FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #1January 24, 2007

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

FOS11 wishes you and your family a healthy 2007.  We are excited to bring you another year of programs and information that we believe will benefit you, your families, and honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001.  We are thankful for the support of our members and your participation. In the next year, we will continue our focus on:

  • Chat sessions about new topics and in focus groups
  • New resources, articles, and helpful program links to support children and families
  • Information about the threat of nuclear terrorism and what you can do to make us all safer and more secure
  • E-newsletters, resource booklets and the COS11 newsletter
  • Updates on the latest that is happening on 9/11 issues, including Ground Zero, remains recovery, upcoming legislation and interesting new programs and projects.

We also remain committed to working towards the implementation of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations as published in 2004.  In fact, FOS11 Board Member Carie Lemack testified earlier this month before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. For more information see below in the Issues Update Section.

FOS11 welcomes our two new Board Members, Paul H. Bea, Jr. and David B. Edwards.  We look forward to working with them and drawing upon their extensive knowledge and expertise to apply towards FOS11 programming and initiatives.  Paul H. Bea Jr. is a government relations advisor specializing in transportation and the maritime sector.  In 2006 he formed PHB Public Affairs after serving for over 25 years as Washington Representative of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in Washington. David B. Edwards is a Carl W. Vogt ’58 Professor of Anthropology at Williams College and Director of the Williams Afghan Media Project. Prof. Edwards has been conducting research on and writing about Afghanistan for more than 25 years.

Issues Update

FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
On January 9, 2007, Carie Lemack gave a testimony during the hearing titled, “Ensuring Full Implementation of the 9/11 Commission’s Report”.  Her testimony urges Congress to continue to move forward and outlines several steps to the further implementation of the recommendations listed in the 9/11 Commission Report published in 2004.  To read this testimony in full, click here.  To learn more about the entire hearing, click here.  

As a result, the House of Representatives passed a bill to take measures to further implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.  This legislation calls for all cargo on passenger planes to be screened within three years; for all US-bound cargo ships to be checked for nuclear weapons before they leave foreign ports; and increases risk-based homeland security funds for cities likely to be terrorist targets.  The Senate will introduce and vote on its own legislation to implement outstanding 9/11 Commission recommendations in upcoming weeks. 

Ground Zero Update

  • Press Release and Progress Report from the Mayor’s Office
    In late December, the Mayor’s Office published a press release to provide an update of the ongoing search for remains at Ground Zero.  The memo offers information on the search at the World Trade Center site, building searches, subterranean structures, and 11 Water Street.  To read this press release, click here.  

    We know the continued release of information and the questions it raises is difficult for many.  If you have any questions about these updates, contact Deputy Commissioner Chris Coffey at 212-788-3037 or Ada Rehnberg-Campos at 212-788-7410.

  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office
    According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, there are no new protocols for the recovery of remains.  Family members do not have to resubmit DNA and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will continue to be the initial point of contact for families.  If you have any questions, please contact the OCME’s WTC Unit at (212) 447-7884.

  • EPA to Test Indoor Spaces in Lower Manhattan
    In the final phase of its response to the events of September 11, 2001, EPA has announced the beginning of a program to test indoor spaces in Lower Manhattan. The program, which covers the area south of Canal Street and west of Allen and Pike Streets, will allow residents and building owners to have the air and dust in their units tested for four contaminants associated with dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center.

    If analysis of dust and air samples finds elevated levels of any of four contaminants of concern – asbestos, man-made vitreous fibers such as fiberglass, lead, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – the contaminants will be cleaned up. Under the program announced today, local residents and owners of commercial or residential buildings closest to Ground Zero will receive priority for testing and cleaning if registration for the program is high. The program is limited to $7 million provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The number of residential and commercials spaces that will be addressed under the program will depend upon a number of factors, including the square footage of the units participating.

    Registration for the program will begin mid-January and run for two months.  For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/wtc/testandclean or contact the Indoor Air Residential Assistance Program at (212) 637-3435.

