State police did not follow up with some municipalities during an emergency preparedness exercise held at the Oyster Creek Generating Station last month.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, cited the state police’s Emergency Management Section’s failure to follow up with five communities after sending faxes as a “deficiency,” and the drill will have to be conducted again within 120 days of the drill held on October 6, 2009.
“This could have had an impact on public health and safety if the municipal emergency management directors were unaware that their populations were being advised to evacuate or shelter-in-place,” wrote Michael Moriarty, the acting regional administrator for FEMA.
The emergency management services did fax all 17 communities that are considered close to Oyster Creek. However, the faxes were supposed to be followed up with phone calls.
In the meantime, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked Oyster Creek to work with state police and any other offsite agencies to make sure that the follow-up drill is performed correctly.
The remedial drill was originally scheduled for December 8, 2009, but has since been moved to “sometime in January,” according to David Benson, a spokesman for Oyster Creek.
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