Quarterly Siren Tests Scheduled for Feb. 3 through 7 in Oswego County

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 3 through 7.

Tests will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

During this quarterly testing, each siren will be activated at least once for three minutes.

A system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios is in place in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) 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 residents in the 10-mile EPZ that are out of hearing range of the sirens.

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 actual 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 yellow pages of local telephone directories and in the “Public Emergency Response Information” Calendar that was distributed to residents within the 10-mile EPZ.

If you live in this zone and did not receive your calendar or would like an extra copy, call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792 or the Oswego County Public Information Office at 349-8322.

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

A limited number of calendars are also available to residents who do not live within the zone and would like to have this emergency planning information.

Anyone who has questions about the upcoming siren tests or emergency planning may contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.