report September 13, 2001: World Trade Center Destroyed
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3:30 am - 9/13/01
12 Noon 9/11/01 - Westfield,
NJ...The area is stunned at this moment over the tragedy in Manhattan. Normally bustling
Westfield, NJ is near "ghost-like" as families seek to find out about their
loved ones in NYC, care for their children in the schools; ensnarl themselves from traffic
jams; wireless communications and phones are impaired at the moment; the internet and email
seem to be functioning. Generally, matters are calm, eerie.
Area police, fire and rescue
along with emergency management are streaming to help Manhattan; all major public
transportation seems paralyzed; local leaders are organizing to contend with the tragedy;
most local meetings have been cancelled.
Those few on the street seemed
stunned, disbelief. Details and status of thousands will be some time coming. When local
officials have releases for the public, we'll post them here.
Courtesy Ed Zazzali as seen from Newark, NJ - PSEG Building
13, 2001 - Local
To donate blood: Please
call the American Red Cross – Westfield/Mountainside
Chapter, (908) 232-7090; or the Tri-County Red
Cross Chapter (operating out of Muhlenberg Regional
Hospital), 322 West Front Street, Plainfield,
covering Scotch Plains and Fanwood, (908) 756-6414;
or North Jersey Blood Center, 800)
933-2566. Blood Drives: Community Blood
Drive, sponsored by American Red Cross of
Westfield/Mountainside, Thursday, September 20,
noon to 9 p.m., The Presbyterian Church in
Westfield, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. For
Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents: Thursday,
September 13, Cranford Community Center, 220
Walnut Street, Cranford, 4 to 9 p.m.
To report family
members missing in the World Trade Center
tragedy or related emergency information, please
call Westfield Police at (908) 789-4006, Scotch
Plains Police at (908) 322-7100, Fanwood
Police at (908) 322-5000 or Mountainside Police at (908)
For updated local
please stay tuned to Westfield WCTV-36,
TV35-Fanwood, TV34-Scotch Plains, TV36-Mountainside/Berkeley Heights.
Billington Center at Trinitas Hospital,
925 East Jersey Street, Elizabeth; Family
Counseling Center, 300 North Avenue, East, Cranford;
NBC-10 Counseling Center Hotline: (877) 996-2210.
for family members only: Department
of Justice survivor/victim family hotline, (800) 331-0075.
American Red Cross family inquiry alternate
number, (215) 299-0134. St. Vincent’s Hospital,
Family information on
passengers on hijacked airline flights
that crashed: American
Airlines, (800) 245-0999. United Airlines, (800)
Information on Pentagon
victims for families
only: (877) 663-6772.
Medical Personnel and Volunteers: Registered
nurses and emergency medical services, (800)
628-0193; Doctors, (518) 431-7600; all other
volunteers, (800) 801-8092.
United Fund of Westfield, (908) 233-2113.
Blood Emergency Declared from NEW YORK Blood Center
Call: 1-800-933-Blood for New York Blood Center NJ Outlets
Due to this morning's hijack plane attacks on two World Trade Center buildings, resulting
in unknown medical emergencies, New York Blood Center has announced a blood emergency for
the greater New York/ New Jersey metropolitan area; urging all eligible donors to make a
blood donation at donor sites in Manhattan at 310 East 67th Street (between 1st and 2nd
Avenues) and 150 Amsterdam Avenue (66-67th Streets); in Brooklyn at 120 Lawrence Street
near MetroTech; on Staten Island at 1625 Forest Avenue; on Long Island at 2500 Marcus
Avenue in Lake Success, 3125 Veterans Highway in Bohemia; 333 Merrick Road in Rockville
Centre and Route 110N in Melville/Huntington; at 167 New Street in New Brunswick, New
Jersey; and 525 Executive Blvd. in Elmsford in Westchester. For more details on available
donor locations, call 1-800-933-2566. Hours at all sites have been extended until further
notice. Blood donors must be at least age 17, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in good
general health. Photo or signature identification is required at time of donation as is
knowledge of Social Security, Passport or Visa Number.
Date: 9/11/01 3:42:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time
New Jersey Declares State of Emergency. Offers to Help New York. Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco
has declared a state of emergency in New Jersey giving him the power to mobilize state
police, the National Guard and emergency units to deal with the aftermath of Tuesday's
terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. New Jersey has also offered to assist New
York City. About 1,000 Guardsmen are assisting troopers in closing roads and moving
supplies. The state has also sent criminal investigators to lower Manhattan. DiFrancesco
has asked Pennsylvania to make hospital beds available because he doesn't know if the
Garden State has enough for survivors. Officials are asking people to voluntarily stay off
major highways in north Jersey. Officials are asking people to voluntarily stay off major
highways in north Jersey. The acting governor says some Garden State commuters may have to
spend the night in New York.
5:30 - 9/11/01 - UNION COUNTY RESPONDS TO
Union County is working with federal officials, as well as officials from New York and the
State of New Jersey to assist in the response to todays terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center, said County Manager Michael Lapolla and Freeholder Chairman Alexander
Mirabella. They ask that residents refrain from non-essential driving and cell phone use
to leave them free for emergency officials and vehicles.
The Countys Division of Emergency Management is complying with a request from the
City of New York for ambulances and emergency personnel, and has pledged any necessary
emergency aid. County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, County Police and the Countys
Prosecutors Office are working with federal and state officials to secure roadways,
government facilities and hospitals.
The County is assisting the State of New Jersey to implement the State of Emergency
declared by Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco.
Within an hour after the explosion at the World Trade Center, all non-essential Union
County employees were sent home for the day. In addition, State Superior Court in
Elizabeth has been closed and court employees were sent home.
Union County is doing all it can to assist federal and state officials to respond to
this emergency, said Lapolla. Because of our proximity to the City of New
York, we are focusing on efforts to protect Union Countys residents. Our
first thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack and their families, said
Freeholder Chairman Mirabella.
Elizabeth and Union County
Police have closed several key roadways in the City of Elizabeth to allow emergency
vehicles to bring victims of the attack to hospitals. Victims have already been brought to
Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, and more are expected over the coming 24 hours. Other area
hospitals are on alert and have emergency facilities available, including Runnells
Specialized Hospital of Union County, which has made bed space available to victims.
Counseling centers have been set up at the Billington Center at Trinitas Hospital at 925
E. Jersey St. in Elizabeth and at the Family Counseling Center at 300 North Ave. E in
Cranford for victims of the attack and their families. The Union County Sheriffs
Office has also dispatched two canine units the Port Authority to assist with security.
The Red Cross of Union County has put out a call for blood. Anyone who can give blood can
call the NJ Blood Center hotline at (800) 933-2566.
Many Union County residents work at the World Trade Center. Some will never again
return home to their families, said Freeholder Chairman Mirabella. We stand
with other Americans and with the world community, in calling for the prosecution and
punishment of the criminals who planned this attack. In the coming months, we will stand
in solidarity with the families of the men and women killed in this senseless act of hate.
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Westfield, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Union County, NJ -
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