Surry Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise Set for July 16-17

July 9, 2013  //  

VDEM

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July 9, 2013

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Surry Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise Set for July 16-17

RICHMOND, Va. – Response personnel from state and local governments and Dominion Virginia Power will demonstrate their ability to protect public health and safety in a full-scale exercise simulating a radiological emergency July 16-17 at the Surry nuclear power station. The exercise will be evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Virginia Department of Emergency Management will lead the Virginia Operations Plan Exercise, or VOPEX, a simulated radiological emergency, to help state and local governments test their response procedures in the unlikely event of a radiological emergency.

The exercise involves localities within 10 miles 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.

The exercise is conducted annually, rotating each year between the nuclear power stations in Surry and in North Anna. Multi-day drills occur every six years to address response procedures beyond the 10 miles immediately surrounding the power station. The 38 localities outside of the 10 miles zone performed their portion of the exercise in June.

During the exercise, the public may notice law enforcement officials who will participate by conducting traffic and access control and route alerting. State and local teams will deploy to pre-determined locations to simulate radiological field monitoring.

FEMA will review the success of the exercise July 19 at 11 a.m. in a public meeting at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. FEMA will also publish a final report within 120 days following the exercise.
 

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