Nuclear and Other Local Emergencies: Information & Advice

There are three sites close to Torpoint which are considered to be dangerous enough to be subject to regulations relating to possible major accidents and radiation emergencies.

The three sites, all controlled by the MOD, are

Advice Leaflets

There are three leaflets available, one for each site, giving advice about what to do if an emergency there puts you or someone you know in danger.
If you haven’t got copies already, you can download them below as PDF files.
It’s probably a good idea to print them out and keep them for reference.

To download the leaflets, right-click the links below and select “save link as”
to store them on your computer.

What to do if a nuclear emergency occurs at Devonport Dockyard
If you hear the siren, there’s an emergency – unless it’s 11:30am on a Monday, when they test it; or there’s a planned exercise, which hopefully you’ll be aware of. Please note that the “emergency helpline” phone number given in this leaflet is actually the old Caradon switchboard number. It has been replaced by the Cornwall Council switchboard number, 0300 1234 100.

What to do if a major accident occurs at the Armament Depot at Ernesettle
(DSDA Plymouth, near the Tamar bridges)

What to do if a major accident occurs at the Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot
(Torpoint, near the Community College and the Sports Centre)


Warning and Informing Service

The regulations require the operators of these sites to pass people information about accidents or emergencies which may affect them. Previously, this was likely to be done via local TV or radio only, but the information can now come to your phone – landline or mobile – if you register for a new service.

Cornwall Council has introduced a free ‘Warning and Informing’ Service for residents and businesses in South East Cornwall who are close to potentially dangerous sites, and is encouraging people to register.

In the event of an emergency, the service will tell you (by voice or SMS text message) what you can do to keep your family or co-workers safe, and will give you the all-clear when the danger has passed. You can register for the service here.

You can also register to receive this service if you have a family member or friend who lives in one of the zones and you want to be able to help them if something happens.

If you would like further information, you can ring 0300 1234 232 and ask for the Emergency Management Service.

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