Emergency siren sounded Inadvertently

Fulton – One of the emergency notification sirens surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba inadvertently sounded today about 8:45 a.m. during testing. There is NO emergency at the three nuclear power plants.

Terry Bennett, Acting Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said the siren in the area of County Route 1, Scriba, between Lakeview Road and County Route 29 sounded accidentally during routine silent testing when staff inadvertently activated one siren.

The siren is one of 37 located within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear power plants in Scriba. A system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios is in place to alert residents in the event of an emergency.

In the event of an emergency at one of the plants that would require protective actions for the public, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert residents of the area to turn their AM/FM radios or televisions to local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information and instructions.

EAS stations are listed in the Emergency Public Information Calendar mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the plants and in local telephone books. The calendar can be viewed online at www.oswegocounty.com/emo