THIS IS A DRILL for a GENERAL EMERGENCY - Thursday, February 28, 2018 PLANT VOGTLE has declared a general emergency.

  • Plant Vogtle

    General Emergency - The most serious of the four NRC classifications. Radioactive material could be released outside the plant site. State and local authorities will take action to protect the public. Sirens may be sounded and local radio and television stations will provide information and instructions. If you're in an affected area, you will be notified by your NOAA weather radio and state and local officials about any actions you need to take.
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For information about activities and conditions in the area surrounding Plant Vogtle:

  • Call the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) at 1-800-879-4362 or 404-635-7200

For information on current conditions at Plant Vogtle:

  • Call our recorded information line at 1-888-847-1186

If Told to Evacuate

If told to evacuate your home

Evacuation means that you and anyone who is with you should move to a place that is greater than 10 miles away from the facility. Go first to your reception center/shelter. Reception centers/shelters are listed on page 7 of your Vogtle Emergency Information Calendar. Sign in when you get there to help keep track of all persons during an emergency.

Plans have been made to give you housing if needed. You also may need to be checked for contamination. This can be done at your reception center/shelter. Look at the map on page 8 of your calendar, find your reception center and know how to get there.

If you or someone you know has special needs and would be unable to evacuate himself or herself, contact your local Emergency Management Agency. A list of numbers is located in the emergency information calendar.

2018 Emergency Information Calendar

NOTE: It is important for you to register at your reception center/shelter, even if you do not intend to stay there. This allows officials to verify you are safe and out of the area. Law enforcement officers will make every effort to protect your property while you are away. For the safety and convenience of others, alcoholic beverages, firearms and pets should not be brought to the reception center/shelter. Residents will receive instructions on where they can shelter their pets from state and federal agencies.

If you are told to evacuate, follow these steps:

  1. Stay calm. If you already know where to go, how to get there and what to take, that will help you. You will have time to do what you need to do.

  2. Stay tuned to your NOAA alert radio or one of the stations listed on page 2 in the calendar for news about the emergency.

  3. Children who are in school during an emergency will be cared for. DO NOT go to the school. If your children are in school and the school is in an affected zone, they will be sheltered or sent to the appropriate reception center. You will be told how to pick up your children when you get to your reception center/shelter. It is important that you do not go to a school to pick up children.

  4. Gather what you and your family will need. You will likely have to be away from home for a few days. Take these things along if you can:

    • The Vogtle Emergency Information Calendar
    • Some way to identify yourself, such as a driver's license or other important papers with proof of address
    • Cash, checkbook and credit cards
    • Glasses, prescription drugs and other important medicines
    • Personal toiletry items (toothbrush, comb, etc.)
    • Baby supplies

      NOTE: Reception centers/shelters provide food, bedding and other emergency services.
  5. Remember to do the following before you leave:

    • Shelter your livestock, especially dairy animals, if you can do so easily. Leave enough water and stored feed for several days. Residents will receive instructions on where they can shelter their pets from state and federal agencies.
    • Turn off all appliances except your refrigerator and freezer. Turn off lights and water faucets.
    • Lock all windows and outside doors. Law enforcement will patrol the evacuated area.
    • Tie a white cloth to the front doorknob of your house or to the mailbox. The white cloth will signal to emergency workers that you have left the area safely.
    • Remind nearby friends and neighbors about the need to evacuate. Do not use the phone for this since the lines will be needed for official calls.
    • Use your own car if you can. If you have room, check to see if any of your neighbors need a ride. If you know someone who is physically or mentally disabled, give them a ride if you can. If you need a ride and have already sent in a special needs card, an emergency worker will pick you up. If you have not sent in the card, the radio or television will give the phone number to call to be picked up. You can also call your county emergency management agency office (listed on page 1).
    • Turn on your car radio for more information.
    • Follow the route you have marked on the map on page 8. Traffic control officials will help guide you on your trip.
    • Close car windows and vents. Keep the air conditioner and heater off. It is okay to recirculate air inside the car.

  6. Drive carefully. Go straight to the reception center/shelter, even if you plan to stay with friends or at a motel. Your belongings and clothing may be checked for contamination. The reception center/shelter will record your temporary address or location.

While you are away from home, local officers will patrol the area to protect property. State and county officials will decide when you can go home to check on animals and to pick up other items.

When the emergency has ended, public officials will tell you through the news media when it is safe to go home.