NYC Gives Jumpy Citizens Heads-Up on Emergency Drill
'Lots of sirens' Sunday in Lower Manhattan
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2009 5:02 PM CDT
Air Force One buzzes lower Manhattan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mindful of the panic caused by the Air Force One flyover, New York is giving its residents fair warning of a massive emergency drill scheduled for Sunday, Reuters reports. The heads-up is “not necessarily” because of the scare, a spokesman said. But “people will see and hear lots of sirens.” Some 800 responders will be on hand for the simulated train explosion near the World Trade Center site.

“We have done similar drills with similar types of warnings,” the spokesman continued. “Obviously this is bigger-scale drill so we are doing a little bit more. I don’t think it’s strictly because of what happened two weeks ago with the flyover.”