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  1. On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police officers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA.
  2. 9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A bombing in February of 1993 killed six people.
  3. On any given workday, up to 50,000 employees worked in the WTC twin towers, and an additional 40,000 passed through the complex.
  4. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the rescue and recovery clean-up of the 1.8 million tons of wreckage from the WTC site took 9 months.
  5. Passengers aboard United Flight 93, heard about the previous airplane attacks and attempted to retake control of the plane from hijackers. As a result, the hijackers dilberately crashed the plane in a Pennsylvania field instead of at their unknown target.

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  1. While video accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately, no video footage of the Pentagon attack was publicly released until 2006.
  2. Though both the police and fire departments of New York City had their own emergency response procedures, the two departments did not have a coordinated response plan to a major incident.
  3. In 2001, New York City fire evacuation procedures only required mandatory evacuations for floors immediately surrounding a fire. After a plane struck Building 1 of the WTC, Building 2 employees were initially told to stay in the building.
  4. The attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil.
  5. 18 people were rescued alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center site.
  6. Cases of post-traumatic stress are common among 9/11 survivors and rescue workers. Respiratory problems, like asthma and lung inflammation, also developed at abnormal rates for those in and around the World Trade Center during and after the attacks.

Sources

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    CNN Library. "September 11 Anniversary Fast Facts." CNN. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

  • 2

    Cline, Seth. "The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing: A New Threat Emerges." US News. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

  • 3

    National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States. "Eleventh Public Hearing." Staff Statement No. 13: Emergency Preparedness And Response. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    National September 11 Memorial & Museum. "Rescue & Recovery." 9/11 Memorial. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    Cable News Network. "Flight 93 hijacker: 'Shall we finish it off?'." CNN. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    Cable News Network. "First video of Pentagon 9/11 attack released." CNN. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States. "Preparedness As Of September 11." Heroism and Horror. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    National Commission On Terrorist Attacks Upon The United States. "Eleventh Public Hearing." Staff Statement No. 13: Emergency Preparedness And Response. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    National September 11 Memorial & Museum. "About the Memorial." 9/11 Memorial. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    National September 11 Memorial & Museum. "Rescue & Recovery." 9/11 Memorial . Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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    NYC.gov. "9/11 Health." What We Know About the Health Effects of 9/11:A Message from the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Accessed April 8, 2014. .

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