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Hanford to activate sirens for emergency drill on Thursday

HANFORD, Wash. - Don't be alarmed if you hear sirens ringing at the Hanford Site Thursday afternoon.

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., sirens will be activated for an emergency drill at two areas on the site. 

The drills will be at Hanford's 300 Area near the Columbia River about a mile north of Richland and the 400 Area about four miles from the Columbia River and six miles northwest of Richland. 

If you hear the sirens, stay calm. The U.S. Department of Energy says no response is required. 

Public announcements stating "this is a drill message" will be made prior to and following the siren tone. 

In a real emergency, county officials would activate the Emergency Alert System to broadcast information to the public via local radio and television stations. Sirens located along the Columbia River would also be activated if it were necessary to warn people on the river. 

Periodic emergency drills and siren tests are conducted at Hanford facilities are part of an ongoing program to test emergency equipment and train workers on emergency response procedures. 


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