RICHMOND – The Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Energy, operators of the Surry Power Station, will test emergency procedures in response to a simulated emergency at the station July 25. The exercise will assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility and will be evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“As home to two nuclear power generating facilities, Virginia must constantly remain prepared to address any issues that may occur at one of these stations,” said Dr. Jeff Stern, Virginia Department of Emergency Management State Coordinator. “As with other threats of manmade or natural disasters facing our Commonwealth, VDEM, state and federal agencies, localities and emergency responders must have strong partnerships and procedures in place to address issues that arise to protect life and property. These exercises allow all entities to test response plans, build skills, and solve challenges that would slow real-world response activities.”
The goal of these exercises is to learn and identify any areas of improvement needed by responding entities. To facilitate this process, FEMA will provide a formal report of the exercise within 90 days 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 10 a.m. July 28, 2017 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Planned speakers include representatives from FEMA, NRC, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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:
FEMA Region III
615 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Additional information on FEMA’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program is available online at FEMA.gov/Radiological-Emergency-Preparedness-Program.
VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visit www.vaemergency.gov.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971