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Emergency Plan
NYU Downtown Hospital was the closest medical facility to the World Trade Center, and on September 11 its tiny emergency room treated more than five hundred patients. According to the ER's assistant medical director, Dr. Antonio Dajer, "the number of patients that we saw that day and the severity of their injuries has rarely if ever been surpassed in this country." Dr. Dajer is proud of how his hospital performed on 9/11, but thinks the city's disaster plan turned out to be severely inadequate. As patients came streaming in that morning, the ER discovered it was unable to replenish its supplies, move people in and out, or communicate with other facilities.

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