Jefferson Lab to test tornado siren Friday morning

Posted at 10:56 AM, Aug 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-02 10:56:12-04


According to the Jefferson Lab Public Affairs Office, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will test its tornado warning siren at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren could be heard by anyone outdoors within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

The test will be carried out over a period that could last from 30 seconds to three minutes, officials say.

The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

Jefferson Lab uses the siren to quickly alert members of the lab community who are working outdoors to “take cover” in the event of tornadoes and tornado warnings in the immediate vicinity of the lab.

The lab tests the system on the first work Friday of each month.

Questions about Jefferson Lab’s tornado siren may be directed to its Public Affairs office at

Jefferson Lab is one of 10 national research laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. It is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.