The horrific attacks on Sept. 11 claimed thousands of lives and caused massive devastation. My heart goes out to all who were affected. Be assured the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with other federal, local and voluntary agencies will be there to help you through your recovery.
President Bush signed a disaster declaration on the day of the attack and directed me to ensure all federal resources are available to the city and state. FEMA staff is working around the clock facilitating and coordinating the federal assistance in this recovery effort.
In addition, individuals and businesses that were impacted by the terrorist attacks can apply for a wide variety of benefits and assistance from FEMA, the Department of Justice and other federal and state agencies by calling the telephone numbers listed on the Benefits and assistance table.
Just as all Americans grieve and sympathize with New Yorkers in this tragedy, people around the country share New Yorkers' spirit to pull through this. Recovery will be a long process and a lot of hard work, but we will be here to support and assist you.
May God bless you and your families as you continue on the road to recovery.
Joe M. Allbaugh
Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency