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Anthrax Case: Six Steps to Take When Envelope is Opened and the Powder Is Found Tsutomu Takeda, study leader for arbovirus, Center for Vector-Borne Disease of the University of Rhode Island, cited the following six steps.

Cases involving anthrax are increasing in the United States, and so if a suspicious letter is delivered, opened, and powder is found in it, here's a list of what to do.
1. Close the windows and carefully cover the powder with a large cloth (or a jacket) to prevent the powder from stirring. Then leave the room. (If it is not possible to cover the powder, there is no need to worry. However, when leaving, move slowly and quietly so as not to stir the powder.)
Note: Closing the windows is not to prevent spores from going outside. Leaving windows open while opening a door could allow the wind to blow the powder.

2. Call the police immediately upon leaving the room. Everyone who was in the room should gather in one place and wait for medical personnel to arrive. Never send anyone, for instance, to get some clothes. Furthermore, any rescuer who was on the scene without a proper outfit, and those who were in contact with or near the substance, should follow steps 4-6 below.

3. Those who directly touched the powder or who were nearby should wash their hands thoroughly, take off their clothes, and shower right away. (If a shower is not available, do not leave, and wait for help).

4. Change your clothes. The clothes that everyone was wearing should be placed in one area and later disposed of by following an expert's instructions.

5. Never take anything out of the room where the letter was opened. Seal off the contaminated area and prohibit access to it.

6. Anyone who was in the room must consult a doctor.

Watchdog Sites Shut Down in Interest of National Security
Web sites that watch the government and post secret government info have started to take down content, following in the footsteps of government sites that cleaned house recently.

On Sept. 6, Anonymizer launched "Operation Safe Investigation," through which the company donates Internet security services to Law Enforcement agencies, News Media organizations and other relevant groups to aid safe and effective Internet investigations. In response to Tuesday's tragedy, the program has been expanded to offer an unlimited number of complimentary accounts to agencies investigating the incidents. For more information or to receive free licenses, contact, visit <URL>, or call 619 725 3180 x307
FREE CONSULTING services available to agencies that are investigating tragedy.

24-hour-a-day hot line is now operational at 877-348-8579
"Cutting-edge radio frequency sniffers" from Lucent Technologies will be used to track down the devices, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.
A toll-free, for families of victims to call and provide the numbers of any cell phones or pagers victims might have had with them when terrorists attacked the center Tuesday morning. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Nextel, Skytel and several other wireless companies Wireless Emergency Response Team, which is deploying all possible state-of-the-art technologies to support search-and-rescue operations at ground zero.



American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

National Disaster and Search Dog Foundation - appeal for funds to buy booties for the search and rescue dogs to help them walk in the glass and rubble.

Update On New York City's Animals - contact information for giving or receiving help with animals orphaned or trapped in the World Trade Center area; from PETA.


American Airlines Contact Information - American's response number: 1-800-245-0999.

United Airlines: Information on United Flights 93 and 175 - United's response number: 1-800-932-8555.,11631,-1__1422,00.html

NYC Emergency Information - from the NY City government. Report missing persons: 212-560-2730; NYC information hotline: 212-560-2730.

U.S. Government Information and Resources search "first response"

Pentagon - family members may contact Service representatives: Army: 1-800-984-8523 or 703-428-0002; Navy and Marine Corps: 1-877-663-6772; and Air Force: 1-800-253-9276. Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to the Pentagon are also requested to call 1-877-663-6772 for accountability purposes. was

U.S. Justice Department's Family Assistance Center Victims Hotline - phone number 1-800-331-0075.

Federal Emergency Management Agency - if you are in NYC or D.C. and are in need of assistance, call FEMA: 1-800-426-9029.


Military being called to active duty:

1. Most companies provide leave for annual training requirements - larger ones with pay and most others without pay but almost all as not charged to vacation time. This is most commonly for 2 weeks.

However, if you have employees called to active duty for longer periods of time, you must also be prepared to give the person the same or an equivalent position upon their return if they are physically able to do the job and they apply to return upon their release. You do not have to do this for those who volunteer for active duty or those who extend their stay or reenlist after completion of whatever period they were called up for.

