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63. Office of Emergency Management (Command Central for Terrorist Attacks)
Edited on Mon Jul-03-06 08:26 AM by DrDebug
The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was originally formed in 1996 as part of the Mayor's Office under Rudy Giuliani. By a vote of city residents in 2001 it became an independent agency, headed by a Commissioner who reports to the Mayor. (1)

Richard Sheirer was appointed as Giulianis commissioner of the citys Office of Emergency Management. In 1999 Jerome Hauer became Head of the Office of Emergency Management.

Jerome Hauer and was the chief architect of the bunker in WTC 7. Richard Sheirer forcefully opposed the construction of the "the bunker" on an upper floor of 7 World Trade Center. (3) Nevertheless in June 1999, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani built a $13 million emergency crisis centre on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center, a building just north of the towers that itself collapsed late Tuesday afternoon. (4)

Giuliani intended the centre to serve as a command central during city emergencies including blackouts, storms and terrorist attacks. Guiliani spent part of the New Year's Eve 2000 celebration in the emergency centre. (4)

The 9/11 Command Center
Even though the "bunker" was supposed to be the headquarters during an emergency, it wasn't needed during 9/11.

As Giuliani said during the testimony to the 9-11 Commission ( WNYC radio has a copy at: because the 9/11 Omission report forgot to include this testimony )

The reason Pier 92 was selected as a command center was because on the next day, on September 12, Pier 92 was going to have a drill, it had hundreds of people here, from FEMA, from the Federal Government, from the State, from the State Emergency Management Office, and they were getting ready for a drill for biochemical attack. So that was gonna be the place they were going to have the drill. The equipment was already there, so we were able to establish a command center there, within three days, that was two and a half to three times bigger than the command center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center. And it was from there that the rest of the search and rescue effort was completed. (5)

Funny because they put in a lot of efforts to deny the story that the FEMA was already present on 9/11 and even wrote stories for worldnetdaily to put an end to the rumors. Luckily hardly anybody noticed that Giulani's testimony was removed from the official report. We should note that the actual wording of the debunking accounts does not deny that FEMA was in New York on September 10, it merely denies that the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force was not in New York on September 10. (5) and the FEMA is slightly larger than one Task Force.

Back to the morning of 9/11. Sheirer got to City Hall at 8 a.m. for a meeting about the Jackie Robinson-Pee Wee Reese memorial planned for Coney Island. "I was in heaven, sitting between Ralph Branca and Joe Black," he remembers. "We were about to select the statue, and then we heard the pop." At first he thought a transformer had exploded in an underground substation. Then he got a flash report from Watch Command in OEM headquarters. (6)

Down at the scene, he joined Fire Commissioner Tom Von Essen and his chiefs Pete Ganci and Bill Feehan -- old friends from Sheirer's 26 years with the New York Fire Department. They were establishing a command post at the base of the burning tower. (6)

The Red Cross and the OEM under Jerome Hauer worked very closely together. (3) Even though Jerome Hauer wasn't directly in charge of OEM anymore.

On the morning of 9/11/01 Rudolph Giuliani told ABC News's Peter Jennings about the temporary headquarters that he and staff had set up at 75 Barkley Street: "We were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center building was gonna collapse." How this Mayor would know about an impending collapse that even firefighters inside the Twin Towers did not anticipate is yet another question unaddressed by the National Ommission on Terrorist Attacks. (7)

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