2019-2020 Emergency Planning Information Summary

                  Harris Nuclear Plant is dedicated to the safe, reliable and efficient production of electricity. Duke Energy would immediately notify federal, state and local authorities of a problem at the plant. These officials would then notify you if any action were necessary.

                  Emergency Planning Zones

                  Helpful Information

                  • There are several ways you could be notified of a problem at Harris Nuclear Plant:

                    To alert people outdoors, county officials may sound sirens around the plant. If you hear a siren, turn on your radio or television immediately. Tune to a local station that will carry an emergency information message. These stations will give you information and tell you what to do. HEARING A SIREN DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD EVACUATE.

                    To alert people indoors, radio and television stations will carry emergency information messages. Local fire, police and emergency officials may patrol affected areas within the EPZ broadcasting information via loudspeakers and/or go door to door to ensure residents are award of the situation. Follow their instructions. Stay tuned.

                    Boaters also would be alerted. Officials will use any means necessary (e.g., boats, loudspeakers, etc.) to alert those on waterways and in recreational areas.

                    Upon hearing a siren or emergency message, we also encourage people living in the 10-mile emergency planning zones to check with their neighbors to ensure they are aware of the situations – especially neighbors who may have special needs.

                    In case of a problem, you will be provided specific instructions based on your location. Follow the instructions given on the radio or television.

                  • Schools in the area around Harris Nuclear Plant have emergency plans for school children.

                    In an emergency, school officials would be contacted by county emergency management officials.

                    If an evacuation were ordered, all children attending school inside the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) would be relocated to a designated pick-up facility for their school. This may be different from the reception center/shelters listed for the student’s home.

                    Parents should pick up students at designated pick-up facilities only. Do not call or go to the schools. This will help avoid delays. All relocation schools/pick-up facilities are more than 10 miles from the plant.

                    Your children will be cared for at the facility by school and county officials until you arrive. 

                    It is important for parents to know in what zones their children's schools are located. To find out, locate the correct zone on the EPZ map (pdf, 190 KB) for your children's schools. Parents should familiarize themselves with the relocation schools/centers (pdf, 53 KB) for their children's schools.

                    If your children are ever left home alone, make sure they know what to do in an emergency. Children should know their zone and be familiar with your family’s emergency plan. 

                  • Potassium iodide, also known as KI, is a non-prescription drug that may prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine. KI is one protective action that might be recommended during a nuclear emergency. KI is available to Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) residents at no cost through county health departments. It should only be taken at the direction of public health officials. For more information on KI, contact your county health department:

                    Chatham County   919.545.8391
                    Harnett County   910.893.7550
                    Lee County   919.718.4640
                    Wake County  919.212.7000 

                    For more online KI information, visit https://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/phpr/ki/ki.html.

                  • Primary Emergency Alert Stations

                    These radio stations will participate in EAS announcements in the event of an emergency. If you hear several three-minute-long siren blasts, tune to one of the following stations for information:

                    • 94.7 WQDR-FM
                    • 105.1 WDCG-FM
                    • NOAA Weather Radio - All Hazards

                    Other radio and television stations also may broadcast information and instructions in an emergency.

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