2. If you have employees who are being called up, you may want to remind them of the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act which will help them reduce mortgage interest payments, credit card interest or deal with legal proceedings. More information on this can be found at:


NY Firefighters Fund - all proceeds go towards the NY Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. Contribute via a secure online donation form.

Save The Children - 1-800-728-3843.

Salvation Army - 1-800-725-2769. Contribute to the Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts using a secure online donation form

B'nai B'rith - relief fund to aid the victims and their families of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Feed The Children - mobilizing to address emergency needs in New York. Includes online donation form. American Tragedy


Center for Economic and Policy Research

Nobel Prize Winners

This organization documents and tracks terror-related violence and "extremist websites, public records, and international media reports" to establish "links among terrorist entities and their supporters." Site features links to news, background on terrorist groups, material about courts cases, and audio and video clips. Some material available for a fee.

Expert on disaster planning and recovery for information systems available for interviews. Jason Taule is Global Director, Information and Systems Security for Ajilon LLC. His expertise includes preparing adequate business continuity and contingency plans sufficient to minimize/avoid loss of life and insure the survivability of business, and all aspects of business security. He has done work with the Pentagon; one of his clients was headquartered in the World Trade Center -- he prepared their recovery and disaster contingency plan. Prior to the attack, he was performing their annual risk assessment.
CONTACT: Wendy O'Donnell day: 410-727-2131, eve: 410-321-1962 Location: Baltimore, MD

Online Crisis Information Center Launches in Reaction to the Terrorist Attacks. - A new one-stop Internet destination launched today at to help parents, educators, and community members learn how to respond to the horrific terrorist attacks. Contact: Yosef I Abramowitz 617-965-7700 ext 204 | 617-899-3282 Cell

Andrea Reynolds, Crisis Brainstormer, brainstorms 10 creative solutions to "How do I/we...?" questions in mind-numbing crises. Will assist in finding specific steps to cope with this tragedy, personally and socially. Trained as crisis counselor, survivor of a mass shooting, bombing in Belfast, and terrorism by two stalkers. Contact Andrea Reynolds, (814) 774-5070 Toll-free: 1-US-REYNOLDS (877-396-6537)

List of Crisis Counselors in the U.S.

Nationally recognized child psychologist DR. ROBERT KLINE is immediately available for comment and interview on crises related topics. EMERGENCY TIPS FOR PARENTS AT:
CONTACT: Garis Agency - National Publicists (760) 471-4807 E-mail:

Mary M. Wong, author, "Understanding Your Grieving Heart After a Loved One's Death," currently available on her website - Mary M. Wong - - 407 774 5260, Longwood, FL (just north of Orlando) She is editor of the award-winning "National Directory of Bereavement Support Groups and Services," author of audiocassette "Homicide: Understanding the Unique and Complex Challenges Survivors Face", has counseled survivors of homicide victims for almost two decades and is a survivor herself, and has been recognized for her work on behalf of survivors by the New York State Senate. Her website provides a special page for the survivors of today's tragedy where they will find articles on homicide bereavement and assisting grieving children. Links to the most comprehensive list of National Bereavement Organizations, a list of over 175 bereavement books arranged by category and a list of organizations dedicated to the needs of Bereaved Children are also found on her site - The media is welcome to copy and publish these articles for their readers at no charge with proper credit and website information. Eastern Time Zone, preferred.

I am a former nurse and ex-military personnel, computer programmer specializing in the combat/radar weapon systems that are being used by American Troops to deploy against terrorist or anti-American facets. I have been involved in several military and civilian actions that have provided me with the compassion and understanding of grief, terror and inability to believe that such things can truly happen. CONTACT: Pamela D. Wray, Voice: (256) 835-8008 or Location: Oxford, AL

Sam Hackworth, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of is available for interviews. Dr. Hackworth earned his doctorate in clinical child psychology from the University of Washington, and completed his internship in clinical child psychology and pediatric psychology at Duke University Medical Center. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Contact: Sam Hackworth 501-309-3586,, Little Rock

Warren Hanson is the author and illustrator of the book "The Next Place" used in counseling, therapy and crisis situations.
Contact: Dorothy Molstad at 1-888-700-7333 or and/or Warren Hanson 651-647-1627,

Dr. Hall, an experienced, practicing child psychiatrist has practical advice for parents and teachers who want to help children understand why today's events happened, how to reasure children that they and their families will not be harmed, and tips on how to deal with children's anxieties and fears.
CONTACT: David C. Hall, M.D., or pager--206-907-5757, put in your number and Dr. Hall will return the call.


