FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #10October 26, 2007

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Welcome

The Families of September 11 October 2007 newsletter highlights events of interest to readers concerned about national security and counterterrorism as well as issues affecting the health and well-being of children. Read more to learn about:

  • FOS11 Advisory Board members Mary Ellen Salamone and Dr. Donna Gaffney and Board President Carie Lemack presenting policy recommendations developed by the FOS11 Children and Families Committee at the "Keeping Promise to Our Children" sponsored by Children Uniting Nations in Washington, DC. This day-long forum discussed how our laws can better serve the world's neediest children.
  • The "Safer More Compassionate World" forum hosted by Our Voices Together in Decatur, Georgia will explore more comprehensive approaches to counterterrorism.
  • An upcoming public program at the WTC Visitors Center, “Following a Dream.”
  • The New York State Museum‘s on-line version of their exhibit, “The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response.” In addition to details about the 9/11 attacks and rescue and recovery efforts, the exhibition includes facts and figures about the World Trade Center, a construction video and information on the 1993 WTC attack.

We hope you find these articles and the other timely information in this month's newsletter helpful.  We also want to thank our members who participated in our telephone survey with the University of Connecticut Center for Survey Research and Analysis.  Your feedback is very important for us and we greatly appreciate the time you took to let us know what you think. We will share the results with you in our next newsletter. Your suggestions continue to help direct our efforts and current programs. If you have additional feedback about FOS11 initiatives and programs, please call us at 212-575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org.

Issues Update

FOS11 Board Members Presents Policy Recommendations at 3rd Annual Conference “Keeping Promise to Our Children”
Children Uniting Nations (CUN), a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to the well being of at-risk youth, in collaboration with DLA Piper, the Rand Corporation, Medicine Company, Healthy Child Healthy World Foundation, major research Universities, and the Woodrow Wilson Center sponsored a daylong forum in Washington DC on October 17, 2007 for policy makers and academics to discuss how our laws can better serve the world’s neediest children. FOS11 Advisory Board Members Mary Ellen Salamone and Donna A. Gaffney, as well as Board President Carie Lemack presented policy recommendations developed by the FOS11 Children and Families Committee. Click here to read the COS11 Children and Families Committee Policy Recommendations.

WTC Health Update

  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 9/11 Health Website
    This website provides information about scientific research and services for people who may have health problems related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  The latest updates include:
    * WTC Environmental Health Center expands to two new sites. The new sites, at Gouverneur Health Services in Lower Manhattan and Elmhurst Hospital in  Queens, will allow the Center to treat up to 20,000 patients over the next five  years. Click here to link to the DOHMH 9/11 Health website and read more.
     * Bipartisan 9/11 legislation has been introduced in Congress that would ensure  continued funding for NYC’s three Centers of Excellence and the WTC Health  Registry; expand treatment for residents, office workers and student in Lower  Manhattan; and reopen the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Click here to read more.
    * The DOHM is urging parents to complete a WTC Health Registry child/adolescent survey, which asks about health conditions that have  emerged in their children since the disaster, including coughing and asthma, as well as symptoms such as nightmares. The survey also asks about conditions at home shortly after the attacks, including the presence of dust and debris. The results can be used to improve clinical care, especially for the youngest people caught in this or future disasters. Click here to read more. People with children enrolled in the WTC Health Registry can obtain a copy of the child/adolescent survey by calling 866-692-9827 or by sending an email to wtchr@health.nyc.gov.
  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers Get One Year Extension to File for Worker's Compensation 
    The August 14, 2007 deadline to register for 9/11 worker's compensation for personnel who worked at ground zero has been extended for one year to 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 http://www.nycosh.org/environment_wtc/WTC/WTC-12%5B1%5D.pdf 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

  • Search for Human Remains at the WTC Site
    The latest update from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner includes two PHR (Potential Human Remains) Reconciliation reports. The report dated October 1, 2007 covers the period from September 1 to September 30, 2007. The report dated September 1, 2007 covers the period from July 1 to August 31, 2007. Click here to read the reports.

FOS11 Continues to Make Progress to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Turning the “D” into an “A” – A FOS11/NTI Public Awareness Project
As mentioned in earlier newsletters, FOS11 is involved in a collaborative effort with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington, D.C. to raise public awareness through a national education campaign that seeks to encourage citizens to take action in reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism. Strong emphasis has been placed on communicating with legislators, universities, national organizations and the general public to raise awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism, and of what people can do to prevent it, and outreach this month included trips to Des Moines, Iowa, Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida and Columbia, South Carolina. Public service announcements 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 and Board members, Nancy Aronson, Carie Lemack and Elinor Stout. You can view any of these PSAs at http://www.saferworld.org/site/c.luLVJaMQKpH/b.2039131/k.DCCD/PSA_Page.htm

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 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.

