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Jan. 26, 2005

Emergency Management Office Mails Out Tone-Alert Radio Batteries

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

Tone-alert weather radios are part of the Oswego County Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan's prompt notification system. They are provided to homes that are out of hearing range of emergency sirens in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the nuclear power plants.

"This mailing is a portion of the on-going maintenance program sponsored by the Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, a division of Constellation Energy; and Entergy Nuclear to allow for prompt notification during an emergency," said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Office.

Replacement batteries are mailed to residents on an annual basis to ensure proper operation of the tone-alert radios. Any resident who has a tone-alert weather radio, who has not received a new battery by Feb. 15, should contact the Emergency Management Office.

Egan said that informational materials have been mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone who are eligible to receive a free radio but who have not been issued one, according to the office's records. People who receive the mailing should respond by returning the form included or by calling the Emergency Management Office.

The radios are the property of Oswego County. Residents receiving a new battery are reminded that the 9-volt battery they are replacing is recyclable in Oswego County.

If public action is required during an emergency at one of the nuclear power plants, people within the Emergency Planning Zone would be notified through a system of 37 sirens, tone-alert radios and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Egan stressed that, upon hearing either the siren or tone-alert radio signal, people should tune their AM/FM radios or television to any EAS station for further information and instructions. EAS stations are listed in the "2005 Public Emergency Response Information" calendar that was recently mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone; the yellow pages of the telephone book; and on posters placed in public areas.

Any resident who has a question concerning any aspect of emergency planning may call the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.

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