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Indian Point Siren Test Today

March 21, 2007

There will be a test of the Emergency Alert Sirens around the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located in Buchanan today, Wednesday, March 21, 2007. The sirens are scheduled to sound at 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30 AM. All 150 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.

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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