10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 4, 2015
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804) 897-6510 or (804) 674-2400
Rick Zuercher (Dominion Virginia Power)
Surry Power Station Exercise Tests Security Procedures
RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will conduct a full-scale exercise Feb. 10 at the Surry Power Station to test preparedness and response procedures involving plant security. The annual exercise will involve Dominion Virginia Power personnel and more than two dozen local, state and federal agencies.
In response to the heightened security environment since Sept. 11, 2001, the nuclear industry along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission developed guidelines that address the challenges of security events that could potentially occur at U.S. nuclear power stations. The exercise will test the ability of the station and state and local governments to respond to a security event at the station.
The exercise involves localities within the emergency planning zone of the power station, including the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, and the counties of Charles City, Isle of Wight, James City, New Kent, Surry and York.
Other participating organizations include the Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Coast Guard, local fire and rescue squads, and other local emergency responders.
Participating agencies will role-play their emergency response functions from state and local government emergency operations centers and the power station. Residents may see emergency response teams and their vehicles participating in the exercise on the roads near the Surry Power Station.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will monitor the drill’s progress and conduct an in-depth analysis of the results, outlining any areas that may need improvement. FEMA will review the success of the exercise at a public meeting Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News 23606.
NOTE: This exercise is not related to the Navy’s anti-terrorism exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield Feb. 2-13 http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=85339
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971