This information is part of emergency planning efforts developed by Dominion, the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and the counties and cities near North Anna Power Station.
The state and communities located within 10 miles of a nuclear power station have prepared emergency response plans. These plans provide guidelines to the state and local government organizations which ensure effective direction and control in a nuclear emergency. The plans include procedures for warning the public and for taking protective actions, such as sheltering or evacuation, in the event of a nuclear emergency.
Contact your local Emergency Management Coordinator/Official if you have any questions.
If an emergency occurs at North Anna Power Station, Dominion will immediately notify state and local emergency officials, who will promptly implement their emergency response plans. Federal officials also will be notified.
Emergency sirens, located within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone around the power station, will be a primary means of alerting the public. Other means of notification include route alerting by law enforcement agencies using emergency services vehicles equipped with public address systems.
Safety features in the design and operation of Dominion's nuclear stations make the chance of an accident affecting public health and safety extremely remote. However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires that EPZ residents be notified periodically of emergency procedures that should be followed if an accident were to occur. While the potential for such an event is very small, it is important for the public to be prepared for nuclear emergencies.
Sirens/Emergency Alert System (EAS)
If you hear sirens, you should tune in to your local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or television station for emergency information and instructions.
The sirens are not a signal to evacuate. Your area may not be affected by an emergency, or you may be asked simply to remain indoors for a period of time. You will be given specific instructions about whether to stay inside, leave the area or take other protective action.
The sirens around North Anna are tested quarterly (typically on the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November). The sirens around Surry are also tested quarterly (typically on the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December). During these routine tests, the alerting signal produced by the sirens is a steady tone that lasts for three minutes. The alerting signal for an actual emergency will be four separate three-minute activations, each separated by one minute of silence.
Unscheduled Sirens Soundings
In the event that you hear a siren signal that is not a quarterly test or actual emergency notification, you may contact your Emergency Management Coordinator/Official for further information. Do not call 911. A report of an unscheduled siren sounding will be investigated and you will be informed of the status.
What To Do If You Hear Sirens
Listen for a steady three-minute siren signal. The signal will be sounded four times within 15 minutes. Turn on your radio or television. The EAS stations will have the most timely and accurate information concerning the accident. Tune in to one of the EAS stations.
In-house shelter may be recommended during a nuclear power station accident. In-house shelter means going indoors and remaining indoors until the emergency is over. Such action will reduce an individual’s exposure to radiation resulting from a radioactive release of short duration.
When instructed by local and state emergency officials to take shelter:
- If you have livestock, put them under cover and provide them with stored feed and water.
- Go indoors and close all windows and doors. Turn off fans and heating and air conditioning that require outside air, and close any other air intakes.
- Do not use your telephone unless it is absolutely necessary. Keep phone lines open for emergency communication.
- Cover all open food containers. The food, water and milk supplies in your home are safe for consumption.
- Do not eat any produce from a vegetable garden until you are advised. In the event of a radioactive release, the produce may become contaminated.
- Remain indoors until officially notified that the emergency is over.
- Remember to stay tuned to your local EAS radio or television stations for emergency information.
General Evacuation Information -- Routes and Instructions
Where To Go
Local government officials will designate Evacuation Assembly Centers or other facilities offering the greatest level of public safety to receive evacuees. The population will be instructed on where to go and the best routes to leave the area. Detailed evacuation routes are described for the North Anna areas in the protective action zones (discussed below).
Law enforcement and traffic control will be dispatched to predetermined locations along evacuation routes. Evacuees will be directed out of the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone and to the nearest Evacuation Assembly Center.
If an evacuation is recommended, drive to the Evacuation Assembly Center announced over the local EAS radio station. Listen to the station for any changes as you drive. Adhere to the speed limits on the highways.
What To Do
Evacuation normally would be ordered only if large amounts of radioactive materials are expected to escape over a long period of time. Such action would most likely be ordered as a precaution. In the unlikely event that an emergency evacuation is required, special instructions will be given on your EAS radio and television stations.
