Date:  May 15, 2009

Press Release Number:  57


NEW YORK CITY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PORT AUTHORITY TO HOST MULTI-AGENCY EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISE AT WTC PATH STATION

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) will host a full-scale training exercise at the World Trade Center PATH station on Sunday morning, May 17, 2009. The exercise will simulate an explosion in one of the PATH train tunnels and will include over 800 first responders.

STREET CLOSURES:

All streets south of Warren Street, north of Vesey Street will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Broadway and West Street. (Please see included map.)

PATH SERVICE CHANGES:

The World Trade Center PATH station will be closed from 6 AM to 11:30 AM. PATH trains traveling from Newark to the World Trade Center will terminate at the PATH's Exchange Place station in Jersey City during the exercise. Customers destined for Manhattan can take PATH's Journal Square to 33rd Street line via Hoboken, which will operate normally.

MEDIA CHECK-IN:

Members of the media looking to cover the exercise are asked to arrive NO LATER than 7:15 AM at the Southeast corner of Greenwich Street and Warren Street (right next to PS 234). Media will then be escorted in to the exercise where they will set up at the top of the entrance to the station to get b-roll of the initial response. Media will not be permitted to enter the station. Participating agencies will hold a 9:30 AM press briefing to discuss the exercise. Note: All media must present valid NYPD press credentials.

NYC-TV will provide the pool for video of exercise play taking place in the station, which will be made available on The Switch at the conclusion of the exercise. The Associated Press will provide a pool of still photos of activity in the station.