In Case of EmergencyVermont Yankee is designed with abundant safety systems and multiple components to prevent accidents. And, no matter how unlikely the chances of an accident affecting the public may be, a significant investment of time and resources has gone into ensuring that everyone within the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) has the information they need to respond safely and appropriately. The physical manifestation of this collaborative public-private effort is included the Emergency Planning Guide that area residents receive in the mail each year. You may also access PDF versions of these guides below:
- Vermont Residents – click here [PDF]
- New Hampshire Residents – click here [PDF]
- Massachusetts Residents – click here [PDF]
How will you be notified in case of emergency?
- A Tone-Alert Radio sounding a tone followed by a message. The loud, steady tone of the town emergency management siren, lasting 3 to 5 minutes.
- Broadcasts from loudspeakers on emergency vehicles – This is known as "Route Alerting."
- Special announcements on local Emergency Alert System radio stations.
- A message on TTYs (telecommunication devices to assist the deaf and hard of hearing to include teletypewriter) if you have registered with your town’s emergency management office to be notified over TTY in case of an emergency.
- The Rapid Emergency Notification Telephone System (RENTS) – In the event of a serious emergency requiring public notification, a recorded message can be sent to every listed business and residential phone in an Emergency Planning Zone community alerting them to the emergency and directing them to tune to a local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station for further information. This notification system can be used for all types of emergencies including one at Vermont Yankee. Emergency Planning Zone residents who wish to register their unlisted landline telephone number or personal cellular telephone number to the RENTS call list can do so by filling out the registration card which is attached to the back cover of the paper Vermont Yankee calendar [PDF] in its entirety. If you are notified by telephone, please listen to the entire message.
If you hear any of these signals, tune to an Emergency Alert System radio station in your state immediately. Check with your neighbors, especially the elderly or those who have difficulty hearing or seeing, to make sure they have received the warning signal and know what to do.