2018 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

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 Harris Nuclear Plant:

    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 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 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:

    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 http://www.ncpublichealth.com.

  • 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.

  •  Chatham County   919.542.2911
     Harnett County  910.893.7580
     Lee County  919.718.4670
     Wake County  919.856.6480
     N.C. Division of Emergency Management  919.733.3300 / 800.858.0368
     Duke Energy Customer Contact Center  800.452.2777
     Harris Nuclear Plant Corporate Communications  984.229.6261

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