It was just a drill, but to unsuspecting people driving past the clubhouse in The Waters subdivision on Tuesday, June 3 the influx of official vehicles stationed around the property would certainly have raised their blood pressures and fears.
Inside the clubhouse was a beehive of activity as the mock scenario was laid out and the various agencies began their response. The drill was a dress rehearsal for the “Hostile Action Drill” which will take place on Tuesday, July 8 and is designed to test the readiness and response to an attempted terrorist attack on the North Anna Nuclear Power Station.
The scenario – two suspicious persons are spotted behind the fuel building within the secure perimeter of the power station, having accessed it from the water. Soon thereafter, an explosion occurs at the Unit 1 cooling pump building. The reaction – Dominion notifies the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and personnel jump into action, setting up an Incident Command Post (ICP) near the site and an auxiliary one at the Emergency Operations Center as well as a staging area closer to the incident.
The agencies involved in the mock drill included the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services Department, Virginia State Police, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Health, FEMA, FBI and Dominion personnel. Also taking part in the training were members of the Henrico County Fire and EMS department and other emergency agencies designated to provide support for an emergency.
To read the entire story, see the June 5 edition of The Central Virginian.