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April 25, 2011

Emergency Notification Sirens will be tested May 2 - 6

FULTON -- The Oswego County Emergency Management Office has announced that the system of emergency notification sirens surrounding the three nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point are scheduled to be tested during the week of Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 between 4 and 8 p.m.

The test is a portion of the regular testing program of the Oswego County emergency alert system. This quarterly testing includes individual activation of each siren. Also this week, the Emergency Management Office will be testing the sirens in conjunction with a new radio control system. In order to test the new system fully, several activations of the full siren system may be necessary.

No response by the public is required during these tests. Should an actual event occur during the time of the testing, the Emergency Alert System would be activated on radio and TV stations providing instructions to members of the public.

The system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios in the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point is designed to alert residents in the event of an emergency. Tone-alert weather radios are provided to residences in the 10-mile zone that are out of hearing range of the sirens. A listing of residences eligible for tone-alert weather radios is on file at the Emergency Management Office, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.

During an emergency, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert residents of the area to turn their radios or televisions to local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information and instructions.

EAS stations are listed in the 2011 "Public Emergency Response Information" calendar that was mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone in December. The calendar is available online at oswegocounty.com/emo. EAS stations are also listed in the yellow pages of local telephone directories.

Anyone who has questions concerning the upcoming 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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