Local and state agencies, Dominion will hold Dec. 9 dress rehearsal for upcoming radiological exercise

December 4, 2014  //  

VDEM Press Release

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Dec. 4, 2014

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Local and state agencies, Dominion will hold Dec. 9 dress rehearsal for upcoming radiological exercise

RICHMOND, Va. – Emergency response personnel from several Virginia agencies, local governments and Dominion Virginia Power will practice Dec. 9 with Surry Power Station during a dress rehearsal event that leads up to a full scale exercise next year.

The dress rehearsal will involve localities within 10 miles of the power station to include the cities of Newport News and Williamsburg, and the counties of Isle of Wight, James City, Surry and York. The state departments of Emergency Management, Health, State Police, Transportation, Social Services, Military Affairs, and Agriculture and Consumer Services will also participate, along with VCU Medical Center.

During the Dec. 9 practice, response agencies and local government representatives will test their emergency operations functions as though there were an emergency at Surry Power Station. The dress rehearsal will help participants refine response plans and procedures before the Virginia Operations Plan Exercise (VOPEX), a full-scale exercise evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency set for Feb. 10, 2015.

Those involved in the dress rehearsal will work from the state and local government emergency operations centers. Law enforcement personnel will participate in activities in Surry County and near the power station. Emergency notification and public information will also be demonstrated.

The Dec. 9 dress rehearsal and Feb. 10 VOPEX graded exercise are designed for response agencies and local governments to demonstrate their ability to protect public health and safety and to test their response procedures in the unlikely event of a radiological emergency.

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