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Feb. 11, 2004

Emergency Management Office Replaces Tone-Alert Radio Batteries

Replacement batteries have been mailed to county residents who receive emergency planning tone-alert weather radios from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.

"The tone-alert weather radios have been provided to homes in the 10-mile radius of the nuclear power plants in Scriba that are out of hearing range of emergency sirens," said Patricia Egan, Director of Emergency Management. "The radios are part of the Oswego County Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan prompt notification system."

Egan said that new batteries are mailed to residents every year to ensure proper operation of the radios. The program is sponsored by the Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, a division of Constellation Energy; and Entergy Nuclear-Northeast to allow for prompt notification during an emergency. The radios are the property of Oswego County.

Any resident who has a tone-alert weather radio, who has not received a new battery by Feb. 17, should contact the Emergency Management Office in Fulton. Residents of the Emergency Planning Zone who are eligible to receive a free radio, but who have not been issued one, have been mailed information about the program. Anyone receiving this mailing should respond by returning the form or by calling the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.

Egan reminds residents that when they hear the sirens or tone-alert radio signals, they should tune their AM/FM radio or television to any local Emergency Alert System station for further information and instructions. EAS stations are listed in the booklet "Oswego County Emergency Planning and You," the yellow pages of the telephone book, and on posters in public areas. Copies of the booklet are available from the Emergency Management Office. The booklet can be viewed online at www.oswegocounty.com under the Emergency Management page.

People with questions concerning emergency planning may call the Emergency Management Office.

Residents receiving new batteries are reminded that batteries are recyclable through the county Division of Solid Waste. There is a $10 fee to dispose of recyclables at the county transfer stations. People who purchase residential stickers or punch cards at the transfer stations are not charged an additional fee for recyclables.

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