August 6, 2011
EMERGENCY SIREN SOUNDS INADVERTENTLY
Fulton - One of the emergency notification sirens surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba inadvertently sounded earlier today shortly before 8 p.m. There is NO emergency at the three nuclear power plants.
Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said siren repair personnel from Constellation Energy/Entergy responded to the site near Dutch Ridge Road and County Route 4 in the Town of Scriba as soon as they were notified the siren was sounding and deactivated it. The cause for the sounding is under investigation.
The other sirens in the prompt notification system surrounding the nuclear power plants are functioning properly.
While the siren that malfunctioned is being repaired, backup measures are in place to notify residents if an actual emergency occurs at one of the plants. Residents would be notified in the event of an emergency by HyperReach, a reverse notification system at the Oswego County E-911 Communications Center, which would telephone residents in the area of the siren with a recorded message explaining the emergency and what people should do.
The siren is one of 37 located within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear power plants in Scriba. A system of sirens and tone-alert weather radios is in place to alert residents in the event of an emergency.
If an emergency at one of the plants requires protective actions for the public, the sirens would be sounded for three minutes to alert residents of the area to turn their AM/FM radios or televisions to local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations for further information and instructions. EAS stations are listed in the Emergency Public Information Calendar mailed to residents of the Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the plants and in local telephone books. The calendar can be viewed online at oswegocounty.com/emo.
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