Nuclear Emergency Plan

Federal regulations require that counties located near nuclear power plants prepare emergency response plans. Oswego County has such an emergency response plan. The following summary of actions you may be required to take in the event of an emergency comes from Oswego County’s plan and its “Public Emergency Response Information” calendar, which is distributed to residents within 10 miles of the county's nuclear power plants.

University Police will be responsible for coordinating the college’s response in the event of an emergency. Instructions about what actions people on campus should take in a particular emergency will come from them. We are advised that there is little likelihood of an emergency being so acute that seconds or even minutes are critical; therefore, there should be time for you to follow the directions issued by University Police in a calm and orderly fashion.

1. How you will be notified

Sirens designed for this purpose will notify area residents, including the college community, of a nuclear emergency. These off-campus sirens will sound for about three (3) minutes. The college also will send messages via the NY-Alert system, mass emails, broadcast loudspeakers on some campus buildings and digital signage. If you hear the siren and/or receive the alert, you can get information about the emergency by tuning a radio or television to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) station. Primary EAS stations are:

  • WSYR      AM 570 kHz, Syracuse
  • WSYR      FM 106.9 MHz, Syracuse
  • WHEN      AM 620 kHz, Syracuse
  • WYYY       FM 94.5 MHz, Syracuse
  • WBBS      FM 104.7 MHz, Syracuse
  • WWHT     FM 107.9 MHz, Syracuse
  • WSTM      TV Channel 3, Syracuse

Other stations expected to carry EAS messages are:

  • WNYO      FM 88.9 MHz, Oswego
  • WRVO      FM 89.9 MHz, Oswego
  • WTVH       TV Channel 5, Syracuse
  • WSYR      TV Channel 9, East Syracuse
  • WNYS      TV Channel 43, Syracuse
  • WSYT       TV Channel 68, Syracuse
  • Time Warner Cable News Channel 10, Syracuse

2. Actions you may be instructed to take

The types of actions you may be asked to take include:

Shelter-in- place: If you are asked to shelter-in-place, that means:

  • Stay indoors. 
  • Close all outside doors and all windows and then stay away from windows.
  • Stay tuned to Emergency Alert stations and await further instructions from University Police.
  • Do NOT use the telephone, except in the case of a special emergency, so that the phone lines do not overload.

Evacuation: If you are instructed to evacuate:

  • Remain calm.
  • Plan to be gone at least three days and take with you any needed personal items.
  • If you have a vehicle, we encourage you to take as many other people as you can. Unless contrary directives are issued by University Police, leave campus on Route 104 and head west. Close the windows and air vents in your vehicle and do not operate the air conditioner until you have left the emergency zone. It is recommended you proceed to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds for registration and or radiological monitoring of yourself and your vehicle.
  • If you do not have transportation, proceed to the Marano Campus Center circle (south side of Marano Campus Center) and await the arrival of buses. All buses will take riders to the reception center at the New York State Fairgrounds north of Syracuse where you can either wait for someone to pick you up or be provided lodging at a congregate care center from there.

After evacuation, the campus will be officially closed until the emergency is over and public notice of reopening is given. The campus will be patrolled to prevent looting, fires, etc.