Annex: Nuclear Accident Department: All Campus DepartmentsDepartmental Emergency Contact: Campus Police
The purpose of this plan is to provide an effective and expedient plan to respond should an accident occur at the Catawba Nuclear Station. This plan also will entail evacuation or in-place sheltering of the student body, faculty, and staff of Winthrop University.
Winthrop University’s campus is within the 10 mile emergency planning zone (EPZ) for the Catawba Nuclear Station. The university is located in zone C-2 of the 10 mile EPZ that includes the city of Rock Hill, between five and ten miles south of the Catawba Nuclear Station. It also is surrounded by heavily traveled roadways and bordered by a rail system that may support the transport of hazardous materials. Any natural or technological disaster could require the university to take protective measures such as in-place sheltering or evacuating and closing the campus until it’s safe to return.
In the event of a nuclear accident, Campus Police will be notified by the Emergency Operations Center on the extent of the emergency. Following this notification, Campus Police will notify faculty, staff, and students through the ALERTUS Emergency Notification System and the Instant Messaging System. The information provided will give direction on how to respond to the emergency.
Communications between Winthrop University and the York County Emergency Operations Center will be conducted via commercial telephone service. Backup communications will be through utilization of the York County Comprehensive 800MHz Communications System.
Winthrop University may communicate with the campus community by any of the following means:
When the area is given the “all clear” signal for reentry/return, the information will be disseminated by local radio and television stations. The university authorities will confirm the information through the York County Emergency Operations Center. This information will then be disseminated via the listed means throughout the Winthrop campus community.
Emergency responders will have total control of the scene. If the situation dictates, the Incident Command System will be used as directed by the National Incident Management System.
The university also will assemble the Critical Incident Management Team to make university related decisions.
The Winthrop University Police Department will operate an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in the Facilities Operations Center. All activities will be coordinated with ESF-13 (Public Safety and Security) in the York County EOC. The Vice President of Student Life or a designee will be represented in the York County EOC and/or will be in continuous communications with the Winthrop EOC.
Notification If a nuclear accident occurs at the Catawba Nuclear Plant, the initial alert notification will come from the York County Office of Emergency Management by activation of the all-hazards radio located in the Campus Office, by commercial telephone, or by utilizing the 800 Mhz radio system. If the situation involves an emergency at the nuclear station, the initial notification will be provided at an event classification of ALERT or HIGHER. Subsequent notifications will be provided by the York County Office of Emergency Management or by the outdoor warning siren system and Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages on local radio and television stations. The sirens will cycle for three minutes and recycle again for a total of fifteen minutes. The sirens will sound for one (1) three minute cycle if they are being tested. This siren system is tested audibly once every quarter throughout the year. WUPD Notification Actions
When notification of imminent danger is received from either the York County Office of Emergency Management or the outdoor warning siren system, the University President or designee will be notified by Campus Police. The Chief of Campus Police or designee will verify the status of the emergency with the York County Office of Emergency Management, when practicable. The University President or designee may contact the York County Office of Emergency Management at anytime to obtain current conditions and situation reports and to help in the decision affecting Winthrop University.
Specific Notification Actions
If an emergency situation occurs at the Catawba Nuclear Station, specific action will be taken to insure the safety of the Winthrop University student body and staff. Specific notifications for each Emergency Classification Level (ECL) are as follows:
In – Place Sheltering
Should state and local emergency officials determine that evacuation is not required nor advisable, they may direct the general population in certain zones to in-place shelter. In-place sheltering is a temporary measure whereby individuals remain indoors for short-term protection. In-place sheltering includes the following steps:
The university president or designee will determine whether or not to close the university and evacuate campus. It is anticipated that sufficient time will be provided in the alert and evacuation process to permit an orderly evacuation. Should an evacuation become necessary, the university will be closed and students, faculty, and staff will be requested to leave the campus. Those individuals not able to return to their home for whatever reason, may request that the university help them in their evacuation. It is estimated that approximately 500 students may need transportation assistance to a safe area.
Those persons requiring evacuation transportation assistance should report to Dinkins Hall. Dinkins will serve as the assembly point for Winthrop University evacuees. Residence Life staff will follow the fire drill procedure to evacuate residence halls. Upon arrival at Dinkins, university and local authorities will assign evacuees to temporary shelters.
Evacuee Assistance Registration/Inquiry Process
In case of an evacuation, a registration and inquiry process must be conducted to maintain a record of Winthrop University students, faculty, and staff who have requested assistance with transportation. To achieve this, students electing to be evacuated by the university will be processed through the registration and inquiry process at Dinkins. The Division of Student Life will be responsible for the Registration and Inquiry process located at Dinkins.
In case of a campus evacuation, York County Office of Emergency Management will work with Winthrop University to coordinate transportation for the evacuees to a designated shelter. This transportation will supplement the buses and vans controlled by the university.
When evacuees leave, all appliances and faucets should be turned off. All doors and windows should be closed and locked. York County or neighboring counties will provide public reception centers managed by the American Red Cross and supported by the state and local Department of Social Services and other groups. An evacuation could last from a few hours to several days. Considering the things that may be needed is important. Evacuees should take the following items:
Make arrangements for pets. Accommodations for pets may be limited at reception centers. Pets may also be boarded at veterinarian offices or boarding facilities outside of York County.
MacFeat Laboratory School will follow the plan developed for the facility. MacFeat’s plan has been coordinated with local officials and the Winthrop University Police Department. York County Office of Emergency Management may choose to take precautionary measures and evacuate children in schools and daycares very early. This may take place before any protective actions are actually needed to be taken by the general university student population.
For all emergency disaster situations, evacuation transportation, evacuation routes, shelter locations, etc. will be coordinated between the Winthrop University Police Department and the York County Office of Emergency Management.