  • Property Recovery from WTC site
    Since the World Trade Center (WTC) tragedy thousands of items of personal property has been recovered from Ground Zero, the Fresh Kills site and the Medical Examiner's Office at Bellevue Hospital. This property has been invoiced by the NYPD and is in the custody of the NYPD's Property Clerk Division.  To learn more about the property recovery from the WTC site click here, you can also contact NYPD Property Clerk Division at (646) 610-7202.  If you have contacted the clerk’s office in the past and are unsure about the status of your case, you may need to call them again to follow-up. 


University of South Carolina Law School Study on Response to 9/11

The USC Law School is conducting a study to determine how the country handled 9/11.  In particular, the survey will ask about experiences with the Victim Compensation Fund and the legal system after the losses suffered on September 11, 2001.  Your answers will be strictly confidential and your participation can be anonymous, unless you choose to share your email address or phone number.  No information that could identify you will ever be published or released to anyone.

The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes, but you may take as long as you like.  You may leave most questions blank and return to them later; the only exceptions are a few questions that require an answer so that the computer knows which set of questions to ask you next.  You may stop at any time and you may return to complete the survey at a later time if you decide to stop.  To do this you will need to set up a username.  To participate in the study, click here.

FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack invited to yesterday’s State of the Union Address
Carie Lemack attended the State of the Union Address last night as a guest of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

FOS11 continues to make progress to prevent nuclear terrorism
Families of September 11 is proud of the progress being made through our collaboration with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).  Together, we have held screenings of the nuclear terrorism docudrama “Last Best Chance” and panel discussions about how ordinary citizens can help prevent nuclear terrorism at universities (Harvard, Columbia, University of Pittsburgh, London School of Economics), with members of Congress and with organizations across the country.  The next one is happening this week at Georgetown University on January 24th at 6pm.  If you are interested in holding a screening in your community, or want to learn more about the program and what you can do to help prevent nuclear terrorism, please visit the www.saferworld.org website.

Resolve to be Ready in 2007
As we move into the New Year, FOS11 encourages you to remain committed to getting better prepared for emergencies.  In a recent national survey conducted by The Ad Council, 91 percent of Americans agreed that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.  However, only 55 percent had taken at least one of the three steps recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, including getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, and being informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

Therefore, we are encouraging you to visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to learn how to prepare your families, homes and businesses for all types of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  Free materials, including family emergency plan templates and sample business continuity plans, are available through these resources.  These materials will provide you with tools to keep your New Year’s resolution to help bring you a peace of mind.  We encourage you to “Resolve to be Ready” in 2007.

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for more events.

Next FOS11 Chat: Information Overload: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Tonight, January 24th, 2007, 8-9pm EST
Do you get overwhelmed by the amount of information you receive about 9/11?  Do you often find yourself thinking - who do I believe?  Do you find yourself getting upset by information you receive and then wondering why?  With information coming from a variety of sources - media, organizations, friends, family - it is important to use strategies that help you decide when information is factual and helpful, or, when information is more emotionally-charged than fact-based and just not helpful. 

Tonight, Wednesday, January 24th, we will talk about what it is like to feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the information about 9/11.  We will also talk about strategies for sorting out information and how to make the best use of it. 

Enroll Now by clicking the link below:
https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=12407

This online chat session provides 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.
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.

Tuesday’s Children’s New Parenting Program
Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 4-6:30 pm
Developed in collaboration with the NYU Child Study Center, this five-session program consists of separate classes for parents, children and siblings and will be run concurrently over a ten-week period. This program was created as a result of a survey conducted by Tuesday's Children last year. Children are taught specific social, emotional and behavioral skills through social interactions, free play, structured activities, role plays with puppets, and arts & crafts.

While the children are learning and having fun, parents participate in the Parent Group, led by clinical psychologists from the NYU Child Study Center. This group provides parents with support and specific skills to manage their children's behavior and enhance children's social, emotional and behavioral skills. Topics to include: Parents Self-Care, Effective Ways to Manage Misbehavior, Routine Setting and much more!

This program is for single parents and their children of ages 3 1/2 - 6. For children not in this age group, there will be a sibling group.  RSVP to Kathleen at 516 562-9000.  Visit http://www.tuesdayschildren.org/

Tribute Center Daily Walking Tours
July 18, 2006 – July 18, 2007

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, police, firefighters, and volunteers who came to help, the tours give an overview of what happened at the site on February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and provide an opportunity for visitors to hear their guide’s personal experiences. Tours begins at 120 Liberty Street, in front of the future Tribute Center, and last approximately one hour. Tour reservations can be booked online under “Other Events.” Advanced registration fee is $10.00 per person; children under 12 are admitted free.

Daily Tours
Weekdays 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM EST
Weekends 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM EST
For more information, email info@tributenyc.org or click here to visit the website.

Resources

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 three toll-free, anonymous hotlines:

• 1-800-LifeNet (1-800-543-3638) (English)
• 1-877-Ayudese 1-877-298-3373 (Spanish)
• 1-877-990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)
• 1-212-982-5284 (TTY)

New York State Workers’ Compensation Registration Form and Instruction for WTC Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up Personnel
The New York State Workers' Compensation Law has been changed to allow rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers exposed to toxic materials at WTC to preregister, even if not presently sick. Registering now will protect your right to file a workers' compensation claim if you become ill at any time in the future.

The law applies to most people who did paid or unpaid rescue, recovery or cleanup work in Lower Manhattan south of Canal or Pike Streets between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 12, 2002. It also applies to rescue, recovery or cleanup workers who worked at the Staten Island landfill, the barge operation between Manhattan and Staten Island or the New York City morgue, and temporary morgues. The only workers who are not covered are those who are not in the workers’ compensation system: NYC uniformed services (firefighters, police, sanitation workers), NYC teachers and federal employees. But those workers are eligible if they performed any rescue, recovery or cleanup work off-duty, as a volunteer. 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. Click here to download the Claim Form and Instructions.

Health Resources for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
FOS11 maintains a health section on the website that includes health resources for 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.  This section includes links to a number of articles in the news as well as information about examination and treatment resources available to people who were possibly exposed to toxic material on, or subsequent to 9/11. Indications are that this will continue to be an issue of growing importance for increasing numbers of people. Families of September 11 will continue to monitor developments and post information as we become aware of it.

FDNY/Columbia University Family Guidance Program
The FDNY/Columbia University Family Assessment and Guidance Program, part of the University's School of Social Work, was developed this past year as a collaborative program with the New York City Fire Department to provide assistance to children of firefighters who perished during the September 11th terrorist attacks. It was selected by the Counseling Service Unit of the FDNY to provide assessment, guidance and long-term follow-up. The organization can be contacted at (212) 851-2402.

Safer World
Show your concern and learn about how to prevent nuclear terrorism.  Act now for a safer world. NTI and Families of September 11 have joined forces to raise awareness about the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and materials so citizens can help reduce these threats. The 9/11 Commission recommended an all-out effort to secure weapons of mass destruction, but its final report card gave the U.S. government a "D" for its progress. We want to turn that “D” to an “A ". Click here to learn how you can help.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Families of September 11 has been working with the newly created National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) to raise awareness of how schools can support students, teachers and parents who are struggling with issues of loss and bereavement.  Click here to visit the newly launched website which offers many helpful resources in this area. 

World Trade Center Survivors' Network
The Survivors' Network seeks to provide a forum for personal contact between survivors as a means to empower them to both deal with the circumstances of the aftermath of the attacks and to find renewed purpose in that aftermath. The Network also functions as a place for people to go and get survivors' perspectives and as a conduit for the common thoughts of survivors. On the organization's homepage, there are links to join two different Yahoo groups: Survivorsnet and the WTC Survivors. All of the files and meeting information for the organization are posted in both groups. Click here for more information.

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

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