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July 29, 2004

Emergency Notification Sirens Will be Tested Aug. 9 through 13

The Oswego County Emergency Management Office has announced that the system of emergency notification sirens surrounding the three nuclear power plants in Scriba will be tested during the week of Aug. 9 through 13. The tests will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"The test is part of the regular testing program for the emergency notification system," said Patricia Egan, director of emergency management. "Each siren will be activated individually for three minutes."

The system of emergency notification sirens and tone-alert weather radios is used to alert residents in the event of an emergency. The system includes 37 sirens in the 10-mile emergency planning zone (EPZ) around the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point. Tone-alert weather radios are provided to homes in the 10-mile EPZ that are out of hearing range of the sirens.

During an emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert area residents to turn their AM/FM radios or televisions to local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information and instructions. The public is not required to take protective action during the siren tests.

EAS stations are listed in the booklet, "Oswego County Emergency Planning and You" and in the yellow pages of local telephone books. The 2004 "Oswego County Emergency Planning and You" booklets were mailed last December to residents of the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone and are available from the Emergency Management Office. The booklet is also available on line at www.oswegocounty.com.

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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