Remarks by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson at Press Conference: Announcing HHS Emergency Response [September 12, 2001] [open pdf - 34KB]
From the statement of United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson: "I would like to update you on what the Department of Health and Human Services is doing to assist New York and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas in the wake of yesterday's terrorist attacks. We have a long way to go, but we have begun the healing process in America by acting quickly and aggressively to help those in need. We began preparing when the first reports came in from New York, and we mobilized as soon as state and local officials let us know what they needed. That is our role - to help state and local governments in any way possible. HHS medical personnel and support staff are on the ground, helping provide the initial care as we cope with this tragedy. Now, let me detail what precisely we are doing. From the moment we learned of these attacks, the Department of Health and Human Services began readying teams and resources to send to New York City and the Washington area to meet any needs of state and local officials. We have worked closely with officials at all levels from the start. I have spoken several times with Governor Ptaki, Governor Gilmore and Mayor Guliani and have vowed to offer whatever assistance they need. They know more resources are only a phone call away. Our Office of Emergency Preparedness has deployed 328 medical personnel from disaster readiness teams to Washington, D.C. and New York areas. The OEP also has deployed about 270 mortuary services personnel."
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