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James Hartsfield February 14, 1995

RELEASE: 95-009

JSC TESTS EMERGENCY WARNING SIREN AT 10 A.M. THURSDAY, FEB. 16

The Johnson Space Center will test a newly installed, local Emergency Warning Siren at 10 a.m. on Feb. 16.

The siren is designed to alert employees and nearby residents in the event of an accidental release of potentially hazardous quantities of chlorine gas, which is used at JSC to treat water systems. The warning tone emitted by the siren is a whoop, which goes from low to high and is continuously repeated. The "All Clear" signal is a steady-toned blast, which will last about one minute.

The siren is designed to be heard at least one-half mile away from its location near the rear of the JSC grounds. Residents in the vicinity of the JSC rear entrance off Space Center Blvd. will likely hear the test.

In the event of a real emergency, additional information on the situation would be available from local law enforcement agencies and the broadcast media. Law enforcement and emergency personnel in the surrounding communities have been alerted to the planned test on Thursday.

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