Emergency Management

Puget Sound USAR team members say WTC scene is ‘unbelievable’
Posted By Sheri Badger on Sep 21st, 2001 at 3:02 AM

Tacoma, WA – September 21, 2001 – The Puget Sound Urban Search and Rescue Task Force departed from McChord AFB Sept. 19 for New York to assist with recovery operations. The 62-member team was placed on alert by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. The team is on site and working 12 hour shifts day and night. The scene is described as unbelievable. Only about 1 percent of the debris has been moved so far. The base of operations has been established at the Javitz Center about 30 blocks from the operational area. Task leaders have been given a tour of the disaster scene, which covers a 14 block area, with heavy security and traffic congestion. Fires are still burning under the rubble, while workers are pulling debris off and hauling it away. When they hit a void space that area is searched. Many of the foundations of the surrounding buildings were damaged by attack and are below sea level with sea water beginning to seep into the area below the disaster site. Providing meals to workers on site is an immense job. Businesses in the area still are without power. More than 120,000 donation phone calls have been made. The list goes on. Six FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, including Puget Sound, are engaged in operations at the World Trade Center site. Three task forces are demobilizing and two are staging at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. Six additional task forces remain on alert. FEMA advises that donations can be made by calling the State of New York donations coordination hotline at 1-800-801-8092. Donations also can go to the following special relief funds: World Trade Center, New York State Relief Fund PO Box 5028 Albany, NY 12205 FEEA World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund Suite 200 8441 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 New York City Police Department Memorial Fund One Police Plaza New York, NY 10038 The New York Firefighters 911 Disaster Relief Fund c/o Firehouse.com 9658 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 350 College Park, MD 20740


Search and rescue team leaves for New York September 19
Posted By Sheri Badger on Sep 16th, 2001 at 8:48 AM

Tacoma, WA – September 14, 2001 – The Puget Sound Urban Search and Rescue Task Force will be deployed on Sept. 19 to assist with recovery efforts in New York. The 62-member team was placed on alert by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Pierce County, which coordinates the multi-agency team, began mobilizing the task force immediately after the alert. Members were being called at their places of businesses and-or homes and requested to report immediately to McChord Air Force Base to prepare gear and supplies for deployment. The task force includes representatives from Pierce County, City of Tacoma, City of Seattle, King County and other jurisdictions. One of more than 25 response teams developed by FEMA, it was mobilized for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the federal courthouse bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, the Northridge, Calif., earthquake in 1994, and Typhoon Bryan in Guam in 1992.


First Day of National Recovery – American Red Cross
Posted By Sheri Badger on Sep 12th, 2001 at 1:50 AM

The American Red Cross appreciates the extreme generosity of the American people in this time of national need. They ask for your patience as they help the people who need it the most. If you need to find a family member affected by the disaster: The network of American Red Cross chapters is available to help find information regarding family members affected by the disaster. All inquiries should be directed to your local American Red Cross chapter. In Tacoma and Pierce County that number is 253-474-0400. Other information contacts: American Airlines 1-800-245-0999 United Airlines 1-800-932-8555 Navy/Marines 1-877-663-6772 US Air Force 1-800-253-9276 US Army (Military District of Washington) 1-800-477-9571 DoD Compassion Center for non-uniformed DoD employees at the Pentagon: 1- 800-833-6622 To make a donation: Call 1-800 HELP NOW or visit the online donation system at www.redcross.org. If you are experiencing problems while donating online, it is due to extremely heavy volume on our Web site. Please try again later in the week or call the 800 number. To give blood: Call 1-800 GIVE LIFE or contact your local hospital or health care system. As you might imagine, it is currently very difficult to get through on a phone line. Please be patient and attempt your call later in the week. New volunteers: The Red Cross has thousands of trained volunteers ready to respond to disasters throughout the country. If you want to become trained in Red Cross Disaster Services, please contact your local Chapter later in the week to help reduce current volume, which is extremely high. Medical professionals wishing to support the efforts in New York may contact the following: Physicians may call (212) 604-3850 Nurses may call (212) 604-8474 EMT and nurses aides may call 800-628-0193 Search and Rescue Professionals may call (703) 222-6277


Puyallup Fair continues regular operation, cancels tonight’s concert
Posted By Sheri Badger on Sep 11th, 2001 at 10:09 AM

For further information, contact: Karen J. LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024; or cell (253) 691-2005 PUYALLUP, WA – Sept. 11, 2001 – The Puyallup Fair continues to be open in spite of terrorist activity in parts of the country. Due to all planes being grounded, the Mya concert with April at the Puyallup Fair slated for tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 has been cancelled. Tomorrow night’s Chicago concert will be held as planned since the group is traveling by bus. The Puyallup Fair, which has heightened security, is open through Sunday, Sept. 23. Mya was driving to an airport in New York City when all flights in and out of U.S. airports were cancelled this morning. Ticket holders have two options with the tickets they presently hold for the Mya concert. They are: Exchange the tickets for another grandstand show at the 2001 Puyallup Fair. The ticket holder will be responsible for the price difference if the selection is a higher-priced ticket. This transaction must be completed at the Ticketmaster ticket center where the original ticket was purchased. Return the ticket for a refund, which also includes convenience charge refund. Tickets must be returned to location of purchase. Ticket holders who purchased tickets by phone or on the Internet must return them by mail to Ticketmaster, PO Box 4248, Seattle, WA 98104. They will be credited upon receipt. Tickets are still available for the Chicago concert at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Infield reserved seats are $34.50 and grandstand seating is $29.50. Both include gate admission to the Fair. For further information concerning the Puyallup Fair and the Puyallup Fair Concert Series presented by Columbia Bank, visit the website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline, (253) 841- 5045.


Pierce County, State EOCs open in wake of terrorist attacks
Posted By Sheri Badger on Sep 11th, 2001 at 9:46 AM

Tacoma, WA – September 11, 2001 – Following this mornings terrorist attacks on the east coast, Gov. Gary Locke and members of his staff are en route to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray. Pierce County and State EOCs were activated at an intermediate level following the attacks in New York and Washington D.C. The county and state’s current role is to monitor the situation. At this time, there are no known threats to facilities or locations in Washington State. ********** Some emergency reminders:

  Stay off the telephone unless you have a critical need.

  DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you need an emergency response from police, fire or emergency personnel.

  DO NOT call 9-1-1 unnecessarily, the lines must be kept open for those who have true emergencies.