Emergency Planning at Pilgrim Station

Making Emergency Prevention a Priority

When the plant was in operation, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and Entergy's main safety focus as a nuclear operator was prevention of any kind of incident. From regular maintenance of operations equipment to functional testing of all personnel, almost all activity within the perimeter of the plant was designed to prevent an incident from happening. That includes conducting diligent testing and data gathering. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was frequently inspected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and other federal agencies that grade response to simulated emergency situations and its equipment was also tested regularly.

Safety records show that this has been a highly effective approach to its operations and it is all done under the supervision of two full-time NRC resident inspectors who work on the premises and monitor daily operations.

But, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was also part of a larger community involved in emergency planning for the site and its surrounding Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). Our single most important job was preventing the need to implement an emergency plan. Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's participation in this process included: joint planning with the Commonwealth and EPZ towns and regular meetings to discuss security/emergency planning with state police, fire department, Coast Guard, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Department (HSD), military, environmental police and the governor's office.

This external planning for evacuation benefits residents in all emergency situations such as hurricanes, floods and forest fires that are much more likely to occur than an event at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

In partnership with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) the emergency information contained within this section of our website was developed to help keep the public informed on what to do in the event of an emergency.

Each year, emergency public information calendars are published and distributed to residents and businesses within the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, Seabrook and Vermont Yankee emergency planning zones. The calendars provide information on the emergency plans, including what to do if directed to evacuate or shelter-in-place, information for parents of children in school or licensed day care, information for persons with special needs, families of hospital patients and nursing home residents, and persons without transportation. The calendars also contain a mail-in, postage-paid card for persons with special needs to identify the assistance they would require if an evacuation was necessary.


If there is an emergency requiring public notification, you will be alerted by one or more of the following warning signals: The loud, steady tone of the outdoor emergency sirens, lasting 3 to 5 minutes.

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Plan how you will take your pets with you. Only seeing-eye dogs, hearing-aid dogs and other service animals will be allowed inside the reception centers and mass care shelters.


Please click HERE for more information on what to do in case of an emergency.