Southern Exposure 2015
In late July, 2015, ANI participated in Southern Exposure 2015; a joint federal/state full-scale nuclear power plant emergency response exercise. The three day exercise simulated a radiological release at Duke Energy’s H.B. Robinson Nuclear Plant and focused on both the evacuation phase and long term recovery issues.
The exercise allowed the 500 federal, state and local agency representatives, the military and other nuclear industry stakeholders including the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators, and the Electric Power Research Institute to test and validate their plans and capabilities, and to identify areas for improvement.
ANI’s role in the drill was to support Duke and other stakeholders by describing the process involved in providing immediate emergency financial assistance to individuals affected by the exercise. ANI worked with South Carolina representatives to issue a press release describing the type of emergency assistance available for residents and/or workers within designated evacuation zones. We also estimated the amount of financial assistance that would be needed based on the number of evacuees and days evacuated. In the unlikely event of a real nuclear incident at a covered nuclear facility, ANI, acting on behalf of the plant licensee, would provide immediate emergency financial assistance to qualified evacuees who live and/or work within the recommended evacuation zone, including reasonable allowance for food, shelter and transportation, and reimbursement for any wage loss.