Press Release Article


Date: Oct 18, 2013
Press Release Number: 106-2013

Active exercise from 10 am – 12:30 pm may be visible to passengers in Terminal B, but will not affect travel operations

The Port Authority will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise at Newark Liberty International Airport from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. The exercise will not affect airline operations, but passengers may notice emergency vehicles, loud noises and simulated smoke during the exercise.

The exercise will take place in Terminal B (third level) and at the north end of the terminal’s security checkpoint and corridor. The exercise is part of the agency’s ongoing drills, which enable the Port Authority Police Department, agency personnel and other emergency responders to validate and enhance emergency response procedures.

Participants in the exercise will include members of the Port Authority Police Department, Port Authority Office of Emergency Management, Newark Airport staff, fire, police and EMS departments from Union and Essex counties and from the cities of Newark and Elizabeth, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other state and federal agencies.

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