Quarterly tests of the emergency notification sirens surrounding the three nuclear power plants in Scriba will take place Monday through Friday, Aug. 1 through 5. The sirens will be activated between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said Oswego County’s prompt notification system is tested four times a year.
“The prompt notification system consists of sirens and tone-alert weather radios in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point,” said Egan. “The system 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.”
During an emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert people to turn their radio or television to a local Emergency Alert System (EAS) station for further information and instructions. Emergency instructions would immediately be broadcast on EAS stations after the sirens are activated.
No response on the part of the public is required during these tests.
Radiological emergency response instructions and EAS stations are contained in the “2011 Public Emergency Response Information” calendar and in the yellow pages of local telephone books. The calendars were mailed in December to residents of the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone. A limited supply is available at the Oswego County Public Information and Tourism Office, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, and at the Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second Street, Fulton. The calendar is posted on line at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.
Anyone who has questions about the upcoming siren tests or emergency planning in Oswego County may contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.