Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Burke County, Georgia. (File / WRDW-TV)
News 12 First at Five / Friday, December 13, 2013
Burke County, Ga. (WRDW) - The possibility of an emergency here at Plant Vogtle, has leaders from all across the area paying close attention.
"Plant Vogtle is very close to the South Carolina border," said Derrec Becker, with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
It houses two working reactors and two that are being built right now.
"Nuclear energy, nuclear power has been very much in the public eye," Becker said.
And it's he and his colleagues jobs to keep the public aware and safe.
"We want to make sure our residents make the right information that they can make their own decisions should something heaven forbid in and around their area," Becker told News 12's Patrick Price.
That area includes a 10 mile radius around the plant. Emergency crews would primarily be concerned with inhalation of radioactive gas.
"We also go out 50 miles for additional safety planning measures," he said.
At that distance, which would include all of Augusta, there would be concerns about contamination in food and water.
"What we want to do is be as overly prepared as we can be just in case," Becker said.
On the Georgia side, Jeff Morrison with the emergency management agency says preparation is key.
"We're continually conducting training activities at the state level and the local levels," he said.
They hand out emergency phones within the 10 mile radius of the plant. It's a way to keep residents aware of what's going if there ever was an emergency.
"We're monitoring, updating plans procedures," said Morrison.
And they're here today to help you learn how to prepare and plan, regardless of what happens.
"We take an all hazards approach to the way that we try to plan for and minimize the impacts of any major disaster that could potentially affect our state," said Becker.