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March 27, 2009

Emergency Management Office Has Replaced Tone-Alert Radio Batteries

FULTON -- Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced that replacement batteries have been mailed to county residents who received emergency planning tone-alert weather radios from her office. Replacement batteries are mailed to residents on an annual basis to ensure proper operation of these radios.

The battery distribution is part of the on-going maintenance program sponsored by the Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, a division of Constellation Energy; and Entergy Nuclear to allow for prompt notification during an emergency. Any resident who currently has a tone-alert weather radio and has not received a new battery by April 1 should contact the Emergency Management Office.

The tone-alert weather radios have been provided to homes within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba, but that are out of hearing range of emergency sirens. The radios are part of the Oswego County Radiological Emergency Preparedness Plan's prompt notification system and are the property of Oswego County.

Informational materials have been mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone who are eligible to receive a free radio but who have not been issued one, according to the office's records. Anyone receiving this mailing who would like to obtain a radio should call the Emergency Management Office.

Residents who receive a new battery are reminded that the batteries they are replacing are recyclable in Oswego County.

Egan stressed that, upon hearing either the siren or tone-alert radio signal, people should tune their AM/FM radio or television to any local Emergency Alert System station for further information and instructions. EAS stations are listed in the “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar, the yellow pages of the telephone book, and on posters placed in public areas. Calendars are available from the Emergency Management Office for people who live within10 miles of the Nine Mile Point site.

Anyone who has a question concerning any aspect of emergency planning may call the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792. The 2009 “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar can be viewed online at www.oswegocounty.com/emo. A limited number of calendars are still available from the Oswego County Public Information Office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego phone 349-8322.

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