Information on what to do in the event of an emergency at Sellafield.
Emergency information guide
Sellafield Ltd and Cumbria County Council have developed an information guide that tells you what to do in the highly unlikely event of an emergency at Sellafield. If you live within the zone, you should have received a leaflet in the post from Cumbria County Council.
Find out more about what to do in an emergency at Sellafield.
Preparing for an emergency at Sellafield
As part of its operating licence, Sellafield Ltd maintains a robust and multi-faceted emergency response programme.
This includes a security guard force, armed police force, and a fully equipped fire station with full-time fire fighters, ambulance service and emergency response teams capable of round-the-clock response.
The effectiveness of Sellafield Ltd’s emergency response programme is continuously assessed through a series of emergency exercises, locally and nationally. The exercise scenarios are agreed with the Office for Nuclear Regulation and test both the management of an incident as well as the employee response.
Dates of emergency exercises at Sellafield
The following dates have been agreed for emergency exercises at Sellafield in 2017/18:
- Wednesday 6 December 2017 - evening
- Wednesday 16 May 2018
- Thursday 19 July 2018
- Wednesday 14 November 2018
Emergency information line
Sellafield Ltd has an emergency information line which has a pre-recorded message giving brief details of the current emergency state at Sellafield and is available at all times. Call 0808 909 8090.
Warning and Informing Registration Service
Who the service is for
You can use this service if you live or work within the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ). This covers approximately 6 to 8km from the centre of the Sellafield site.
This includes these villages:
- Calder Bridge
If you live in postcode areas CA18, CA19, CA20, CA21 or CA22 you may also be eligible.
What you can expect
If there is an emergency, and you have signed up for the warning service, you will receive a telephone call, text message or email.
The alert will give you details about the emergency and what you need to do. For telephone calls, this will be a pre-recorded message.
You may also receive an alert when a site emergency exercise is taking place. The message will start by saying ‘this is an exercise’. If you see or hear these words, you will know that this is a test.
If you are not sure what’s happening, call 01946 748 996 at any time. You will hear a pre-recorded message giving brief details of the current emergency state at the site.