Emergency response personnel from the National Nuclear Security Administration and B&W Y‑12, along with federal, state and local emergency management personnel, will conduct an emergency management exercise November 14 at the Y‑12 National Security Complex.
The public may observe emergency personnel from the Oak Ridge Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar helicopter performing duties, but these off-site activities are part of the exercise.
While no public warning sirens will be sounded for this exercise, the sirens surrounding the Oak Ridge Reservation are tested on the first Wednesday of every month. In an actual emergency, the sirens would be sounded, and then followed by an emergency message on weather radios and participating Emergency Alert System radio stations. These messages provide citizens with emergency instructions.
This event is part of emergency management exercises conducted on a regular basis by the U.S. Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge. These exercises test the ability of emergency personnel to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations, and ensure that the public, Y‑12 employees and the environment would be protected in the event of an actual emergency at the Oak Ridge Reservation.