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What To Do During An Emergency:
At the Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations

  • Listen for 3 to 5 minute siren sounding
  • Tune your radio to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) station for information
  • The following New Jersey radio stations are a part of the Emergency Alert System:
    • WENJ-FM 97.3 (24 hrs.)
    • WJKS-FM 101.7
    • Marine Channel 16
  • Do not evacuate unless instructed.

If children are in school

  • Do not go to schools to pick up children.
  • Children will be moved to a host school and cared for until you arrive.
  • Listen to your radio and follow instructions for picking up your children.

Additional School Information

Host Schools
Unless otherwise indicated by EAS messages, your children will be relocated to the following host schools in an emergency:

  • Mary Shoemaker School is the host school for Elsinboro Township Elementary School
  • Schalick High School is the host school for Lower Alloways Creek Township Elementary School and Quinton Township Elementary School
  • Penns Grove Middle School is the host school for John Fenwick School
  • Penns Grove High School is the host school for Salem City Middle School and Salem City High School
  • Cumberland County Regional High School is the host school for Morris Goodwin School, Stow Creek Township School and Woodland Country Day School

People with Disabilities and Access/Functional Needs

If you will need help in responding to an evacuation order, do the following:

  • Fill out the questionnaire on this website and mail it today.
  • Call your Emergency Management Office
Salem County
Office of Emergency Management
Cumberland County
Office of Emergency Management

If asked to ”Monitor and Prepare”

This is a type of precautionary action intended to advise the public within the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) that a serious emergency at the nuclear power plant exists and the public should monitor the situation and prepare for the possibility of evacuation, shelter-in-place, or other protective actions.

If asked to "Shelter in a Place"

  • Stay in your home.
  • Close all doors and windows. Turn off fans and air conditioners. This helps keep out radioactive material.
  • Use the telephone only for an emergency.
  • Keep pets inside and shelter farm animals, if possible.
  • Keep your radio turned on and listen for emergency instructions.
  • Keep telephone lines open for emergency use.

If you are traveling in a motor vehicle

  • Close windows and air vents.

If you are not home

  • Take the best available shelter.
  • Instructions will be given on the radio. Stay inside until you are told it is safe to go out.

Need a Ride?

Try to go with a neighbor. If that’s not possible, buses will be available along major routes and will travel those routes during an evacuation. If you have special transport needs, now is the time to fill out and mail the Special Needs questionnaire.

Items to take if "Asked to Evacuate"

  • Close and lock all doors and windows.
  • Shut off appliances and faucets.
  • Bring the suggested items with you that are listed below
  • Be sure your neighbors know what to do.
  • Close car windows and vents.
  • Tune to an EAS radio station and follow instructions from officials.
  • Go to the Reception Centers identified on the radio (see map).
  • You will have plenty of time to act in an emergency. DO NOT HURRY! You may get hurt by rushing.
  • Show emergency workers that you have left the premises by taping the NOTIFIED sign (located on the foldout of this calendar) in an easily-seen front window or door.
  • If you are asked to evacuate in an emergency, you should plan to be away for at least three days. Listed below are some items you may want to take:
    • Cash/checkbook, identification/license, credit cards, keys, flashlight, portable radio, batteries and folding chairs
    • Extra clothing and footwear.
    • Two blankets per person or sleeping bags and pillows.
    • Prescriptions/medications, glasses, dentures and diet needs.
    • Towels, toiletries and sanitary supplies.
    • Baby formula, diapers and favorite toys.

Emergency Information

For information about state activities in New Jersey during an emergency, call the NJ Public Inquiry Line at 1-800-792-8314

For information about plant status during an emergency, NJ residents call 1-800-443-7392

For General Information About Emergency Planning Call
Salem County
Office of Emergency Management
Cumberland County
Office of Emergency Management
New Jersey State Police
Office of Emergency Management
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
1-609-963-6900 x6738
New Jersey DEP
Bureau of Nuclear Engineering
P.O. Box 415
Trenton, NJ 08625-0415

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