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September 11, 2001 devastation overcame the people of America when four
airplanes were hijacked and crashed into important landmarks that represented
the United States of America. 19 members of Al-Qaeda, an Islamic extremist
group, hijacked four different planes with a plan to cause destruction and pain
to the people of America. At 8:46 AM, many employees were hard at work at the
twin towers in New York City when United Airlines flight 11 crashed into the
north tower of the World Trade Center. This crash killed all 92 people aboard
as well as hundreds of people inside the building. As people started to
evacuate and help was on the way, United Airlines flight 175 crashed into the
World Trade Center south tower, killing the 65 people on board as well as the
hundreds of people nearby. All of the attention was on New York City, but at
9:37 AM the pentagon in Washington DC was hit by the hijackers on flight 77.
The 59 people aboard as well as 125 military and civilian personnel were
killed. The fourth plane, flight 93, was targeted for the White House, but
thanks to the valiant efforts of the passengers and crew trying to regain
control, the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, due to
the impact of the crash all passengers aboard the flight were found dead. In
total, the 9/11 attacks resulted in 2,996 deaths as well as more than 6,000
injuries from the planes’ impact, buildings collapsing, and waves of dust in
the surrounding areas.

            There would have been a lot more
casualties if it weren’t for the work of public health employees, civilians,
and government action. The federal aviation administration or FAA first took
action when the hijacker on flight 11 accidentally made contact with ground
control when he was trying to speak with the people in the plane’s cabin. FAA
contacted the Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) to alert them of the
hijacked plane. The NEADS sent out two fighter planes, but flight 11 crashed
into the north tower before anything could be done. At this time, New York City’s
fire and police departments took immediate action by helping the injured and
evacuating the north tower. Citizens nearby and healthy evacuated employees
helped the people who were injured and were able to escape the building. The Public-Address
System was used to tell the people in the south tower to begin to evacuate.
Hundreds were still inside when flight 175 hit the tower. The FAA decided to
ban all take off flights going to New York City, eventually leading to the
first time in history that all flights over the United States were grounded.
Local government vocalized the closing of all bridges, tunnels, and most
streets in the New York City area, unless they were authorized personnel. At
approximately 9:30 AM President Bush went live to the public and told the people
to stay calm and told them that more details would be later addressed. Bush
called the event an, “apparent terrorist attack on our country.” President Bush
evacuated a large amount of high profile buildings and landmarks in the US to
avoid more casualties and to be cautious. The firefighters, police, and medical
workers, risked their lives to try and save as many people as they could,
decreasing the number of casualties. After these attacks, the United States Air
Force, Navy, and other Military forces were on high alert and did everything
they could to keep the people safe. President Bush spoke to the nation at the
end of the night, declaring America would stay strong and, “stand together to
win the war against terrorism.”

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September 11, 2001, the work still was not finish. For weeks after, many people
worked hard to clean the up the debris and treat the injured. As a result of
the attacks, airlines cracked down on security, and public health officials
were taught better ways to communicate to the public and handle similar
situations. I believe with the circumstances provided, the United States
handled the situation to the best of their ability. After the incident, many
services were provided to the people of America to help cope with the disaster
and return to life before the attack. Everyone will remember 9/11 for the rest
of their lives. If it weren’t for the quick and persistent actions of the
government and public health officials, the outcome of this attack could have been
a lot worse.