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Dec. 19, 2005

Residents Near Nuclear Plants Receive New Emergency Planning Calendar in the Mail

The 2006 edition of the "Public Emergency Response Information" calendar has been mailed to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone near the nuclear power plants in Scriba, Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, announced today.

The calendar is a joint effort of Constellation Energy, Entergy Nuclear, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, and the New York State Emergency Management Office. It contains guidelines for public response to radiological and other types of emergencies for people that live within ten miles of Nine Mile Point.

The calendar features stunning photographs of scenes throughout Oswego County. Most of this year's photos were taken by Carol Conzone, news assistant for The Palladium-Times in Oswego. The calendar also features work by Harrison Wilde, staff photographer for The Palladium-Times; Bill Foley, district clerk and public relations officer for the Oswego City School District; and Harborfest photographer Joe Marcus.

"We are very appreciative to these talented photographers who allowed us to use their artwork," said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. "The photos were all taken in Oswego County, and they are truly lovely."

Egan said this is the second year that the agencies have published a calendar to provide emergency information.

"Our 2005 calendar recently received a Golden Quotes award from the Oswego County Press Club," said Egan. " It's a practical way of sharing emergency planning information with our residents. We hope that people will use it and keep it accessible all year long, so that they can find important emergency information if they ever need to."

The calendar includes a schedule for quarterly tests of the sirens and tone-alert weather radios that are part of Oswego County's prompt notification system. If a radiological emergency occurs, people should turn to an Oswego County Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information.

The publication also contains:

  • Maps, bus pick-up points and evacuation routes in the emergency response planning areas;
  • Examples of protective actions that people could be asked to take during a radiological emergency;
  • A list of EAS stations;
  • Instructions for people who need special assistance;
  • Directions to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds; and
  • Instructions for people in schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

People in the 10-mile emergency planning zone who might need special assistance are asked to fill out and return the detachable, postage-paid postcard on the back cover of the calendar.

"We ask people with special needs to register with the Emergency Management Office," said Egan. "We want to make sure we have current information so that appropriate arrangements can be made for necessary assistance. Anyone who knows someone who may need special assistance during an emergency may return a postcard on his or her behalf."

Residents in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone that haven't received a calendar by Jan. 2, 2006 are asked to call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792. The calendar is also posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com

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