2018 Emergency Planning Information Summary

McGuire 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 McGuire Nuclear Station:

    To alert people outdoors, county officials may sound sirens around the station. 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 McGuire 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 
     Catawba   828.695.5800
     Gaston  704.853.5205
     Iredell   704.878.5300
     Lincoln  704.736.8634

    For more online KI information, visit

  • 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:

    • FM 107.9 WLNK Charlotte 
    • FM 106.5 WEND Salisbury 
    • NOAA Weather Radio - All Hazards
    Other local radio and television stations may also carry the emergency information message.

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management
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    Gaston County Emergency Management
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    Iredell County Emergency Management
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    Lincoln County Emergency Management
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    Catawba County Emergency Management
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    North Carolina Emergency Management
    Emergency Management 24-Hour Operations

    Duke Energy Customer Contact Center

    McGuire Nuclear Station Energy Explorium
    800.777.0003, option 1

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