Signage and safety tape clearly marks areas around Unit 1 reactor at Exelon Generation's Quad-Cities Generating Station in Cordova.

Kevin E. Schmidt

Cordova, Illinois — As part of its effort to ensure area residents know what to do in the event of an incident at an Exelon Generation nuclear facility, the company has distributed informational emergency response brochures to people and businesses within 10 miles of its facilities, including Quad Cities Station.

The brochure includes information about emergency preparedness, such as reception center locations, evacuation routes, and emergency alert broadcast stations, and a special needs card to be completed and returned by residents who may have special transportation or other needs. The information also is available at exeloncorp.com.

“Although we’ve never had an event that required residents to use these brochures, they’re important to have – just in case,” said Dan Enright, senior vice president of Midwest operations for Exelon’s nuclear fleet. “People should keep them with other important documents to ensure that they’re available if needed.”

Federal law requires companies to have an emergency response and evacuation plan in place. There are several physical barriers and layers of backup safety systems at the facilities to protect them, even in extreme conditions, such as floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. In addition, emergency planning experts at each site work with state, county and local emergency management officials to develop, maintain, train personnel and test emergency response plans.

--Times staff

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