HERMISTON, Ore --, Ore. - For more than two decades the Oregon Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) has worked to enable communities to protect residents in the event of a chemical emergency at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.
With the final destruction of the chemical munitions,Tuesday morning, the risk of a chemical accident at the Depot has been eliminated in Oregon and Washington.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, CSEPP conducted its last siren test at noon. In the coming months, the sirens will be dismantled and sent to coastal communities to be used to enhance their tsunami warning system.
Residents are sad to see the sirens go.
"I've been around Oregon, Hermiston all my life, so I always heard those sirens.It is kind of a sad thing to hear them leave in a way. Its actually nice they're cleaning it up," says Daniel Ojeda, who works off Power Line Road.
The 76 sirens will begin the test with a verbal message in English and Spanish reminding people that it is only a test. The message will be followed by sounding of the Westminster chimes.