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.
As we commemorate two of the most devastating disasters in U.S. history, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we are reminded of the importance of preparing ourselves and loved one for disasters. You can take action before a disaster occurs to ensure you have essential supplies, plans, and a way to communicate with loved ones. This planning is critical and can lesson the impact when disaster strikes.
FOS11 is a proud coalition member of National Preparedness Month 2006, a nationwide effort held this September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and schools. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross, the goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action.
There are many resources available to you to learn how to prepare for disasters that provide guidance on creating disaster bags and go-kits, as well as how to create emergency plans for all types of disasters. Click here to access the National Preparedness Month 2006 Coalition Member Tool Kit. You can also visit the Department of Homeland Security website, the American Red Cross website, and the Families of September 11 website for information to protect yourself and your family.
For specific preparedness information that pertains to where you live, visit your local emergency management website (for example, the New York City website can be found at www.nyc.gov/oem).
We hear that we must be better prepared almost every day. But how many of us are taking the steps necessary? Information is available, but we have to act on it now, before disaster strikes. Use the checklists and preparedness material to get more prepared one week at a time. Add to your plan every week and before you know it, you will have a well thought out plan for you and your loved ones.
FOS11 and the Nuclear Threat Initiative Launch Public Awareness Campaign to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Last December, the 9/11 Commission gave the government a “D” in its efforts to lock down nuclear weapons materials. Families of September 11 needs your help to turn that “D” into an “A”. Concerned that not enough is being done to keep nuclear weapons and materials out of the hands of terrorists, Families of September 11 and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) launched a joint public awareness campaign to increase awareness of, and urge citizens to join in, supporting efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism.
The educational initiative includes such activities as: national screenings and discussions around the docudrama Last Best Chance (www.lastbestchance.org), the release of three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to more than 1,200 television stations nationwide; the launch of the www.saferworld.org website for comprehensive information on how Americans can make the country safer and more secure, and public meetings to discuss the threat and prevent of nuclear terrorism. Click here to read the press release about this important initiative and about our recent journey to Capitol Hill to engage our elected officials in locking down nuclear weapons materials before they get into the hands of terrorists.
FOS11 Partnership: National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
This commemoration comes at a particularly difficult time in the school year. Many students may be new to their classrooms or to their school. Teachers will only recently have met their students. Therefore assessing students' reactions may be challenging. The degree of a child's reaction may vary depending upon a child's and his/her family's experiences since September 11, 2001. Recent losses or traumatic events, as well as other factors related to young persons' individual life experiences and unique needs, will also affect their reactions. The guidelines and suggestions in the materials attached offer helpful insights to teachers and other school personnel in assisting students and their families during this difficult time. For more details visit the FOS11 website and you can now visit the Center's newly launched website which will grow to include more and more resources for educators, civic leaders and parents, click here.
September 11th Oral History Project – Story Corps
The oral histories are recorded like conversations, with pairs of witnesses interviewing each other. For information on how to set-up your appointment and more information on how this works, visit the Story Corps website, call (646) 723-7027, or email Emily Feit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOS11 Memorial Bulletin Board
Thank you for all the recent postings on the Memorial Bulletin Board. Over the last few weeks, several new postings were added, again showing the broad impact of the September 11th attacks. Please visit the bulletin board to read how others are memoralizing and remembering their loved ones and others. To visit the bulletin board and add to it, click here.
FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
As we continue to move through this time of commemoration, it is often helpful to reflect and share your experiences with others. This will be the focus of our next online chat. Please take this opportunity to join with your peers in the 9/11 community. This online chat session will provide 9/11 victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected by the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville the opportunity to discuss issues and topics of importance in a safe, supportive environment. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members (please see below on how to register as a member - membership is free). Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat.
To learn more about the chat program visit the FOS11 website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (212) 575-1878 or email@example.com.
New Jersey Philharmonic Concert to Commemorate 9/11
The concert will include the master pieces of Rachmaninoff, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Mozart's Requiem which is a poignant piece and Mozart's final composition will be concluded by the concert of New Jersey concert Choir. Through this concert, they would like to commemorate 9-11 and would like to console bereaved families from the police department, the fire department and other many victims.
There are only 500 free tickets available. Click here for more information or contact Korean Association of Greater New York at 212-255-6969 for tickets and for more information.
“Life and Liberty After 9/11” : National Juried Exhibit at the Las Cruces Museum of Art
All exhibits and receptions are accessible and free to the public. For more information about Museum exhibits, programs and Museum Studio classes, call 505-541-2137 or visit the website www.museums.las-cruces.org.
“Here was New York: Twin Towers in Symbolic Images” Photo Exhibition
Curated by BAC folklorist Kay Turner, the impetus for the exhibit stems from a wish to acknowledge local forms of remembrance that keep the Twin Towers visible to us as we go about our daily post- 9/11 lives. "Never forget" means never forget that day, but in another sense it means never forget what was before that day.
This exhibit also serves as homage and counterpoint to “Here Is New York,” a photo exhibit which opened immediately after the attacks in 2001. Held in a makeshift gallery in SOHO, that remarkable project made it possible for anyone to hang their photos recording the events of September 11th. Hundreds did so and thousands came to see the pictures. “Here Was New York” acts upon the same democratic principles as its predecessor and invites anyone in the New York area to submit a photo documenting the Twin Towers as they remain visible in symbolic form throughout the city.
Tribute Center Daily Walking Tours
The Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Widows and Victims' Families' Association. The idea for the Tribute Center grew out of the desire of those closely affected by the events of September 11th to share their stories – accounts of the day and the remarkable outpouring of help and heroism; narratives of courage in spite of loss and grief; and reports of resilience in the face of tragedy. It came from a realization that we are living through a historical moment and that all of these stories can bring perspective and hope to those seeking to learn about one of the most infamous days in America’s history.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website below.
Health Issues for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Children of September 11th
School Crisis Planning
The National Association of School Psychologists established a website with school crisis planning information and resources. To visit click here.
World Trade Center Survivors' Network
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.