Oct. 13, 2004
Oswego County Emergency Notification Sirens Will be Tested Nov. 1 through Nov. 5 - 5
Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced that the system of emergency notification sirens around the three nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point are scheduled to be tested during the week of Nov. 1 through 5.
Each individual siren will be activated for approximately three minutes between Monday, Nov. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 4. The testing will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
A full-scale simultaneous activation of all 37 sirens will take place shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5. The sirens will sound for three to five minutes Friday morning. In conjunction with this phase of the siren testing, tone-alert weather radios will be activated through the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Following the activation of the sirens and tone-alert radios, an Emergency Alert System (EAS) test message will be broadcast on WSYR 570-AM and participating EAS stations The emergency notification system is tested throughout the year. During an emergency, the sirens and weather radios would be activated to alert people in the area to turn their radios or televisions to a local Emergency Alert System station and listen for further instructions. EAS stations are listed in the booklet "Nine Mile Point Emergency Planning and You" and in the yellow pages of local telephone books.
The public is not required to take action during the tests.
Anyone who has questions about the siren tests or any aspect of emergency planning may contact the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792. The "Emergency Planning and You" booklet is distributed to homes and businesses in the 10-mile emergency planning area around Nine Mile Point. The booklet is also available for viewing on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo/booklet.pdf
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