Nov. 2, 2006
Emergency Notification Sirens Will be Tested Nov. 13 through 17
SCRIBA -- The Oswego County Emergency Management Office announces that the early warning siren system around the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point will be tested Monday through Friday, Nov. 13 through 17.
From Nov. 13 to Nov. 16, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., each individual siren will be activated for three minutes. On Friday, Nov. 17, there will be a full-scale simultaneous activation of all 37 sirens. The full-scale activation, which will take place shortly before 10 a.m., will last three to five minutes. Tone-alert weather radios and the Emergency Alert System will also be activated.
“The emergency notification system includes 37 sirens placed in a 10-mile radius surrounding the nuclear power plants. Tone-alert weather radios are provided to homes in the 10-mile emergency planning zone that are out of hearing range of the sirens,” said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. “The purpose of the early warning system is to alert people of an emergency at a nuclear plant. The sirens and tone-alert radios are tested four times a year.”
During an emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert people to turn their radios or televisions to a local Emergency Alert System (EAS) station. Further information and instructions would be broadcast over the EAS.
Egan said that no response is required by the public during the siren tests. She noted, however, that multiple, repeated activations of the siren system during the week of testing means people should tune to a radio or TV station and listen for instructions over the EAS.
EAS stations are listed in 2006 “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar and in the yellow pages of local telephone books. Copies of the calendar were mailed to residents of the 10-mile EPZ, and are available from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office. The information is also available online at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.
The Oswego County Emergency Management Office, Constellation Energy, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, the National Weather Service, WSYR Radio, and member stations of the Oswego County EAS will participate in the testing.
People who have questions about the 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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