July 16, 2012
Emergency Siren Sounds Inadvertently
Fulton - One of the emergency notification sirens surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba inadvertently sounded at about 5:40 p.m. today, July 13, due to a malfunction. There is NO emergency at the three nuclear power plants in Oswego County.
Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, said siren repair personnel from Constellation Energy and Entergy responded to the site near the intersection of Middle Road and Route 104 in Scriba as soon as they were notified the siren was sounding. The cause for the sounding is under investigation. The other sirens in the system are functioning properly.
While the siren system is being repaired, backup measures are in place to notify residents if an actual emergency occurs at one of the plants.
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.
In the event of an emergency at one of the plants that would require 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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