Radiological Emergency Preparedness

Portions of York County are within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Surry Nuclear Power Station. These areas are concentrated to the north and west of Fort Eustis Boulevard and include portions of the Lackey, Bruton and Lightfoot areas of York County.

Alert Sirens


Residents in these areas are alerted to an emergency at the power station by an outdoor siren. Siren tests are conducted quarterly, on the second Wednesday of the month and consist of a single 3-minute tone. The alerting signal for an actual emergency will be 4 separate 3-minute activation's, each separated by 1 minute of silence.

If you hear sirens, you should tune in to your local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for emergency information and instructions.