If an evacuation is ordered, remain calm. There is adequate time for an orderly response. You are far more likely to be hurt acting in unnecessary haste than you are by radiation.
- Take clothing, toilet articles, necessary medications, important papers and valuables (money, credit cards, jewelry, etc.). You may also have use for other supplies such as sleeping bags, a portable radio, flashlight and batteries.
- Keep phone lines open for emergency use.
- Before leaving your home, shut off water, gas, lights and appliances.
- Shelter pets and livestock, providing them with food and water where possible. Inform personnel at the Evacuation Assembly Center that pets or livestock are at your residence.
- Assist friends and neighbors without transportation. If you do not have your own transportation, make plans to ride with a neighbor. If you do not have transportation, let the local Emergency Management Coordinator/Official know now so that it can be furnished for you and your family in the event of an emergency.
- If evacuating, keep car windows and vents closed and air conditioners turned off.
- Proceed directly to your local designated Evacuation Assembly Center.
- Drive safely. Stay tuned to your EAS radio station for further information.
When You Have Been Notified
Place an obvious sign/notice that says "We have been notified" in your window or door facing the street or road when you leave your home or business. As an alternative, tie a towel to your door or mailbox. This tells emergency workers going door-to-door that you know about the emergency.
Information for the Elderly or Disabled
If you have a special need for emergency notification, or if elderly or disabled persons require special care, special transportation or another form of assistance, contact the Emergency Management Coordinator/Official for your county or city now, so that arrangements can be made in advance.
Put the orange "Special Assistance Needed" card (provided to applicable residents in an Emergency Planning calendar) in your window or doorway facing the street or road. This will signify to emergency workers that special assistance is required at your address.
Protective Action Zones
If an accident should occur, it is likely that only a part of the area around the station would be affected. To help alert the public in the affected areas during an emergency, the area within a 10-mile radius has been divided into protective action zones. The map uses geographical features, either natural (rivers, lakes) or man-made (roadways), to outline the boundaries of a protective action zone. A system of numbered protective action zones has been identified and the boundary of the protective action zones roughly corresponds to two-, five-, and 10-mile distances from the nuclear station.
You should examine the applicable map, determine which zone you live in and mark that zone on the map. You should also mark the zone you live in on the emergency evacuation map in the yellow pages of your local telephone directory. If you have any problem determining which zone you live in, please contact your local Emergency Management Coordinator/Official
Jurisdictions Within 50 Miles
If an accident were to occur at North Anna, the area within 50 miles of the station would be assessed to determine if there has been any impact on the environment. If there is any impact, the public in the affected area would be notified. If any actions are necessary, the public would be informed of such actions to be taken.
Evacuation Assembly Centers
Should an evacuation be directed for all or part of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the power stations, persons affected should proceed to their local Evacuation Assembly Center. The main purpose of the Evacuation Assembly Centers is to provide a checkpoint to monitor radiation contamination. Evacuation Assembly Centers will also provide shelter, food and clothing for those who need assistance.
EAS Radio and Television Stations
|North Anna Area -- Radio|
FM - WJMA 103.1
FM - WFLS 93.3
FM - WBQB 101.5
AM - WRNL 910
AM - WRVA 1140
FM - WRVQ 94.5
FM - WRXL 102.1
FM - WDJL 105.5
AM - WQGT 1700 -
Note: County residents only
North Anna Area -- Television
WVIR Channel 29
WTVR Channel 6
WRIC Channel 8
WWBT Channel 12
Emergency Management Coordinator/Official
For further information contact your local emergency management coordinator/official at the telephone numbers listed below:
North Anna Power Station Area
|Location||Phone Number||After Duty Hours|
|Caroline County||(804) 633-9831||(804) 633-4357|
|Hanover County||(804) 365-6195||(804) 365-6140|
|Louisa County||(540) 967-3491||(540) 967-1234|
|Orange County||(540) 672-1900||(540) 672-1234|
|Spotsylvania County||(540) 507-7904||(540) 582-7900|
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