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Hurricane Evacuation Zones
"Know Your Zone" -Learn if you live or work in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone!
Storm surge is one of the most dangerous hazards associated with hurricanes. It is the leading cause of deaths in the U.S. from tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Storm surge is a large volume of ocean water that is driven ashore by a hurricane or tropical storm.
Hurricane evacuation zones are areas that may be inundated by storm surge or isolated by storm surge waters. As a hurricane approaches, local or state officials may order evacuations of these areas.~ Know whether you live or work in an Evacuation Zone (Zone A, B or C) and follow evacuation orders if they are issued.
Know Your Zone is a preparedness campaign in Massachusetts developed by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to reduce injuries and loss of life from coastal flooding during a hurricane. Use the interactive Hurricane Evacuation Zone map to find out if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone. The best way to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane Evacuation is to know your evacuation zone~and develop your emergency plan(such as your destination and travel routes) ahead of time.
A link to the “Know Your Zone” interactive map can be found on the Town of Duxbury web site (www.town.duxbury.ma.us/planning). For more information, contact Thomas A. Broadrick, Planning Director, at the Duxbury Planning Department (781-934-1100 x 5475).
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Duxbury Firefighters use the brushbreaker to rescue people from their homes during the high tide of the blizzard of 2013
For all storm preparedness and natural hazards, check out MEMA's website here
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recently completed an evaluation of the implementation of the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) Groundwater Protection Initiative (GPI) at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant (PNPP) in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The thorough evaluation revealed that the groundwater near Pilgrim presented no public health risks for residents living in the area. Tritium, which occurs naturally in the environment in low amounts, is also produced in nuclear power plants as a by-product of nuclear fission. Levels of tritium detected in a newly-installed monitoring well near Pilgrim exceeded the screening level and tritium concentrations have continued to rise slightly in this particular well over the last few weeks.
"The Department is monitoring the situation closely and working with MEMA and Entergy to ensure the safety of the public is protected," said Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach."
The NEI groundwater initiative was implemented by Entergy and owners of other nuclear power plants across the United States. The groundwater monitoring program was created in 2007 to monitor for tritium in groundwater beneath and around the Pilgrim facility. Groundwater monitoring is conducted to closely observe nuclear plant operations and infrastructure. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as with all ionizing radiation, exposure to tritium increases the risk of developing cancer. However, because it emits very low energy radiation and leaves the body relatively quickly, for a given amount of activity ingested, tritium is one of the least dangerous radionuclides.
The Department of Public Health has posted all available groundwater sampling results on their website: www.mass.gov/dph. A screening level of 3000 pCi/L of tritium was established and further investigation would be undertaken for tritium levels above this amount. This value is ten times below the limit of 30,000 pCi/L for non-drinking water sources.
The highest level of tritium detected to date in this well is 11,072 pCi/L, which is still substantially lower than the non-drinking water standard of 30,000 pCi/L set by the NRC. Entergy officials have established a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate all possible sources of tritium that may be impacting the groundwater and plant officials have conducted weekly sampling of the well where tritium has exceeded the screening level. Split samples are being shared with the DPH's Massachusetts Environmental Radiation Laboratory (MERL).
Massachusetts public health and public safety officials met with Entergy on July 8, 2010 and reviewed the Commonwealth's evaluation of the groundwater monitoring program and its suggestions for further enhancing the PNPP environmental monitoring system. Entergy officials have already acted on some of DPH's recommendations regarding the collection of surface water samples in adjacent areas of Cape Cod Bay; results for these samples are expected in the next several days. Entergy and MDPH also discussed and Entergy agreed to the installation of additional groundwater monitoring wells based upon Entergy's groundwater monitoring program, MDPH recommendations and recommendations from Entergy's hydrogeologist.
Duxbury is located across the bay from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station located in Plymouth. In the unlikely event of an emergency at Pilgrim with offsite releases requiring protective actions, you and your family should know what to do. Duxbury Emergency Management Agency has prepared this information to help you be prepared.
Prepared by Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee
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