Siren Maintenance May Include Short Sound Tests

FULTON – Annual maintenance of siren systems that surround the county’s three nuclear power plants may now include audible tests of a few seconds for each siren, Oswego County Emergency Management Director Dale Currier said today (Nov. 10).

A new vendor is performing the annual maintenance, Currier said.

The process will now include “growl” tests following the maintenance procedures conducted at each siren.

The maintenance program is being performed on the current siren system and will take place over the next few weeks.

The “growl” tests could be performed on individual sirens following repairs at any time during the year, Currier added.

“The sounding of sirens outside the quarterly testing schedule is new to the public, and we want to make sure they are aware it will happen,” he said.

The new siren system installed this summer is awaiting final approval before it replaces the current system.

Both systems would warn the public of an emergency at one of the nuclear power plants owned by Exelon Generation and Entergy in Scriba.

In an emergency, the sirens would be sounded prior to an Emergency Alert System message on broadcast stations participating in the Oswego County Emergency Alert System, which would tell people why the sirens sounded and what they should do.

EAS stations are listed in the 2015 Public Emergency Response Information Calendar, available on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo

The 2016 calendar is expected to be mailed to residents in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone in December.