If you can contribute a small amount of time, volunteers are needed to telephone the television stations and urge their running of the PSAs. Any volunteer time is much appreciated and need only take a few hours. If you are interested, please alert us by contacting (212) 575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org.

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. 

The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery Response
The New York State Museum has launched an online version of  the art exhibit The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response, which opened at the Museum a year after the September 2001 attacks. The online exhibit chronicles the history of the World Trade Center (WTC), the attacks, rescue efforts, recovery operation and the public response that followed. The new site http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/wtc will allow visitors access to the same objects, images and videos found in the WTC exhibition gallery, as well as interactives and podcasts of oral histories created exclusively for the web. The exhibition includes facts and figures about the World Trade Center, a construction video and information on the 1993 WTC attack.  Also featured are photographs of objects from the World Trade Center, which include crushed computer fragments, keys, elevator door signs, security and visitor badges and a souvenir sold at one of the building's gift shops. The Recovery section documents the work that took place at Staten Island's Fresh Kills facility, whose Dutch-derived name means "freshwater stream." In the Response section, images of the front pages of the nation's leading newspapers tell the story of the country's initial reaction to the events of 9-11. A link to a photo of a fence at Liberty Plaza, in the Museum's WTC collection, allows web visitors to pan across the image to see the variety of spontaneous memorials that arose in the weeks following September 11. Through the "voices" link visitors will hear from Patty Clark, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employee who fled from the towers' upper floors. Lee Ielpi, a retired firefighter, will recount how he initially rushed to Ground Zero to search for his son, also a firefighter, but later became much more involved in the recovery effort. As time goes on, the online exhibition also will allow visitors increasing access to the Museum's WTC collection not currently on display.

Upcoming Events

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

Register Now for the Next FOS11 Chat –- Thursday, November 15, 2007
Please join your peers in the 9/11 community for the next chat on Thursday, November 15, 2007 from 8pm-9pm EDT.  Enroll now: https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=111507. For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click here

Volunteer Opportunity with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group will have upcoming speaking events in New York next month and speaking events at other locations are scheduled throughout the fall. (Stay tuned for updates on schedule information and more locations). Please let us know if you are available and interested in volunteering by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org. If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with FOS11 staff. We will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story. To date, these events have been attended by over 500 TSA personnel in Washington DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, Chicago, IL and most recently, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL and Reston, VA. We invite you to join us and participate in this program! If you are unable to participate but would like to show your appreciation for the work of the TSO’s, we encourage you to download our thank you card to hand out at check-in/screening areas on your next visit to the airport. Download and print the thank you card in color or black and white. Learn more about this program by visiting our website at www.familiesofseptember11.org/tsa.aspx.

Volunteer and survivor of 62nd Floor WTC 2, Greg Clark said about his experience with this program, “I found the experience of talking to the TSA team in Miami very rewarding. After surviving the 9-11 attacks I have been searching for ways to prevent something like this happening to other people. The TSA personnel have a really tough job and they were very appreciative of my telling of how I escaped the trade center on 9-11, afterwards many came and thanked me and gave me a hug. I hope that the message we delivered will help keep the TSA people on the top of their game protecting us from another tragedy.”

Our Voices Together – Find/Host a Forum Near You
Our Voices Together is hosting Safer, More Compassionate World Forums across the United States. These forums will explore comprehensive approaches to counterterrorism beyond governmental policies and actions, and highlight ways citizens can engage constructively in what the 9/11 Commission termed the "Agenda of Opportunity:" education, employment, and the possibility for a brighter tomorrow. This month, the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton has sponsored forums at Agnes Scott University in Georgia. They will host the next forum on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Mayor Shirley Franklin of the City of Atlanta and Isaac Ferris of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center will be panelists. The event will take place at Agnes Scott College: Maclean Auditorium in Presser Hall 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30330. For more information or to attend contact Montrelle Caldwell at montrelle7@yahoo.com. For more information on cities and dates visit the website www.ourvoicestogether.org.

Traveling Exhibition for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
The exhibition pays tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 and will begin traveling around the nation to raise awareness and funds for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Individuals and communities across the country will also have the chance to contribute directly to this historic effort by signing a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the National September 11 Memorial. The exhibition includes a detailed timeline of the events, photographs, artifacts and a short film. This month, the tour has traveled to Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD and Des Moines, IA. Upcoming tour cities will include Omaha, NE, Wichita, KS, St. Louis, MO, Little Rock, AR and Memphis TN to name a few. Visit the website for more information and to view the current list tour cities and dates. http://www.national911memorial.org.

