FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #5, Issue #10October 23, 2006

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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is committed to building meaningful partnerships within the 9/11 Community that help to further connectedness and enhance services to our membership.  We are proud of two such partnerships recently developed with the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Story Corps.  Moving forward, we hope to continue to collaborate and grow so that all within the 9/11 community are better supported and have a stronger collective voice.  

Nuclear Threat Initiative

FOS11 fully supports the mission of the Nuclear Threat Initiative to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.  Last month, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and FOS11 launched a joint public education initiative to raise awareness about the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and materials so citizens can help reduce these threats.  This project includes activities such as: national screenings and discussions of the docudrama Last Best Chance, the release of three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to more than 1,200 television stations nationwide; the launch of the website; and public meetings to discuss the threat and prevention of nuclear terrorism. Read testimony from Board Member Nancy Aronson about the FOS11 involvement in the NTI, and FOS11 staff member’s review of a Last Best Chance screening event in New York, below in the Issues Section.


FOS11 has also been working closely to support the special 9/11 initiative of Story Corps.  The goal of this initiative is to record the life stories of those who were lost on September 11th by inviting their family members, friends, and coworkers to share and record memories of their loved ones.  Story Corps is also recording the stories of survivors, firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, witnesses, volunteers or anyone closely impacted by September 11th in order to preserve their extraordinary personal experiences for history.  All recordings are stored at the Library of Congress, and will be housed in the permanent collection of the WTC Memorial Museum.

There are Story Corps booths at Ground Zero and Grand Central Station in New York City.  Additionally, Story Corps has two mobile booths, a door-to-door program, and outposts, click here to learn more about different options.  There will be more information about how FOS11 will partner with Story Corps in the upcoming weeks.

Issues Update

Board Member, Nancy Aronson, testimony on FOS11 partnership with NTI
“It has been five years.  The horror of my sister-in-law’s murderous death does not go away.  I know it will always be there.  Being part of the Families of September 11 Board of Directors is a warm connection with people who truly understand and share the memories of September 11.  But like a stone dropped into a pond, the ripples extend outward. For me, attending the hearings of the 911 Commission and following their work was a way of extending those ripples to the wider community and to the wider world.  Where the recommendations of the Commission, especially to control nuclear materials, ran into barriers, the Nuclear Threat Initiative picks them up and extends those ripples into the whole world.  Controlling nuclear materials is something we can do. That’s why I am committed to volunteer on behalf of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.”

FOS11 Staff Attends Screening of Last Best Chance

This month, FOS11 staff had the opportunity to attend a screening of the film, Last Best Chance at Columbia University.  This film was produced with support from the Nuclear Threat Initiative as part of a public awareness campaign to prevent nuclear terrorism.  Last Best Chance is a docudrama based on facts and portrays events that may have happened, may be happening now, and possibly what may happen in the future if nothing is done to prevent the threat.  After watching the film, a group of students and several concerned individuals engaged in a discussion led by terrorism expert and School of International and Public Affairs Professor, Reid Sawyer.  The film seemed to be well-received and spurred a much-needed dialogue about how real the threat is and what can be done to prevent it. 

Families of September 11 wants you to know that you can help protect our country from nuclear terrorism by locking down nuclear weapons and materials before they get into the hands of terrorists.  The first step is to become aware.  You can help raise awareness by watching and showing the film to others in your family and community.  Click here to learn how you can get involved.

Ground Zero Update – News from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
In mid-October, human remains that appeared to be from World Trade Center victims were excavated by a Consolidated Edison crew from a manhole at the northern edge of the Ground Zero site.  The Medical Examiner’s Office, NYPD, and the FDNY have been on site working with Con Ed, Verizon and the Port Authority. They have identified additional locations that need to be searched and have already begun to carefully remove material to an area where the Medical Examiner’s staff will carefully sift through all of it.

Also, Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton renewed their calls to get the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and/or other appropriate agencies involved in the search for any further human remains at the World Trade Center site.

FOS11 understands that this news will continue to be unsettling for family members and is in constant contact with the Mayor’s Community Assistance office.  FOS11 will continue to send updates as available. 

One Day’s Pay New Initiative: (MGD) is a new initiative of One Day’s Pay.  The mission is to establish September 11 as an annually recognized day of charitable service and good deeds in honor of those lost and those who rose in service.  During August 1 – September 15, received more than 100,000 registered pledges of good deeds from locations across the United States and other countries, as well.  To learn more about this initiative and to visit the website, click here

Supporting Youth and Improving School Safety
Recently, significant incidences of school violence receiving national attention have increased concern for many around issues of safety within schools.  FOS11 recommends that parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and others take some time to review resources that are available to help deal with concern and anxiety about school violence, and which provide useful guidance for improving overall safety.  Click here to visit the Children of September 11th website which offers several resources on school safety.

9/11 Grief Study - Reminder to Participate in Phase II 
The Trauma Center at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University and the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, in association with Boston University School of Medicine are conducting the second wave of a research study to examine how people who lost loved ones, close friends, and colleagues as a result of the terrorist attacks on 9-11-01 are doing. The aim of this study is to develop ideas about how best to help people who are having trouble with grief and assess the mental health needs of survivors. In addition, they also study how people cope with such extraordinary tragedy.

