Lauds Rescue Workers and Volunteers
Governor George E. Pataki today announced
that 1,500 National Guard troops and a
contingent of more than 1,000 law
enforcement officers have been deployed to
New York City as part of the massive State
response to the attack Tuesday on the
World Trade Center.
Urge Blood Dona
"I want to thank New Yorkers
throughout the State for their outpouring
of assistance in this time of tremendous
need," Governor Pataki said. "In
the face of extraordinary adversity, New
Yorkers are again pulling together in a
remarkable display of resiliency and
"Hundreds of men and women from
State agencies have toiled throughout the
night to move personnel and equipment to
New York City and the surrounding area to
help expedite the recovery efforts,"
the Governor said. "We will continue
to do everything possible to help our
friends and neighbors recover from this
Approximately 1,500 National Guard
troops are in New York City today with
another 1,500 staged and ready for
deployment just north of the City. Another
2,000 troops are being mobilized upstate
for deployment. The Guard has 117 pieces
of engineering equipment ready for
deployment in the massive effort.
Overnight, 200 State Troopers were
deployed along the 14th Street perimeter
in New York City and are working with the
New York City Police Department. An
additional 300 troopers are due in the
City today, along with 427 officers from
Nassau and Suffolk counties and a
contingent of military police from the
National Guard, bringing the total to more
than 1,000 law enforcement personnel.
Additionally, the State Police have
developed an inventory of police
departments from across the State from
which personnel can be deployed to assist
in the effort as needed. State Police have
been conducting escorts for medical and
National Guard personnel, as well as
coordinating security efforts and traffic
control. State Police bomb dogs have been
in the City since Tuesday and 18
search-and-rescue dogs, eight from the
State Police and 10 from the Connecticut
State Police are also in the City.
Following a conversation yesterday
between Governor Pataki and Puerto Rico
Governor Sila Maria Calderone, a 25-person
K9 urban search and rescue team has been
dispatched from Puerto Rico and is
expected to arrive in New York later in
the day. At the request of the New York
City Police Department, 11 State Police
scuba divers are positioned in the City.
Two State Police medivac helicopters are
also pre-positioned with the aviation unit
of the NYPD, and the State Police aviation
unit has been flying shipments of medical
supplies into the City since yesterday.
The Governor said the response from the
medical professions to yesterday's request
for assistance has been tremendous. Since
yesterday afternoon, the State has
received more than 2,400 calls and the
Hospital Association of New York State has
received 7,200 calls offering assistance.
"We now have a huge list of
professionals from which to draw for
assistance," the Governor said.
"I want to thank each and every
person who has called to volunteer their
services. Due to the extremely large
volume of calls, we are now asking
everyone to refrain from calling the
medical assistance numbers until further
All persons wishing to volunteer other
types of assistance should call the State
hotline number: 1-800-801-8092.
"All across the State, New Yorkers
are stepping forward to donate
blood," the Governor said.
"Again, New Yorkers have shown the
true spirit of the Empire State and I
encourage them to continue donating the
vitally needed blood at their local
At the Governor's request, President
Bush last night declared a major federal
disaster for New York City, which will
result in the release of assistance and
resources in response to the attack on the
World Trade Center. Four federal urban
search and rescue teams have been
dispatched to the City, including the
federal robotics team from Littleton,
Colorado, with five pieces of robotics
equipment. Three additional federal teams
are staged for deployment and another is
en route from Indiana.
Additionally, a disaster mortuary team
is staged and ready to be deployed into
the City, one federal medical assistance
team is already in the City, and three
other teams are staged and ready for
Other State agency activities
Department of Transportation: 27
staff and 40 pieces of equipment are
deployed in the City, with another 38
staff and 36 pieces of equipment staged
and ready to be deployed to the City. DOT
also has been transporting generators from
the State Emergency Equipment Stockpiles
in Queensbury (Warren County) and Newark
(Wayne County) to a staging area at
Stewart Airport in Newburgh. The
Department has also provided New York City
DOT with a list of contractors that have
light sets available.
State Emergency Management Office:
The State Emergency Operations Center is
fully activated and staff is assigned on
12-hour shifts. SEMO staff has been
deployed to New York City.
Agriculture and Markets:
Coordinated with DOT regarding
refrigerator trucks which are staged at
Civil Air Patrol: Served 200 box
meals and provided 8 light sets; has 30
aircraft available on standby.
Department of Corrections : 30
vehicles are staged on Long Island if
Department of Environmental
Conservation: Conducted air sam pling.
Advise that no chemical or biological
agents were used in the attack. DEC also
is working with New York City Sanitation
Department to remove and dispose of
Emergency Medical Services: The
NYS Department of Health has coordinated
the effort to stage 90 ambulances at Shea
Stadium. Another 150 ambulances are on
standby. 500 doctors and nurses are on a
standby list from across the state.
Department of Health: 12-hour
push packs will be arriving at Randall
Island. Assisted in staging personnel and
equipment at Stewart.
Division of Housing and Community
Renewal: 500 units have been
identified to provide shelter if needed.
Office of Fire Prevention and
Control: All staff are mobilized.
Mutual aid has been fully implemented
across the state.
Office of General Services and Labor
Department are coordinating requests
and collection of specially needed
American Red Cross: Twelve
shelters are open in the city with 200
persons being sheltered. The Red Cross is
also moving blood to the city. Donations
of Blood Type O and O-negative are needed.
Salvation Army: Mobile Units and
feeding unit are available
Public Service Commission: In
the Manhattan area there are 5 networks
without power. The gas system in a
30-block area is being isolated. 200,000
telephone lines are impacted.
New York State Thruway is restricting
diesel fuel purchases, except for