If you hear the sound of a loud siren blasting through your area on Tuesday morning [March 9], fear not. Eskom’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will be conducting a full volume siren test of its public warning system which may cause quite a racket.
The Western Cape Government took to Twitter on Monday morning [March 8] to warn locals that loud sirens will be heard throughout the Cape Town municipality on Tuesday for about two hours. The sirens, which are purely precautionary, will be sounded in 12 separate regions between 10am and 12pm.
The areas include:
– Van Riebeeckstrand
– West Beach
– Robben Island
– The farms surrounding Koeberg Nuclear Power Station
🔊 Please take note that @Eskom_SA‘s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station will be conducting a full volume siren test of its public warning system on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 between 10am and 12pm. See the precautions you should take and further info below. pic.twitter.com/erORSYutvZ
— Western Cape Gov (@WesternCapeGov) March 8, 2021
“You do not need to take any action as this is only a test. However, as a precaution, please ensure that your pets are indoors or are in an area where they cannot escape (due to the volume and the sound of the wailing test tone, dogs have been known to run away from their homes,” reads a statement from Eskom.
“Remember to turn off your radio and television in order to hear the public address announcements informing you about the test. Please do not panic as this is only a test.”
Individual sirens may be re-tested on Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11 if necessary for maintenance purposes.