Denton, TX -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate off-site activities around the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station during a nuclear power plant exercise on Wednesday, September 17, 2003. This graded, biennial exercise will test how well the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station and the state and local governments can protect people who live near the nuclear power plant.
FEMA will present preliminary exercise findings of the off-site exercise in a public meeting at 11:00 a.m. September 18, 2003 at the Tensas Parish Courthouse in St. Joseph, Louisiana. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will use FEMA's final report in licensing decisions.
Participants in the exercise include:
- Louisiana State EOC
- Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
- Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
- Louisiana Department of Public Safety
- Tallulah Reception Center
- Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
- Grand Gulf Emergency Operations Facility
- Emergency News Media Center, Port Gibson, MS
- Tensas Parish EOC
- Radio Station KNOE, Monroe, LA
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.