FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Virginia

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Release date: 
July 12, 2012
Release Number: 
R3-12-011

Emergency preparedness exercise scheduled for the North Anna Power Station

Philadelphia, PA – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the North Anna Power Station.  The exercise will take place during the week of July 9 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

“These drills are held every other year to evaluate government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” said MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region III.  “We will assess state and local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile emergency-planning zone of the nuclear facility.”

Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for use in licensing decisions.  The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.

FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise in a public meeting at 11:00 am on July 13, 2012at the Richmond Marriott West, 4240 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060.  Scheduled speakers include representatives from FEMA, NRC, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary and http://www.youtube.com/fema.   Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/femaregion3.

Last Updated: 
July 13, 2012 - 13:28
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