FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #4April 18, 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

As spring kicks off, FOS11 is busy launching a new pilot project, the Online Teen Chat, in collaboration with the Good Grief Program of Boston Children’s Medical Center.  This project will be offered to teens between the ages of 13-19 and provides a virtual, safe environment to come together and share experiences related to 9/11 and living in a post-9/11 world. 

By directly involving teens, we will create a program that will best meet their needs, so that the Teen Chat Program can be a valuable resource and foster a community of support.  To do this, prior to launching the Online Teen Chat pilot project, FOS11 is planning to hold focus group sessions with teens ages 16-19 to gather input on the design of the program. Please tell teens in your family about this opportunity and let us know if they are interested by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org.  Indicate if your teen can only participate online, or if they can attend an in-person session.  For the in-person focus groups, please let us know your geographic location and best time of day.  We will try to hold the sessions in a convenient location.  Dates to consider would be April 27th, April 30th and May 9th.  We will follow up with dates and location for possible focus sessions.

Each chat will be facilitated by FOS11 Advisory Board member, Dr. Donna Gaffney and administered by FOS11 staff, Rebecca Hansen (click here to learn more about them).  FOS11 is committed to making this a safe environment for teens.  This online environment requires enrollment, secure sign-in and permission forms will be required.

The existing FOS11 Online Chat Program, geared to adult members, has been successful in creating a safe place where participants can explore feelings on different topics, share coping and recovery strategies, and develop a sense of community with people from all different walks of life who were impacted by 9/11.  To learn more about the existing chat program, click here and take the opportunity to enroll in the next chat on April 25, 2007 (see additional information below). 

Issues Update

New Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Volunteer Program
Families of September 11 (FOS11), in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and The Camillla Group, LLC (TCG) is offering you the opportunity to participate in a new volunteer program.  The program allows volunteers to speak to Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s) at their local airport alongside FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack. This is your opportunity to get involved in an educational campaign to raise awareness about the importance of thorough and consistent security checks. You will have the unique opportunity to visit with screeners, express solidarity, empower yourself and share your story.

This program will engage volunteers nationwide and will allow you to:

  • Speak to a group of TSO’s at an airport near your hometown, to tell them your story, and express your support and sentiments regarding their work to ensure 9 /11 never happens again 
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of aviation security, reminding people that keeping the skies safe is a community effort, not just the work of TSO’s
  • Be an integral part of boosting the effectiveness of aviation security across the nation

Founding Board member Carie Lemack and Board Chair Don Goodrich have spoken at several airport locations in the New England area, and were overwhelmed with the positive response.  The program has now grown and there will be opportunities to speak at other locations including but not limited to Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, New Hampshire, Washington DC, Florida and Ohio.

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org.  Be sure to let us know what state you live in so we can let you know about events near you. If you decide to volunteer, you will be interviewed by FOS11 staff.  They will assist your preparation for the event, and will offer talking points and training to help you tell your story.  After you volunteer, we will work with you to plan a convenient time to organize an event at an airport near you. 

Don Goodrich, FOS11 Board member, provides the following account of his experience speaking to TSO’s in Vermont.

It is all too easy to reflect on what might have been – to imagine every possible thing that might have saved the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  It is harder to confront the enormous challenges faced by Transportation Security Officers as they work 24 hours a day 7 days a week to prevent more lost lives.  Last May Carie Lemack and I participated in a presentation/exchange with the officers at the Burlington (VT) International Airport. It was an empowering experience to learn what is really happening as passengers prepare to board their plans, get a better understanding of the frustrations of the officers screening them and join with them to help improve safety at our airports.  It is out of this type dialogue that the resolve of the officers, the policies of their managers and the safety of our airports will improve and I am glad I had a part in it.
--Don Goodrich, Father of Peter Goodrich, who died on United Airlines Flight 175

Story Corps in New Locations around the Country
StoryCorps, in partnership with Families of September 11, extends an open invitation to FOS11 members to record StoryCorps interviews in recording booths in New York City, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in MobileBooths that travel the country, or at home through the StoryKit Program. This service to the 9/11 community is free of charge.

You can get more information (including StoryBooth locations) or make a reservation at www.storycorps.net or by calling 646.723.7027. Please mention that you will be making a recording related to September 11th. At the end of the interview you receive a CD copy of your 40-minute audio recording, which you can duplicate for family and friends. With your permission, the recording becomes part of the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress and the permanent collection of the WTC Memorial Museum in New York City.

From StoryCorps participant:“I was delighted to join StoryCorp. And very much appreciated what they were doing for the families of September 11th victims. We all know how our lives were turned upside down by the loss of our loved ones. The losses were so profound and so many victims, I felt, right from the very beginning, the need to share George's story... I wanted his name out there, I still do. I wanted to tell people about him. I wanted him remembered for his individual legacy... how he lived, his vitality, his strength of morals and character.  His wonderful laugh and kind heart… So many things… And StoryCorps gave me another opportunity to tell the world about him, for all time to come. They were respectful, sensitive to our emotions and gave us free reign Personally, I felt a little nervous going there, but once I started talking, the story of George just flowed.” 

