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Feb. 17, 2006

Emergency Management Office Mails Out Tone-Alert Radio Batteries

Replacement batteries have been mailed to county residents who have an emergency planning tone-alert weather radio from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said that replacement batteries are mailed to residents on an annual basis to ensure proper operation of these radios.

This mailing is part 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-Northeast to allow for prompt notification of the public during an emergency.

Any resident who has a tone-alert weather radio and has not received a new battery by Feb. 15 should contact the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.

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

Letters 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. Anyone who currently does not have a tone alert radio but would like to receive one should return the form included in the mailing or contact the Emergency Management Office.

Residents receiving a new battery are reminded that 9-volt batteries are recyclable in Oswego County.

Egan emphasized that, upon hearing either the siren or tone-alert radio signal, residents should tune their AM/FM radio or television to any local Emergency Alert System station for further information and instructions. EAS stations are listed in 2006 Emergency Response Information Calendar; the yellow pages of the telephone book; and on posters placed in public areas.

Sirens are tested quarterly and a full-scale simultaneous activation of all sirens takes place once a year. The tone alert radios are tested each Wednesday, generally between 11 a.m. and noon.

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. More information on emergency planning can be found in the 2006 Emergency Response Calendar which can be downloaded from the county website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo

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