Yesterday morning, the MTA's Metro-North Railroad, along with other agencies, held an "emergency preparedness exercise" at Grand Central Terminal. The annual exercise involved 30 "victims," including two who needed to be transported to hospitals, which resulted in firefighters and EMTs taking some volunteers out on stretchers through the terminal and into Midtown.
While there were PA announcements telling travelers and visitors to Grand Central that the flurry of activity was for a drill, some were still confused. The manager of a kiosk told the Daily News, "When I got here at 9, I had no idea what was happening. All of a sudden, they told me I had to leave for a while."
The MTA will review how it responded to the emergency and use the information to improve its procedures.