Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 9:11 pm

Nuclear safety drill set for Dec. 5

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By Rachel Warmke rwarmke@qconline.com

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency will test local emergency response plans on Dec. 5 at the Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station.

Testing is done to ensure all necessary personnel, equipment and services in the bi-state area are available in case of a radiological or non-radiological emergency, according to an Exelon Corporation press release. Such tests are conducted within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear facility, located at 22710 206th Avenue in Cordova.

Nuclear power plants are regularly monitored by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and agents routinely undergo training to ensure safety at each plant, according to information provided by the Nuclear Energy institute.

In the event of a safety threat, such as a potentially harmful radiation leak, tests are conducted and state officials determine a subsequent plan, such as remaining inside or evacuating the area, according to an Exelon brochure. Nuclear explosions at a plant are nearly impossible, the brochure stated.

Initial test results from the Quad Cities plant will be presented on Dec. 7 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency — at 11 a.m. in Scott County for Iowa and the counties of Scott and Clinton; and at 2 p.m. at the Quad Cities Station Training Center in Cordova for Illinois and the counties of Rock Island and Whiteside.

For more information, visit iema.illinois.gov


In the event of an emergency:

- Ensure people, including emergency responders, can reach you by telephone
- Remain indoors and listen to the radio for any new information
- Close anything that draws in outside air (including doors, windows and air conditioners)
- Keep livestock and other animals inside with sufficient food and water
- Go immediately to an evacuation site if instructed (family members and friends located at schools, nursing homes and hospitals will be ordered to follow specific emergency drill)  

- Information taken from the "Emergency Planning for the Quad Cities Area: Important Safety Information for Your Community 2012/2013" brochure