Date:  Mar 21, 2017

Press Release Number:  47


PORT AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISE AT WORLD TRADE CENTER THIS WEEKEND

Smaller scale emergency response exercise to take place on Wednesday, March 22

The Port Authority will conduct an emergency response exercise in the World Trade Center Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus from 11 p.m. Saturday, March 25, through 7 a.m. Sunday, March 26. The exercise is not open to the media.

"The job of the PAPD is to provide a safe and secure environment for the customers that use all of our facilities, including the tens of thousands of people who travel through the World Trade Center Transportation Hub each day," said PAPD Superintendent Michael Fedorko. "These exercises are critical to allow us to prepare in advance for any emergency that may arise and to interact with emergency responders from other agencies in advance of any incident that may occur."

The World Trade Center PATH Station will remain open during both exercises. However, PATH passengers will be directed to and from street level through the West Concourse and One World Trade Center during the March 25/26 exercise. PATH customers will not be allowed in the Oculus during that exercise and will be unable to access the MTA subway lines at the Fulton Transit Center via the Dey Street Concourse. Port Authority personnel will be on hand to assist passengers.

Members of the general public will notice an increased police and emergency response unit presence inside and at various perimeter locations of the facility before, during and after the exercise is completed.

Prior to the weekend event, a smaller scale emergency response exercise will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on March 22 at the World Trade Center site. Members of the general public will notice an increased number of emergency response vehicles around the site during that event, but there will be no impacts to any World Trade Center facility.

Both exercises are part of the agency’s series of drills which enable the Port Authority Police Department, agency personnel, the NYPD, FDNY and other emergency responders to test and enhance response procedures.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.