StoryCorps Invites Participants to Share their Unique Stories and Reflections of September 11th
StoryCorps is a national oral history project that records the stories of everyday Americans. Family members, friends, and coworkers are invited to share and record memories of their loved ones whose lives were lost. They are also recording the stories of survivors, first responders, witnesses, and anyone else closely impacted by September 11th. Participants receive a high-quality recording to share with family and friends. And with permission from participants, each interview will be archived at the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Each recording takes an hour, and participants are encouraged to bring a family member or friend. Some participants wish to review their list of "911 Suggested Questions": http://www.storycorps.net/wtc/september_11/. Participants are also welcomed to think of their own questions and content. StoryCorps will be making MobileBooth stops at the following cities: Colt’s Neck, NJ on November 3rd to 4th; Philadelphia, PA on November 8th; Los Angeles, CA on November 8th to December 8th; and Boston, MA on December 2nd to December 8th. StoryCorps will have a Door to Door event at the WTC Family Center in Long Island on November 8th. Counselors will be on-site for this Door to Door session. To make reservations at any of these locations, or to arrange a day of field recordings at a location of your choice, please contact Amy Paul at (646) 723-7020 ext. 202 or email apaul@storycorps.net.

Tuesday’s Children and Goldman Sachs Presents Strategies for Financial Management Workshop – Thursday November 8th from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
This program is a non-intimidating, engaging and interactive workshop. There will be an opportunity to ask any personal financial questions of some of the smartest women on Wall Street. Useful handouts and materials will be provided. The agenda includes: Components of an Organized Financial Life; Understanding the Investment Process; Estate and Philanthropic Planning; Implementing your Investment Strategies and Estate Plan and Question and Answer session. The workshop will take place at the Goldman Sachs Building: 180 Maiden Lane between Front Street and East River Drive, NYC. Please RSVP by November 1st to Nancy at (516) 562-9000 or email nancy@tuesdayschildren.org. For more information about Tuesday's Children and their programs visit www.tuesdayschildren.org.

World Trade Center Health Registry’s Second Annual Public Meeting
The Registry’s second public meeting will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038. The Registry will be sharing new findings from the Registry data, and several organizations will present information on services available to enrollees.  For more information or to register call 1-866-692-WTCR (1-866-692-9827).

Tribute Center Events
Public Program: Following a Dream – Guy Tozzoli and Philippe Petit

Two men who had pivotal roles in making the World Trade Center a part of New York City’s identity will share their stories.  As the Director of World Trade at the Port Authority of NY and NJ, Guy Tozzoli was responsible for building, leasing and operating the World Trade Center.  In  August 1974, when a young French high-wire artist, Philippe Petit, strung a cable between the tops of the twin towers and walked between them 8 times, the two men became friends. This event will take place on Sunday, November 18th from 3:30 – 5:00 PM. For more information visit the website www.tributenyc.org, call (866)737-1184 or email visitorservices@tributewtc.org.

Tribute Center Daily Walking Tours
The Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Widows and Victims' Families' Association. They offer daily public tours around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site led by people who lost loved ones, survivors of the attacks, lower Manhattan residents and workers, rescue workers, and volunteers who came to help.  Each tour gives an overview of the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and provides an opportunity for visitors to hear their guide’s personal experiences. Tours start at 120 Liberty Street and last approximately one hour. To reserve your spot on a tour, please visit the center approximately 1 hour before tour time to pick up tickets.  Registration fee is $10.00 per person; children under 12 are admitted free.  For more information, email volunteer@tributenyc.org or visit their website at http://www.tributewtc.org/.  Schedule: Sundays- Fridays 11:00 AM, 12:00 noon, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM EST; Saturdays 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00PM EST.

Resources

The Aftermath of Disaster: Children in Crisis
Written by FOS11 Advisory Board Member, Donna A. Gaffney, APRN, SC, DNSc, FAAN, this article, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology/In Session, uses examples from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the hurricane disasters of Katrina and Rita to illustrate the impact of crisis in the lives of children and adolescents. Read the article.

World Trade Center Health Registry Resource Guide
Prepared by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, this guide offers information about health services and other resources for people affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center. Click here to view the resource guide.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 9/11 Health Website
The site’s key features include: Health information targeted to each affected group (workers, residents, etc.); Detailed information on where to get evaluation and treatment, including the three WTC Centers of Excellence; A compilation of all scientific literature and information about ongoing research; Links to financial assistance providers, social-service and environmental groups, and other groups working on issues related to 9/11; Resources for health care professionals. Visit the new website at http://www.nyc.gov/9-11healthinfo.

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.

FOS11 Needs Your Support
Over the next month, we will be conducting our annual appeal (via both email and direct mail) to our members and the concerned public. We are sincerely thankful for all the support we have received over the years. With your help our organization has grown in strength and reach to embrace a broad community and we reach out, gladly to those who need us. It is our legacy to our loved ones. If you would like to donate, you may send a check or money order to our office at: Families of September 11, 1560 Broadway, Suite 305, New York, NY 10036. You may also donate online through the Network for Good Giving system. In recognition of your gift, we will send you a 9/11 commemorative wrist band. Families of September 11 is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Families of September 11 is an accredited charity and is a member of the Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. For more information about the Standards, please visit the BBB of Metro New York’s website at http://www.newyork.bbb.org.

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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