Three sets of emergency sirens are tested monthly

April 13, 2003

Three different sets of emergency sirens are tested monthly in Harford County.

Civil Defense sirens are tested at 1 p.m. the first Monday of each month.

Peach Bottom nuclear plant sirens are tested at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program siren sounds at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month; this test includes a 30-second blast of the siren followed by a voice message explaining that it is a test.

If you hear the emergency sirens at any other time, a real emergency is taking place and you need to take shelter. If you are in your car, close all windows and vents. If you are not at home, go inside a friend's house, a store or other public building.

If you are home, shelter farm animals in barns or sheds. Keep pets inside. Close all outside doors and windows. Shut off all outside air intakes such as fans and air conditioners. Let fireplace or furnace fires cool and then shut the fireplace dampers.

Listen for further instructions on emergency broadcast stations. The Harford County stations are WAMD 970 AM (designated as the Emergency Alert System Control Station), WXCY 103.7 FM, WHFC 91.1 FM, WBAL 1090 AM, Comcast Channel 3 and Clearview Cable Channel 7.

Do not use the phone except to report a fire, police or medical emergency or to notify the county if you need special assistance.

This information is included in the Harford County 2003 Emergency Public Information Calendar mailed late last year to every household in the county. Copies of the calendar are available at Harford County Public Library branches; at the information desk on the first floor at the Harford County Administrative Offices Building, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air; or by visiting the Emergency Operations Center at 2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill.

To request the calendar be sent to you by mail: Emergency Operations Center, 410-638-4900.

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