings with white towels on the front door will be checked often. ONLY authorized persons will be allowed into the evacuated areas.
Officials of the Alabama Department of Public Health will monitor the affected areas, and you will be notified when to return home.
Know where you fit among the Browns Ferry Emergency Planning Zone sectors. These are classified by distance from the plant—two-mile zone, five-mile zone and ten-mile zone.
Follow the Browns Ferry evacuation routes, which are tied to the emergency planning sectors.
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