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April 13, 2006

Emergency Sirens Inadvertently Activated During Drill

Oswego County’s system of emergency notification sirens was inadvertently sounded around 10:30 this morning during a test of the county’s emergency alert system. Patricia Egan, Director of the County Emergency Management Office, said there was no actual emergency.

The 37 sirens are located in the 10-mile emergency planning zone and are used to alert residents of an emergency situation at Nine Mile Point in Scriba. Some residents may have heard the sirens twice.

Egan said several Oswego County departments, utility staff, and emergency response agencies are participating today in a radiological exercise involving a simulated emergency at the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba.

Egan emphasized that the incident was an inadvertent activation, and not an actual emergency.

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