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Seabrook Station EPZ Preparedness Information

The Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant is located in Seabrook, New Hampshire. The area that is approximately 10 miles around the plant is called the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). New Hampshire communities in the EPZ are: Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newton, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton and Stratham.

People that live, work, or vacation within the 10 mile EPZ should be prepared for an emergency at the plant and be familiar with the EPZ's emergency plans and procedures.

 


 

Emergency Classification Levels

If an emergency is declared at the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, it would be categorized into one of four emergency levels.

  • Unusual Event: Events are in process or have occurred which indicate a potential degradation in the level of safety of the plant or indicate a security threat to facility protection has been initiated. No releases of radioactive material requiring offsite response or monitoring are expected unless further degradation of safety systems occurs.
  • Alert: Events are in process or have occurred which involve an actual or potential substantial degradation in the level of safety of the plant or a security event that involves probably life threatening risk to site personnel or damage to site equipment because of HOSTILE ACTION. Any releases are expected to be limited to small fractions of the EPA Protective Action Guideline exposure levels.
  • Site Area Emergency: Events are in process or have occurred that involve actual or likely major failures in plant functions needed for protection of the public or HOSTILE ACTION that results in intentional damage or malicious acts; (1) toward site personnel or equipment that could lead to the likely failure of or; (2) prevent effective access to, equipment needed for the protection of the public. Any releases are not expected to result in exposure levels which exceed the EPA Protective Action Guideline exposure levels beyond the site boundary.
  • General Emergency: Events are in process or have occurred which involve actual or imminent substantial core degradation or melting with potential for loss of containment integrity or HOSTILE ACTION that result in an actual loss of physical control of the facility. Releases can be reasonably expected to exceed EPA Protective Action Guideline exposure levels offsite for more than the immediate site area.

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Before an Emergency at Seabrook Station

  • If you live or work in the EPZ, obtain your Seabrook Station Emergency Preparedness Brochure pdf file
  • Be informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies.
    • Learn about local warning procedures in your community, including outdoor sirens or horns or automated telephoning systems used for sending emergency notifications.
    • CodeRED will call all published landlines in the Emergency Planning Zone. If you have an unpublished number or would like to be notified via email or your smartphone, sign up for Seabrook Station Notifications via CodeRED.
  • Build an Emergency Kit.
    • The State of New Hampshire has made potassium iodide, also known as KI, available to people who live or work in the emergency planning zone at no charge. In the unlikely event of a radiological emergency, the state may recommend individuals take KI. Download the NH DHHS KI Application Form pdf file.
  • Have a Family Emergency Plan and review it as a family.
  • Be prepared to evacute or shelter in place. Make arrangements for your pets.
  • Let your local Emergency Management Director (EMD) know in advance if you need any assistance during an emergency. If you or someone in your household would need notification or assistance with emergency sheltering-in-place, evacuating, or staying in a mass care shelter, let your EMD know or fill out the Access and Functional Needs form to provide your information. Fill out the Access and Functional Needs form.

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During an Emergency: How You Will Be Notified

In the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency that requires you to take action, you will be alerted through emergency alert system radio and television stations, CodeRED, NHAlerts, wireless emergency alerts, outdoor warning sirens and marine radio channels 16 and 22.

  • The outdoor warning sirens will make a steady three to five minute sound.
  • If you receive an emergency alert, go inside your home or a nearby building and turn your radio or smart speaker to the emergency alert system station WOKQ 97.5 FM.
  • Sign up for Seabrook Station emergency alerts and NHAlerts today.
  • Safety instructions may be given to you at any hour, day or night, and will include recommendations as to what you should do for your protection. Follow instructions carefully. Information will be provided and reboardcast regularly.
  • Check with your neighbors, especially the elderly or persons who have difficulty hearing or seeing, to make sure they have received the warning and know what to do.

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During an Emergency: If Told to Evacuate

If an evacuation is necessary, public safety officials will tell you over the emergency alert system radio station what to do. DO NOT evacuate unless directed to do so by public safety officials.

  • Only take what you will need, including: extra clothing, toiletries, blankets, pillows, towels, prescription medications and medical supplies, checkbook, credit card, cash, baby supplies, special dietary foods, driver’s license or identification.
  • Take your pets with you. Reception centers do not accept animals other than service animals. Plan in advance what you will do with your pets should you have to evacuate.
  • DO NOT try to pick up children at their schools. The school will transport your child to the community's reception center where you can be reunited.
  • DO NOT call your local fire or police departments for information. Emergency workers will need their telephone lines for emergency use. If you need special help, call your local Emergency Management Office.
  • Stay tuned to your emergency alert radio station WOKQ 97.5 FM.
  • If you have family members in a hospital or nursing home, stay tuned to an emergency alert system station. Patients may be released to family members or moved to another location.
  • Household members outside the area may be advised not to return during an evacuation. They will be directed to the reception center where they can join you.
  • If you have questions or need information, call 2-1-1. Only call 9-1-1 if you need to request help during an emergency.
  • Secure your home and check with neighbors to see if they need assistance.
  • Follow the established evacuation routes to the reception center. Reception centers are opened to monitor evacuees for radiological contamination. After checking in at the reception center, short-term housing and food is available at mass care shelters.
  • If you need a ride, try to get one with neighbors.
  • If you cannot get a ride, find information on your town's respective evacuation map. Walk to one of the routes shown as a solid line. Buses will pick up riders anywhere along these routes. If a bus is full, another will come along. Buses will take riders to their town's repsective reception center.
  • If you cannot get to the bus routes or pick-up points, contact your local Emergency Management Office. Emergency workers will arrange transportation for you.
  • If you have livestock, shelter them. Leave them a three-day supply of stored feed and water that has been protected from possible contamination.

