For Immediate Release - November 20, 2013

PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION SIREN TEST SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21st

FRAMINGHAM, MA – On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 3:45 p.m., state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible sounding of the 112 Prompt Alert and Notification System sirens located within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.  The EPZ includes all, or portions, of the communities of Carver, Duxbury, Kingston, Marshfield and Plymouth.

The steady, three-minute audible siren testing is conducted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with the utility, in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure the effectiveness of the public notification system.  Notifications of this event have been disseminated to the public through traditional Media outlets, Social Media (Facebook and Twitter), and on Thursday morning via ping4alerts! (MEMA’s mobile communications app for alerting the public in emergencies and disasters).

In the unlikely event of a real emergency, the sounding of the sirens would mean the public should listen to one of the following Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio stations for official information: WBZ-AM (1030), WBZ-FM (98.5), WATD-FM (95.9), WPLM-AM (1390) and WPLM-FM (99.1). Residents with questions on the annual testing can contact their town's emergency management director.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.