A test of an emergency siren to be conducted Wednesday on DP Road

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By Special to the Monitor

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will conduct a monthly test of the siren located at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road. The test is expected to take approximately 10 seconds and the public in the immediate vicinity will hear a brief “bells/chimes” pattern, which is the test alert. The siren is in place to alert the public to take some precautionary protective actions. Monthly tests will occur at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month from this test until the project concludes next year.
Phil Taylor, emergency management specialist, said the monthly test is simply a safety precaution to ensure the siren is working, and residents should not be alarmed.
“In any kind of remediation work, a wide range of unplanned events could occur. At the low end, that unplanned event could be a worker sustaining a minor injury on the job.  On the extreme end, there could be a serious event such as a fire or explosion.  Emergency responders must be prepared for all contingencies. In the case of MDA B, because of its close proximity to local businesses and residences, there is an elevated public concern. The best way to mitigate that concern is to be informed, be aware and be prepared,” he said.
As a reminder, the siren patterns are:

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