MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — Santee Cooper will conduct a comprehensive test of its Santee Dam emergency systems on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in conjunction with a review of its Emergency Action Plan for Dam Failure. It is only a test and will be coordinated with various municipal, county, state and federal agencies.
Specifically, Santee Cooper will test its warning sirens located below the Santee Dam in the Santee River floodplain. Santee Cooper also will be testing its tone alert radios and telephone-based warning system. These systems will be used to contact floodplain residents in portions of Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties in the event of an emergency at the Santee Dam
"This full-scale exercise is an important tool that helps us test our response to an emergency situation," said R.M. Singletary, executive vice president of corporate services. "It will involve a host of Santee Cooper departments working closely with each other and with outside agencies like the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. While it is only a test, we will be conducting ourselves as if this were the real thing."
Construction of the 8-mile Santee Dam was completed in 1941 as part of the Santee-Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project.
Santee Cooper is South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility, and the state's largest power producer. The ultimate source of electricity for 2 million South Carolinians, Santee Cooper is dedicated to being the state's leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.santeecooper.com.