Hurricane Michael Once Again Proves Nuclear Plants' Resilience
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In the wake of Hurricane Michael, nuclear power plant operators in the affected region continue working hard to keep their communities safe and powered. As the hurricane passed through Florida, Alabama and Georgia, operators implemented their well-rehearsed emergency response plans.
Nuclear power plants have several layers of safety-related equipment including steel-reinforced concrete reactor containment structures, and are the most robust facilities in the U.S. energy infrastructure. They are designed to withstand extreme natural events including hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and tornadoes. They also are able to provide electricity to homes and businesses as soon as off-site power is restored and the electricity grid can accommodate the power.
Each facility prepares an emergency response plan with one goal in mind: to protect their communities and employees. The federal government approves these plans, and plant personnel test them frequently to identify areas of improvement.