NOTICE: SCE&G to conduct emergency siren tests today Jan. 8th

Area residents who live in northern parts of Richland County and neighborhoods close to the I-20 and I-26 junction are likely to hear sirens on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The reason why is SCE&G is planning to conduct two separate tests of siren warning systems during the afternoon.

The first test will begin at 12 noon along the Lower Saluda River and should last about 3 minutes. Sirens on the Saluda River would be used to alert area residents if there was a potential failure at the Lake Murray Dam and its backup. The company says that testing the sirens is part of the dam’s emergency action plan.

Then at close to 1 p.m. SCE&G will sound 109 sirens located within a 10-mile radius of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County near Jenkinsville. That test could last anywhere from one to three minutes.

Residents are once again advised that the sounding of both sets of sirens on January 8 is ONLY A TEST.

In the case of an actual emergency the sirens would advise the public to tune into the Emergency Alert System or local radio and television for further information.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your county emergency management office using the following numbers:

  • Fairfield County 803-635-5511
  • Lexington County 803-785-8343
  • Newberry County 803-321-2135
  • Richland County 803-576-3417
  • S.C. Emergency Mgt. Division 803-737-8500