This is an emergency announcement for persons currently located in Atchison County, Missouri from the County Commission and the State of Missouri.
The Nebraska Public Power District has declared an emergency condition exists at Cooper Nuclear Station, located on the Missouri River approximately six miles west of Rock Port.
State and local officials have assessed the situation and are requesting people in Area 1 to evacuate immediately.
Please refer to the emergency planning information contained in your Cooper Nuclear Station calendar.
Area 1 is bounded on the west by the Missouri River, on the north by 152nd Street and the High Creek Levy, on the east by Interstate 29, and on the south by the Atchison-Holt County line. This area includes the towns of Watson, Phelps City, Langdon, and Nishnabotna.
Evacuation routes include Route U to the north, Route E to the east, Highway 111 to the north and Highway 136 to the east.
If you do not have access to a vehicle for evacuation and cannot arrange a ride with relatives or neighbors, or you need an ambulance or wheelchair van, call the Atchison County Emergency Operations Center at 660-736-5405 and transportation will be arranged.
All evacuees in Area 1 should proceed to the Reception Center located at the Hughes Fieldhouse, 600 College Park Drive, Maryville, MO 64468. All evacuees should report to the Reception Center in Maryville, even if you plan to stay with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area. If you will need temporary living accommodations, personnel at the Registration Center will assist you.
Persons within Area 1 should take the following protective actions:
Remain calm; you are more likely to be hurt in haste than you are by radiation.
Pack all necessary clothing, blankets, medical supplies, prescription drugs, personal items, soap and towel, grooming products, including baby food and diapers if applicable, toilet paper, sanitary supplies, eyeglasses, and dentures.
You should also bring credit cards, checkbook and any other important papers.
Do not forget any foods for special diets.
You may take other supplies such as a portable radio, batteries, a flashlight, and plastic and paper bags.
Before leaving home, turn off the same appliances you would if taking a short two or three day trip. Lock all doors and windows.
Provide for pets, sheltering them with food and water. No pets will be allowed in the reception center.
Keep phone lines open for emergency communications.
While outside, use respiratory protection such as a cotton handkerchief folded over your nose and mouth. The handkerchief should be dry and held snugly in place to ensure its effectiveness.
If you are a visitor in the described area, please evacuate immediately, using the designated evacuation routes.
Those residents within 10 miles of Cooper Nuclear Station not affected by this evacuation order should go indoors and stay tuned to this station for further information.
The following schools and day cares have been previously closed and will remain closed until further notice: Rock Port School, Atchison County Head Start, and Marcy McMahon Day Care
Residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home are currently have been evacuated to other Tiffany Care Center locations. Relatives/guardians will be notified by Pleasant View Nursing Home staff of resident’s new location.
Inmates of the Atchison County Jail are currently have been evacuated to Nodaway County Jail in Maryville, MO.
The following conservation areas are closing: Aspinwall Bend Conservation Area, Brickyard Hill Conservation Area, Corning Conservation Area, Deroin Conservation Area, Hoot Owl Bend Access, Langdon Bend Access, Nishnabotna Conservation Area and Watson Access. If you are a visitor at one of these areas please leave immediately.
The Missouri River is closed to all recreational and commercial traffic between mile marker 544 and mile marker 516 which is from the Watson Access to Corning Conservation Area.
Farmers in the affected subareas should discontinue protective actions for milk and meat animals and evacuate to a Reception Center. Farmers in unaffected subareas should continue to shelter milk and meat animals and place them on stored feed and water.
Nebraska Public Power officials have established a public information hotline for inquiries about emergency information. The phone number is as follows: 877-275-6773. Please be cautioned that this number is only to be used for urgently needed information. This station will continue to broadcast all available emergency information to the general public.
Again, the Nebraska Public Power District has declared an emergency condition exists at Cooper Nuclear Station, located on the Missouri River approximately six miles west of Rock Port.
State and local officials have assessed the situation and are requesting people in Area 1 to evacuate immediately to the Reception Center at Hughes Fieldhouse, 600 College Park Drive, Maryville, MO 64468.
Please refer to the emergency planning information contained in your Cooper Nuclear Station calendar, and stay tuned to this station for additional emergency information.