FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #1January 24, 2008

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 www.foractioninitiative.org.

Welcome

As 2008 kicks off, FOS11 is looking forward to another year of offering our services to our membership. Last year we were successful in increasing outreach and advocacy for issues of importance to our members, engaging members with new and existing programs, and attracting new donors and members. Some highlights from 2007 include:

  • Testifying before Congress and helping to secure legislation to implement many of the remaining 9/11 Commission recommendations.
  • Presenting policy recommendations at the “Keeping Promise to Our Children” conference
  • Continuing our partnership with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to make progress to prevent nuclear terrorism
  • Holding 15 Chat Program sessions
  • Launching the TSA Volunteer Speaker Program and held 15 events across the country
  • Mailing Spring and Fall Children of September 11 (COS11) newsletters which focused on school safety and preparedness and commemorating 9/11
  • Mailing two resource booklets, “Remembrance and Wellness: Where We Are in 2007” and “Remembrance and Wellness: Commemoration 2007”

We are thankful for your support and membership. We remain committed to being a trusted and reliable resource and hope to continue our collaborations as well as pursue new partnerships with organizations with similar goals.

Issues Update

WTC Health Update

  • New Video and Brochure Launches Outreach Campaign at WTC Environmental Health Center
    The World Trade Center (WTC) Environmental Health Center has begun a major outreach campaign to ensure that eligible individuals are aware of this free treatment program. As part of the campaign, the WTC Environmental Health Center produced a seven-minute video available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Polish. Through interviews with people who currently are in treatment at the WTC Environmental Health Center, the video helps the local community better understand how the collapse of the World Trade Center may have affected their health and provides information about the multilingual treatment options available to those who now are experiencing symptoms. Click here to link to the DOHMH 9/11 Health Website
    and learn more.
  • WTC Disability: Deadline Extended for Eligible NYC Employees
    The deadline for eligible New York City employees to file a WTC-related Notice of Participation with their retirement systems has been extended to June 14, 2009. The WTC Disability Law provides a disability retirement benefit to eligible NYC employees who became disabled by participating in the WTC rescue and recovery operations between September 11, 2001 and September 12, 2002.
  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers: Worker's Compensation Deadline
    As a reminder, the deadline to register for 9/11 worker's compensation for personnel who worked at ground zero is August 14, 2008. The new law also allows anyone who already filed a claim - but was turned down because the claim was filed too late - to re-file. If you do not register, you will not be able to file or re-file a claim.  Registering now will protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you become sick at any time in the future. Click to read a fact sheet regarding Workers’ Compensation Registration.  Click to download the Claim Form and Instructions. People who need assistance in filing or who have questions can receive help by going to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) website at:  http://www.nycosh.org/index_workers_comp.html  or by contacting NYCOSH's  24/7 hotline at (866) 982-2556.

Families of September 11 encourages all those who feel their health was affected by the terror attacks of 9/11 to visit our website Health Resources page to keep abreast of new developments. The Health Resources page contains up to date information on the latest news articles, medical reports, and treatment resources related to 9/11 health issues. http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/resources.aspx?s=33

Ground Zero Update

FOS11 Continues to Make Progress to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Turning the “D” into an “A” – A FOS11/NTI Public Awareness Project
Families of September 11 and NTI continue their joint efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism and raise awareness about what experts call the gravest threat facing our nation.  An event was held earlier this month at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Nearly 100 people attended the discussion regarding nuclear terrorism prevention hosted by Dean Skip Rutherford.  Next week a similar event will take place at St. Petersburg College in Florida involving local community leaders, Families of September 11 co-founder Carie Lemack and counterterrorism expert Michael Hurley. We look forward to future events in states around the country and hope you will be able to attend one near you.

Public service announcements about nuclear terrorism prevention are currently running on television stations around the country.  These announcements urge the general public to visit the informational website www.saferworld.org, which offers the latest information on nuclear terrorism issues and, most importantly, offers suggestions on what the public can do to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists. The public service announcements utilize the presence and comments by three FOS11 family members, Nancy Aronson, Carie Lemack and Elinor Stout. You can view any of these PSAs here. You can also use the www.saferworld.org website to automatically send a FAX to your local television stations urging them to air the PSAs. More than 1,000 messages have already been sent. To date, the ads have been shown in all 50 states – most recently in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas and New York. Call us (212) 575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org to let us know if you have seen any of the PSAs air on your television station. We welcome your help! If you are interested in holding a screening of “Last Best Chance” in your community, asking your local television to air the public service announcements or learning more about the program and what you can do to help prevent nuclear terrorism, please visit the www.saferworld.org website. 

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for an updated list of events.  

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
FOS11 will have its next chat session in February. Session date, time and registration information will be included in a later announcement. Stay tuned.

Preventing Nuclear Terrorism : A Panel Discussion in Partnership with The Nuclear Threat Initiative and Families of September 11
NTI and Families of September 11 would like to invite you to a screening of "Last Best Chance." National and community experts in this 2-hour free seminar will discuss lessons learned in the aftermath of 9/11 and methods for preventing nuclear terrorism in today’s volatile world. Attendees will receive complimentary pizza and soft drinks while viewing a 45-minute video entitled, “Last Best Chance.” This film aired on HBO, starred former Senator Fred D. Thompson, and was produced by the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The video will be followed by a panel discussion, and the confirmed panelists at this point include: Ms. Carie Lemack, Co-founder, Families of September 11; Mr. Michael Hurley, Special Advisor on Counterterrorism to the Nuclear Threat Initiative; Chief Chuck Harmon, St. Petersburg Police Department; Chief Jim Large, St. Petersburg Fire Department. For more information or to register, click here.

