OSWEGO – The 2017 public information brochure for the Oswego County emergency plan has been mailed to residents of the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba, Dale A. Currier, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, announced.
“This year the publication is not in a calendar format,” Currier said. “We know people will miss the calendar with Oswego County photos, but the decision was made to change the format to make it more focused on the plans for the public. We encourage people to put the brochure in a place that will be easily accessible during the emergency.”
A postcard explaining the change is being sent separately to addresses in the 10-mile emergency planning zone.
The public information brochure is a joint effort of Exelon Generation, Entergy, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, and the New York State Office of Emergency Management. It contains guidelines for public response to radiological and other types of emergencies for people who live within ten miles of the two nuclear facilities.
The brochure includes a testing schedule for warning sirens in the 10-mile emergency planning zone.
The schedule coincides with the siren system that was activated last year and includes two full-sound tests, one in June and the second in December.
Short audible “growl” tests will be held on the first Tuesday of every other month during 2017.
If the sirens sound for a radiological emergency, people should turn to an Oswego County Emergency Alert System radio or television station for information.
The publication also contains:
• Maps, bus pick-up points and evacuation routes in the emergency response planning areas;
• Examples of protective actions that people could be asked to take during a radiological emergency;
• A list of EAS stations;
• Instructions for people who need special assistance;
• Directions to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds; and
• Instructions for people in schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
People in the 10-mile emergency planning zone who might need special assistance are asked to fill out and return the detachable postcard that is included.
“We ask people with special needs to register with the Emergency Management Office,” said Currier. “We want to make sure we have current information so that appropriate arrangements can be made for necessary assistance. Anyone who knows someone who may need special assistance during an emergency may return a postcard on his or her behalf.”
Residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone who have not received a brochure by Jan.13, are asked to call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.
The information is also posted on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo