FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #8, Issue #3May 21, 2009

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Welcome

   The passage of the Kennedy/Hatch Serve America Act which was signed into law by President Obama on April 21, 2009 designates 9/11 as a national day of service. Families of September 11 would like to congratulate and thank all those individuals and organizations who worked so hard to support  this legislation.
   The Serve America Act reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency created in 1993. Dramatically increases intensive service opportunities by setting AmeriCorps on a path from 75,000 positions annually to 250,000 by 2017, and focusing that service on education, health, clean energy, veterans, economic opportunity and other national priorities.
  “Today President Barack Obama created a historic, enduring and compassionate legacy that truly honors the 9/11 victims and their families, first responders and rescue and recovery workers, the soldiers who have take up arms to defend our freedom and safety, and the many volunteers who spontaneously contributed their efforts in the immediate aftermath of 9/11,” said David Paine, founder and president of MyGoodDeed.org, the nonprofit group that led a seven-year campaign to formally establish 9/11 as an annually recognized day of service and remembrance. “There isn’t a better or more fitting way to remember 9/11 than for all of us as Americans to voluntarily set aside time on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks to help others in need.”
   “As a 9/11 family member, I cannot think of more inspiring, appropriate and constructive tribute to my late brother and all those who perished, were injured or rose in service – to rekindle at least for one day each year the remarkable spirit of compassion and service that unified our country,” said MyGoodDeed.org co-founder and vice president Jay S. Winuk, whose younger brother Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney, volunteer firefighter and EMT, died in the line of duty in the collapse of the World Trade Center. “This groundbreaking national service legislation will greatly benefit the nation in so many meaningful ways as we face these challenging times.”

Issues Update

Ground Zero Update

  • NYC Mayor and State Assembly Leader Call for Talks About WTC Plans
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg has invited the governors of New York and New Jersey, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Port Authority and Larry Silverstein to meet and resolve the financial impasse that is stalling construction at the World Trade Center. Click here to read article. 
  • Port Authority Issues Report on WTC Construction Benchmarks Reached in First Quarter of 2009
    The Port Authority of NY/NJ has released a report detailing the key milestones reached in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site as of March 31. The report includes details on progress at  One World Trade Center, the World Trade Center transportation Hub, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and other key construction projects. To read the report click here.
  • WTC Construction Helping to Create New Jobs
    The Port Authority has also published a study that estimates the building underway at the WTC site will create more than 26,000 direct construction, engineering, and architectural jobs. It also has the potential to lead to an additional 35,000 indirect jobs related to equipment and supplies related to the construction. Read article. 
  • First Tenant Signs Lease at One World Trade Center
    Beijing Vantone Industrial Company, a real estate company from China has become the first commercial enterprise to lease office space in the new World Trade Center building. The company has indicated that it will lease six floors amounting to about 190,000 square feet. To learn more click here.
  • Corporate Donors to National September 11 Memorial and Museum State They Will Honor Their Pledges
    In 2008 The National September 11 Memorial and Museum announced that it had attained its fund raising goal of $350 million in pledges. Some of the donors include major financial institutions which have collapsed or are seeking bankruptcy protection. Museum officials have stated that they are confident that the pledged donations will be received or covered by gifts from other donors. Read article.
  • Developer of WTC Seeking Financial Support From Port Authority
    The current economic recession has led Larry Silverstein the major developer of the World Trade Center site to request financial assistance from the Port Authority. According to an article in the New York Times, The Port Authority is considering helping to finance at least one office building at the site. Read article.
  • Recession Affects Businesses Still Recovering From 9/11
    The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center had a severe impact on businesses throughout lower Manhattan. Restaurants, retail stores, and other enterprises suffered through years of  poor sales and lack of customers as tens of thousands of workers were relocated from the area. Many small businesses owners were forced to take loans to keep their enterprises open. After seeing some improvement, many of these businesses are once again at risk of closing due to the economic turn down. Click here to learn more.

 

9/11 Health Update

  • President's Proposed Budget Contains Funding For 9/11 Health Care
    President Obama's budget for fiscal year 2010 includes over $70 million in funding for World Trade Center Health Programs. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerold Nadler applauded the inclusion of $70,723,000 in funding for the World Trade Center Health Programs in President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2010.  The lawmakers are sponsors of the  9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847), which would provide more than $10 billion for critical health care and compensation for those sickened or injured in the aftermath of 9/11.  The Members of Congress hope to pass the bill with President Obama’s support by the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Click here to learn more about (H.R. 847). 
  • Recent Study Questions Link Between Panic Attacks and PTSD
    A research study published in the journal Psychiatry  Research explores the factors that increase the likelihood of a person's developing PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event. The study questions the belief that having a panic attack during or immediately after a traumatic incident increases the risk of developing PTSD. Read article.
  • 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.
  • Workers' Compensation Deadline
    WTC rescue, recovery and clean-up workers and volunteers must register with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board no later than September 11, 2010 to preserve their right to file for September 11-related compensation in the future. More information and a filing form are available  at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/wtc/html/employees/workcomp.shtml#1

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 (Click here) 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.

