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Health Agencies Update
October 17, 2001

DHHS Responds to Attacks

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JAMA. 2001;286(15):1829. doi:10.1001/jama.286.15.1829

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) activated a nationwide emergency medical network for the first time, deploying personnel and supplies to New York City and Washington, DC.

Some 350 doctors, nurses, and technicians arrived in New York within hours to triage and treat the injured. In addition, 270 mortuary specialists were dispatched to help with forensic pathology, victim identification, and preparation of remains. Other emergency response teams, based at community hospitals and other local institutions, were placed on alert.