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January 9, 2009

2009 Calendar Contains Emergency Planning Info

The cover of the 2009 emergency planning calendar features a photo by photographer Mary Ellen Barbeau of anglers fishing in Oswego. The calendar has been mailed to homes and businesses in the Nine Mile Point emergency planning zone.

Emergency planning calendars have been distributed to residents and businesses in the emergency planning zone near the nuclear power plants in Scriba, Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, announced today.

The 2009 “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar contains guidelines for public response to radiological and other types of emergencies for people who live within ten miles of Nine Mile Point. 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.

Again this year, the calendar features lovely photographs of Oswego County scenes and events. Contributors for the 2009 calendar are Mary Ellen Barbeau, David Hertzler, Dawn Brown, Amanda Norris, Deb Schwab, Michael Gilbert, Adam Dix, Kelly Jordal, Sharon Dexter, Susan Altimonda, Carol Conzone, Dorothy Strahley, and Jessica Burt.

“The calendar proves once again that Oswego County is a lovely place to live. We very much appreciate the talented photographers who allowed us to use their artwork,” said Egan.

Egan noted the 36-page calendar provides important information to people living in the EPZ. It contains:

  • The quarterly testing schedule of Oswego County's emergency notification system;
  • Instructions for parents whose children are in school or day-care;
  • Maps of bus pick-up points and evacuation routes in the emergency response planning area;
  • Examples of protective actions that people could be asked to take during a radiological emergency;
  • Emergency Alert System radio and television stations;
  • Directions to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds; and
  • Instructions for people who need special assistance and those in 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.

“Every year 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 who haven't received a calendar may 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.

A limited number of calendars are available from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, and the County Tourism and Public Information Office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

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