Rescue & Recovery

Andrea Booher. Photo courtesy of FEMA.

Unprecedented rescue, relief and recovery efforts began immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon and the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County, Pa.

At the three attack sites, days, weeks and months – as was the case with New York City – were spent extinguishing fires, clearing debris and searching for survivors. It took nine months to remove about 1.8 million tons of material from the World Trade Center site.

In the aftermath of 9/11 donations of money and supplies poured in, and thousands of people volunteered to help. Public and private partnerships supported lower Manhattan’s recovery, growth and revitalization, and worked to balance the need to remember and honor victims with the need for a strong and vibrant community.

On May 30 each year, please join the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in recognizing the anniversary of the formal end of recovery operations at ground zero.