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FEMA Pledges To Stay For As Long As It Takes

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October 11, 2001
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Washington, DC -- One month after the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today emphasized the agency's commitment to assist all those affected for as long as there is need.

"Over the past 30 days, the people of this country have shown great determination and strength," said Director Joe M. Allbaugh. "But there are still many people in need of help. We will continue to be with them every step of the way as they move forward with the challenge of putting their lives back together."

A summary of response and recovery operations follows:


On Sept. 11, President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for the five boroughs of New York City. The declaration was later amended to include Individual and Public Assistance for ten additional New York counties. Subsequently, Public Assistance to reimburse the cost of emergency services was granted to all counties in the state. Operations in New York since September 11 include:

  • FEMA provided 1,240 personnel and equipment to support the search and rescue effort for 25 days. Twenty-one of FEMA's 28 Urban Search and Rescue teams worked at the World Trade Center site during the first month. In addition, FEMA medical, mental health and veterinary personnel working at ground zero and throughout the city have provided over 7,200 medical, 4,000 mental health and 934 veterinary treatments.

  • FEMA tasked more than $100 million in mission assignments to other federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense to assist in the response effort.

  • The USACE continues to provide technical assistance to the city's debris removal operation that, to date, has resulted in 220,695 tons of debris having been moved to the Staten Island landfill. USACE structural engineers continue to provide technical guidance on structural integrity/stabilization of buildings and subterranean infrastructure using mapping and remote sensing. The USACE dredging mission resulted in 59,300 cubic yards of material being removed around Pier 6 to allow expedited debris removal.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency continue to monitor and dispose of debris as necessary, collect water and air samples as needed, operate wash stations and supervac public areas as requested in the affected area.

  • More than 2,000 federal personnel have been deployed to support the recovery effort. More than 1,000 employees remain in New York, of which 538 are FEMA disaster assistance specialists.

  • A Disaster Assistance Service Center opened at 141 Worth St. in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 28. Representatives from 26 agencies and organizations offering victim assistance are staffing the center. To date, more than 3,900 World Trade Center victims and their family members have come to the center. Visitors are able to register for city, state and federal assistance programs, receive crisis counseling and speak with staff about the many programs and services available to support their recovery.

  • More than $22.7 million has been granted to support "Project Liberty," which will provide immediate services through the state's crisis counseling program for those needing mental health assistance.

  • Twenty FEMA community relations teams are working alongside city, state and Department of Justice staff in Lower Manhattan to distribute registration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and crisis counseling information to residents and workers. Additional community relations staff are assisting volunteer operations and human servi...

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