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Misc. Info on WTC 7 (and 6 ?) .mil doc
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Homeland Security – Reducing the
Vulnerability of Public and Private
Information Infrastructures to Terrorism:
An Overview
Updated December 12, 2002
Jeffrey W. Seifert
Analyst in Information Science and Technology Policy
Resources, Science, and Industry Division

Full report at link: Here are some highlights:

Summary of the Events and Impact of September 11, 2001

The attacks spurred a tremendous spike in telephone calls that overloaded the
capacity of some networks. Verizon normally handles 115 million calls per day in
New York City and 35 million in Washington, DC, for a normal daily total of 150
million calls. Following the attacks, the combined total jumped to 340 million calls.
Similarly, Cingular Wireless said its call volume jumped 400%. Requests were made
to international telecommunications carriers, such as France Telecom, to control the
flow of calls to the United States in an effort to keep trans-Atlantic links open.9
Many people turned to cellphone-based text messaging, Internet-based instant
messaging, and the use of two-way radio features of cellphones to get around the
congested phone networks. AOL reported a 20% jump in instant messaging volume,
handling 1.2 billion messages on September 11, 2001.10
The National Communications System (NCS) activated the Government
Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS). Using a special phone number
and a personal identification number, GETS calls receive priority handling before all
other calls on phone lines operated by ATT, Sprint, and WorldCom. During the
week following the attacks, 3,000 GETS calls were made in Washington. An
additional 4,000 GETS calls to and from Manhattan were completed with a 95%
success rate.11

New York - the World Trade Center
At 8:45 AM, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the
World Trade Center. Eighteen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into
the south tower. The eventual collapse of both towers inflicted heavy damage to the
surrounding buildings and infrastructure, ultimately resulting in the collapse of other
buildings on the site and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people
. The attacks displaced
large numbers of both public and private sector employees. The World Trade Center
contained an estimated 430 tenants with 50,000 employees (not all present at the time
of the attack), and typically received another 140,000 visitors on a daily basis.17

According to the General Services Administration (GSA), more than 2,800
federal employees worked in offices leased by the GSA in Buildings 6 and 7 of the
World Trade Center complex
. Building 6 had over 2,000 federal employees from a
variety of agencies, including the Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms (ATF), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the
Export-Import Bank, the Foreign Commercial Service of the Department of
Commerce, and the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration of the Labor
Department.18 Among the tenants of Building 7 were 760 federal employees from
agencies including the Secret Service, the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC), the Department of Defense, and the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS).19 Another 25,000 federal employees were evacuated from four nearby
buildings; 26 Federal Plaza, 290 Broadway, 40 Centre Street, and 500 Pearl Street.20

A less severe example is the Secret Service field office, located in 7 World
Trade Center, which did have a contingency plan, but had not fully implemented it
at the time of the attack. The agency’s field office was able to resume operations the
following day at an alternative location. It reportedly lost some of the information
it was collecting on criminal suspects.44

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