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December 28, 2015

2016 Emergency Planning Calendar lists new siren testing schedule

OSWEGO - The 2016 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 2016 calendar include Vernon Svereika, Dawn Masuicca, Kara Alheim, Ellen Landphere, Annette Syrell, Susan Altimonda, Lisa Dashnau, Harvey Sellers Jr., Duane St. Onge, Joe Corbett, and Marianne O’Hara.

The calendar includes a new testing schedule for warning sirens in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone. The new schedule coincides with a new, recently installed siren system and will be implemented following approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

If the sirens sound for a radiological emergency, people should turn to an Oswego County Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for information.

The publication also contains:

• Maps, bus pick-up points and evacuation routes in the emergency response planning areas;

• Examples of protective actions that people could be asked to take during a radiological emergency;

• A list of EAS stations;

• Instructions for people who need special assistance;

• Directions to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds; and

• Instructions for people in schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

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 who have not received a calendar by Jan. 9, 2016 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 Bennett at the Emergency Management Office for more information. The 2016 calendar is also available at www.oswegocounty.com/emo.

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