Together, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determine the two-year evaluated emergency preparedness exercise requirements for nuclear power plant operators and State and local governments. In this manner, both onsite and offsite emergency preparedness capabilities are adequately evaluated.
NRC Headquarters and Regional staff members typically participate in four full-scale emergency response exercises each year, selected from among the list of full-scale FEMA-graded exercises required of nuclear facilities. Regional staff members and selected Headquarters staff also participate in post-plume, ingestion phase response exercises. On-scene participants include the NRC licensee, as well as State, county, and local emergency response agencies.
The NRC's Biennial Evaluated Exercise Schedule is available as a dataset in open format (Microsoft Excel) with an associated data dictionary (variable list). This projected schedule includes a list of full-scale Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NRC evaluated exercises required of nuclear facilities is provided. The list includes identification of the date and type of exercise (e.g., plume, ingestion, partial), and the participants. NRC Headquarters and Regional staff members typically participate in four full-scale emergency response plume exercises each year and also participate in select ingestion exposure exercises. Exercise participants may include licensee, State, county and local governmental and emergency response agencies, NRC, FEMA and other appropriate Federal agencies.