On Tuesday, Eskom released a statement, informing citizens that the annual full volume test of the Koeberg sirens will be performed today.
What to know about the sirens tests
Eskom made it clear that is it ONLY A TEST, and NO ACTION is needed.
The test is set to take place on 1 March from 10:00 to 12:00.
The duration of the test is more or less 15 minutes per siren and consists of a voice clip indicating that it is a test as well as the sound of the nuclear alarm.
And if necessary, Eskom will be retesting individual sirens on Wednesday, 2 March and Thursday, 3 March.
How does the Koeberg Warning System work?
The Koerberg Nuclear Power Station Public Warning System (siren/public address system) is installed within the 18km Urgent Protective Action Zone (UPZ) around the station – as per the Koerberg Emergency Plan.
The main purpose of the system is to notify the public surrounding the Koerberg station in the unlikely event of an emergency at the power station.
Furthermore, a radio system is used at Koerberg to control the communication between the control centres and each individual siren.
How can members of the public assist Eskom?
Residents and members of the public who are in the vicinity of a siren during the tests can contact Koeberg Stakeholder Management in case the siren is not working or should the announcement be unclear.