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Emergency Siren Test Information

Emergency Siren Test and Evacuation Information

Duke Energy is committed to being a safe and reliable neighbor. In our operations at our hydroelectric stations, our first commitment is to safety. Although it is very unlikely that we would have a failure of a dam, it is part of our philosophy to be prepared.

Because of the close proximity of some residents living immediately downstream of the Bridgewater, Rhodhiss, Mountain Island, Nantahala, Queens Creek, Bryson, Wolf Creek and Tanasee Creek dams, warning sirens have been installed to provide initial notification for evacuation. The sirens are intended to assist local county emergency management agencies with timely notification should there be an emergency situation at one of these dams.

In an actual emergency, sirens would sound continuously. Area residents are advised to relocate immediately to higher ground and tune to local news media for further instructions from local emergency management agencies.

To ensure the sirens work properly, all sirens (except Queens Creek) will be tested at noon on the second Wednesday in January, April, July and October. Sirens at Queens Creek will be tested at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday in January, April, July and October. The siren test will last approximately three minutes.  No public action is necessary. Siren test dates for 2015 are:

  • January 14
  • April 8
  • July 8
  • October 14