How To Get Emergency Help

Within hours after the terrorist attack, President Bush ordered the release of federal funds to support emergency response efforts and aid victims of the attack on the World Trade Center and their families.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for coordinating this effort, FEMA director Joe Allbaugh said on CBS News' The Early Show. FEMA resources range from the use of federal search-and-rescue personnel to providing medical supplies. Assistance also includes funds for individuals with for medical, housing or crisis counseling needs.

Anyone in need of FEMA assistance should call 800-462-9029. "That will start the flow of federal dollars for individual and family assistance," Allbaugh added.

FEMA, an executive branch independent agency, was founded in 1979.

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Missing Persons Information: 1-866-836-4167

New York Police Department Missing Persons Center: 1-212-741-4626

City of New York: 1-212-560-2730

U.S. Government Web site

Web Site for Victims' Center at Armory: http://www.wtcfamilies.org.

Web site to find victims taken to New York area hospitals.

For information on grief counseling, call:
Lincoln Memorial and Mental Health Center: (718) 579-5000
Metropolitan Hospital Center: (212) 423-6262
St. Vincent's Health Crisis Center: (212) 604-8220
Department of Mental Health Services: (212) 442-5000

American Red Cross:
Web site: American Red Cross
Spanish Information Line: 1-800-257-7575
Blood Donations: 1-800-448-3543
Financial Contributions: 1-800-HELP-NOW
Volunteer Medical Services: 1-800-801-8092
Victim Information: Call Your Local Red Cross Chapter

Salvation Army:
Financial Contributions: 1-800-SAL-Army

Military Personnel and Families:
Navy/Marine Corps: 1-877-663-6772
Air Force: 1-800-253-9276
Army: 1-800-984-8523

Department of Justice:
Web site: Department of Justice
Family Assistance Center / Victims Hotline - 1-800-331-0075
Anyone with information about the terrorist attacks should call 1-800-483-5137
Office of Victims of Crime (details about victims and survivors): 1-800-331-0075

New York City Firefighters:
Status Information Line: 1-718-999-2541

Airlines:
American Airlines: 1-800-245-0999
Web site: www.aa.com/

United Airlines: 1-800-932-8555
Web site: www.ual.com

United Way of America
Send donations to United Way September 11th Fund
Two Park Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10016
(212) 251-4035
Web sites: www.uwnyc.org or national.unitedway.org

For more information visit FEMA.gov.


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