Quarterly Siren Tests Scheduled for Feb. 2 – 6 in Oswego County

OSWEGO – 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 Feb. 2 through 6 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The test is a portion of the regular testing program of the Oswego County emergency alert system.

The sirens being tested the week of Feb. 2 are due to be replaced by new sirens in the near future.

The new siren system is currently being installed, and when installation is completed, audible testing is expected to take place.

Oswego County and the nuclear plant operators will announce when the additional testing is scheduled through local media and the Oswego County website, www.oswegocounty.com

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 stations for further information and instructions.

EAS stations are listed in the 2015 “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar that was recently mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone.

The calendar is available online at http://www.oswegocounty.com/emo.shtml

EAS stations are also listed in the yellow pages of local telephone directories.

The public is not required to take protective action during the siren tests.

Anyone who has questions about the tests or any aspect of emergency planning may contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.