StoryCorps is the national oral history project that instructs and inspires people to record one another’s stories in sound. Through its September 11th Initiative, StoryCorps preserves the life stories of those who were lost on September 11th. Family members, friends, relatives, and coworkers are all welcome to record stories of their loved ones to remember and celebrate the lives they lived. StoryCorps also records the stories of survivors, firefighters, police officers, rescue/recovery/reconstruction workers, volunteers, or anyone closely impacted by September 11th, in order to preserve their personal experiences for history.

Children of September 11th Spring Newsletter Now Available
A newsletter for caregivers of children who have been affected by trauma.  Click here to read the latest issue of the Children of September 11 newsletter, Talking to Kids about War and Terrorism. This seasonal newsletter has resources for caregivers and advocates of children who have been affected by the traumatic events of September 11, 2001.

Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearings
As you are probably aware from media reports the United States Department of Defense is conducting Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearings at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The purpose of these hearings is to determine whether high value detainees meet criteria to be designated as enemy combatants. The hearings include the presentation of evidence that relates to the detainee's enemy combatant status. The evidence presented may relate to a crime with known American Citizens as victims. The Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the FBI are meeting to establish a process in which victims and families can be updated on these proceedings and any criminal charges and prosecutions involving these detainees. The process is still in development. In the meantime, these agencies are making efforts to keep victims and families informed. The Department of Defense is posting the transcripts of the Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearings on their Defense Link website. The direct web address to access the transcripts is http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Combatant_Tribunals.html

Click on the links below to view attachments.
Click here to read the Transcript of Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearing for ISN 10018
Click here to read the Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal

The FBI's Office for Victim Assistance can be reached by e-mail at victim.assistance@ic.fbi.gov or toll-free by phone at 866-828-5320. 

New Documentary available on DVD – 9/12: From Chaos to Community
In the wake of the World Trade Center attacks, New Yorkers from all walks of life overcame their sense of powerlessness by helping out in the recovery effort. They brought in supplies, set up relief stations, and for ten months fed and cared for the recovery workers. Many deep and unexpected -- even unlikely -- relationships developed.  9/12: FROM CHAOS TO COMMUNITY is a vibrant, moving, sometimes funny, sometimes painful portrayal of hope and healing in the wake of disaster.

The 56 minute DVD with Discussion Guide, closed captioning, and visual description, is being made available for a Special Introductory price to the mental health and disaster preparedness communities.  For a more information and special introductory price go to: http://www.912film.com/912-dvd.html

Ground Zero Update

  • Search for Human Remains at the WTC Site
    FOS11 continues to monitor the progress and will continue to share information as it is available to us.  If you have any questions or would like an update, contact Ada Rehnberg-Campos at the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit, at 212-788-7410.  To read the latest 3/12/07 memo from Deputy Mayor Skyler click here.
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
    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.  
  • 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.  
  • Rebuilding Ground Zero FOS11 Website
    Families of September 11 remains dedicated to supporting a timely and appropriate memorial to remember and honor all the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001.  We offer this section on our website which is updated regularly with the latest news and information on rebuilding of Ground Zero.  We neither support nor oppose any of these groups or websites. Rather, we aim to offer timely updates and provide information as it becomes available.  Click here to visit the website.

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, Georgetown, London School of Economics), with members of Congress and with organizations across the country.  We have also created three public service announcements that have been broadcast on over 100 television stations nationwide and will be launching two new announcements in the coming weeks.  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. 

State Health Department to Study Fatalities of World Trade Center Responders
Last month, the New York State Health Department announced an agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to study fatalities among workers who participated in the recovery and cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site to determine what health issues have been raised in those deaths.  To read their press release announcing the study, click here. To report the death of a WTC worker or volunteer, please call 1-866-807-2130 in New York or 518-402-7900 for those outside of New York State, or send an email to WTCFatality@health.state.ny.us.  For more information about the Department's response to the World Trade Center, respiratory illnesses, or worker safety please click here for New York Department of Health or NIOSH.

Upcoming Events

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

Register Now for the next FOS11 Chat: Making Changes
April 24, 2007, 8pm-9pm EDT
A recently published book examines points at which people have so called, “aha” moments, which cause them to take a leap of faith and turn their lives around, “make a u-turn”, in hopes of experiencing a more authentic life. This type of life shift and change is often likely to happen after experiencing trauma and suffering. Our next chat will focus on these “aha moments” and the willful act of changing and making “u-turns” in our lives.

To enroll click here:
https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=42507

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. Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, facilitates the chats. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members. To learn more about the chat program click here.

Beyond Belief Premiere
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Our Voices Together advisory board member Susan Retik and her Beyond the 11th co-founder Patricia Quigley are featured in a new documentary, Beyond Belief, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 pm. Beyond Belief was filmed over the course of two years in the United States and Afghanistan. For tickets, go to www.tribecafilmfestival.org. For more information about Beyond the 11th, click here.

