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November 12, 2015

New Siren System to be Tested in Oswego County Nov. 18

Fulton The Oswego County Emergency Management Office will test the new emergency notification siren system, installed last spring by Exelon Generation and Entergy Nuclear, on Wednesday, Nov. 18. A rain date for those tests will be Thursday, Nov. 19.

The testing will include a new siren which is being installed at county Routes 6 and 64 in New Haven. The additional siren is being installed following a review of the acoustical testing results from last summer.

Residents will be notified by a Hyper-Reach Broadcast Notification Service message on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from the Oswego County E-911 Communications Center that the testing will take place Nov. 18.

Up to four three-minute soundings will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. During this test, technicians will be stationed near all the siren sites to verify that the system is performing as it was designed to. Tests will be held at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and if necessary, at 1 p.m.

The installation project is a joint effort by Exelon Generation, which owns and operates Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, and Entergy Nuclear, which owns and operates the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, to upgrade the public warning system. The system will replace the 37 existing sirens and provide three additional sirens, as well as the addition of battery backup-power to all 40 sirens in the 10-mile radius around the nuclear power plants.

The new sirens will sound at a volume similar to the old siren system. After the new system is fully tested and approved by federal officials, a new testing schedule will be announced and implemented.

Federal approval of the new system is expected sometime following the Nov.18 test. The current siren system will remain in place until the new system is transitioned into service, and then will be dismantled.

In an emergency, the sirens would be sounded prior to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message on radio and television stations participating in the Oswego County Emergency Alert System. The EAS message would contain information about why the sirens sounded and what actions the public should take.

EAS stations are listed in the 2015 Public Emergency Response Information Calendar, available on the Oswego County website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo. The 2016 calendar is expected to be mailed to residents in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone in December.


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