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Testing of the Public Alerting System

Posted on Monday October 24, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham will be conducting its annual fall testing of the public alerting system within the 10-kilometre area around the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Generating stations.

The public alerting system consists of two components—outdoor sirens installed within three kilometres of the nuclear generating station, and an automated telephone dialing system for indoor notification within the 10-kilometre area. Only households and businesses with a land line, in this area, will receive the indoor notification.

The public alerting system is designed to warn residents and businesses in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency.

The testing of the public alerting system will take place during regular daytime business hours on Oct. 25 for indoor notification, and on Oct. 26 for outdoor siren activation. The outdoor sirens will sound for up to one minute.

Individuals near the Darlington or Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations, who hear sirens or receive the indoor notification, are not required to take any action.


For additional information, please contact the Public Alerting Information Line at 1-866-551-5373, or visit www.durham.ca/demo.

If this information is required in accessible format, please contact 1-800-372-1102 ext. 2842.

The Regional Municipality of Durham,

Emergency Management Office

605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby ON L1N 6A3

www.durham.ca /demo