Prepare New York Presentation at the American Red Cross in Greater New York
Thursday, May 3, 2007, 6:30pm – 7:15pm, NYC
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. Visit the website to register or call 212-875-2177 for more information. Location: 520 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Tuesday’s Children Presents Demystifying Personal Finance with Jean Chatzky
Wednesday, May 09, 2007, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join Tuesday's Children for a special presentation by Jean Chatzky, financial advisor, award-winning journalist, and motivational speaker. She is a regular contributor to “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, the Financial Editor for NBC’s Today Show, and the host of the Jean Chatzky Show on “Oprah and Friends” on XM Radio. She is the author of four books, including the best-seller “Make Money Not Excuses” and “You Don’t Have to be Rich”. She is also Editor-at-Large for Money Magazine and writes for Travel and Leisure Magazine. This special lecture includes lunch and a book signing opportunity. This will take place at The Princeton Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street.  Please RSVP by May 3 to Nancy at Nancy@tuesdayschildren.org or 516 562-9000.   There is no fee.

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 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.  For more information, email info@tributenyc.org or click here to visit the website.

Schedule
Weekdays 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM EST
Weekends 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM EST

America's Camp
August, 15-22, 2007

America’s Camp is now enrolling boys and girls, ages 7 to 15, for its sixth summer in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. The session will begin on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 and finish on Wednesday, August 22, 2007. This week-long, sleep-away camp is offered at no cost to eligible families. The campers have diverse backgrounds and interests, but share a common experience – they have all lost a parent or sibling either in the 9/11 attacks or in the line of duty at any time as a firefighter or law enforcement officer.

Enrollment has grown over five years from 80 to over 260, and over 80 percent of the campers return from summer to summer. A mature, enthusiastic staff is thoroughly trained to ensure a positive, fun, supportive environment. Camper-to-staff ratio is better than 2:1. Campers self-select activities from a wide range of individual and team sports, the arts and hobbies, and water activities at both the pool and lake. Trips and special events highlight a fun-packed week in a picturesque setting with great facilities. Round-trip transportation on coach buses is provided.
For information about the camp and enrollment, families can contact director Andy Cole at 1-800-548-6295 or e-mail him at the camp office at andy@americascamp.org or visit the camp website by clicking here

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. 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.

Register for Worker’s Compensation Benefits for 9/11 Related Injuries
Deadline to Register: August 14, 2007
Thousands of people who participated in rescue, recovery or cleanup work after 9/11 are now sick. The New York State Workers’ Compensation Law has been changed to allow someone who was exposed, but is not sick, to register including WTC Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up Personnel. Registering now will protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you become sick at any time in the future. Click here to read a fact sheet regarding Workers’ Compensation Registration. 

The law applies to most people who performed 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, and 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.

Resources for Exam and Treatment Costs for 9/11-related Illnesses
More than 800 people from 39 states and two Canadian provinces underwent medical screening for Ground Zero-related symptoms at clinics affiliated with the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics. The clinics, under a contract first with Mount Sinai and now with the American Red Cross, may pick up exam and treatment costs for certain illnesses if the patients meet a criteria set up by the World Trade Center Medical Screening Program. To view a national list of these clinics, click on the link above or contact the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics at 888-347-2632 or the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program at 888-702-0630.  To visit the website click here

Financial Planning Association
Provides free financial planning to help people affected by September 11 sort through financial issues and aid them in making sound, well-informed choices about how they manage their money. Financial planning can range from managing household budgets or paying for a child's education to planning for retirement. For more information, click here or call (800) 647-6340.

Our Voices Together
Founded by 9/11 families and friends, Our Voices Together helps empower individuals to take actions that diminish the hatred fueling terrorist tactics. By bringing together organizations and individuals who choose to foster greater understanding and to take actions to negate the popularity of extremists, Our Voices Together aims to reframe the public discussion concerning terrorism away from fear toward individual action.  Go to www.OurVoicesTogether.org or call 202-223-0080 to find out what you can do today to respond to terrorism by making a positive difference in the world.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With over 120 crisis centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

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)

GoodSearch – Use this Search Engine and Raise Money for FOS11
There is a quick and easy way to help raise money for FOS11 without ever having to spend a penny. By switching your search engine to GoodSearch, you can raise money for FOS11 every time you search. GoodSearch is a search engine, powered by Yahoo!, which donates half of its revenue to charity.  Help raise money for FOS11 by designating us as the charity of your choice.

It’s simple. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and type in “Families of September 11” for “Who do you GoodSearch for?” Click on “verify” and start searching! The more you search the more money you generate. GoodSearch estimates that each web search will generate approximately a penny for the designated charity. If 100 people use GoodSearch twice a day, FOS11 can earn an estimated $730 a year. 1,000 users searching twice a day can generate $7,300 a year and 10,000 users can generate $73,000 a year!

By using GoodSearch, you can help raise money for FOS11 without ever having to tap into your own finances. We hope that you start using GoodSearch today.

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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