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Full-Volume Emergency Siren Tests Scheduled for Wednesday

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Emergency officials from Energy Northwest, Benton and Franklin Counties and the Department of Energy will conduct full-volume siren tests Wednesday morning.

Officials say the sirens will be heard along the Columbia and Yakima rivers between the Vernita Bridge and Leslie Groves Park in north Richland, at the Horn Rapids Off-Road Vehicle Park, the firing range on Horn Road and the Columbia Generating Station and adjoining areas.

The full-volume siren test begins at 10 a.m., following a tone alert radio test at 8:05 a.m.  Another radio tone test is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon too. 

Officials will test the siren system multiple times, and each test will be preceded and followed by voice announcements confirming that the siren activation is part of a test.

The bi-annual siren testing is conducted to test emergency equipment and to train workers on emergency response procedures.

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