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Indian Point Siren Test on Wednesday June 29

June 28, 2005

There will be a test of the Emergency Alert Sirens around the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located in Buchanan on Wednesday June 29th between 10 and 11 AM. All 156 alert sirens in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties will be simultaneously activated a FULL VOLUME (60 decibels) for four minutes.

These sirens are mounted on 30 to 40 foot poles located throughout the 10-mile area surrounding Indian Point known as the Emergency Planning Zone. These tests are performed four times a year to confirm the sounding and rotation of the sirens. Silent tests of the alarm system are conducted biweekly.


In the event of an actual emergency, these same sirens would sound at full volume for four minutes. The sounding would be immediately followed by an Emergency Alert System broadcast on local radio and television stations. The sirens are NOT a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, the only action the public should take when the sirens are sounded is to listen local radio or television stations for instructions within the Emergency Alert System broadcasts of official information. AGAIN, THESE EAS BROADCASTS WOULD CONTAIN OFFICIAL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING THE EMERGENCY.

Once again, THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

Please see other Indian Point emergency information within the Town of Cortlandt web-site at

This information was sent to us from Jeff Tkacs, the Town of Cortlandt Homeland Safety Coordinator

On June 30, 2005 9:57 AM, TeaDrinker said:

June 24, 2005

The Honorable Michael Chertoff Secretary United States Department of Homeland Security Navy Security Station Washington. DC 20528

The Honorable Norman Mineta Secretary United States Department of Transportation 400 Seventh Street SW Washington DC 20590

Dear Secretary Chertoff and Secretary Mineta:

I am extremely concerned about recent reports that a Cessna 172 aircraft was stolen from Danbury, Connecticut, flown undetected into Westchester County Airport, NY, and landed without interception by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or any other law enforcement entity responsible for warning communities over which the aircraft passed. Thankfully, no harm was done to the community and this incident did not involve more serious criminal or terrorist acts.

Further information suggests that the student pilot who stole the aircraft was flying while intoxicated and that he gained access to the airport by breaching a chain link fence. This incident seems to indicate a significant, looming danger. It suggests the possibility that general aviation aircraft can be easily stolen, without detection, flown over populated communities, all without action or alerts by the federal government.

I ask that you launch an immediate investigation into this incident and examine the susceptibility of our airports to these types of thefts. Further, I ask that you investigate the vulnerability that such thefts of general aviation aircraft pose to areas containing nuclear plants, key infrastructure, and large populations that could be severely damaged should such a general aviation aircraft crash or be used in a criminal act. For instance, the Indian Point nuclear facility is located just west of the Westchester County Airport but there was apparently no detection of this aircraft flying in that direction. Finally, I would like you to investigate whether the air traffic control tower was manned, whether the tower being manned could have provided a first line of defense against such a hijacking, why no alerts were issued for communities in either Connecticut or New York, and whether this is a problem that persists across the country.

According to The 9/11 Commission Report: “[m]ajor vulnerabilities still exist in cargo and general aviation security. These, together with inadequate screening and access controls, continue to present aviation security challenges.” This incident reminds us of this warning issued by the 9/11 Commission. While thankfully this incident ended without harm done, I am concerned about the threat this vulnerability poses to our homeland. I believe general aviation pilots deserve to enjoy the skies over our country, but we must ensure that we take reasonable, adequate precautions to ensure safety on the ground.

Sincerely yours,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

cc: Governor George Pataki

On February 18, 2005 10:43 AM, weewill said:

To demonstrate an emergency alert by sounding the Indian Point sirens is, I’m sure well intentioned, just as the blue county emergency evacuation bus stop signs are. In reality, it’s ludicrous to imagine any sane person hearing the sirens for 4 or 5 minutes, to turn on their radio for further instructions, and then calmly walk to the corner and wait for the next beeline bus to appear! More realistic is to imagine (certainly every parent and grandparent!) and most probably every person so alerted, to jump in his or her car causing a nightmare of clogged roads and streets along a ridcuoulously flawed evacuation plan for the area. The only workable solution to an Indian Point accident is to close the place down before it occurs! .


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