MIAMI, Fla. -- Florida Power & Light Company and Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will conduct quarterly testing of the outdoor warning sirens around the Turkey Point nuclear power plant at 1 p.m. Friday (3/2).
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 County 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 311 at (305) 468-5900, which will be activated during the siren testing.
In the unlikely event of an actual emergency at Turkey Point plant, 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.
The 11,000-acre Turkey Point site in southwest Miami-Dade County consists of four generating units using a diverse selection of fuels to produce electricity for south Florida homes and businesses. Two units use oil and natural gas, two use nuclear power and a fifth unit is coming online in 2007 that will use natural gas. FPL seeks diversity in fuel sources as a means to stabilize prices and assure reliability for the future.
For more information on Turkey Point’s emergency plan, please visit the following web site: http://www.FPL.com/environment/nuclear/emergency_preparedness.shtml.
Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $16 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.4 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, Inc., FPL Group's energy-generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.FPL.com, www.FPLGroup.com and www.FPLEnergy.com.