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May 29, 2017

Oswego County to test sirens Tuesday, June 6

Fulton - A full-sound test of emergency notification sirens for the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone surrounding the nuclear power plants in Scriba will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, Dale A. Currier, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced.

The sirens are located in a 10-mile radius of the nuclear power plants at Nine Mile Point.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, the sirens would be sounded prior to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message on participating broadcast stations, which would tell people why the sirens sounded and what people should do.

"The sirens are not a signal to evacuate," Currier emphasized. "When they hear the sirens, people should always consult an EAS station to hear instructions by Oswego County officials on what they should do."

All sirens will be sounded at the same time on June 6 for three minutes. Another full-sound test is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at 1 p.m.

Short audible tests ("growl tests") are conducted the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. unless there is a full-sound test scheduled. Maintenance on the siren system throughout the year now includes audible tests of a few seconds for individual sirens, both for regular maintenance and for repairs of individual sirens when necessary.

For more information on the sirens or nuclear power plant emergency planning, people may call the Oswego County Emergency Management Office at 315-591-9150 or 1-800-962-2792. The 2017 "Emergency Planning for the Nine Mile Point and/or James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Stations" is available on the county website at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.

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