*** THIS IS AN EXERCISE: THIS IS NOT A REAL EVENT. ***
For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2009 • 12:30 p.m.
Burlington, VT – Vermont officials have confirmed reports of two explosions at about 10:00 a.m. today in Albany, New York.
At this time the cause is unknown, but New York authorities are reporting that the explosions may have contained radioactive materials.
Anyone who was in the Albany area at the time of the explosions or afterwards should follow the directions of local officials given at the scene, or through local radio or TV.
Anyone who is in Vermont is NOT in immediate danger. Vermonters and visitors in our state are advised to:
- Stay where you are. Do not travel to Albany until it is known to be safe.
- If you have family members visiting or working in Albany, dial 2-1-1 to check in. We will work to get you information as soon as possible.
- Stay tuned to TV or radio for regular updates and instructions.
Plans are in place to respond to such an emergency. Vermont Emergency Management and the Vermont Department of Health are in close contact with New York officials to get more information, and to offer any aid that may be needed.
Radiological health experts are working to assess the situation and any actions needed to protect public health, animals and the environment.
You can also get regular updates, information and instructions at: http://healthvermont.gov - or - dial 2-1-1 for information in any language.