Local Information

INFORMATION FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS

Your safety is very important to local officials and the operators of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. Although it is unlikely a plant problem would affect you and your family, you need to be familiar with the information below.

NOTIFICATION

If there is a serious problem at Comanche Peak which is likely to affect the public, the Outdoor Warning System Sirens may be used to alert people within 10 miles of the plant. The sirens may also be used for dangerous weather or civil defense emergencies. The decision to activate the siren system rests with local authorities. A steady siren tone will be used for a Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant emergency or dangerous weather. A slow wavering tone is for a civil defense emergency.

The emergency zone maps are very important. Use them to find your zone. If there is a plant accident, people in some zones might need to protect themselves.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

In an emergency, listen to the Emergency Alert System (Radio stations WBAP, 820 AM or KFJZ, 870 AM [en Español]). If you ABSOLUTELY must have more information, there is a Comanche Peak emergency information number, 682-498-8010. DO NOT CALL 911.

If you have questions at other times, call:

Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, 254-897-8500
Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, 254-897-2242
Hood County Sheriff’s Office, 817-579-3307

SPECIAL NEEDS GROUPS

If you have special needs please contact local law enforcement to register with them.

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Protective measure zones and evacuation routes

County officials may recommend that members of the public evacuate affected areas for their safety in the event of a serious problem at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. If evacuation is recommended:

Stay calm, you’ll have plenty of time to leave. Drive safely. Use the evacuation routes shown on the emergency zone maps and go to a reception center (Benbrook YMCA, 1899 Winscott RD, or the Bosque County Reception Center-Meridian High School 500 Yellow Jacket Dr.,  Meridian). Keep your car’s vents and windows closed while driving within 10 miles of the power plant. If you use your car air conditioning, set it on recirculate so it does not pull in outside air.

Continue to listen to the Emergency Alert System (Radio stations WBAP, 820 AM or KFJZ, 870 AM [en Español]). You will be told of any additional information.

Everyone needs to register at a reception center (Benbrook YMCA, 1899 Winscott RD, or the Bosque County Reception Center-Meridian High School 500 Yellow Jacket Dr.,  Meridian) and be checked for contamination. After being registered and checked for contamination you will leave the reception center and go to a hotel, or the home of a friend or relative who lives outside the affected area. This not a shelter, individuals will not be housed in the reception centers.

No firearms or alcohol will be allowed in the reception centers. Evacuated zones will be roadblocked. You must get permission to enter an evacuated zone. When the evacuation ends, instruction on returning will be announced at the reception centers and over the Emergency Alert System (Radio station WBAP, 820 AM or KFJZ, 870 AM [en Español]).

IF SHELTER-IN-PLACE IS RECOMMENDED

If evacuation is not possible (the roads are covered in ice or some other situation that could prevent evacuation), you may be asked to take SHELTER instead of evacuating.

Another reason to shelter-in-place may be as a precaution. If you are down-wind from a possible release of radioactive materials to the atmosphere, taking shelter for zones that are up to 10 miles away from the plant could be recommended. In addition, areas that are not down-wind may benefit from taking shelter.

The following information will help you to understand the concept and protect yourself in the event that taking shelter is recommended.

Shelter-In-Place does not mean that you should go anywhere other than the building that you are in or near (home, work or any other structure where air intake can be restricted).

The air conditioning in the building should have the capability to SHUT OFF THE INTAKE OF OUTSIDE AIR. This means that a building with central air and heat is the best choice. Some window units do not restrict the intake of outside air. If possible, quickly move to a building with central air conditioning.

Keep windows and doors shut and stay indoors.

Continue to listen to the EAS stations (WBAP 820 AM or KFJZ 870 AM en español).

Stay inside until local officials say it is safe to go out. This information will be broadcasted over the EAS stations.

IF Monitor and Prepare is Recommended

The following information will help you to understand the concept of monitor and prepare:

Remain off the roads.

Continue to listen to the EAS stations (WBAP 820 AM or KFJZ 870 AM en español) and await further instructions.

Take actions necessary to prepare for possible evacuation.