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Semi-Annual Siren Testing This Week

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RICHLAND, WA - Energy Northwest, emergency response officials from Benton and Franklin Counties, and the Department of Energy, will conduct semi-annual siren tests Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon.

In preparation, three new sirens in Franklin County will also be tested Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m.

Thursday's testing will include sirens along the Columbia and Yakima rivers and in portions of both Benton and Franklin counties within about 10 miles of Columbia Generating Station.

The siren test will be heard throughout these areas and along the Columbia River between the Vernita Bridge and Leslie Groves Park in north Richland.

Sirens will also be heard 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 may be located near each siren to confirm proper operation.

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 Thursday morning.