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Indian Point Nuke Plant Sirens to be Tested at Night for First Time

September 12, 2006

There will be a test of the Emergency Alert Sirens (EAS) around the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located in Buchanan on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 7:30 PM.

All alert sirens, sounding for the first time in a night time excercise, throughout 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.

Once again, THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

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


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