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Summary of Federal Response to World Trade Center Attack

Release date: 
September 26, 2001
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New York, NY -- The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts in New York as of Sept. 26, 10 a.m. EST. This information will be updated on a regular basis as necessary.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to assist city and state government, and volunteer agencies in response to the World Trade Center attack. Activities continue in areas of debris removal and the provision of emergency services in affected residential, commercial and public areas. FEMA is also informing the public of the various assistance programs available and how to access them. Highlights of federal involvement in response and recovery follow.

Debris Removal and Emergency Services

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is providing technical assistance to the city in the debris removal operation. To date, 115,756 tons of debris has been removed to the Staten Island landfill. USACE contracted for the dredging between the navigation channel and Pier 6 that began on Sept. 24. It is estimated that 75,000 cubic yards of dredge material will be removed in nine days.

  • At the city's request, USACE structural engineering teams are surveying buildings and structures in the impacted area to assure safety in search, rescue and debris removal operations. The Corps continues to support the NYC Fire Department with Tactical Operations Centers in the WTC area.

  • FEMA has provided over 100 medical and veterinary assistance personnel in support of rescue and recovery. To date, over 3,400 human and 600 animal patients have been treated. A long-term strategy for medical monitoring of state and city employees has been finalized.

  • FEMA hazardous material experts are making continual assessments at Ground Zero and implementing emergency response, disposal and wash-down procedures as necessary.

  • American Red Cross reports 4.5 million meals/snacks and 9,340 mental health contacts made as of Sept. 25.

Federal Operation

  • More than 700 FEMA personnel representing 49 states are working in New York City to support the federal assistance process.

  • Community relations teams from FEMA, along with city, state and Department of Justice personnel, are going door-to-door in lower Manhattan to distribute teleregistration, SBA and crisis counseling information. Community relations workers are stationed at points of entry to the affected area, assisting in registration and volunteer coordination. Others are supporting Human Services personnel at the Pier 94 Family Assistance Center. All are working to identify populations with special needs, including language and mobility.

  • Homeowners, renters and business owners are being urged to call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) to apply for federal and state assistance programs and services. At close of business Sept. 25, FEMA teleregistrations totaled 9,315.

  • FEMA has added phone registration operators to accommodate an anticipated increase in calls, and multilingual services are available to accommodate all language groups in affected areas.

  • FEMA teleregistration operators are making referrals to local and voluntary agencies as well as to the New York Crime Victims Board at 1-800-247-8035 (TTY 1-888-289-9747) for assistance under the Victims of Crime Act.
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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