New York Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani are reaching out to the city's health professionals, asking doctors and other medical staffers for help treating the victims of Tuesday's World Trade Center attack.
The plea came in a Tuesday evening news conference following the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history.
Doctors who can volunteer to treat victims should call (518) 431-7600, said Pataki. Nurses, EMTs and other medical professionals should call 1-800-628-0193.
The hotlines are meant to coordinate schedules, and the governor urged that volunteers not head into the city without calling.
Nearly 10,000 rescue personnel have been dispatched to the scene where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center stood before they were toppled by a pair of hijacked planes Tuesday morning.
Officials have to search the area with caution, since other nearby buildings may be in danger of collapsing. Massive mounds of rubble and ash cover the area.
The mayor would not speculate on the number of people who may have been either injured or killed, saying the death toll will likely be more than anyone can bear. He said that every effort is being made to save survivors who may be trapped.
Both leaders condemned the attacks as cowardly and said that the United States would track down and punish those responsible.
The Red Cross is also asking the public for blood donations. Residents can 1-800-933-BLOOD to find the nearest location for emergency collection.
St. Vincent's Hospital, which is treating many of the victims, can be reached at 212-604-7285. Any doctors that can help treating patients there are asked to call the hospital at 212-604-3850. Nurses can call 212-604-8478.