Indian Point Preparedness
Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan
Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, New York is comprised of two nuclear power plants. Although Indian Point is located in Westchester County, a small portion of Orange County is contained in a 10-mile radius of the facility. This area is called the Emergency Planning Zone.
Orange County Emergency Planning Zone
Indian Point Emergency Guide
Orange County Residents that live in Emergency Planning Zone should take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the Orange County Indian Point Emergency Guide.
Click on image to the left to open Indian Point Emergency Guide .pdf
Potassium Iodide (KI)
Potassium Iodide, known by its chemical symbol KI, is an over-the-counter medication. In the event of a serious nuclear power plant emergency, KI can be used as a supplement to sheltering and evacuation. KI is used to protect the thyroid gland from exposure to radioactive iodine.
Based on medical studies, federal and state guidance, KI is available free of charge to the residents that live in the Orange County Emergency Planning Zone.
To learn more about KI please download the Orange County Indian Point Emergency Guide. If you have questions about KI or if you live in the Emergency Planning Zone and would like obtain KI please call the Orange County Department of Health in Newburgh at 845-568-5333 or their Goshen Office at 845-291-2330.
Indian Point Sirens
Entergy, the owner of Indian Point, has installed emergency sirens within the Emergency Planning Zone in Orange County.
In the event of a serious incident at Indian Point, these sirens will sound continuously for four minutes. In the event that these sirens are sounded as a result of a serious incident at Indian Point, people in the Emergency Planning Zone should turn on an Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or TV Station.
Each county in the Emergency Planning Zone has the ability to sound the Indian Point Sirens in their respective areas.
Routine tests of the siren system occur in the Emergency Planning Zone each year. These events are well advertised in local newspapers and will be posted on the website.