"Terrorism and Kids: Comforting Your Child" is a new book that helps parents and teachers answer children's questions about terrorism. Journalists are welcome to use excerpts, which will be available on CONTACT: Alyza Harris <> (617) 630-0945 Boston, EST, prefer email. Published by Peanut Butter and Jelly Press.

'A Walk Through Grief, Crossing the Bridge Between Worlds' by Linda Pendleton. Although the journey through grief is a personal one, there is a commonality to the process. It is Linda's hope that all who read her book will find peace and comfort within her words. What is presented, is not only heart-wrenching at times, but heartwarming. It is a love story and a story of hope. CONACT: Sunny Ross <> 805.965.5701


Professional healthcare workers who wish to volunteer their services can call 1-800-628-0193 to find out how they can help.

American Red Cross
Call your local hospital or the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVELIFE to get details about when and where you can donate blood. Medical personnel who wish to donate their services should contact their local American Red Cross office. Anyone can access the Red Cross website for information, or to make a donation of money.



Collection of screen shots from over 250 news sites (as of September 10th, 2002) around the world was taken on Sep 11 and 12. We hope the growing archive will serve the education of the online news industry and further its quality. May this collection also serve as a humble memorial to the countless innocent victims of these acts of terror.


News & Public Affairs Resources via Streaming Media


An MP3 radio stream dedicated to news of the bombings can be found at


The Marine Corps was created on November 10, 1775, in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by a resolution of the Continental Congress. In 1834 the Marines became part of the Department of the Navy. "War is a Racket" by Smedely Butler the only Marine Officer to win the Medal of Honor twice. Keep in mind, this was when WWI was just the World War. Reading "War is a Racket" is frighteningly similar to what is happening today, except the monetary figures are bigger. He foresaw WWII and all his points are verifiable. class material He has a base named after him, he hated fascism. He fought against it home and abroad.
Smedley Butler was one of the most beloved military leaders in American history. Teddy Roosevelt called him, "The finest fighting man in America." Butler was known as "the fighting Quaker." Butler was only one of four Americans ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice. He tried returning one of them because he did not feel it was earned, but was instead ordered to wear it. Rank-and-file American soldiers loved him. Butler helped run the Marines for a generation, carried a pack and was in the trenches with his troops. Butler was known for his honesty and appreciation for the common man. In Butler's case, it was genuine. [1]

Floor Statements by Members of the Senate

Floor Statements by Members of the House of Representatives

The Declaration of Independence <>

The Constitution of the United States <>
"How Our Laws Are Made" <>

Cosponsors, Status, Summary & Text of Legislation
Roll Call Votes - Congressional Record - Committee Information

U.S. House of Representatives <>

Office of the Clerk, U.S. House <>

U.S. Senate <>

President of the United States <>

U.S. Supreme Court <>

Governor's statement

Governor's statement on the attacks

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RealAudio Governor's statement

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State-level security information (url)

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Congressional delegation's response to the attacks

PR: Illinois State Emergency Agencies Prepared

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management with Coverage

Updates on state government operations

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Governor's statement on the attacks (MP3)
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Governor's statement on the attacks

Governor declares state of emergency in response to rising gas prices

Governor's statement on the attacks

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New Hampshire
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New Hampshire Help Line: Emergency Resources

New Jersey
Acting Governor's statement
Emergency Management News

New York
Governor Response
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Toll free numbers for donations and support
Blood donation sites across the state

North Dakota
Governor Statement
Security measures

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Governor's Office

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Disaster emergency for Somerset County
State Actions

Rhode Island
Governor's statement (url)

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Emergency notices

State on alert

State DOT update
Washington's breaking news page

West Virginia
Governor's statement

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