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World Trade Center Information


Washington, D.C., September 18, 2001 -- Victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks may be eligible for a wide variety of federal benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other state and federal agencies with special programs for victims of crime.

Under the Victims of Crime Act, administered by DOJ through the state where the crime occurred, victims can be compensated for such things as medical bills, mental health counseling, funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of support.

To apply for this assistance from New York, call 1-800-247-8035 or go to www.cvb.state.ny.us. Victims from the Pentagon attack can apply for compensation by calling 877-372-0127 or 1-800 552-4007. Pentagon victims can call 804-378-3434. Victims of the Pennsylvania plane crash should call 1-800-692-7292 (in state) or 717-783-5135 or go to www.pccd.state.pa.us to apply for assistance.

Residents of New York who need temporary housing due to the terrorist attacks or who have suffered losses of personal property can register with FEMA's toll-free registration line: 1-800-462-9029. Disaster unemployment, disaster legal services and information and referral are also available for New York victims through that number.

Businesses should seek assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration by calling 1-800-659-2955.

Other benefits available to crime victims affected by the terrorist attacks may be available through the DOJ's Office of Victims of Crime at 1-800-331-0075. Those outside the United States can call collect at 414-979-4800. Information is also available at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/terrorismvictimassistance.

Families of firefighters and police officers killed by the attacks may receive financial and emotional assistance under the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program Act. Call 1-888-744-6513. Families of New York firefighters should call 718-999-2541. Families of New York police officers should call 212-741-4626.

A full listing of benefits and assistance contacts can be found at www.fema.gov or obtained through FEMA's toll-free registration line.



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