FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #12December 19, 2007

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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

With sincere appreciation for your support and membership throughout the years, the staff and Board of FOS11 extend our very best wishes to you and your loved ones for a safe and healthy holiday season. Our thoughts are with those lost on 9/11 and all those who were affected by the events of that day. We recognize that the holiday season may be a difficult time for many and hope that you celebrate the season by celebrating the memories of your loved ones, and find comfort, strength, love and support from those around you. We hope that we have served you well this past year and look forward to continuing our work in 2008.

Issues Update

9/11 Remembrance Band Featured on Kiplinger’s Article ‘Give a Gift, Save the World’
In keeping with this season of giving and good will, Kiplinger has put together a slideshow of gift ideas. You can do your holiday shopping and donate to a good cause at the same time! We are proud to have the FOS11 Remember Honor Hope wrist band included by Stacy Rapacon at Kiplinger as one of 14 recommended gift ideas to support charities at the holidays. To read the article click here. For information on how to order Remember Honor Hope wrist bands, click here or call (212) 575-1878.

GoodShop by GoodSearch
GoodSearch has partnered with online retailers, to donate a portion of your purchases to a charity of your choice. You can help raise money for FOS11! Every time you click over to one their partner merchants from the Goodshop site and then make a purchase, we can earn money! Simply go to www.goodshop.com and enter “Families of September 11” under “Who Do You GoodSearch For” and click “Verify. Then click through to their partner retailers and start shopping. You can generate funds for FOS11 at no cost to you. The experience of shopping through GoodShop is exactly the same as going to the retailer directly – you receive the same prices and level of service. When you shop through Goodshop at one of their retail partners, GoodSearch is paid a commission. At GoodSearch, they have developed a way to track the shopping-genereated proceeds and direct them to charties.

Resolve to be Ready in 2008
Don’t wait. Set a date. Resolve to be Ready in 2008.
Once again, FOS11 is proud to be a part of the Ready campaign. This New Year’s Eve, nearly 50 percent of Americans will make at least one resolution as they look toward the New Year.  Today, FOS11 is encouraging all of our members to make a resolution that is both important and easy to keep: preparing 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 54 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.

We encourage 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 and human-caused disasters. 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 make a New Year’s resolution that will bring you and your loved ones peace of mind. If you wish to take a more active role in your community’s preparedness, get involved by joining or starting a Citizen Corps Council near you. Citizen Corps brings community and government leaders together to coordinate the involvement of community members and non-governmental resources in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, and recovery. Visit www.citizencorps.gov for more information.

WTC Health Update

  •  NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 9/11 Health Website
    This website provides information about scientific research and services for people who may have health problems related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The latest updates include: 
     *The Beyond Ground Zero Network (BGZ), an adovocacy group working with low-income and immigrant communities affected by the WTC disaster was awarded funding by the Lower Manhattan Economic Development Corporation (LMDC). The grant will be used for public education, outreach and facilitation of health treatment for low-income population affected by 9/11. Please see our Resources section below for more information.
     *The WTC Health Registry follow-up survey is due  by December 31, 2007. Last year, the Health Department sent a follow-up  survey to all 71,000 individuals enrolled in the WTC Health Registry to learn  more about their health status six years later. To date, about 44,000 enrollees  (65%) have responded, however response rates have been lowest among  those who lived or worked closest to the WTC site, Spanish and Chinese  speakers, and young adults. Those who have yet to complete the survey are  urged to do so by the end of the year. The deadline for the children’s and  teens’ survey is March 31, 2008. This survey asks about health conditions that  have emerged in children since the disaster, including coughing and asthma,  as well as symptoms such as nightmares. The results can be used to improve  clinical care for the youngest people caught in this or future disasters. Click here to read  more about the child/adolescent survey.
  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers Get One Year Extension to File for Worker's Compensation 
    The August 14, 2007 deadline to register for 9/11 worker's compensation for personnel who worked at ground zero has been extended for one year to 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 http://www.nycosh.org/environment_wtc/WTC/WTC-12%5B1%5D.pdf 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.
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/resources.aspx?s=33

