Nuclear plant drill in Palo helps prepare for all emergencies - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Nuclear plant drill in Palo helps prepare for all emergencies

Posted: Updated:
PALO (KWWL) - This week, employees at the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo went through a drill to make sure they're prepared for an emergency, like a security issue or faulty piece of equipment.

These drills are required every two years. Employees are evaluated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"We found that the on-site response was appropriate in this case to the scenario that was provided," said Robert Jickling with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

If an emergency ever happened inside, many organizations would have to react from outside -- including the Linn and Benton County Emergency Management Agencies and local governments.

Each time a drill is done, FEMA evaluates around 50 agencies to see how prepared they are.

"Duane Arnold Energy Center has put in a lot of effort and partnered with the state and the counties, and we see a lot of that collaboration really benefit the local community," said Andrew Chancellor, FEMA.

According to the Linn County Emergency Management Agency, these drills helped improve response during the floods of 2008.

"It was proven in 2008 that our preparedness for these type of radio-logical emergency response plans does carry over into other types of emergencies," said Mike Goldberg with the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. "So, because of this, we're a better community."

They say other types of events, like floods or tornadoes, are more likely than a disaster at the plant, but they're ready to respond to any emergency.

FEMA's final report on this week's drill won't be done for a few months, but officials say local agencies have proven they're well prepared during previous drills.
  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Learn about your yard, and what wants to live in it

    Learn about your yard, and what wants to live in it

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:10:56 GMT
    To help residents learn how to create beautiful, yet low-maintenance yards that benefit the environment, Backyard Abundance is hosting a free yard tour Saturday, Aug. 2 in Iowa City.More >>
    To help residents learn how to create beautiful, yet low-maintenance yards that benefit the environment, Backyard Abundance is hosting a free yard tour Saturday, Aug. 2 in Iowa City.More >>
  • Fish-O-Rama registration opens Wednesday

    Fish-O-Rama registration opens Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:09:54 GMT
    Registration for the twelfth annual Fish-O-Rama begins Wednesday at noon at Manhattan Pavilion of Robbins Lake in Cedar Rapids.More >>
    Registration for the twelfth annual Fish-O-Rama begins Wednesday at noon at Manhattan Pavilion of Robbins Lake in Cedar Rapids.More >>
  • UI Students: Buy football tickets, win free tuition

    UI Students: Buy football tickets, win free tuition

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:09:10 GMT
    Five current University of Iowa students who purchase their 2014 Iowa football student season ticket will be rewarded with something that won't just put a smile on their face, but on their parents' as well: free tuition for the 2014 Fall and 2015 Spring semester of classes at the UI.More >>
    Five current University of Iowa students who purchase their 2014 Iowa football student season ticket will be rewarded with something that won't just put a smile on their face, but on their parents' as well: free tuition for the 2014 Fall and 2015 Spring semester of classes at the UI.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.