June nuclear public alerting test to sound a little different this year in Pickering and Clarington

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Published May 23, 2023 at 2:43 pm

Frenchman's Bay and the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

This spring’s test of the nuclear public alerting system, taking place from June 5 to 9, will be a bit different than previous years, declares the Region of Durham in a news release.

As the system undergoes scheduled maintenance, the June test will consist of 34 individual short, five second siren alerts rather than a single one-minute test of all sirens.

The tests will take place during daytime hours, over five days, in Clarington and in Pickering.

On June 5, an auto dialer will call listed landline phone numbers, in Durham that are within 10 kilometres of the nuclear generating stations. The calls will show as coming from (905) 666-6291.

This is only a test, and no action is required if you receive a phone call or hear the sirens. In a real emergency, upon hearing the sirens, you must go indoors and tune into local media outlets or government channels for further instructions.

The next test is scheduled for fall 2023.

For more information, visit durham.ca/NuclearPreparedness, or call 311.

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