FULTON – Four three-minute soundings of the new sirens installed by Exelon Generation and Entergy Nuclear will take place on Aug. 12 in the final testing before the system is approved by federal regulators. In the event of inclement weather the tests will be held Aug. 13.
During this test, technicians will be stationed near the siren sites to verify that the actual sound coverage is the same as what was predicted in the design.
The sirens will sound at approximately 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The installation project is a joint effort by Exelon Generation, which owns and operates Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, and Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, to upgrade the public warning system.
It includes replacing the 37 existing sirens and installing two additional sirens, as well as the addition of battery backup-power to all 39 sirens in the 10-mile radius around the nuclear power plants.
When the testing is complete, the design report will be finalized and sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval before the new system replaces the existing system.
The system is operated by Exelon Generation and serves both of Oswego County’s nuclear facilities. In an emergency, the sirens would be sounded prior to an Emergency Alert System message on broadcast stations participating in the Oswego County Emergency Alert System, which would tell people why the sirens sounded and what they should do.
EAS stations are listed in the 2015 Public Emergency Response Information Calendar, available on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo