Emergency Preparedness for a Nuclear Station Problem
located less than 10 miles from the McGuire Nuclear Power Station on
Lake Norman. Operated by the Duke Energy Company, the station is
dedicated to the safe, reliable and efficient production of
While the station has had an excellent safety record since it was built, it is still important to be prepared and know what to do if a problem should occur. The information below is provided by the McGuire Nuclear Emergency Planning department of the Duke Energy Company. This information explains the emergency plan and what you should do in case of a problem at the McGuire Nuclear Station.
Being informed and prepared can mean the difference between life and death so be sure to review this information often. If you have children be sure to share it with them and have a plan for your family in the event that a problem should occur.
To view a map and list of the McGuire Nuclear Station Protective Action Zones and Reception Centers Click HERE
Have an Emergency Plan for Your Family
The McGuire Nuclear Station Emergency Plan
The Duke Energy Company, in cooperation with local, county, state and national officials, has developed an emergency plan to notify and protect you in the event of an emergency. The plan provides for a number of ways to notify you of an emergency and provides specific instructions on what you should do depending on the "classification" of the emergency. The following information is an overview of the plan and what you should do if an emergency situation should occur...
There are four classifications used to describe a nuclear station emergency. Duke Energy would contact federal, state and local authorities in each of the following situations:
How Would I be Told about an Emergency?
If there were an emergency at McGuire Nuclear Station, The Duke Energy Company would immediately tell state and county officials. These officials would notify you of the emergency and what action you should take.
What to do in the event of an Emergency.
Radio Stations that will provide Emergency Information
The primary local radio stations that state and county officials will use to provide emergency information and instructions in the event of a problem at the McGuire Nuclear Station are:
If you are told to Stay Indoors
If you are told to Evacuate
NOTE: It is important that you go to a designated reception center and register!
Things to Take in the Event of an Evacuation
NOTE: If you are going to a reception center for housing or assistance, you must bring an identification card showing your address.
Locating your Zone and Reception Center
The McGuire Nuclear Station Emergency Plan divides the local area in a 10 mile radius around the station into "Protective Action Zones". Each zone has a "Primary Evacuation Route" and corresponding "Reception Center". In the event of an emergency at the McGuire Nuclear Station it is not likely that everyone within the 10-mile area would be affected. The areas affected would depend on weather conditions and the nature of the emergency.
You should look at the McGuire Nuclear Station Protective Action Zones and Reception Centers Map and find the zones where you live, work and/or go to school. You should also look to locate the designated reception center of the zone(s) you are in. This is where you should go if there is an evacuation of the zone you are in. You can locate the designated reception center for a particular zone on the McGuire Nuclear Station Protective Action Zones and Reception Centers Map provided on the this web site.
Exit Routes During an Evacuation.
The route you should take in the event of an evacuation depends on the "Protective Action Zone" that you are in. To find the exit route for a particular zone you can refer to the McGuire Nuclear Station Protective Action Zones and Reception Centers Map provided on this web site. Routes would also be announced on local radio and television. Law enforcement officials would direct traffic during an evacuation. If possible you should use car pools in your neighborhood to limit traffic and please, DRIVE SAFELY.
Services Provided at Reception Centers
What if My Children are in School during an Emergency?
Schools in the area around the McGuire Nuclear Station each have specific emergency plans for the children at that school.
Special Help for the DisabledCounty emergency personnel will notify people with special needs during an emergency and evacuate them if necessary. If you or someone you know is visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically disbaled or has special needs, call you emergency management office today. Tell them of the special need. This information will remain confidential.
If instructed in an emergency, farmers should be prepared to take the following actions:
The state of North Carolina has published special brochures concerning livestock, crops, and gardens. Residents may request a copy by contacting the county cooperative extension agent.
Emegency Management Office Phone NumbersIf you have questions, call the county emergency management office during working hours:
If there is no answer and you have a question about a siren, call: