RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Dominion Virginia Power will conduct a full-scale exercise Feb. 9 at the North Anna Power Station to demonstrate their ability to protect public health and safety in the unlikely event of a radiological emergency. The exercise will involve Dominion Virginia Power personnel and nearly two dozen local, state and federal agencies.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will lead the Virginia Operations Plan Exercise, a simulated radiological emergency, to help state and local governments test their response procedures. These annual exercises rotate between the Surry and North Anna nuclear power stations.
Response agencies and government representatives will role-play their emergency operations functions from state and local government emergency operations centers. Participating localities include Caroline, Hanover, Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania counties.
Residents may see emergency response teams and their vehicles participating in the exercise on the roads near the North Anna Power Station, as well as additional traffic on Courthouse Road (Route 208), Kentucky Sprints Road (Route 652) and Haley Drive (Route 700). Activities may include law enforcement personnel practicing traffic control measures in the field and local and state radiological monitoring teams taking simulated field readings and communicating via radio.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will monitor the exercise’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 on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Va. 23235.
Name: Dawn Eischen
Phone: (804) 897-9730 or (804) 674-2400
Address: 10501 Trade Court | Richmond, Virginia | 23226
Name: Rick Zuercher (Dominion Virginia Power)
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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