Oswego County to test sirens Tuesday Dec. 6

Fulton -A full-sound test of new emergency notification sirens for the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba will be tested at 1 p.m. Dec. 6, Dale A. Currier, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced.

The sirens were installed last year as a joint effort by Exelon Generation, which owns and operates the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, and Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant.

The upgrade to the public warning system uses the latest technology and provides greater reliability than the previous system.

The new system went into service in February 2016.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, the sirens would be sounded prior to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message on participating broadcast stations, which would tell people why the sirens sounded and what actions they should take.

“The sirens are not a signal to evacuate,” Currier emphasized. “When they hear the sirens, people should always consult an EAS station to hear instructions by Oswego County officials on what they should do.”

The new sirens sound at a volume similar to the old ones and cover the entire 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone.

All sirens will be sounded at the same time on Dec. 6 for three minutes.

Short audible tests (“growl tests”) are conducted the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. unless there is a full-sound test scheduled.

Maintenance on the siren system throughout the year now includes audible tests of a few seconds for individual sirens, both for regular maintenance and for repairs of individual sirens when necessary.

For more information on the sirens or nuclear power plant emergency planning, people may call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315/591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.

The 2016 Public Emergency Response calendar is available on the county website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.