Emergency sirens to be replaced by cellphone alerts for ‘unlikely’ incidents at North Anna Power Station in Louisa County

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — If an “unlikely” emergency were to happen at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, you’ll soon receive an alert to your cell phone.

Dominion Energy has partnered with the Commonwealth of Virginia to replace emergency sirens with Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) beginning February 1st.

If there is an emergency at Nordre Annaværk, you will receive a message with information about the emergency. The message is in place to provide information about the emergency as well as instructions on how to stay safe, according to a release from Dominion Energy.

The North Anna Power Station powers 450,000 homes and accounts for 17% of Virginia’s electricity generation, according to statistics from Dominion Energy.

Dominion Energy’s North Anna Power Station in Mineral, Va. The nuclear power plant has two reactors, which went online in 1978 and 1980 respectively. Together, the reactors generate 1.79 gigawatts of power. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The alarm system is called IPAWS and was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The warnings are allegedly identical to FLOOR and severe weather.

To learn more about the transition from sirens to WEAs, visit the FAQ guide on Dominion Energy’s website.

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