The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) will conduct a long-term recovery exercise as part of the ongoing “Southern Exposure 15” nuclear emergency preparedness series. Other local, state, federal and private sector organizations will also participate.
For two days, more than 200 emergency response and recovery personnel will examine their responsibilities following a simulated emergency at a nuclear power plant.
SCEMD spokesman Derrec Becker told South Carolina Radio Network that this exercise is more technical than physical. “It’s what we would need to do in terms of getting the community back to normal and the staring moves of a recovery six months to eighteen months after a major emergency,” Becker said.
Unlike an earlier July drill at the Robinson nuclear power plant in Hartsville, this one will not involve a number of emergency vehicles in the area. “This going to be a discussion-based seminar, workshop-type event, but people shouldn’t notice anything,” Becker said.
“We are taking a step that no one in nuclear emergency management has taken on this scale. We are going beyond our required, evaluated exercise and looking at what we need to do to keep citizens safe following a long-term disaster. While we understand that a nuclear emergency like this is unlikely, we will apply these lessons learned to enhance our preparedness for any type of major incident that may affect the citizens of our state,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said.
The tabletop discussion will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Florence Civic Center.