Iredell emergency management team to participate in McGuire Nuclear Station exercise

Posted at 9:29 AM on Aug 6, 2019

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Special to SVLfreenews.com

Iredell County emergency management officials will join regional and state officials and representatives of Duke Energy in an emergency response exercise for the McGuire Nuclear Station on Tuesday, August 13.

The federally-graded exercise is conducted every two years to test emergency procedures at the plant and in the county and state government agencies as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This portion of the exercise will evaluate the command, control and communications functions of the state, county and utility partners. In July, FEMA evaluators assessed the counties’ abilities to perform functions including operating reception centers for evacuees, clearing waterways and decontaminating emergency workers.

At no time during the emergency exercise will the public be asked to participate or take any action as part of the simulation.

Sirens in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone around the plant will not be sounded during the exercise. In a real emergency, the sounding of the sirens would be a signal that residents should tune to local news media sources for further information.

FEMA evaluators will present the exercise outcome to the public at a meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. on August 15 at the Sherrills Ford Branch Library, 8456 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford. The public is invited to attend.

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