The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin a weeklong emergency preparedness evaluation of the Surry Power Station, near Rushmere, Virginia, beginning on Monday.
As part of FEMA's Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program, the evaluation will see how the different response agencies react to a nuclear emergency.
Findings from the evaluation will be made available to the public during a meeting at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Newport News Town Center Hotel in Newport News, Virginia.
Representatives from FEMA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the commonwealth of Virginia will present and analyze preliminary data gathered over the course of the preparedness exercise.
“These drills are held every other year to evaluate government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” MaryAnn Tierney, regional administrator for FEMA Region III, said. “We will assess state and local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone as well as the adjacent support jurisdictions within the commonwealth of Virginia.”
The REP program was developed by FEMA in order to test off-site response in case of an incident at a nuclear facility. It helps educate the general public on emergency practices. REP does not oversee the evaluation of facility staff response.
Questions and comments should be submitted to Tierny at FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov; or by mail to: MaryAnn Tierney; Regional Administrator, FEMA Region III; 615 Chestnut St., 6th floor; Philadelphia, PA.