If there is an incident at PVNGS, instructions on what actions to take
will be broadcast by through the Emergency Alert System. If you hear the
warning sirens, go indoors immediately. Turn on your radio or television
and listen for these instructions. Officials may advise people living
or working in the 10-mile EPZ to take shelter or evacuate the area.
If you are asked to SHELTER, stay inside your home, car or business to
protect yourself from outside air and take the following steps:
- Stay calm
- If you are outside, go inside a building and close all doors and windows
to protect yourself from outside air.
- Turn off air conditioning systems and outside air ventilation systems.
- Lower the thermostats on all oil or gas-burning heaters to minimize
the intake of outside air.
- Keep pets inside.
- If you must go outside, protect yourself by putting a damp cloth or
towel over your nose and mouth. Fold the cloth several times.
- Do not use the phone unless you have a personal emergency. Phone lines
must be kept open for emergency calls.
- Listen to your radio or television for instructions.
- Get your family together.
- Gather what your family will need for a few days.
- Clothing – one week's supply.
- Medical Supplies – first aid kit, medicines and prescriptions.
- Personal Items – soap, towels, shaving articles, toothpaste,
tooth brushes, sanitary supplies.
- Important Papers - auto registration, credit cards, check book, cash,
your PVNGS calendar.
- Children and Infant Supplies - disposable diapers, powder, bottles,
formula, favorite toys.
- Other Supplies - flashlight, one gallon or more of drinking water
per person, portable radio with batteries, tools for car repairs.
- Turn off lights and household appliances. Leave your refrigerator
and freezer on.
- Bring your pets with you. You must make emergency provisions for them
once outside the evacuated area. The Maricopa County Animal Care and
Control Department and the Arizona Humane Society will be at the RCC
to help pet owners who have trouble finding accommodations for their
pets. The RCC will not accept pets.
- Shelter your livestock. Leave stored feed and water for them. As
soon as it is safe, you will be able to return and care for them.
- Use only one vehicle for your family. Be sure that it is in good running
condition and has gas. If you have room, see if a neighbor needs a ride.
- Lock your house.
- Take your time. Keep your car windows and vents closed and listen
to your car radio for additional instructions. Drive safely and follow
the evacuation routes on the map.
- Report to the Reception and Care Center for registration and monitoring
even if you do not plan to remain at the RCC.
- Evacuation Route Map
Evacuation Route Map (PDF Format – set printer to landscape
to print map)
People with Special Needs
Provisions have been made for those people who have special needs. Special
needs could include a walking disability, sight or hearing impairment,
specialized medical equipment or transportation or those who have no other
means of transportation. People with special needs will be taken to the
If you have special needs, please fill out the
Special Assistance Request Survey
form provided by PVNGS and return it so we can make arrangements
to help. If you know someone who might need assistance filling out the
form, please offer to help them. If you have not received a card, and
require assistance, please call MCDEM at (602) 273-1411.
Even if you mailed in a form last year, please do so again to keep our
- Other Protective Measures
Should radioactive iodine be released into the air during a serious
emergency, Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets will be made available at the
Reception and Care Center for those individuals who may have been exposed
to this element. While evacuation is the preferred method to avoid exposure
to this element, taking KI can protect the thyroid, the only organ that
absorbs radioactive iodine. KI tablets will saturate the thyroid with
normal iodine, preventing the absorption of radioactive iodine gas.
KI tablets have a high percentage of effectiveness for several hours
after an individual is exposed to radioactive gas. The use of KI does
not provide protection against other radioactive materials or external
- View Potassium
Iodide Information Sheet (PDF Format)