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December 24, 2007

2008 Emergency Planning Calendar Highlights Oswego County Scenes

The 2008 edition of the Oswego County “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar has been mailed to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone near the nuclear power plants in Scriba, Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, announced today.

The calendar is a joint effort of Constellation Energy, Entergy Nuclear, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, and the New York State Emergency Management Office. It contains guidelines for public response to radiological and other types of emergencies for people that live within ten miles of Nine Mile Point.

The calendar features stunning photographs of scenes throughout Oswego County. Contributors for the 2008 calendar include Susan Altimonda, David Hertzler, Mary Ellen Barbeau, Jon Vermilye, Jessica Trump, Deborah Schwab, Richard Drosse, and Rick Dashner.

“We are very appreciative to these talented photographers who allowed us to use their artwork,” said Egan. “The photos were all taken in Oswego County, and they are truly lovely.”

Egan noted the calendar, which replaced the “Oswego County Emergency Planning and You” booklet in 2005, has been very successful as an informational piece for residents of the Emergency Planning Zone. “People are more likely to display the calendar in their homes, and will be able to find it more quickly should they need to during an emergency,” she said.

The calendar has received several Golden Quotes awards from the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County.

It includes a schedule for quarterly tests of the sirens and tone-alert weather radios that are part of Oswego County's prompt notification system. If a radiological emergency occurs, people should turn to an Oswego County Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information.

The publication also contains:

  • Maps, bus pick-up points and evacuation routes in the emergency response planning areas;
  • Examples of protective actions that people could be asked to take during a radiological emergency;
  • A list of EAS stations;
  • Instructions for people who need special assistance;
  • Directions to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds; and
  • Instructions for people in schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

People in the 10-mile emergency planning zone who might need special assistance are asked to fill out and return the detachable, postage-paid postcard on the back cover of the calendar.

“We ask people with special needs to register with the Emergency Management Office,” said Egan. “We want to make sure we have current information so that appropriate arrangements can be made for necessary assistance. Anyone who knows someone who may need special assistance during an emergency may return a postcard on his or her behalf.”

Residents in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone that haven't received a calendar by Jan. 2, 2008 are asked to call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792. The calendar is also posted on the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/emo

Additional copies of the calendar may be available on a limited basis. People may call Terry Bennett at the Emergency Management Office for more information.

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