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THIS IS A DRILL!

Brevard County Site of Multi-Agency Public Safety Drill

VIERA, FL. -- Brevard County's Intertstate 95 rest area south of Palm Bay will be the site of a multi-agency emergency response and public safety drill starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, and involving a mass-contamination/exposure scenario.

WHO: Participating agencies include Brevard County Emergency Management, Brevard County Fire Rescue, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Transportation, Salvation Army and Space Coast Area Transit.
 
WHAT: A public safety drill exercising reception center capabilities as part of a planned response by Brevard County organizations to an emergency situation at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.
 
WHERE:  Northbound rest area on Interstate 95, just south of the Malabar Road northbound exit at mile marker 168.  (It is the first rest area coming into the county from the south on I-95.)
 
WHY: Brevard County is within 50 miles of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant and would host and shelter evacuees from areas surrounding the plant, if necessary.  As part of our role in the Emergency Preparedness Planning Process, every other year Brevard County must demonstrate the ability to perform certain functions.  This year’s drill will demonstrate response capabilities involving traffic control, evacuee monitoring and decontamination.
 
The St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant is located on Hutchinson Island, about 4 miles east-northeast of the City of Port St. Lucie. The facility is owned and operated by Florida Power & Light Co.
 
VISUALS: Hazmat teams in gear, radiological portal monitors, handheld radiological detection equipment, responder equipment, vehicles and trailers, and the bomb squad. Dozens of volunteers will portray evacuees going through this process.
 
MEDIA: Interview opportunities and on-scene escort will be arranged during the exercise.



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