Beaver Valley Power Station is a two unit nuclear power plant located in Shippingport, Pennsylvania about 5 miles east of West Virginia. The Beaver Valley plant is operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company a subsidiary of FirstEnergy. The plant consists of two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors that started operation on July 2nd, 1976, for Unit One, and August 14th, 1987, for Unit Two. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has licensed Unit One to operate through January 29th, 2036 and Unit Two through May 27th, 2047.The State of West Virginia and Hancock County coordinate emergency response plans and activities with Beaver Valley Power Station, the State of Ohio and Columbiana County, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Beaver County. State and county agencies have the primary responsibility for the safety of the general public outside of the nuclear facility. Most of these protective actions center around a 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone that includes parts of Hancock County, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
2018-2019 Hancock County Emergency Preparedness Information MailerThis brochure contains important information you will need if there is an emergency at the Beaver Valley Power Station. Although that is unlikely to occur, you need to be prepared.
2019 Hancock County Farmers' Needs CardIn the event of an emergency or disaster you have agricultural needs that will require additional consideration, please complete this card and return it to the Hancock County Office of Emergency Management.
2019 Hancock County Special Needs Card If you or other members of your family would require additional assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation, please complete this card and return it to the Hancock County Office of Emergency Management.
Notification of an Emergency
If there is an emergency, you will be warned in one or more ways in the
Hancock County and Weirton area and informed of the protective action(s)
to take. Early warning sirens are located in many parts of our area. A
steady, high-pitched tone of the siren for three minutes means that you
should turn on the radio or television to a local station for
information on what to do. Emergency information will be broadcast by
the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In other areas, emergency vehicles
with loud speakers will travel through the affected neighborhoods to
provide emergency warning. If you hear a warning through this method,
turn on your radio or TV station to listen to the EAS for instructions.
Cable TV stations serving some of our areas will convey emergency
"warnings" and/or general information to those households with cable TV
service. If the message is only a "warning," you will be instructed to
tune in to a local EAS station. The Emergency Alert System is activated
by key officials in our area and is used to provide emergency
information and directions over local radio and TV stations as listed
below. WWVA Radio (1170 AM) and WTRF TV (Channel 7) are the lead
stations for the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. The other stations
repeat the messages on a sequential basis. EAS information is updated
every 10-20 minutes. Stay tuned to your EAS Station until the emergency
Possible Emergency Actions
Sheltering-in-Place – This protective action may be the most proper
response to an emergency. All persons and pets should stay indoors with
all doors and windows closed while taking care to turn off all heating
and cooling systems with intakes outside and closing fireplace dampers.
Residents should continue to stay tuned to EAS Stations for further
instructions. Residents should remain inside until officially notified
that sheltering-in-place is no longer needed.
Evacuation – This is the primary protective measure to an emergency at
Beaver Valley Power Station. All persons should gather needed personal
items (clothing, medication, etc.) and proceed along designated
evacuation routes to reception centers. Residents should continue to
stay tuned to EAS Stations for further instructions.
Control of Food Sources – Care should be taken to avoid eating or
drinking anything that could have been contaminated by radioactive
sources. Animals should be kept inside and placed on stored feed and
water, if possible.
Administration of Potassium Iodide (KI) – If the administration of
potassium iodide is authorized residents may take a dose as directed.
Those allergic to iodine, should not take potassium iodide. This
medication assists in preventing the thyroid from absorbing radioactive
iodine. It is important, that residents should only take potassium
iodide when and as directed. Evacuation should not be delayed to locate a
supply of potassium iodide. The decision to take potassium iodide is
voluntary and the responsibility of the individual residents affected.
(See the WV Department of Health and Human Resources Policy on the Administration of KI)
Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers.pdf