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9-11 Panel Urged About Evacuation Plans

A federal commission studying the Sept. 11 attacks should press for wholesale improvements in the construction, fireproofing and evacuation of high-rise buildings, two skyscraper-safety advocates said Wednesday. “Unbelievably, evacuation and emergency preparedness were sorely lacking or totally nonexistent on 9-11,” said Monica Gabrielle, whose husband, Richard, was killed at the World Trade Center. Gabrielle, co-chair of the Skyscraper Safety Campaign, was among the witnesses at a hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. The bipartisan panel, headed by former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, was created by Congress to study the nation’s preparedness before Sept. 11 and its response to the attacks, and to make recommendations for guarding against similar disasters. Wednesday’s hearing focused on how government and industry can cooperate to improve emergency planning. Full Story

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