BU Participates in Susquehanna Nuclear Power Station Emergency Drill
Four Bloomsburg University Health Physics students participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) drill conducted at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Station on October 18, 2018. Pictured above from left to right are a FEMA evaluator, Jarrett Willis (BU Student), a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) evaluator, Anna Guernsey (BU health physics major), Troy Prutzman ( BU radiation safety officer), Michael Karchner (BU health physics major) and Tanner Ambrose (BU health physics major).
“These drills are held every other year to evaluate government’s
ability to protect public health and safety,” said MaryAnn Tierney,
Regional Administrator for FEMA Region III. “We will assess state and
local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency
Planning Zone as well as the adjacent support jurisdictions within the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Within 90 days post-exercise, FEMA will send a report of their evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.
FEMA created the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to
(1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial
nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a
nuclear power plant accident and (2) inform and educate the public about
radiological emergency preparedness.