Nuclear Emergencies at Oyster Creek
Ocean County also faces the possibility of a problem at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station located on Route 9 in Lacey Township.

Nuclear Power Plants all have a 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EZP). Oyster Creek’s area is divided into 20 Emergency Response Planning Areas (ERPA).

If an Emergency is declared at the Power Plant, listen to local radio and television and follow the instructions of police and emergency personnel. Officials will order sheltering by Emergency Response Planning Areas. Make sure you know your ERPA for both work and home.

Ocean County also has designated Reception Centers located outside the 10-mile emergency planning zone. State Officials will inform you by EBS radio announcements which Reception Center to go to if an evacuation is necessary.

  • Brick Township High School, 346 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick (same as Shelter #29)

  • Lakewood High School, 885 Somerset Avenue, Lakewood (same as Shelter #10)

  • Manchester High School, 101 South Colonial Drive, Manchester

  • Jackson Liberty High School, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson

  • Pinelands Regional High School, 565 Nugentown Road, Tuckerton (same as Shelter #32)

  • Manchester Middle School, 2759 Ridgeway Road, Manchester Township



In the event of an emergency at Oyster Creek, school children will be bussed to the Reception Center listed in a letter sent home to parents at the beginning of the school year that describes the school emergency plan. The children will be cared for at the shelter until parents arrive.
Please read and save the letter as it includes the Reception Center your children will be taken to, how to pick up your children, and emergency telephone numbers to call for information. Extra copies of the letter are available from the school.
REMINDER: Pick up children at their designated Reception Center, not their schools.


Four Kinds of Emergencies at a Nuclear Generating Station

  • Unusual Event – A minor problem has occurred at the plant. No release of radioactive material is expected. Public officials will be notified. Residents within 10 miles of the plant will not have to do anything.

  • Alert – Also a minor problem. It is not expected to seriously affect the safety of the plant. Any releases of radioactivity are expected to be limited to fractions of federal exposure limits. Officials will be notified. Most likely, residents will not have to respond. Public officials may, at their discretion, sound a steady siren tone for three minutes. This means to turn on your radio or television to an emergency broadcast station and listen for official information.

  • Site Area Emergency – This means a more serious even has occurred. Major plant systems might be affected, but releases of radioactivity would not be expected to exceed any federal limits outside the site boundary. Public officials may, at their discretion, sound a steady siren tone for three minutes. This means to turn on your radio or television to an emergency broadcast station and listen for official information.

  • General Emergency – Such an emergency would involve serious damage at the plant and could result in a release of radioactivity from the plant. Public officials may, at their discretion, sound a steady siren tone for three minutes. This means to turn on your radio or television to an emergency broadcast station and listen for official information.


 Emergency planning for Oyster Creek (PDF)