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Jacksonville, Alabama

How to Help Terror Victims

The best way to help victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the United States is to give blood or donate money to assistance efforts, say relief officials. Agencies are using hotlines to keep victims' loved ones and people who want to help them informed.

-- The Red Cross hotline for blood donations is (800) GIVE LIFE. The agency has asked people willing to donate blood first to call and schedule an appointment.

-- To donate money to Red Cross relief efforts call (800) HELP NOW. The Red Cross also accepts donations online. Go to http://redcross.org/, or click on the Web link at right. -- The Salvation Army will accept financial contributions through (800) SAL ARMY.

--Federal Emergency Management Agency, which coordinates disaster relief efforts by the government, does not accept donations.

-- The Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime has established a hotline for friends and family of victims: (800) 331-0075.

-- Both American Airlines and United Airlines have set up hotlines for people concerned that family members were aboard the downed planes. American Airlines: (800) 245-0999. United (800) 932-8555. United also said it would post any information it has on its Web site, www.united.com.

-- The Pentagon has set up a hotline for Pentagon employees only: 1-877-663-6772.

-- Sen. Hillary Clinton has offered several numbers for people with missing family members and friends: (866) 856-4167, (212) 741-4626, (212) 560-2730.

-- People concerned about loved ones who may have been injured in the Pentagon attack can call: (800) 984-8523, or (703) 428-0002. -- Family members of New York Port Authority staff can call (973) 565-5505, 5506 or 5507; relatives of firefighters can call: (718) 999-2541.

-- St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City is taking inquiries about possible casualties. Its number is (212) 604-7285, but the hospital asks that only family members of possible victims use the hotline.

-- Bellevue Hospital Center has also treated scores of casualties from the World Trade Center attacks. The facility has its own hotline number, (212) 562-7696, but warns that the system is backed up due to the number of incoming calls.

For Employees and Families

-- Bank of America: (877) 441-3723

-- Bear Stearns: (877) 826-2327

-- Cantor Fitzgerald: (866) 326-3188

-- Carr Futures: (312) 762-1227

-- Deutsche Bank: (410) 895-2029

-- Empire Cross/Blue Shield: (866) 761-8265

-- Kemper Insurance Co.: (888) 319-1438

-- Lee Hecth Harrison: (201) 782-3704

-- Merrill Lynch: (800) 637-4357

-- Pentagon Employees: (877) 663-6772

-- Thompson Financial: (800) 545-3540

-- Lehman Brothers: (888) 534-6268

Investigors Giving Help/Asking for Tips

-- The FBI has created a Web site, http://www.ifccfbi.gov, and telephone hotline, (800) 331-0075, for information on possible victims.

Both may also be used by people to report information about the terror attacks.


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