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Jan. 27, 2006

Emergency Notification Sirens will be Tested Feb. 6 through Feb. 10

FULTON -- 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 Monday through Friday, Feb. 6 through 10, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"This test is a portion of the regular testing program that has been established for the emergency notification system," said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. "The quarterly testing includes individual activation of each siren during the week of Feb. 6."

A system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios is in place in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba to alert residents in the event of an emergency. Tone-alert weather radios are provided to residences in the 10-mile zone that are out of hearing range of the sirens. Batteries for these radios were recently mailed. A listing of residences eligible for tone-alert weather radios is on file at the Emergency Management Office.

During an emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert residents of the area to turn their AM/FM radios or televisions to local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information and instructions.

Egan said that no response is required by the public during the tests. During the week of siren testing, multiple soundings of the sirens means people should tune into an EAS station for information.

EAS stations are listed in 2006 "Public Emergency Response Information" calendar and in the yellow pages of local telephone books. Copies of the 2006 calendar were mailed in December and are available from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. The information is also available online 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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