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January 2, 2015

Emergency Planning Calendar Mailed to Residents Near Nuclear Power Plants

The 2015 edition of the Oswego County "Public Emergency Response Information" calendar has been mailed to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone near the nuclear power plants in Scriba, Terry Bennett, Emergency Services Program Coordinator of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, announced today.

The calendar is a joint effort of Exelon Generation, Entergy, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, and the New York State Office of Emergency Management. It 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 features stunning photographs of landscape and outdoor scenes throughout Oswego County. Contributors for the 2015 calendar include Vern Svereika, Susan Altimonda, Harvey Sellers, Kara Alheim, Kelly Sawyer, Joshua Chase, Frank Squadrito, Mark Brunschweiger, Althea Henderson, Eric Weaver, and Celia Potter.

The calendar also includes a schedule for testing the current siren system that is part of the county's prompt notification system, which also includes tone-alert weather radios. If a radiological emergency occurs, people should turn to an Oswego County Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information.

A new siren system is being installed and will have different testing dates. Residents of the 10-mile emergency planning zone will receive additional information on those tests when the dates are announced.

The publication also contains:

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.

"We ask people with special needs to register with the Emergency Management Office," said Bennett. "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 that have not received a calendar by Jan. 9, 2015 are asked to call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792.

Additional copies of the calendar may be available on a limited basis. People may call Terry Bennett at the Emergency Management Office for more information. The 2015 calendar will be available soon at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.


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