September 26, 2001

Mayors, Cities on Frontlines Responding to Terrorist Attacks
Website Catalogues What More Than 200 Cities Did In Days Following Attacks

Washington, DC -- Mayors across the country have been on the frontlines responding to this month's terrorist attacks, directing emergency response and preparedness efforts, beefing up local security, organizing blood drives and financial contributions, and urging tolerance.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors asked Mayors across the country about their local response to the terrorist attacks and summarizes the more than 200 responses received on its website.

"When it comes to preparing for and responding to emergencies, America's Mayors are on the frontlines," said New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, the Conference's President. "Cities across the country have donated money, manpower, equipment, dogs, and blood to help with New York's rescue and recovery efforts, demonstrating the unity of our nation."

Memorial services, fundraising, blood drives, and efforts urging tolerance took place in cities across the country. Specific steps taken by cities included --

  • Knoxville, Tennessee Mayor Victor Ashe participated in a local telethon that raised $500,000 for emergency relief efforts.
  • Arlington, Massachusetts Mayor Charles Lyons held a candlelight service at Town Hall, which was attended by 3,000 people and Congressman Edward Markey.
  • According to Evansville, Indiana Mayor Russell Lloyd, his community donated more blood in the days following the attacks than in any other similar period in the history of Southern Indiana.
  • Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Susan reports that about 20 Madison firefighters volunteered to assist New York with rescue efforts.
  • San Jose, California Mayor Ron Gonzales spoke at a large Interfaith Prayer Vigil, urging his community to come together and support the nation.

The U. S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,200 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.

Contact: Andy Solomon (202) 861-6766


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