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CGS: What Do I Do?

What do I do in case of a radiological emergency at the Columbia Generating Station?
Listen to emergency instructions carefully.  Keep your radio tuned to radio station KONA 105.3 FM or AM 610.

If Asked to Shelter in Place:

  • Remain in your home
  • Close and lock all doors and windows
  • Close anything that might bring air in from the outside, such as heating and cooling systems, fireplace dampers, range fans, bathroom vents or clothes dryers.
  • Use phones only for personal emergency
  • Keep pets inside
  • If you must go outside, cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
  • Listen to KONA 105.3 FM or AM 610 for further instructions
  • Start planning for possible evacuation.


If Asked to Evacuate:

  • Listen to instructions carefully.  Make sure your location is an area being evacuated before you follow the next steps.
  • Keep phones free for emergency use.  Talk to your neighbors to make sure they have heard the emergency notification instructions.
  • Take emergency supplies with you.  You should plan to be away from home for at least 72 hours.
  • Turn off stoves, space heaters and heating and air conditioning.
  • Leave food and water for pets you are not taking with you.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Drive away from the nuclear facility.
  • Stay tuned to your radio, drive carefully and remain calm.
  • Register at the Assistance Center, so friends and relatives can locate you.

Evacuation Routes

For detailed information on evacuation routes, click here.

Assistance Center

Southridge High School is the designated Benton County Assistance Center.
Southridge High School
3520 Southridge Boulevard
Kennewick WA
There is also an assistance center at Columbia Basin College in Franklin County.
Columbia Basin Collge
2600 North 20th

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