SURRY RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE SET FOR FEB. 7
Date: Jan. 31, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Virginia Department of Emergency Management - Bob Spieldenner, VDEM
Phone: (804) 897-6510
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
RICHMOND, Va. Response personnel from state and local government and Dominion Energy will practice their skills Feb. 7, 2006 in an emergency drill for the utility's Surry Power Station.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will lead the Virginia Operations Plan Exercise (VOPEX 1-06) with a simulated radiological emergency. This drill will help state and local governments test their response procedures in the unlikely event of a radiological emergency.
Response agencies and local government representatives will role-play their emergency operations functions from the state and local government emergency operations centers. Participating localities include the counties of Charles City, Isle of Wight, James City, New Kent, Surry, York and the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg.
Law enforcement personnel will practice traffic control measures in the field. Local and state radiological monitoring teams will take simulated field readings and communicate via radio.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will monitor the progress of the drill and conduct an in-depth analysis of the results, detailing areas needing improvement. FEMA will review the success of the exercise at a public meeting to be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 10, at the Omni Hotel in Newport News.
Annual exercises rotate between the Surry and North Anna nuclear power stations and usually last about six hours. Multi-day drills are conducted every six years.