Nuclear Emergency Plans To Be Discussed In Ocean County Tonight [AUDIO]
Imagine this scenario. You're going about your business when all of a sudden, the sound of Oyster Creek's alarm starts blaring. Would you know what to do in that situation?
A special meeting takes place tonight in Toms River that addresses this and other important issues.
A panel of experts from various government agencies will be at the Ocean County Administration Building to talk about the state's Radiological Emergency Response Plan. The hearing will discuss how regional emergency management offices will handle such an event if one was to ever occur. There was a hearing last week in Bridgeton. The one tonight is custom tailored to the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in Lacey Township.
Paul Baldauf, Director of Division of Environmental Safety and Health at the DEP says both questions and comments will be taken, and "if there are questions we will do our best to answer them with the individuals who are on the panel."
However he notes if there are questions that can't be answered right away, they will be answered at a later date.
Baldauf says the panel will be able to answer questions regarding to the Emergency Response Plan and how including, "the time it would take to evacuate, discussions on providing Potassium iodide when to take it and where to get it, it could be questions about bus routes and what shelters would be available."
Information from questions and comments would also be worked into any future revisions of the Radiological Emergency Response Plan.
If you want to see a copy of the plan, you can stop by the Ocean County OEM office at the Robert J. Miller Airpark in Berkeley Township.
The next session takes place next week in Salem County at their OEM office in Woodstown. The actual date is July 25th.