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Know your nuclear power plant emergency terms

Published April 14. 2011 05:00PM

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a nuclear power plant emergency:

"Notification of Unusual Event"

A small problem has occurred at the plant. No radiation leak is expected. No action on your part will be necessary.


A small problem has occurred, and small amounts of radiation could leak inside the plant. This will not affect you and no action is required.

"Site Area Emergency"

Area sirens may be sounded. Listen to your radio or television for safety information.

"General Emergency"

Radiation could leak outside the plant and off the plant site. The sirens will sound. Tune to your local radio or television station for reports. Be prepared to follow instructions promptly.

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