The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and its state and local partners will take part in a biennial graded exercise of its radiological response plan. The drill will simulate an event at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant on Wednesday June 5th starting at approximately 9 AM and continuing until midafternoon. The exercise will determine if local and state agencies are ready to respond to an incident at the plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct the exercises every two years. Vermont Yankee, DEMHS, the towns in the Emergency Planning Zone around the plant (those within 10-miles: Vernon, Brattleboro, Dummerston, Halifax, Guilford, and Marlboro), Vermont state partners, and neighboring states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts conduct similar drills four times each year to prepare for a potential problem at the plant.
Players will be in the field and in various other locations within the EPZ and other locations throughout the state managing the response. The State Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury will be fully staffed to manage the response. Town EOCs will also be in full operation.
Dozens of evaluators will be following players and scoring their performance. Those functions that are not carried out properly will need to be corrected at a later date.
Contact: Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, (800) 347-0488, http://vem.vermont.gov