Ground Zero Update

  • Search for Human Remains at the WTC Site
    The latest memo from the City of New York's Mayor's Office details the latest developments in the search for remains at the World Trade Center site. The memo provides a summary of the recovery efforts to date, including key operational statistics and recoveries made in the primary areas of operation, as well as the operational plan as this effort enters a new phase. Click here to read the memo. If you have any questions regarding identification of remains and protocols, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 212 447 2041.

FOS11 Continues to Make Progress to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Turning the “D” into an “A” – A FOS11/NTI Public Awareness Project

Families of September 11 is proud of the progress being made through our collaboration with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) ) in Washington, D.C. to raise public awareness through a national education campaign that seeks to encourage citizens to take action in reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism. Strong emphasis has been placed on communicating with legislators, universities, national organizations and the general public to raise awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism, and of what people can do to prevent it. Earlier this month, FOS11 founder, Carie Lemack attended a screening of “Last Best Chance” at the Manchester Public Library in Manchester, NH and participated in a panel discussion with Manchester Fire Chief terrorism expert, Michael Hurley. There will be screening events at the Clinton Library on January 8th at noon and in St. Petersburg at the end of January (more details to follow). We look forward to future events in states around the country and hope you will be able to attend one near you.

Public service announcements about nuclear terrorism prevention are currently running on television stations around the country.  These announcements urge the general public to visit the informational website www.saferworld.org, which offers the latest information on nuclear terrorism issues and, most importantly, offers suggestions on what the public can do to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists. The public service announcements utilize the presence and comments by three FOS11 family members, Nancy Aronson, Carie Lemack and Elinor Stout. You can view any of these PSAs here.  You can also use the www.saferworld.org website to automatically send a FAX to your local television stations urging them to air the PSAs. More than 1,000 messages have already been sent. To date, the ads have been shown in all 50 states – most recently in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas and New York. Call us (212) 575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org to let us know if you have seen any of the PSAs air on your television station. We welcome your help! 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. 

Upcoming Events

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

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
FOS11 will have its next chat session in January. Session date, time and registration information will be included in a later announcement.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Volunteer Speakers Program Update
Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group had a speaking events in Indianapolis this month at Indianapolis International Airport. Upcoming speaking event locations for January include Little Rock, AR and Las Vegas, NV. (Stay tuned for updates on schedule information and more locations). If you would like to be a part of this program, email info@familiesofseptember11.org. If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with FOS11 staff. We will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story. To date, these events have been attended by over 500 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 and Indianapolis, IN. We invite you to join us and participate in this program! 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.

Walk-in Legal Clinics for WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program Participants
All program participants 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 is offering free walk-in legal clinics for assistance in filing out the WTC-12 form. Location for legal clinics will be determined and announced. For more information, call (212) 241-6307.

Our Voices Together – Find/Host a Forum Near You
Our Voices Together is hosting Safer, More Compassionate World Forums across the United States. These forums will explore comprehensive approaches to counterterrorism beyond governmental policies and actions, and highlight ways citizens can engage constructively in what the 9/11 Commission termed the "Agenda of Opportunity:" education, employment, and the possibility for a brighter tomorrow. This month, the League of Women Voters sponsored forums at Indiana University, IN and at the University of Akron in Cleveland, OH. In January, the League of Women Voters of Schenetady Co will host a forum at Union College on the 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Sarah “Sally” Goodrich, Our Voices Together Advisory Board member will be the speaker at this event. For more information or to attend the forum, contact Ruth Bonn at rooty@nycap.rr.com.

