FEMA offices on 24-hour alert

FEMA offices on 24-hour alert

Last Tuesday's terrorist attacks at the Pentagon and World Trade Center prompted the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up an emergency support team at its headquarters in Washington. All 10 FEMA regional offices were also put on alert.

FEMA public affairs spokesman Marc Wolfson said the emergency operations 'will be open 24 hours a day.'

The agency has had a federal response plan with a terrorism component in place since the early 1990s. 'We have had exercises, we have training, we have had meetings with all of the agencies involved,' Wolfson said. 'Everyone knows what their responsibilities are, and now it's a matter of getting through this situation.'

The federal response plan uses the resources of 28 federal agencies and the American Red Cross to help local and state governments in national disasters. FEMA sent eight urban search and rescue teams to New York City last Tuesday to search for victims in the affected buildings.

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