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World Trade Center and Pentagon Disaster Update

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Release date: 
September 25, 2001
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Washington, DC -- Senior FEMA Readiness, Response and Recovery officials met yesterday at FEMA headquarters with principal staff from the Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Mental Health Services and the American Red Cross to discuss coordination issues in providing assistance to individuals impacted by the disaster.

Federal agencies continue to support the efforts of state and local governments in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The number of federal personnel working in direct support of operations in New York and Virginia totals nearly 6,300, including more than 1,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its Urban Search and Rescue task forces.

More than 700 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services personnel are currently deployed at the crash sites in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. The U.S. Coast Guard is managing security arrangements around selected nuclear power plants. Restrictions on flight training and crop-dusting have been lifted.

Here is the latest information:

New York

  • Con Edison reports that, while the electric grid in lower Manhattan remains "fragile," electricity is available in all areas except the World Trade Center (WTC) complex. The extent of gas pipeline damage will not be known until the area is cleared of debris..

  • Latest figures show that 108,756 tons of debris have been removed from the WTC site to a landfill on Staten Island. FEMA has tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to monitor operations of the four debris removal contractors and to calculate debris quantities for other buildings that may require demolition.

  • Officials report as of yesterday, 276 bodies have been recovered from the WTC of which 206 have been identified. The number of injured is 5,124 of which 415 remain hospitalized and 6,453 persons are currently registered as missing. Eighty nations suffered casualties at the WTC, and 59 nations and the European Union have offered various types of humanitarian assistance. To date, more than 151,000 calls have been received by the New York donations hotline, 1-800-801-9092.

  • Ten FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces are assigned. Four additional task forces are on alert.

  • American Red Cross and Salvation Army mass care personnel have served 1,144,225 meals/snacks to rescue teams and other workers at the scene.

  • The latest report indicates 8,517 callers have contacted FEMA's toll-free teleregistration number (1-800-462-9029) to register for assistance.


  • All Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the Pentagon crash site have demobilized.

  • At the Pentagon, officials report 125 dead or unaccounted for, not including 64 aircraft passengers. To date, 118 remains have been recovered and transported to Dover Air Force Base, Del., for identification.

  • One National Medical Response Team remains deployed at the scene.

  • The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have served a total of 10,596 meals/snacks to emergency personnel at the Pentagon site.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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