New York, NY -- The Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joe M. Allbaugh emphasized today that the resources of the federal government will be available to the victims of the World Trade Center attack for as long as necessary.
"We want to assure the citizens of New York that the many resources of FEMA and the entire federal government will be here for the long haul," said Allbaugh. "Although FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue teams are no longer assisting the city's police and fire departments at the site, there's still a lot of work to be done to help the city and state rebuild New York."
FEMA operations involve:
- More than 1,880 federal workers now on deployment in New York City to assist in recovery and rebuilding operations, including 827 FEMA disaster assistance specialists;
- Delivery of individual assistance programs and services including temporary housing assistance, grants for emergency home repair and clean up, unemployment assistance and crisis counseling;
- 16 FEMA Community Relations teams going door-to-door in Lower Manhattan to distribute information and answer questions on available assistance;
- Disaster Assistance Service Center open to serve WTC victims with staff from more than 26 federal, state and city agencies to providing information and assistance;
- FEMA teleregistration number, 1-800-462-9029(TTY 1-800-462-7585), available to help all affected individuals and businesses; and
- Coordinating with the city and state to assess the viability of affected buildings and infrastructure and identify possible mitigation measures.
FEMA's role under the Federal Response Plan is to coordinate the activity of as many as 28 federal agencies needed throughout the recovery and rebuilding process, and to work to meet the needs of the city and state during this time. In addition to providing search and rescue help and assistance to individuals as well as to state and local governments, FEMA is coordinating numerous operations requiring help from other agencies. These include the need for debris removal, emergency communications, public health and medical services, mass care and volunteer services.