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Siren Tests Scheduled for Wednesday

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RICHLAND, WA - Energy Northwest, emergency response officials from Benton and Franklin Counties, and the Department of Energy will conduct bi-annual siren tests Wednesday between 10AM and noon.

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

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. Energy Northwest representatives will be located near each siren.

Periodic siren tests are conducted to test emergency equipment and train workers on emergency response procedures.

No public response is required during these tests.

Additionally, there will be a test of tone alert radios scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. If the tone alert radio doesn't automatically activate, residents should contact their respective county emergency management office. In Benton County, call (509) 628-2600 or in Franklin County, call (509) 545-3546.