FEMA TO EVALUATE READINESS OF NEW JERSEY

Emergency Preparedness Exercise scheduled for Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations

Salem, NJ- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations (SHCNGS) in Salem County New Jersey. The exercise will take place during the week of May 16 to evaluate the ability of the State of New Jersey and Delaware to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility. This exercise is designed to evaluate State and local government’s ability to protect public health and safety within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the nuclear facility.

FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise in a public briefing at 1:00 pm. on May 20, at the Salem County, Office of Emergency Management, 135 Cemetery Road, Woodstown, NJ 08098-9455. Scheduled speakers include representatives from FEMA, NRC, and the State of New Jersey.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man- made, including acts of terror. Region II covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.