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October 17th, 2012

Orange County tests out Indian Point emergency response plan

Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated at a recent, federally-observed Indian Point Drill in Goshen, NY.

GOSHEN - Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Services Walter C. Koury and Orange County Deputy Commissioner, Division of Emergency Management, Seamus K. Leary have announced that the County recently participated in a federally observed Indian Point Exercise at the County’s Emergency Services Center in Goshen, NY.

"I’m proud of our Emergency Services staff, the volunteers, and all of the drill participants," said County Executive Diana. "They shoulder a tremendous responsibility in order to provide potentially life-saving services to our fellow residents, and I’m grateful for their service."

The exercise was conducted with the Indian Point Energy Center located in Buchanan, NY. In addition to Orange County, participants included the plant’s licensee, Entergy, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, and New York State.

"The exercise is designed to demonstrate to federal officials that Orange County’s Indian Point emergency plan is a viable one that will protect life-safety should an incident occur," said Commissioner Koury.

On the day of the exercise, in Orange County, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) had over 100 participants.

"The federal government mandates that every other year counties within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of Indian Point exercise their emergency plans while FEMA officials evaluate them," said Deputy Commissioner Leary.

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