Every U.S. nuclear plant is required by law to develop and periodically test an on-site comprehensive emergency response plan and ensure that off-site plans exist. These plans are approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Local, state and national officials are included in the plans and in periodic exercises.
Every two years, each nuclear plant conducts a full-scale emergency exercise involving a confidential emergency scenario to be handled by on-site and off-site emergency response organizations, including plant employees, local hospitals, county emergency management agencies and radiological monitoring teams.
The NRC evaluates the performance of employees during the exercise and identifies improvements in the on-site plan. FEMA evaluates the performance of off-site agencies and identifies improvements in their plans. Every year, Susquehanna plant personnel conduct on-site training drills to practice key skills such as coordination, communication, assessment of the emergency, medical and fire brigade response and radiation dose measurement.
The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station has a large emergency response network consisting of 27 municipalities, county and state governments, school districts, hospitals, fire companies, ambulance and emergency medical services and federal agencies.
The level of response to an event depends on the potential threat to public health and safety.
Information for Emergency Classifications, Public Notifications, Protective Actions, School Student Pickup Points and Evacuation Routes to Reception Centers is located in the first two links at the right hand side of this page.