These are only some of the emergencies and disasters that can affect our communities. Oswego County and many local municipalities have Emergency Operations Plans to respond to these emergencies effectively. But preparation is a responsibility of everyone, and each family should know what to do and where to get information during these events.
If you become aware of a major emergency or disaster in Oswego County, IMMEDIATELY TURN ON YOUR RADIO OR TELEVISION AND TUNE INTO A LOCAL NEWS PROGRAM.
Local officials will inform radio and television news departments about the emergency, what emergency response personnel are doing, and whether area residents should take action to protect themselves.
Weather emergency information will be broadcast by the National Weather Service over NOAA Weather Radio. The NWS may also air other emergency information.
DO NOT USE THE TELEPHONE EXCEPT IN LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES. Tying up the phone lines may prevent emergency response personnel from getting through.
Declaration of State of Emergency
If the disaster is beyond the scope of local municipalities' ability to mitigate the damage quickly, the Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature may declare a countywide State of Emergency according to New York State Executive Law. Local municipalities may declare local States of Emergency.
A countywide State of Emergency means people living in, working in, or traveling through Oswego County should be very aware of local conditions, weather or otherwise, and use caution. Hazardous conditions are occuring somewhere within the county and county government and agencies are doing all they can to maintain or restore essential services to the area affected. The State of Emergency declaration places NO RESTRICTIONS on driving in the county or area affected or any other activities. If restrictions are necessary, they will be imposed and announced separately from the State of Emergency declaration.
During a State of Emergency, people should follow emergency news announced or published by area media and posted on the Oswego County website.
For more information on the declaration of a State of Emergency, click here.
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
If the emergency warrants, Oswego County officials may activate the Oswego County Emergency Alert System (EAS). Important emergency information will be aired over the following radio and television stations within a few minutes after officials request activation:
EAS messages may also be aired by these stations:
Other radio stations in the Central New York area may also air EAS messages originating from Oswego County, as well as news information. However, listeners should stay tuned to stations that are designated as participants in the Oswego County EAS Program.
Family Disaster Plan
Each family should create a Family Disaster Plan to follow in emergencies.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends your plan include these four steps to safety:
Each family should also prepare two disaster supplies kits -- one for your home and one for your car.
Six basics you should stock in your home are: water, food, first aid supplies, bedding, tools, emergency supplies and special items. Store your kit in a convenient place for all family members. Keep a smaller version of your kit in the car.
Information on creating a Family Disaster Plan and Disaster Supplies Kit is available by contacting the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, 315/591-9150.
Questions about Oswego County Emergency Management?