FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #3March 25, 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

This month’s FOS11 newsletter highlights issues of interest concerning developments at the World Trade Center site, 9/11 health resources, important deadlines, program updates as well as upcoming events.  We hope that you find these resources and other timely information helpful. Additionally, we will be launching a new format of our Children of September 11 (COS11) newsletter next month. The COS11 e-newsletter will follow a similar format to the FOS11 newsletter and will be a resource for caregivers of children who have been affected by trauma. Click here to read past issues of COS11 newsletters.

As we move forward, our membership continues to grow.  We are glad to be reaching more people and are committed to continuing a dialogue with our expanding group of families, friends, and supporters. As always, we appreciate your support and feedback. If you have any suggestions or comments, we welcome you to visit our Bulletin Board or email us at info@familiesofseptember11.org.

Issues Update

Ground Zero Update

  • Developments in the Search at the World Trade Center Site
    The latest updates from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner includes the March 1st WTC DNA Report, the February 1st and March 1st PHR Reconciliation Reports. Click here to view the report. For more information regarding identification of remains and protocols, please contact the OCME’s WTC Unit at (212) 447-7884.
  • Historic Survivors’ Stairway Moves
    The stairs that served as the main escape route to safety for many 9/11 survivors was moved to a temporary storage site until they can be installed at the Memorial Museum. Read the full press release from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

WTC Health Update

  • Centers for Disease Control Plans to Fund Monitoring and Treatment for Responders Outside of New York
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for interested health care companies and administrators to apply for federal funding as part of a national system to monitor and treat World Trade Center (WTC) responders. Read more here.
  • 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.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Volunteer Speakers Program Update
Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group has held speaking events at 20 airports around the country. To date, these events have been attended by over 1,600 TSA personnel in Washington DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL, Reston, VA, New York, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Little Rock, AR, Las Vegas, NV, Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, Newark, NJ and Hartford,CT.  We are continuing to coordinate with TSA to schedule speaking events in airports around the nation and your interest will help us decide where these events will take place. If you would like to be a part of this program, email info@familiesofseptember11.org. 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.

State Farm Seeks Inspirational Men and Women for Annual Embrace Life Awards
For the fifth year, State farm is seeking to honor those who “have renewed their lives and inspired others through their perseverance following a loss.” The Awards educate Americans on how to embrace life everyday by preparing for the future. As 2008 marks the fifth anniversary of the Awards, the contest now welcomes nominations of both men and women who have lost a spouse or parent. There will be 13 Embrace Life Awards honorees this year. We know there are many extraordinary men and women who experienced a loss as a result of 9/11 but have renewed their lives and inspired others. We encourage you to look into this award for you or someone you know. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

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

Register Now for Tonight’s FOS11 Chat – Tuesday, March 25, 2008 8PM EST
Have you ever left a movie theatre feeling inspired and uplifted? Or watch a DVD that emotionally moves, motivates, heartens and heals you? Films are an example of how art imitates life.  They allow us to make connections between a character’s “reel” life and our experiences in real life. The transformational power of film can stir or move us to reflect on our own life experiences and inspire us to do things we didn’t think we could do. The staying power of those messages bring us together to talk about the important issues in life – as we gather for coffee after the cinema or pizza in front of the TV or on blogs or at the water cooler. Movies can also be a powerful catalyst for healing and growth. It is a great self-care strategy which can make us feel good and provide relief.

AFI lists “It’s a Wonderful Life” as the most inspiring movie of all time. What movies have inspired you?  This chat session will provide an opportunity to share and talk about the movies that have affected our lives and what it means to us as well as how these films have been helpful in our healing process. It is the conversation inspired by the film that brings us to the next level in our own development-emotionally, socially and spiritually. Join us for this discussion tonight, from 8:00PM to 9:00 PM. To enroll, click on the link https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=32508 For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click here.

Tribute Center Events
City in the Sky
Join Eric Lipton, New York Times correspondent and author of City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center, to trace the history of grand dreams at the WTC site from Dutch times up through the conception and construction of the World Trade Center. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 16 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

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.

Pope Benedict to Visit WTC Site
The Archdiocese of New York is organizing a small group of family members of those who died on September 11th to participate in the private visit of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI to the World Trade Center Site on Sunday April 20, 2008. Family representatives will be selected by lottery and notified directly by the Archdiocese of New York, which will also provide details on the ceremony. Notifications will occur in early April.

Our Voices Together – Upcoming Safer, More Compassionate World Forums
On Thursday, March 27th and Tuesday April 8th, the League of Women Voters of Ashland-Bayfield County, WI will host  forums from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor’s Center. Invited speakers include, Jayne Docherty, 3D Security in Washington, DC, and professor at Eastern Mennonite University. For more information or to attend, contact Linda Jorgenson at ljorgenson@nhnorth.com. Click here for more information. 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 workshop in April at 520 West 49th Street. Click here to sign up for a workshop.

Resources

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. 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.

World Cares Center – Disaster Volunteering Training Series
The Disaster Volunteering training series empowers community members to take charge in their community and to collaborate effectively with emergency managers. Designed for first-time disaster volunteers, this three-module curriculum teaches resilience-building techniques for self-care and effective communication skills. The series also introduces participants to the life cycle of a disaster, the all-hazards approach to disaster management, and various organizational response systems, including: Community Emergency Response Teams, the National Response Plan, the Incident Command System (ICS 100) and the structure of the federal, state and local emergency management systems. Through this training, participants obtain the skills and knowledge needed to become “powerful volunteers” and to promote powerful volunteering to others. The DPTM staff at World Cares Center offers the introductory DVI training on a regular basis at World Cares Center’s Headquarters. To learn more, contact DPTM Program Manager Allyson Parmentier at aparmentier@worldcares.org.

Tuesday’s Champions
Tuesday's Champions is a new initiative of Tuesday’s Children, the non-profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Tuesday’s Champions provides a wide range of programs including wellness, educational and career guidance, leadership training, family communication and life-management programs all designed to address the needs of Rescue and Recovery workers and Responders. For more information, please contact Nancy, Program Coordinator of Tuesday’s Champions at 516-562-9000 or email nancy@tuesdayschildren.org.

Walk-in Legal Clinics Offered by WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at Mount Sinai
All 9/11 responders 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 at Mount Sinai is offering free walk-in legal clinics for assistance in filling out the WTC-12 form. Location for legal clinics will be determined and announced. For more information, call (212) 241-6307, or (888) 702-0630, or visit www.wtcexams.org.

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 to 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.

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) 

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

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

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