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Sirens to sound June 1

Residents who live around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant may hear a 3-minute siren alert at noon on Monday, June 1.

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct the test of alert and notification sirens in Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties, a press release states.

The semi-annual test includes all sirens within a 10-mile area around the nuclear power plant, according to Al Jeffery, Calvert County’s deputy director of public safety. The tests have been held every six months since the power plant came online in 1975, he said.

Residents are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.

The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of the local radio stations listed below for information and instructions.

Local Emergency Alert System stations include WPTX 1690 AM Lexington Park; WMDM 97.7 FM Lexington Park; WTOP 103.5 FM Washington, D.C.; WKIK 1560 AM La Plata; WKIK 102.9 FM California; WPRS 104.1 FM Waldorf and WSMD 98.3 FM Mechanicsville.

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by visiting calvertcountymd.gov/BeAwarePrepare and sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county.

Calvert County ALERT messages can be received by cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager and more.

While visiting the new Be Aware and Prepare safety portal, citizens can register with Smart911 to create a safety profile for emergency communications.

Smart911 is a free online service that allows individuals and families to automatically provide vital information to 911 call takers during an emergency.

Citizens can also visit the portal to register individuals with special needs for the Calvert County Emergency Management special needs registry. Anyone who has unique needs that hinder or prevent them from taking protective actions during an emergency should sign up for the special needs registry.

The Department of Public Safety also offers a free Prepare Me Calvert app to put critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared.

Those without the internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.

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