Volume 22, Number 01 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | May 15 - 21, 2009
Emergency drill this Sunday
Lower Manhattan residents should not be alarmed early Sunday morning when they see hundreds of emergency vehicles flooding the World Trade Center site.
The sirens, street closures and more than 750 first responders will be a reaction to a pretend emergency, not a real one. The drill, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, will simulate the first 90 minutes to two hours following an explosion on a PATH train near the World Trade Center site.
The Port Authority is leading the drill with participation from half a dozen other agencies and the local Community Emergency Response Team, whose members will don makeup to act as victims.
As part of the drill, the Port will suspend PATH service between Jersey City and the World Trade Center from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 17. Vesey St. between West and Church Sts. will be closed to pedestrians during the drill, and other nearby streets will be closed to vehicles.