Those who participated in Phase I of the 9/11 Grief Survey, should now complete Phase II of the study.  Wherever you are in the grief process, please take half an hour to complete Phase II of the survey.  For those who haven’t participated yet in Phase II, but did participate in phase I, please log onto the study website at  If you don’t remember your password and PIN code you can request them online. 

If you have questions regarding the study please address them to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Yuval Neria from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute at  For help with your password or PIN code you may also contact Scott Noonan at

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for more events.

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
Wednesday, November 1st, 8pm-9pm EDT
The next chat will be a continuation of the last chat, "Faith, Hope, and Spirituality."  At times of loss and tragedy, we often ask, what is the role of faith and spirituality? For some people, there is a time of respite, a need to turn away. Yet others find their faith becomes stronger.  We invite chat participants to share their experiences of faith and spirituality or the questions that have emerged in their absence. The chat will be held Wednesday, November 1st, 8pm-9pm EDT.

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.

Enroll Now:

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

“Life and Liberty After 9/11” : National Juried Exhibit at the Las Cruces Museum of Art
September 1, 2006 – November 18, 2006
Five years later, as our nation reflects on the significance of events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Las Cruces Museum of Art offers “Life and Liberty After 9 -11, “a national juried exhibit by artists working a variety of media. An opening reception for the exhibit was held on Friday, Sept. 1. The show will run through November 18.
The exhibit will include panels detailing the ongoing creation of memorials at the sites of the NY Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash site of Flight 93. An interactive aspect of the exhibit will be a posting board where visitors can share their memories of where they were or what they experienced on Sept. 11, 2001.
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

Public Meeting Notice on Fiterman Hall: Remediation and Deconstruction Project – Community Board #1, Manhattan
Monday, October 30, 2006, 6:00 PM
This public information session, co-sponsored by the City University of New York and Community Board No. 1, will be an opportunity for the community to learn about this project and provide comments.   Fiterman Hall is a Ground Zero area building that has been identified as likely to contain human remains in addition to toxic substances. All interested community residents are urged to attend. 
To learn more about the event visit the Community Board No. 1 website at or call 212-442-5050.

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 or click here to visit the website.

Columbia University Resilience Enhancement (CURE) Workshop
World Cares Center and Columbia University Resilience Enhancement (CURE) Program
Tuesdays from 1-3pm on Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, and 14th
Tuesdays from 1-3pm Nov 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19
Wednesdays from 1-3pm Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20

World Cares Center hosts resiliency workshops which are conducted by senior faculty from Columbia University. The core philosophy of this program is that resilience, or “power of recovery,” can be cultivated, practiced, and enhanced in preparation for future major stressful events. The Columbia University Resilience Enhancement (CURE) program combines new research findings with teaching strategies that proved successful in the Columbia Center’s training program for professionals after 9/11. The CURE program has been specially designed for individuals who have been affected by the 9/11 attacks, and for those who work with affected populations.

Sessions will be available throughout the year, and can be scheduled in response to the needs of interested groups. Meetings will take place at September Space Lower Manhattan, 11 Broadway, 11th floor. The program also has the potential to travel to other sites in order to accommodate groups of 6 or more, if visiting the Lower Manhattan space is not feasible.

The CURE program is offered at NO COST through the generous support of a Red Cross 9/11 Recovery Grant. This program is not a treatment for PTSD, depression, or other psychological conditions that resulted from 9/11; however, staff can assist in finding treatment for persons in need of more intensive professional help.

For more information about the program click here, to make a scheduling request, or to enroll, please contact Theresa Frey at 646-289-3098 or by emailing


9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program – Enroll Today

Important Dates:
Enrollment Closes: January 2, 2007 – Coming Soon!
Last Date of Service: December 31, 2007
Last Day to File Claims: March 31, 2008

This program offers financial assistance with the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment to those directly affected by the attacks, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Financial assistance for treatment is retroactive to September 11, 2001 and will cover dates of service through December 31, 2007. That means if you are eligible and you received treatment after the initial attacks, your out-of-pocket costs may still be covered.  Download Now: Program Postcard, Program brochure, and Program summary.

Those eligible for the 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program include those who:
• Lost a family member
• Were physically injured
• Lived below Canal Street
• Worked in the World Trade Center area or the Pentagon – whether or not you were at work that day
• Were evacuated from the World Trade Center area or the Pentagon
• Attended a school near the World Trade Center or are the parent of a child who attended a school nearby
• Were a rescue, recovery, or reconstruction worker assigned to a “restricted site”
• Were an emergency dispatcher on 9/11 or worked in the morgues serving the attack sites worked south of Canal Street or at Ronald Reagan Airport, and before January 11, 2002 lost your job or earned less than 70% of your pre-9/11 income
• If you are a family member or shared a home with any of the people whose situations are listed here

Visit the website and begin registration online at or call any of the following numbers:
• 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)

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.

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.

Children of September 11th
Visit the Children of September 11th website for articles and resources that pertain directly to children and young adults.  Learn about programs and activities available, resources established for children and young adults, and articles that address common issues of children and young adults. 

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. 

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.

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

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