Nuclear Preparedness

  1. Emergency Classifications
  2. Radiation
  3. Evacuations and Sheltering
  4. Special Assistance
  5. Farmers and Ranchers
  6. Pet Owners
  7. Supplies

There are four classifications used to describe nuclear emergencies. We contact federal, state and local authorities in each of the follow situations.
Unusual Event: This is the least serious of the four classifications. It means there is a minor operational or security problem at the plant. There is no impact to the public: No public action is needed.
Alert: This is the second classification in increasing significance and involves an operational/security event that may affect plant safety. There is no impact to the public. Emergency officials would prepare emergency centers for use if needed.
Site Area Emergency: This is the third in increasing significance and involves a major operational/security event that could affect plant safety. Sirens may sound to alert the public to listen to local radio/television stations for information. Radioactivity levels outside of the plant should not exceed federal guidelines.
General Emergency: This is the most serious of the four classifications and involves a serious operational/security event. Sirens may sound and state and local authorities would take action to protect the public. Local radio/television stations would give information and instructions. People in affected areas would be advised to stay indoors or evacuate.