Catawba

2018 Emergency Planning Information Summary

Catawba Nuclear Station 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

It's important to know which Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) you are in, because this will help you understand where to go in the event of an emergency. Check the map for the nuclear plant in your area and locate the zones where you live, work and/or go to school. In the event of an emergency, officials will announce specific instructions for zones. If there was an emergency at the nuclear station, it is unlikely everyone within the 10-mile EPZ would be affected. The areas affected would depend on weather conditions and the nature of the emergency.

Helpful Information

  • There are several ways you could be notified of a problem at Catawba Nuclear Station:

    To alert people outdoors, county officials will sound sirens around the station. Sirens will sound repeatedly in an emergency. 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. Follow the instructions. Stay tuned.

    In an emergency, fire, police and rescue units may also patrol the affected area and sound their sirens, if necessary. Boaters also would be alerted.

    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 Catawba Nuclear Station 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 point for their school. This may be different from the reception center listed for the student’s home.

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

    Adults would care for the children until parents arrive at the relocation school.

    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, you should tell them what to do in an emergency. Be sure they know what zone they are in.
  • 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:

    Mecklenburg  3-1-1 
    Gaston  704.853.5205 
    York - Rock Hill office  803.909.7300 
    York - York office  803.684.7004 
    S.C. DHEC  800.476.9677 

    For more online KI information, visit:

     North Carolina  http://www.ncpublichealth.com
     South Carolina   http://www.scdhec.gov

    For more online KI information, visit http://www.ncpublichealth.com.

  • 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:

    North Carolina
    FM 107.9 WLNK Charlotte
    FM 103.7 WSOC Charlotte
     
    South Carolina
    FM 107.1 WRHM York County
    FM 94.3/AM 1340 WRHI Rock Hill
    NOAA Weather Radio - All Hazards
     
    Other local radio and television stations may also carry the emergency information message. If you hear no message on radio or television, call your county’s emergency management office.
     
    York County Emergency Management: 803.326.2300
     
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Emergency Management: 704.336.2412 / 704.943.6200
     
    Gaston County Emergency Management: 704.866.3350 / 704.866.3300
     
    North Carolina Division of Emergency Management: 919.733.3300
     
    South Carolina Emergency Management Division: 803.737.8500
  • York County Emergency Management: 803.326.2300
     
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Emergency Management: 704.336.2412 / 704.943.6200
     
    Gaston County Emergency Management: 704.866.3350 / 704.866.3300
     
    North Carolina Division of Emergency Management: 919.733.3300
     
    South Carolina Emergency Management Division: 803.737.8500