San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) Annual Siren Test
Oct 24 Starting at 10am
A full scale test of the Community Alert Siren System is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2012. All 50 Sirens near the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) will be sounded (audible tone) three times for about 3-5 minutes each time between 1000(L) and 1200(L). This includes all 10 of the Sirens on board MCB Camp Pendleton. There will also be a voice test of Camp Pendleton towers following the audible tones.
All Nuclear Power Plants must have a way to notify individuals/residents within the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). The annual test is a federal requirement to demonstrate that the sirens are in working order. The sirens will be heard in the surrounding areas within the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) to include San Onofre State Park, Camp Pendleton, and the cities of San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point.
Please ensure all Marines, civilian employees, dependants, contract workers, students, residents and guests in the MCB Camp Pendleton Areas (41, 43, 52, 53, 62, 63, 64 areas) within the EPZ understand this is only a test. There is no required action. This is just a test. Do not call 9-1-1.
Instructions for procedures in the event of an actual event are contained in Appendix 2 (SONGS), Annex C (Operations) of the MCB All Hazards Protection Plan 2011 and specific instructions for residents are contained in the MCB Camp Pendleton Supplement to Emergency Instructions booklet provided to each MCB Camp Pendleton Household.
Information announcing the test has been published via Flyers (attached) and the Camp Pendleton Website at http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/ (effective 19 October 2012) under the Emergency Information tab. Residents within a 10 mile radius of the Nuclear Plant should also receive a direct mail notice. Flyers will be delivered to the local exchanges, San Onofre Beach, Community Center and have been sent to the San Onofre School.
Area Command ATOs will be contacted separately with specific instructions on how to provide feedback of the test to ensure that the system is adequately heard within the populated areas of your Commands.