August 31, 2006
Turkey Point power plant quarterly siren test

MIAMI, Fla. -- Florida Power & Light Company and the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens around the Turkey Point power plant at 1 p.m. Friday (9/1).

During the test, sirens are activated for one minute. Before and after the sirens are sounded, a message is broadcast in English and Spanish on the sirens' public-address system stating, "This is only a test."

FPL and Miami-Dade regularly test the 47-siren system in the 10-mile area around Turkey Point to ensure its operability and public awareness of its function. Residents who have questions about the test may contact the Miami-Dade Answer Center at (305) 468-5900, which will be activated during the siren testing.

FPL's 11,000-acre Turkey Point power plant site contains two oil and natural gas-fired generating units and two nuclear-powered units. Construction of a fifth natural gas-fired unit is now underway and is scheduled for operation in mid-2007.

In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at any of Turkey Point's two nuclear units, the sirens would sound for at least a five-minute period. This would be followed by official instructions or information on local radio and television stations.