FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #2February 2005

Welcome | Issues Update | Upcoming Events | Resources | Contact Us | Donate

Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at


FOS11 Board members and Executive Director
Nikki Stern at annual meeting. Pictured from
left: Elinor Stout, Don Goodrich, MaryEllen
Salamone, Nikki Stern, Tom Rogér, Carie
Lemack, and Robin Wiener.

We are off to a busy start in the new year. Families of September 11 held its annual Board meeting recently and elected new officers (pictured at right). We've also welcomed two new Advisory Board members and expect more to follow. For a list of Directors, officers, and Advisory Board members, please click here.

We are pleased to announce that we have received several grants and donations just this past month that will help us continue our outreach efforts on behalf of families and children affected by 9/11 and to advocate for issues of importance to our growing membership.

Finally, we are expanding our collaborative efforts to work with organizations whose mission and expertise supports our efforts. These collaborations, with national and international groups addressing issues such as terrorism, victims' support, memorializing, crisis response, children's resources and mental health policy, will only serve to strengthen our role as advocates for and representatives of those affected by terrorism.

Issues Update

Pre-9/11 Warnings to FAA
According to a previously undisclosed report by the 9/11 Commission, the FAA received repeated warnings in the months prior to 9/11 about al-Qaida and its desire to attack airlines. This recently declassified and redacted version is the third monograph released by the 9/11 Commission to the public and is available here. The report details 52 warnings given to FAA leaders from April to September 10, 2001, about the radical Islamic terrorist group and its leader, Osama bin Laden. FOS11 is active in Washington, D.C., to make sure that the appropriate action is taken and that full disclosure of this partially declassified report be made available. Learn how you can contact your elected officials.

FOS11 Telephone Survey
We were gratified by the positive response to our first-ever phone survey for which we commissioned a professional polling group. Thanks to all who participated for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. If you were not called, we want you to know that your opinion still matters to us. Please email us or post your thoughts on our Bulletin Board. Below are some of the results.

Of the FOS11 members surveyed:

• 90% had a family member killed on 9/11 (33% lost a sibling)
• 75% or more consider the following critically important to the mission of FOS11: advocating for public policy improvements regarding anti-terrorism; advocating for 9/11 Commission recommendations; working with schools/educators/parents to support programs for children affected by terrorism and public trauma; providing information regarding mental health services; advocating for continued remembrance of 9/11
• About one third of respondents also felt the following is important: keeping an eye on what's going on at Ground Zero; partnering with families who have suffered from other tragedies; services/activities/help for children impacted by 9/11; activities for those who live outside of NY metro area
• 74% see themselves as being a member of FOS11 beyond five years

NOTE: The Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut conducted a random sample of 300 FOS11 members between January 6 and 18, 2005. The margin of error for this survey is + - 5%, meaning that results that would have been gathered from interviewing all 2,500 FOS11 members should fall within 5% points (plus/minus) the results from our survey.

FOS11 2004 Summary Report
Learn more about last year's activities and accomplishments of Families of September 11, including our many advocacy initiatives and collaborations (e.g., Open Letter to Schools Nationwide, LMDC Advisory Council, "Hope Not Hate" town-hall meetings, 9/11 Grief Survey, Teaching 9/11), a snapshot of our expanding membership (469 new members in 2004 from nine countries), and an overview of our outreach efforts (including the Children of September 11 webpage). View the 2004 Summary Report.

FOS11 Chat Update
FOS11 was gratified by the high turnout and positive response to our chat for siblings affected by 9/11. A total of 26 members participated in two different one-hour sessions on February 10, both moderated by Dr. Donna Gaffney. View the resources for siblings that were available in the chat room. We will be planning more chats in the near future, so please stay tuned for email announcements. Also, please let us know if you would be interested in participating in a weekend chat or if there are any other topics you'd like to see discussed. We hope to make the chat room as accessible as possible so that people in different time zones and work schedules can participate. Email

Upcoming Events

United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt -- February 17-20
This 16,000-square-foot traveling exhibition will be on view in the auditorium at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, California. An opening reception for the United in Memory project will take place at 8PM on Thursday, Feb. 17. It will be preceded that evening by a talk at 7PM by textiles expert Melissa Leventon, a San Francisco-based curator. Admission is free. The College is at 30800 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information: (310) 303-7223 or

3rd Annual Ski Trip -- Friday, Feb. 25
Join Tuesday's Children for skiing, snowboarding, and lunch at Belleayre Mountain in upstate New York. Please RSVP at (212) 319-3988.

Information Forum -- Friday, Feb. 25
The Medical Examiners office will be holding an information forum at the World Trade Center Family Center in Long Island for the purpose of understanding what your choices are as the identification process is being completed. For more information, please visit

For more events, please view our calendar.


Share Your Memories
StoryCorps enables you to record your memories of those lost on 9/11 and preserve these stories at the Library of Congress for generations to come. Visit the soundproof recording booth in Grand Central Terminal to record with an interview partner. Call (646) 723-7025 to make a reservation for a 40-minute session. Starting in mid-March 2005, StoryCorps will expand to include a second booth at the World Trade Center site. This booth will serve as a place where survivors and families of 9/11 victims can come to record their memories and stories. Those who live outside the New York City area are encouraged to participate by renting a storykit (which may be available for free). Read a letter to 9/11 families and friends from StoryCorps, visit, or email for more information.

The America Prepared Campaign
America Prepared supports the work already begun by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ready Campaign and the American Red Cross to give Americans useful recommendations for preparing their homes and their families for a terrorist attack. On its website, you can download a family communications plan and get information on how to purchase or put together an emergency kit. You can also take a quiz to see how ready you are.

Emergency Preparedness Guide for Homeowners
Developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Homeownership, this guide gives homeowners practical measures they can take now to prepare themselves, their families, and their homes for any possible emergencies. The guide includes information on: emergency supplies; effective emergency plans for families; various threats homeowners may face; and resources available to homeowners through DHS, the Homeownership Alliance and local government and community officials. Download the guide.

The Highmark Caring Place
The Caring Place, located in downtown Pittsburgh, provides grief support services for children and families who have suffered the death of a loved one. The facility is a safe place where children and their families learn that they are not alone in their grief and understand that hope and healing are possible. The Caring Place offers peer support programs to enable children and families to discover what is lost, what is left, and what is possible in their lives. Services are offered at no cost to families. For additional information about program activities, call 1-866-613-HOPE (4673). 

Free Treatment for PTSD
Many New Yorkers are still struggling from symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. People with PTSD routinely struggle with intense anxiety and fear, vivid memories and nightmares, irritability with others, avoidance of places related to 9/11, poor concentration, numbness and depression, and becoming increasingly isolated. The good news is that PTSD is a treatable problem. The Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University is providing treatment at no cost. If you or someone you know might need help with 9/11-related problems like these, please call (212) 543-5367 for information on research and treatment programs. In addition, please visit the FOS11 Wellness section for similar resources, both regional and national, and for more information on mental health.

For more resources, visit the FOS11 website and Children of September 11.

Remember. Honor. Hope.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.

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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.

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