If you traveled on U.S. Highway 1 North last Wednesday you may have noticed a lot of activity around First Assembly of God and Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant. Employees of the nuclear plant conducted a hostile action-based practice exercise.
During the hostile action-based practice exercise, numerous law enforcement and emergency responders may be onsite and around the community. Emergency response vehicles may be observed entering and exiting the facility. Law enforcement may also utilize helicopters to support the response effort. The final evaluated hostile action-based emergency exercise will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires nuclear power plants to conduct a hostile action-based emergency exercise at least once every eight years. The primary objective of this emergency exercise is for a nuclear power plant to demonstrate its ability to protect the public, plant operations and employees through the coordination of onsite security and emergency response with offsite federal, state and local emergency responders and law enforcement agencies.
A local communications/command center was established at First Assembly of God during the exercise.