Updated nuclear safety leaflet for Devonport

Neighbours of Devonport Dockyard will receive updated information leaflets this week, reminding them of important nuclear safety advice.

All homes and businesses within the detailed emergency planning zone are being sent the latest version of the Devonport Nuclear Emergency Booklet, which gives instructions to follow in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency.

If there is a nuclear emergency, people could be exposed to gamma and beta radiation. In some circumstances radioactive material could escape from the dockyard site and affect areas close to, or downwind of it.

The booklet tells the public what to do in the very unlikely event of this happening and is updated once every three years to comply with the latest Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019 (REPPIR).

Produced in partnership with the site operators (MOD and Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd) it will be delivered to over 19,000 homes.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “The safety of the public is our number one priority and no matter how unlikely an emergency might be, we have to make sure that the people in the immediate proximity of Devonport are prepared.

“Everyone who receives the booklet should read it carefully and ensure that they know what to do in a worst case scenario.”

The booklet encourages members of the public to register for our free emergency notification system, which sends information via a landline or mobile phone in the event of an emergency at the Devonport site.

View the Devonport Off-site Emergency Plan and Nuclear Emergency Booklet.