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Protective Actions
If there is an incident at PVNGS, instructions on what actions to take will be broadcast by through the Emergency Alert System. If you hear the warning sirens, go indoors immediately. Turn on your radio or television and listen for these instructions. Officials may advise people living or working in the 10-mile EPZ to take shelter or evacuate the area.

Sheltering
If you are asked to SHELTER, stay inside your home, car or business to protect yourself from outside air and take the following steps:

  • Stay calm
  • If you are outside, go inside a building and close all doors and windows to protect yourself from outside air.
  • Turn off air conditioning systems and outside air ventilation systems.
  • Lower the thermostats on all oil or gas-burning heaters to minimize the intake of outside air.
  • Keep pets inside.
  • If you must go outside, protect yourself by putting a damp cloth or towel over your nose and mouth. Fold the cloth several times.
  • Do not use the phone unless you have a personal emergency. Phone lines must be kept open for emergency calls.
  • Listen to your radio or television for instructions.

 

 

Evacuation
If taking shelter will not provide adequate protection, officials may ask people living or working within the 10-mile EPZ to leave the area. The entire EPZ may not be evacuated so it is important that residents know which sector and mile ring they live in. Officials will refer to sector locations when giving evacuation instructions. The Sheriff's Office will patrol the area to protect your property and roadblocks will keep people out of the evacuated area.

If evacuation is ordered while school is in session, your children will be taken to a Reception and Care Center (RCC). Listen for EAS message instructions telling you where to meet your children.
If you need to leave your home, follow these steps:

 
  • Get your family together.
  • Gather what your family will need for a few days.
  • Clothing – one week's supply.
  • Medical Supplies – first aid kit, medicines and prescriptions.
  • Personal Items – soap, towels, shaving articles, toothpaste, tooth brushes, sanitary supplies.
  • Important Papers - auto registration, credit cards, check book, cash, your PVNGS calendar.
  • Children and Infant Supplies - disposable diapers, powder, bottles, formula, favorite toys.
  • Other Supplies - flashlight, one gallon or more of drinking water per person, portable radio with batteries, tools for car repairs.
  • Turn off lights and household appliances. Leave your refrigerator and freezer on.
  • Bring your pets with you. You must make emergency provisions for them once outside the evacuated area. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Department and the Arizona Humane Society will be at the RCC to help pet owners who have trouble finding accommodations for their pets. The RCC will not accept pets.
  • Shelter your livestock. Leave stored feed and water for them. As soon as it is safe, you will be able to return and care for them.
  • Use only one vehicle for your family. Be sure that it is in good running condition and has gas. If you have room, see if a neighbor needs a ride.
  • Lock your house.
  • Take your time. Keep your car windows and vents closed and listen to your car radio for additional instructions. Drive safely and follow the evacuation routes on the map.
  • Report to the Reception and Care Center for registration and monitoring even if you do not plan to remain at the RCC.
Evacuation Route Map
Print Evacuation Route Map (PDF Format – set printer to landscape to print map)

People with Special Needs
Provisions have been made for those people who have special needs. Special needs could include a walking disability, sight or hearing impairment, specialized medical equipment or transportation or those who have no other means of transportation. People with special needs will be taken to the RCC.

If you have special needs, please fill out the Special Assistance Request Survey form provided by PVNGS and return it so we can make arrangements to help. If you know someone who might need assistance filling out the form, please offer to help them. If you have not received a card, and require assistance, please call MCDEM at (602) 273-1411.

Even if you mailed in a form last year, please do so again to keep our records up-to-date.

Sí usted tiene necesidades especiales, Por favor complete la siguiente forma de Encuesta de Solicitud de Asitencia Especial proporcionada por PVNGS y envíela para que nosotros podamos hacer los arreglos necesarios para ayudarlo. Si usted conoce a alguien que pudiera necesitar asistencia por favor ofrézcase a llenar esta forma por ellos. Sí usted no ha recibió una carta, y necesita asistencia, por favor llame a MCDEM al teléfono (602) 273-1411.

Sí usted llenó esta forma el año pasado, por favor complétela y envíela nuevamente para que conservemos nuestros registros actualizados.

Other Protective Measures
Should radioactive iodine be released into the air during a serious emergency, Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets will be made available at the Reception and Care Center for those individuals who may have been exposed to this element. While evacuation is the preferred method to avoid exposure to this element, taking KI can protect the thyroid, the only organ that absorbs radioactive iodine. KI tablets will saturate the thyroid with normal iodine, preventing the absorption of radioactive iodine gas. KI tablets have a high percentage of effectiveness for several hours after an individual is exposed to radioactive gas. The use of KI does not provide protection against other radioactive materials or external radiation.
View Potassium Iodide Information Sheet (PDF Format)
   

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