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Testing of evacuation alarms

-Maurici Galofré Vila, ITER Security & Safety Dept.

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We are all accustomed to hearing frequent sirens from the CEA site and from the construction site close to ITER Headquarters. These sirens are being tested according to the following specific schedule; Particular Intervention Plan once at the beginning of every month on Wednesday at 12 pm; CEA General Alert every Thursday at 1 pm; Construction Site Alert every third Tuesday of the month at 12 pm, as explained in the newcomers safety and security training.

We are fully aware of the inconvenience caused by the multiplicity of alarm siren tests; it takes time, disturbs concentration and causes confusion with real alarms.

For practical reasons, it is impossible for our Department to remind you at every alarm that it is only a test.

So if you hear sirens going off on Thursday at 1pm, every first Wednesday at 12:30 pm, or every third Tuesday 12 pm, don't fret - it's only a test.

The day a real evacuation of ITER building occupants will be necessary due to an internal or external emergency, you will be clearly notified by our sirens followed by an explanatory message.


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