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November 4--  The people who will tell the public what's going on in the event of a major emergency at the Southern Company's nuclear power plant south of Vidalia ran a mock emergency drill this week in Vidalia.

{mosimage}One of the company's spokespersons, Carol Boatwright, says the drill simulated the failure of equipment at Plant Hatch.  Exercise players tried to find out what caused it and to stop any associated radiation which occurred.

"We have a lot of people here who are serving as 'mock media' to help us work our spokespersons and give them a taste of what real life would be like.  We have people here to explain what has happened at the plant and we've brought in state and county agencies who would help us respond to an event at the plant," Boatwright said.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were on hand to observe the three-hour exercise Wednesday morning at the emergency operations center on Highway 292 West near Vidalia High School.