StoryCorps MobileBooth Stops in Santa Monica, CA and Boston, MA in December
StoryCorps is a national oral history project that records the stories of everyday Americans. Family members, friends, and coworkers are invited to share and record memories of their loved ones whose lives were lost. They are also recording the stories of survivors, first responders, witnesses, and anyone else closely impacted by September 11th. Participants receive a high-quality recording to share with family and friends. And with permission from participants, each interview will be archived at the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Each recording takes an hour, and participants are encouraged to bring a family member or friend. Some participants wish to review their list of "911 Suggested Questions". Participants are also welcomed to think of their own questions and content. StoryCorps MobileBooth will be in Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL from January 10 – February 2nd 2008. To make reservations at any of these locations, or to arrange a day of field recordings at a location of your choice, please contact Amy Paul at (646) 723-7020 ext. 202 or email apaul@storycorps.net.

Tuesday's Children -- Creative Insight Series Program
The remarkable life management series program created for Tuesday’s Children includes practical and life enhancement skills, engaging content, & personal life coaching by certified life coach. There will be a session on January 10th. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Candy at (516) 562-9000.

Resources

World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program
Worker and volunteer responders who engaged in rescue, recovery, demolition, debris removal, cleanup or restoration of essential services in the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center may be eligible for free and confidential medical monitoring examinations and treatment.
The WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program is a comprehensive medical evaluation and monitoring program that provides periodic medical examinations, ongoing medical treatment for 9/11-related covered conditions, and occupational health education for eligible workers and volunteers.  A partnership of five clinics in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas provides both monitoring and treatment at a single location, where mental health and benefits counseling may also be offered.  For eligible responders in the rest of the country, monitoring and treatment are arranged through a network of affiliated providers.  Funding for these programs is made available by Congressional appropriation through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and by the American Red Cross in conjunction with the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC).  Nearly 23,000 responders have been seen by these programs thus far.

In addition to the work performed, eligibility for the program is determined by the date and location of the work, which must have occurred between September 11th, 2001 and December 31st, 2001.  No paperwork is required.  For eligibility registration and to make an appointment anywhere in the country, the toll-free number is 1-888-702-0630.
http://www.wtcexams.org

WTC Environmental Health Center
The WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital, Gouverneur Health Services in Lower Manhattan and Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, offer treatment to people who have health problems as a result of 9/11. The Center works in partnership with community organizations and residents affected by 9/11.  Treatment is available to all regardless of ability to pay, insurance or immigration status.  Patients who don’t speak English can receive assistance in their native language. For information or to make an appointment for treatment, call toll free 1-877-982-0107. 

Beyond Ground Zero Network
The Beyond Ground Zero Network (BGZ) is a group of community-based organizations that came together shortly after September 11, 2001 to address the severe health and economic impact of the World Trade Center’s collapse on Lower Manhattan’s low-income communities, especially among immigrants in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Having recently received funding from the LMDC, BGZ aims to: expand outreach to ensure that Lower Manhattan residents and workers affected by 9/11 are aware of available resources and programs; link affected residents and workers to free, high-quality health services at the World Trade Center Environment Health Center at Bellevue Hospital ; help Bellevue's program evolve to meet the changing needs of the community; help Ground Zero workers apply for medical care and financial assistance through the New York State Worker's Compensation Board and; continue advocating for 9/11-related treatment programs for low-income, uninsured communities. Visit the website www.beyondgroundzero.org for more information.

World Trade Center Health Registry’s Newsletter
Click here to read the latest newsletter from the WTC Health Registry, which includes recent research findings and other relevant information.

Resolve to Be Ready in 2008 – Preparedness Tips
Taking simple steps to prepare could help protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  Click here to view a list of preparedness tips. For additional information, visit www.ready.gov or www.citizencorps.gov.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Education Launch Ready New York for Kids
OEM and the Department of Education introduced an emergency preparedness program for children. Ready New York for Kids has two versions - one for elementary school kids and one for middle and high schoolers. The guides are available in nine languages. People can receive hard copies by calling 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or you can download the guides here.

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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