Emergency Siren Sounds Inadvertently Overnight

FULTON – One of the emergency notification sirens surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba inadvertently early this morning (Feb. 10) due to an equipment failure.

There is NO emergency at the three nuclear power plants.

Dale A. Currier, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said siren repair personnel contracted by Exelon Generation are working on the situation.

The cause for the sounding is under investigation.

The siren, located near the entrance to Novelis on County Route 1 in Scriba, sounded shortly after 3 a.m. and again shortly before 4 a.m. Oswego County E-911 Communications Center personnel were notified via radio signals from siren that it had malfunctioned.

The other sirens in the system are functioning properly.

While the siren system is being repaired, backup measures are in place to notify residents if an actual emergency occurs at one of the plants.

The affected siren is one of 37 in the current (old) siren system 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. A new system recently installed by Exelon Generation and Entergy is still undergoing review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be put into service after FEMA approval is received.

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