Residents of the eighteen Massachusetts communities that are located within the Emergency Planning Zones (EPZs) of the three nuclear power stations, that impact the Commonwealth, were recently mailed their annual calendar containing vital emergency information. The 2011 calendar is an important part of emergency planning efforts to ensure the safety of those within the EPZ communities.

"Please keep this calendar in an accessible location, once you have shared this information with your family," states Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Kurt Schwartz.. "By being informed, you and your family will be better prepared to respond to any emergency in your community, including hurricanes, tornadoes, chemical spills or large fires."

The calendar contains important information concerning emergency warning signals, how residents would be notified, protective actions such as sheltering in place and evacuation, as well as the possibility of ingesting potassium iodide (KI). Additionally, there is information for those who may have special needs or own pets. This information represents part of the emergency planning efforts of local officials, in cooperation with MEMA, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the nuclear licensees.

The EPZ communities are:
Pilgrim: Duxbury, Kingston, Plymouth, and portions of Carver and Marshfield.
Seabrook: Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury.
Vermont Yankee: Bernardston, Leyden, and portions of Colrain, Gill, Greenfield, Northfield and Warwick.

If residents of those communities have not received their calendar, they are asked to contact their local Emergency Management Director, a MEMA Regional Office, which are located in Tewksbury, Bridgewater and Agawam, or the Nuclear Preparedness Department at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham. An electronic version of the calendar's emergency information can be found in the 'Nuclear Preparedness' section of the MEMA webpage at www.mass.gov/mema.