How to Travel

  • While traveling in the car, keep all windows and vents closed until you have left the EPZ.
  • Keep the car radio tuned to an EAS station.
  • Drive out of the area along one of the Seabrook Evacuation Routes as shown and described on evacuation maps. The use of these suggested main roads will expedite the movement of evacuating traffic away from Seabrook Station and to the reception centers.

Pets

If you go, they go. Do not leave your pets behind. Not all shelters are pet friendly, so have a plan for your pets in case of an evacuation. Take the time now to locate a facility outside of the emergency planning zone that will accept your pet if you need to evacuate.

Prepare an emergency kit for your pet: collar, leash, 3-day supply of food, bowls, litter box, current photo, and necessary medications. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required for admission into any shelter. Use a pet carrier for each pet to make transport easier.

Farmers

A fact sheet is available for farmers, food processors and food distributors located within 50 miles of the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant. If you have questions, call the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food at 603-271-3551.

Potassium Iodide (KI)

Potassium iodide is a drug that can protect the thyroid gland from radiation injury caused by radio-active iodine. The drug is approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is available over-the-counter. In the event of a radiological emergency, broadcasts over Emergency Alert System radio stations will tell people if the New Hampshire Division of Public Health advises them to take KI. Download the NH DHHS KI Application Form pdf file.

Reception Centers

Reception centers are opened to monitor evacuees for radiological contamination. After checking in at the reception center, short-term housing and food is available at mass care shelters.

 COMMUNITY: RECEPTION CENTER LOCATION: 
Brentwood

Memorial High School

1 Crusader Way (via S. Porter St)

Manchester, NH

East Kingston
Exeter
Hampton Beach Visitors
Kensington
Kingston
Newfields
Newton
Seabrook
South Hampton
Stratham

 

 COMMUNITY: RECEPTION CENTER LOCATION: 
Greenland

Dover Middle School

16 Daley Dr (off NH RT 108)

Dover, NH

Hampton
Hampton Falls
New Castle
North Hampton
Rye

 

 COMMUNITY: RECEPTION CENTER LOCATION: 
Portsmouth

Rochester Middle School

47 Brock St

Rochester, NH

 

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During an Emergency: If Told to Shelter-in-Place

You may be instructed to shelter-in-place. This means you should immediately go inside the nearest available building. If you are already inside, stay there. Sheltering-in-place may provide the best protection. If a shelter-in-place message is given for your area, you should do the following:

  • Go indoors and keep all children and pets inside.
  • Close all doors and windows. Turn off all window fans, clothes dryers, kitchen and bath exhaust fans, air conditioners, and other sources of outside air, unless told to do otherwise.
  • Monitor your emergency alert radio station WOKQ 97.5 FM.
  • If sheltering in place is recommended during school hours, children will be
    sheltered at the school and cared for by school personnel.
  • If you have questions or need information call 2-1-1. Only call 9-1-1 if you need to request help.
  • If you are traveling in a motor vehicle in the affected area, close the windows and air vents. If you are a visitor, leave the area immediately, or go inside a nearby public building.
  • If you have livestock, shelter them too. Give them stored feed and water from a covered source.

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Children in School or Child Care

During emergencies, most schools in the emergency planning zone will release students early. If your community is instructed to evacute before you have been able to pick up your child, the school will transport your child to the community's reception center where you can be reunited.

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After an Emergency at Seabrook Station

  • Continue to monitor the media for emergency information.
  • Follow instructions from public safety officials.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies. Call 2-1-1 to obtain shelter locations and other disaster information.
  • If you have evacuated, return home only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • If you have been advised to shelter in place, do not leave your home until officials announce that it is safe to do so.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
  • For guidance to members of the agricultural community with farms, food processing facilities and distributing facilities within 50 miles of a nuclear power station, see: Radiological Emergency Inforation for Farmers, Food Processors and Distributors.

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Emergency Evacuation Maps

 Emergency Planning Zone pdf file  New Castle pdf file
Brentwood pdf file Newfields pdf file
East Kingston pdf file Newton pdf file
Exeter pdf file North Hampton pdf file
Greenland pdf file Portsmouth pdf file
Hampton pdf file Rye pdf file
Hampton Falls pdf file Seabrook pdf file
Kensington pdf file South Hampton pdf file
Kingston pdf file Stratham pdf file

 

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Important Telephone Numbers

Always call 9-1-1 for emergencies. Call 2-1-1 to obtain shelter locations and other emergency information.

For Information During an Emergency:

NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management: 1-800-458-2407

TDD/TTY: 1-800-735-2964

Non-Emergency Phone Numbers:

NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management: 1-800-852-3792

TDD/TTY: 1-800-735-2964

Brentwood Emergency Management: 603-642-8131

East Kingston Emergency Management: 603-642-3141

Exeter Emergency Management: 603-772-3843

Greenland Emergency Management: 603-431-7111

Hampton Emergency Management: 603-926-3316

Hampton Falls Emergency Management: 603-929-4611

Kensington Emergency Management: 603-772-1047

Kingston Emergency Management: 603-642-3626

New Castle Emergency Management: 603-436-1132

Newfields Emergency Management: 603-778-0311

Newton Emergency Management: 603-382-1610

North Hampton Emergency Management: 603-964-7248

Portsmouth Emergency Management: 603-427-1580

Rye Emergency Management: 603-964-5896

Seabrook Emergency Management: 603-474-5772

South Hampton Emergency Management: 603-394-0243

Stratham Emergency Management: 603-772-5936

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