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Jan. 21, 2004

Quarterly Siren Tests Scheduled Feb. 9 - 13

FULTON -- The Oswego County Emergency Management Office has announced that the system of emergency notification sirens surrounding the three nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point are scheduled to be tested during the week of February 9 through 13. Tests will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This test is a portion of the regular testing program that has been established for the emergency notification system. The quarterly testing will include individual activation of each siren during the week and the sounding of all sirens simultaneously once during the morning of Friday, Feb. 13.

A system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios is in place in the 10-mile emergency planning zone 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 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.

During an 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.

No response on the part of the public is necessary during these tests.

EAS stations are listed in the booklet, "Oswego County Emergency Planning and You" and in the yellow pages of local telephone books. Copies of the 2004 booklet are available from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. The information is also available online at www.oswegocounty.com, under the Emergency Management Office.

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

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