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Field Observations of Lower Manhattan in the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Disaster: September 30, 2001

This brief report focuses on "perishable" information about the World Trade Center Disaster. Perishable information is information that is temporarily available and would likely be lost if not collected quickly after the event. The collection of perishable information has a lengthy pedigree in hazards research. In the past, research teams from the National Research Council's Committee on Natural Disasters entered disaster-affected places to record such information. The present study is patterned after these initiatives though independent of them. | read article

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The Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001: Immediate Impacts and Their Ramifications for Federal Emergency Management

The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon were horrific events, of a scale and type never before seen in the U.S. or in the world. To our knowledge, no past terrorist disaster in the U.S. has resulted in both recovery and military actions to seek redress for the incident...In researching and documenting the outcomes of the events in New York City and the Pentagon, we chose to focus primarily on emergency management at the federal level. This report deals generally with emergency management issues and actions during the first 30 days following September 11. | read article