Brookfield Renewable announced Monday that they will be testing their Public Warning System on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
“We wanted to let people know beforehand that this is a scheduled test to avoid any confusion or unnecessary fear,” said Andy Davis, director of stakeholder relations.
The Public Warning System activates a siren and flashing lights that advises residents and people utilizing the waterway to move to higher ground in the event of dam failure. The system is designed to go off leaving people with time to exit the vicinity safely.
The system—created by Outdoor Public Alert System—is equipped with omni-directional speakers, a radio antenna, electronic/radio panels and solar panels for the Highway 129 siren pole. The siren can be activated from the Brookfield System Control Center or remotely.
There are two locations of the sirens. One is located at Chilhowee Dam. The other is located two miles downstream, adjacent to U.S. Highway 129.
“Public safety is our number one priority, and we consistently test our systems to ensure they are ready to go when necessary,” Davis said.