October 24, 2007
Emergency Notification Sirens Will Be Tested Nov. 5-9
SCRIBA - The Oswego County Emergency Management Office announces the testing of the early warning siren system around the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point on Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 9.
From Nov. 5 to Nov. 8, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., each individual siren will be activated for three minutes. On Friday, Nov. 9, there will be a full-scale activation of all 37 sirens shortly before 10 a.m. that will last three to five minutes. Tone-alert weather radios and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will also be activated.
“The emergency notification system includes 37 sirens placed in the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ), a 10-mile radius surrounding the nuclear power plants. Tone-alert weather radios are provided to homes in the EPZ 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.” Sirens are tested four times a year, and tone-alert radios are tested by the National Weather Service weekly. The full system of sirens, tone-alert radios and Oswego County EAS is tested every November.
During an actual emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert people to tune their radios or televisions to a local EAS station for further information and instructions.
No response is required by the public during the siren tests; however, Egan notes that multiple or repeated activations of the siren system during the week of testing means that people should tune to a radio or television station and listen for instructions over the EAS.
EAS stations are listed in the 2007 “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar and in the yellow pages of the local telephone book. 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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