The Omaha Public Power District will conduct its annual test of the siren alert system around the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday morning, Aug. 30. The test involves all radio-controlled sirens located within a 10-mile radius of Fort Calhoun Station, located 19 miles north of Omaha, just outside of Blair.
The sirens will sound for a full four minutes sometime between 9 and 10 a.m. Because this is only a test, no action by the public is required.
There is a forecast potential for inclement weather Tuesday morning. If any siren areas come under advisory near test time, OPPD will postpone the test to a later date. This is to avoid any potential confusion among the public and help ensure the safety of our siren test observers.
The siren system is designed to alert those who live or work within 10 miles of Fort Calhoun Station in the unlikely event of a serious accident at the plant. The test is conducted once a year to ensure the system is working properly. If an event were to occur, the sirens would sound to signal the public that they should tune into local broadcast media and follow Emergency Alert System guidance.
These federally mandated annual tests will continue after the plant ceases operations later this year. Going forward, OPPD will move through the decommissioning process and update its siren testing procedures accordingly.
Anyone noticing a siren malfunction during the test is asked to call OPPD at 402-536-4131 or contact Corporate Marketing & Communications Division, OPPD, 444 S. 16th St. Mall, 3E/EP1, Omaha, NE 68102-2247.