 

Homeland Security Update

  • Report Finds Fault With the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
    With a view toward promoting better cooperation and coordination between the nation's intelligence agencies, the Congress created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence over four years ago. A recent report by the office's inspector general cites continued mismanagement, waste, and failure to collaborate within the intelligence community. Read article.
  • TSA to Require Additional Information From Airline Passengers
    In the next few months the  TSA will require that all U.S. travelers provide their birth date and sex, in addition to their full names, as part of security enhancement recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. The new program is called Secure Flights and its purpose is to allow the TSA to take over pre-screening of passenger information against federal government watch lists, which is currently monitored by the airlines. According to the program information, a passenger's information provided at the time seats are booked must exactly match the information on the traveler's valid ID. Learn more about the program on TSA's Web site.
  • An Analysis of the United Nations' Efforts to Implement a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
    The Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that works to improve coordination of the international community's response to terrorism by providing governments and international and regional organizations with timely, policy-relevant research, analysis, and recommendations. It has released a report examining the role of the United Nations system in carrying forward implementation of the UN General Assembly's 2006 Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Read the report.

 

Resiliency Update

  • Foundation Created in Honor of 9/11 Victim Opens Children's Library
    The Brooke Jackman Foundation was established in honor of Brooke Jackman, a 9/11 victim who died in the World Trade Center. The foundation recently helped to create a library at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center which provides services for domestic violence victims and their children. Read article.  
  • Students at NYC School Memorialize 9/11 Victims
    Honor students at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Queens have designed and created a stained glass window which will honor those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks. Read article.

Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Terrorism and Disaster Speaker Series The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) – sponsored by SAMHSA - is pleased to announce a new speaker series covering issues related to terrorism, disaster, and children. This monthly, year-long series will feature experts in the field providing up-to-date information on the impact of disaster and terrorism on youth and their families and lessons learned from major public mental health response programs in the United States and overseas. All presentations are free and open to the public, accessible via telephone or the Web, and offer hours in support of 1.5 continuing education credits. The next of these 90-minute presentations, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT): Special Issues for Children and Youth, will take place on May 28, 2009. For more information, go to the NCTSN Child and Adolescent Trauma Learning Center at http://learn.nctsn.org
  • Long Island/NYC Emergency Management Conference
    This conference, which will take place on May 27 and 28 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville New York, will focus on emergency management in 2009 and assist those in the emergency management community who deal with disaster to be ready to react and respond to emergency situations. Discussions include “2008 Disasters,” “When the Hospital is the Emergency,” “School Safety,” and “Crash of Continental Flight 3407.” Speakers include Denise O’ Donnell, Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety; Joseph Muscatello, Special Agent, United States Secret Service; and Greg Brunelle, Deputy Director, New York State Emergency Management Office. To register click here.
  • Tribute Center Welcomes One Millionth Visitor
    On March 27th the Tribute WTC Center (http://www.tributewtc.org/) welcomed its  one millionth guest. The center, which opened to the public in September 2006, is dedicated to offering visitors to the World Trade Center site a resource with which they can connect to people from the September 11th community through walking tours, exhibits, and programs. Read article.

Resources

  • 9/11 Police Aid Foundation
    The 9/11 Police Aid Foundation is a New York State 501(C3) which provides charitable relief to any member of any Police Department that has become ill or disabled, whether physically or psychologically, due to the effects of the terrorist attacks against this country on September 11, 2001. We also provide aid and support to surviving family members of any Officer that should succumb to such an illness or injury. To go to their website, click here.
  • Factsheet: Coping With Disaster
    Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. They have developed a series of fact sheets to help people who are struggling with stressful situations such as war and terrorism and natural disasters. Click here to access the fact sheets. 
  • Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101:A Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning
    The FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide, CPG 101 provides general guidelines on developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs). It promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of planning and decision making to help emergency planners examine a hazard and produce integrated, coordinated, and synchronized plans. This Guide helps emergency managers in State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal governments in their efforts to develop and maintain a viable all-hazard EOP. Click here to view the guide.
  • Information From the Centers For Disease Control on Avoiding and Treating Swine Flu
    H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. Other countries, including Mexico and Canada, have reported people sick with this new virus. This virus is spreading from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. The CDC website contains a wealth of important information on how to avoid this and other influenzas as well as steps to take if  you have symptoms of the disease. Click here to go to the CDC website.
  • NYC 9/11 Benefit Program
    The NYC 9/11 Benefit Program is providing coverage for those who need help. To ensure that all needs are met, the Health Department will reimburse out-of-pocket costs for mental health or substance abuse treatment through a claims process similiar to any insurance benefit. New York City residents and city workers in surrounding areas can find out if they are eligible by calling 311 or visiting www.nyc.gov/9-11mentalhealth.
  • WTC Centers of Excellence
    In New York City, three WTC Centers of Excellence provide specialized testing and treatment: World Trade Center Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital Center, Gouverneur Health Care Services and Elmhurst Hospital Center; Fire Department of New York: World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and; Mount Sinai Consortium: World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program. Click here for more information.
  • 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)  

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