September 11 Changed Emergency Management emergency management network podcast

On September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the most significant terrorist attack. For those working that day, it started normal, but by the end of the day, our world changed, and the way we did our job did as well. I was assigned to the Jefferson station in Los Angeles on the border of Colver City, down the street from the radio station KABC right off the I-10 freeway. This area is a bustling part of the city. My shift started at 0700 PT, and I hit the road at about 0530 PT to make it on time. As part of my morning routine, I turned on the radio to AM 790 KABC to get the news and traffic report. L.A. Traffic is a bear at all times of the day. I recall this day as if it was yesterday; I turned on the on-ramp to the freeway, and the news reported that a plane had struck the World Trade Center. My first thought was a small plane had hit the tower. Small Aircraft hitting buildings in NYC happened before. Then the second plane hit. I knew this was an act of war.

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