Quarterly Siren Tests Scheduled Feb. 1 – 5

FULTON — The Oswego County Emergency Management Office announces that the system of emergency notification sirens surrounding the three nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point will be tested during the week of February 1 through 5. Tests will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This quarterly testing will include individual activation of each siren.

A system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios is in place in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point 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, and batteries for these radios were recently mailed. A listing of residences eligible for tone-alert weather radios is on file at the Emergency Management Office.

No action is required by the public during these tests.

During an emergency, 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 2010 “Public Emergency Response Information” Calendar that was mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone in December. EAS stations are also listed in the yellow pages of local telephone directories.

A limited number of calendars are still available by calling the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792 or the Public Information Office at 349-8322. The calendar is also available online at http://www.oswegocounty.com/emo.shtml

Anyone who has questions concerning the upcoming siren tests or any aspect of emergency planning may contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.