FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of the State of Maryland

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September 7, 2021

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The exercise will occur during the week of September 13, 2021 to assess the ability of the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.


“These drills are held every other year to evaluate a government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” said MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 3. “We will assess state and local government emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone within the State of Maryland.”

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 during a public meeting at 10:00 a.m. on September 17, 2021.  The meeting will be conducted in person and in a virtual format via Zoom.   Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA and the NRC. 


The meeting will be held in person at:

Doubletree by Hilton Annapolis

210 Holiday Court

Annapolis, Maryland 21401


The meeting may also be accessed via Zoom with the following link:

Join ZoomGov Meeting


Meeting ID: 161 924 9772

Passcode: 912779


At the public meeting, FEMA may request that questions or comments be submitted in writing for review and response. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting by emailing FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov or by mail to:


MaryAnn Tierney

Regional Administrator


615 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106


FEMA created the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.


REP Program responsibilities cover only “offsite” activities, that is, state and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.


Additional information on FEMA’s REP Program is available online at FEMA.gov/Radiological-Emergency-Preparedness-Program.


FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Last updated September 7, 2021