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World Trade Center And Pentagon Disaster Recovery Operations Update

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September 15, 2001
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Washington, DC -- One day after the world paused to mourn those lost in the September 11 terrorist attack, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with its federal, state, and local partners, continue operations in both New York and Virginia.


New York state officials from the World Trade Center disaster site report 108 bodies have been recovered, 58 have been identified. The number of injured is 3,201 of which 164 remain hospitalized and 4,763 persons are listed as missing. To assist in the identification process, New York City is establishing a DNA specimen collection facility.

Eight Urban Search and Rescue task forces and an Incident Support Team are operating in New York City. The task forces are staging out of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and are from Beverly, Mass.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Miami Valley, Ohio; Marion County, Ind.; Boone County, Mo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Riverside, Calif.; and Sacramento, Calif. The Incident Support Team, responsible for managing the task forces, is from New York.

The American Red Cross (ARC) reports 11 shelters remain open in the New City area with a total population of 165 sheltered in New York and 125 people sheltered in New Jersey. There are 35 ARC Emergency Response Vehicles supporting 26 delivery sites.

The Department of Transportation reports all New York City airports are open with limited service. Many of the bridges leading into Manhattan are still restricted to emergency service vehicles only.

The New York City Disaster Field Office (DFO) will open today. With a staff from federal, state and city governments, the DFO will coordinate disaster recovery operations.


The Governor of Virginia has established a multi-agency Terrorism Victim's Assistance Center to coordinate information requests and offer assistance to victims and their family members. The center's terrorism victim helpline will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight at (866) 827-3543.

The Arlington, Va. Fire Department declared the Pentagon fire extinguished at 2:18 p.m. EDT, Sept. 14. Both Department of Defense and local fire department officials will continue to monitor the scene for the next few days. Four FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces continue operations at the Pentagon. They are from Fairfax County, Va.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Montgomery County, Md.; and Memphis, Tenn.

Virginia state and federal officials have developed a plan for debris removal and disposal at the Pentagon. Debris will be trucked to a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality-approved disposal site located south of Richmond, Va.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been monitoring air quality from stations around the Pentagon site. EPA reports no significant impact due to the fire on September 11 and 12. The EPA will continue to monitor for asbestos and other harmful particulates at the Pentagon site.

The Department of Transportation reports Virginia's commercial airports have reopened with the exception of the Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Last Updated: 
March 29, 2016 - 20:05
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