Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

  • A five to 30 second test is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8.
  • Additional siren tests to be conducted over the next six weeks
  • No public action required

SOUTHPORT, N.C. – The 38 outdoor warning sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested for five to 30 seconds between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, as scheduled.

This information is reflected in the 2019-20 Brunswick Nuclear Emergency Preparedness booklets recently sent to residents living within the 10-mile Brunswick Nuclear Plant emergency planning zone.

In addition, the plant’s siren activation system will be upgraded, which will require additional siren testing during several time periods in 2020. To ensure the newly installed equipment is functioning properly, sirens will be individually tested over six weeks beginning in late January. During testing, sirens will sound briefly, approximately five to 30 seconds. Siren testing will occur Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All tests are performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public.

For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available at duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.

Duke Energy Progress

Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns nuclear, coal, natural gas, renewables and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,700 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.6 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, and Forbes’ 2019 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Board of Adjustment Vacancies

The Board of Aldermen are accepting applications for the Southport Board of
Adjustment. If you are interested in submitting an application or if you have previously
submitted an application, please contact the City Clerk at 457-7925,
mwindham@cityofsouthport.com or at 1029 N. Howe Street, to make sure that your
application is on file. The following appointments are available.

– 1 member (resident of the city)
– 1 member from the ETJ
– 1 alternate from the ETJ

Interested persons should contact the office of the City Clerk to obtain an application or
download the application at www.southportnc.org. Applications must be submitted
to the Clerk no later than January 6, 2020.

Michele Windham
City Clerk

The public will take notice that the City of Southport Planning Board will meet on
Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 PM at the Indian Trail Meeting Hall, located at 113 W.
Moore Street for the purpose of holding a public hearing on:


An Application for a PUD Master Plan for Osprey Landing by Bill Clark Homes. The
proposed site plan shows a 196 unit single family residential development on a 68 acre
tract, located off Robert Ruark Dr SE.

If there are any questions on this matter, please contact the City Planner Thomas Lloyd
at 910-457-7961 or tlloyd@cityofsouthport.com

Thomas Lloyd
City Planner

The annual Southport Christmas Flotilla will be held Saturday December 14 at 7 pm immediately following the completion of the Southport Historical Society’s Tour of Homes. The Flotilla is sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Downtown Southport, Inc. (DSI), Southport Magazine and the Cape Fear Yacht Club. All pleasure boaters, commercial fishing vessels and paddle vessels wishing to decorate their boats with colorful lights and designs are welcome and encouraged to participate in this community event as part of the Southport Winterfest. The Flotilla is free to all who enter.  Southport Elementary School’s fourth grade art class students compete in school art competitions to win the honor of judging the categories for first, second and third place winners for power, sailing and paddle vessels. They are highly competent judges and their decisions are final.

Captain’s  Letter

Southport Flotilla Application

Anyone interested in entering a vessel in the Flotilla may contact Randy Jones, Department of Tourism (910-477-1484), Peggy Popelars, DSI (910-279-4616) or Woody Wilson, Cape Fear Yacht Club (910-454-4327 or Cell 910-520-8858) (email address: wayfarer@ec.rr.com.)

Because of the anticipated cold temperatures, the Caviness Park water will be turned off  November 12 -14.  The restrooms will not be available until the water is turned back on.  The Nash Street and the Visitors’ Center restroom facilities will remain open.

Shop with a Cop Program 2019

Program Overview

The Southport Police Department will begin accepting applications and donations for our “Shop with a Cop” program on Friday November 8th at noon.  Applications will be available at the Police Department and webpage at www.southportnc.org.    Applications will be accepted until Wednesday December 11th at noon.  Our “Shop Day” will be Saturday December 14th 9am-12pm at the Walmart on N Howe Street. 


Donations can be dropped off at the Southport Police Department, 1029 N Howe Street.  Please make checks out to Southport Police Department and note “Shop with a Cop” in the memo section.


Applications must be dropped off in person at the Southport Police Department by the applicant incase we have any questions.  The age limit is 14 unless special circumstances which can be listed on the application under additional comments.

Applications will be collected until noon Wednesday December 11th.  Notifications to family’s accepted will be made Thursday.  Our shop day will be Saturday December 14th, from 9-12 at the Walmart on N Howe Street.   Southport Police department will have a registration table and dedicated registers for program shoppers.  Applicants will need a photo ID to collect on arrival and Officers as well as Santa Claus will be on hand to shop and greet kids.

Anyone with questions about our program can call the Southport Police Department and ask to speak with Officer Ransom, 910-457-7911.

Shop with a Cop APPLICATION

Please be advised – On WEDNESDAY, 11/6/19 @ 12:15 AM