Walk-in Legal Clinics for WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program Participants
All program participants are encouraged to register to protect their right to file for future Workers’ Compensation benefits. Whether or not you have already filed a claim, whether you are sick or well, everyone is encouraged to file in case you get sick in the future. The WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program is offering free walk-in legal clinics for assistance in filing out the WTC-12 form. Location for legal clinics will be determined and announced. For more information, call (212) 241-6307.

Tuesday’s Children – Family Trip to Disney World
Join fellow Tuesday’s Children families from February 16-20 for five days and four nights of magic at wonderful Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. Their special program designed exclusively for Tuesday’s Children includes: Four nights at the Deluxe Polynesian Resort, just a short monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom; A 4-day Park Hopper Pass, allowing you to visit any of the following Walt Disney World parks multiple times during your stay: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Disney MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom; Two private, special events which will take Tuesday’s Children families inside and behind the scenes of Walt Disney World; A festive welcome dinner; a special gala farewell dinner; four full breakfasts and transportation to and from Orlando International Airport to the Polynesian Resort via Disney’s Magical Express. Cost of the trip (airfare not included) is $2,150 for adults and $1,885 for children. There is limited availability. Please RSVP to Nancy at (516) 562-9000 or nancy@tuesdayschildren.org. For more information about Tuesday’s Children visit their website www.tuesdayschildren.org.

Our Voices Together – Safer, More Compassionate World Forum on January 29th
On Tuesday, January 29th, the League of Women Voters of Schenetady Co will host a forum at Schenectady Public Library, New York from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Sally and Don Goodrich, with Afghanistan exchange student Asadullah Sohail, and anthropologist and Afghanistan expert David Edwards will be the featured speakers at this event. The forum will focus on education, addressing the fundamental needs of fragile populations, and long-term exchange students to the U.S. as a response to terrorism. For more information or to attend the forum, contact Ruth Bonn at rooty@nycap.rr.com. To learn more about Our Voices Together, visit their website www.ourvoicestogether.org.

American Red Cross – Prepare NY Workshops
Prepare New York is a free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation teaching New York City residents how to create a plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants walk away with an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools that will help any family get prepared. Also included are various brochures from the American Red Cross and the New York City Office of Emergency Management, as well as a quiz to test the attendee’s emergency preparedness knowledge. There will be upcoming workshops in February at the Children’s Aid Society and at 520 West 49th Street. Click here to sign up for a workshop.

Resources

Notify NYC: Emergency Public Communication System
Notify NYC is a pilot program to deliver emergency public information by email, text messages, and reverse-911 alerts. Any interested individual can sign up for Notify NYC and receive information about significant emergency events in four pilot communities: Lower Manhattan, the Northeast Bronx, the Rockaways, and Southwest Staten Island. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), with other City agencies, is instrumental in orchestrating this endeavor. To learn more or to sign up for Notify NYC go to www.nyc.gov/html/notifynyc.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 9/11 Health Website
New York City has launched a comprehensive new website that offers the latest information about 9/11 health and services.  The “one-stop shopping” website makes it much easier for New Yorkers who were exposed to the collapse of the World Trade Center find the free medical treatment and resources they need to get better.  Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH speaks about what we know about 9/11 physical and mental health problems.  The website also includes easily accessible health research findings about the different groups of people who were affected by the disaster:  rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others. Visit the website at http://www.nyc.gov/9-11healthinfo. If you would like to receive their e-newsletter, which includes updated news and information concerning 9/11-related health issues, click here to sign up for emails.

World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program
Worker and volunteer responders who engaged in rescue, recovery, demolition, debris removal, cleanup or restoration of essential services in the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center may be eligible for free and confidential medical monitoring examinations and treatment.
The WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program is a comprehensive medical evaluation and monitoring program that provides periodic medical examinations, ongoing medical treatment for 9/11-related covered conditions, and occupational health education for eligible workers and volunteers.  A partnership of five clinics in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas provides both monitoring and treatment at a single location, where mental health and benefits counseling may also be offered.  For eligible responders in the rest of the country, monitoring and treatment are arranged through a network of affiliated providers.  Funding for these programs is made available by Congressional appropriation through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and by the American Red Cross in conjunction with the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC).  Nearly 23,000 responders have been seen by these programs thus far. In addition to the work performed, eligibility for the program is determined by the date and location of the work, which must have occurred between September 11th, 2001 and December 31st, 2001.  No paperwork is required.  For eligibility registration and to make an appointment anywhere in the country, the toll-free number is 1-888-702-0630. http://www.wtcexams.org

WTC Environmental Health Center
The WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital, Gouverneur Health Services in Lower Manhattan and Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, offer treatment to people who have health problems as a result of 9/11. The Center works in partnership with community organizations and residents affected by 9/11.  Treatment is available to all regardless of ability to pay, insurance or immigration status.  Patients who don’t speak English can receive assistance in their native language. For information or to make an appointment for treatment, call toll free 1-877-982-0107.

LifeNet (NYC)
If you or someone you know in the New York City area is suffering with emotional or substance abuse problems, LifeNet can help. LifeNet counselors are available, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and speak a variety of languages. LifeNet is a program of the Mental Health Association of NYC, Inc. To learn more about LifeNet click here. You can reach LifeNet by calling any one of the toll-free, anonymous hotlines:

  • (800) LifeNet (800) 543-3638 (English) 
  • (877) Ayudese (877) 298-3373 (Spanish)   
  • (877) 990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)  
  • (212) 982-5284 (TTY) 

For information about nationally available mental health support outside of New York State, click here.

Remember. Honor. Hope.
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