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Beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will once again conduct siren testing at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road.
“The test we conducted on May 26 provided some valuable data and feedback,” said Los Alamos County Emergency Management Specialist Phil Taylor. “As a result, we need to adjust volume and alter one of the alert patterns.”
Regarding the siren, Taylor wants the public to know that if during the excavation process, a highly unlikely but potentially serious event were to occur such as a fire or explosion that might breach the enclosure, allowing a release of contaminated materials into the atmosphere, that the purpose of the siren is to alert folks to take some precautionary protective actions.
“The siren should alert people in the immediate vicinity of the worksite to shelter in place,” he said. “That means to stay inside a building or if outside to go inside a building, shut the doors and windows and secure air intakes, outside ventilation and air conditioners. You should have a reliable AM radio and tune it to AM 1610 to listen for updates, situation reports and instructions.”
The siren patterns are as follows:
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