FULTON – Dale Currier, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced that the system of emergency notification sirens surrounding the three nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point are scheduled to be tested May 4 through 8, between 4 and 8 p.m.
The test is a portion of the regular testing program of the current siren system in place as part of the Oswego County emergency alert system.
This quarterly testing includes individual activation of each siren.
Start-up testing of a new system being installed by Exelon Generation and Entergy Nuclear is continuing with the sounding of individual sirens in short bursts as the new sirens are hooked up.
Full testing for the new system will be announced in the coming weeks.
No response by the public is required during these quarterly tests.
Should an actual event occur during the time of testing, the Emergency Alert System would be activated on radio and TV stations providing instructions to members of the public.
The system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point is designed to alert residents in the event of an emergency.
Tone-alert weather radios are provided to residences in the 10-mile zone that are out of hearing range of the sirens.
A listing of residences eligible for tone-alert weather radios is on file at the Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.
During an emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert residents of the area to turn their radios or televisions to local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information and instructions.
EAS stations are listed in the 2015 “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar that was mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone in January.
The calendar is available online at http://www.oswegocounty.com/emo.shtml
EAS stations are also listed in local telephone directories.
Anyone who has questions concerning the upcoming siren tests or any aspect of emergency planning may contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315/591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.