FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #6June 30, 2008

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This month’s FOS11 newsletter highlights issues of interest concerning developments at the World Trade Center site, including updates from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, important deadlines, program updates as well as upcoming events.  We hope that you find these resources and other timely information helpful. 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

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 June 2008  WTC DNA report, the June PHR Reconciliation report and the June WTC Identification Stats report. Click here to view the reports. If you have any questions regarding identification of remains and protocols, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 212 447 2041.
  • Update from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
    - Featured StoryCorps Interview
    This month, their website features an interview with John Abruzzo, a C5-6 quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair, was carried down 69 flights of stairs by a group of his colleagues on September 11, 2001. Click here to listen.
    - Major 9/11 Exhibit in Europe
    Click here to view the Memorial & Museum film that was featured in exhibition at Le Memorial de Caen in Normandy, France.
    - Update from the Chief Curator & Director of Collections
    The Memorial and Museum is interested in gathering evidentiary materials, oral histories, photographs and film footage, written accounts, personal items and keepsakes from members of the Survivors’ Network. Click here to read the note from Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator and Director of Collections.

WTC Health Update

  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers: Worker's Compensation August 14th Deadline
    As a reminder, the deadline for worker’s compensation is fast approaching. WTC rescue and recovery personnel who worked at ground zero have until August 14, 2008 to register. 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:  or by contacting NYCOSH's  24/7 hotline at (866) 982-2556.
  • 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.
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 9/11 Health Website Updates
    - One in Eight Lower Manhattan Residents had Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Two to Three Years After 9/11
    For many residents of Lower Manhattan, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, had lasting psychological consequences. New findings, released today by the Health Department’s World Trade Center Health Registry, show that one in eight Lower Manhattan residents likely had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) two to three years after the attacks. The findings show that Lower Manhattan residents developed PTSD at three times the usual rate in the years following 9/11. The rate among residents (12.6%) matched the rate previously reported among rescue and recovery workers (12.4%). Residents who were injured during the attacks were the most likely to develop PTSD. The study was published online in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Click here to read more
    - Clinical Guidelines for Adults Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster
    The New York City Department of Health has released updated clinical guidelines for health care providers on how to treat adults exposed to the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster. The guidelines recommend screening approaches to improve detection of illness possibly associated with WTC exposures. The guidelines are being mailed out to all doctors and to other health care providers citywide. They will also be posted on state and federal websites for use by providers outside the New York City area. The guidelines will be updated periodically based on published scientific data. While these guidelines are not designed to be used by non medical personnel for self diagnosis, they can be given to personal physicians to assist them in understanding and identifying possible ailments related to toxic exposure on or subsequent to 9/11. Click here to read the guidelines.
    - New Study Demonstrates Need to Continue Tracking 9/11-Related Health Effects Among Children
    The June issue of Environmental Health Perspectives includes a new study   based on World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry data that provides a broad snapshot of the disaster’s physical health effects among children. Researchers found that those under five years old on Sept. 11, 2001, had an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with asthma in the two to three years following the event. Click here to read more.

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 a speaking event this month in Philadelphia, PA, which was attended by over 50 TSA personnel. We continue 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 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

FOS11 Chat Program
As the FOS11 Chat Program has come to a close, chat participants have been able to stay in touch by creating a Yahoo Group. To stay connected, you can join this group by clicking here:

Upcoming Events

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

StoryCorps September 11th Initiative at the Pentagon on September 8th and 9th
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center invites you to participate in the StoryCorps September 11th Initiative.  The Memorial Museum is honored to be working in partnership with StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, to collect a remembrance for each of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  In addition to being archived at the Library of Congress, these 9/11 remembrances will be preserved in perpetuity as a part of the Memorial Museum's permanent collection. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is sincerely grateful to the Pentagon Memorial and Washington Headquarters Services for helping to make the StoryCorps program available to you on September 8th and 9th from 10:00 – 4:00 PM at the Pentagon.  Memorial Museum and StoryCorps staff will work with you to record your remembrance, which can be up to 40 minutes long.  Appointments take one hour must be scheduled in advance.  For more information about the program, suggested interview questions and/or to schedule your appointment, please contact Caitlin Zampella, the Memorial Museum's Director of Program Partnership Initiatives at (212) 312-8788 or  She will work with you to coordinate access to the recording space at the Pentagon, either from the Memorial or the Metro entrance, as well as, the identification requirements that will be needed by Pentagon security.  Appointments are limited, so please contact them if you are interested in participating in this important initiative. Click here for more general information about the StoryCorps September 11th Initiative. Click on the link below to learn more about the partnership and to listen to StoryCorps edited segments.

America's Camp Still Enrolling for August 2008 Session
America’s Camp is still enrolling boys and girls, ages 7-15, for its seventh annual August session in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.  This week-long, sleep-away camp is offered at no cost to eligible families.  The 2008 session will begin on Tuesday, August 19th and finish on Tuesday, August 26th.   Enrollment is still open but spaces are filling quickly so call now to reserve a spot for your child.  Round-trip coach bus transportation will once again be provided, free of cost. This wonderful camp experience is available only to children who lost a parent or sibling in the attacks on September 11th or have lost a parent in the line of duty at any time.  Contact America’s Camp at (800) 548-6295 or email to enroll your child today and for more information about America’s Camp visit

World Cares Center
Spontaneous Volunteer Walk-In Reception Center Exercise – July 12,  2008

As you may know there is no way to be 100% ready for a disaster.  However, drills and exercises can provide a sense of security for agencies that have extensive plans that go into effect in a disaster.  The best way to see the flaws in these plans is to play them out before disaster strikes.   World Cares Center along with several other New York Agencies including New York Cares, the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, OEM and CERT, will be conducting an exercise on July 12th.  This exercise will be conducted to test the effectiveness of a Spontaneous Volunteer Walk-In Reception Center, where volunteers can walk in and sign up to volunteer and be place where they are needed the most.   These reception centers will be a great resource, especially if technology fails. They are looking for volunteers previously trained in World Cares Center’s curriculum or able to take a class prior to  taking part in this exercise.  Our volunteers would be role playing the different types of volunteers that agencies could encounter during a disaster.  The exercise will be held at in lower Manhattan on Saturday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. If you are able to participate in this exercise, please send your name and phone number to  World Cares Center will hold a brief meeting prior to the Drill for all those who would like to participate.


World Cares Center: Disaster Volunteering Training for Communities in NorthWestern Queens
World Cares Center is working closely with NYC Councilmember Peter Vallone’s office to bring it’s Disaster Volunteering training to the communities in Northwestern Queens, Council District 22. This training will be offered in both English and Spanish and offers a comprehensive look at individual, family and workplace preparedness and how the variety of resources available can be organized to create a comprehensive, culturally relevant disaster response plan. This workshop is generously sponsored by Con Edison and includes information from their energy 101 course. For more information call 212-563-7570 or email

NYC 9/11 Benefit Program
The NYC 9/11 Benefit Program is providing coverage for those who need help. To ensure that all needs are met, the Health Department will reimburse out-of-pocket costs for mental health or substance –use treatment through a claims process similiar to any insurance benefit. New York City residents and city workers in surrounding areas can find out if they are eligible by calling 311 or visiting Read the program fact sheet here.

One Heart
One Heart is dedicated to helping victims of terror across the globe to overcome long lasting terror induced psychological and physical trauma. The organization runs a monthly group meeting called the Survivors Circle with guest speakers, workshops or different classes. All meetings are free. Survivors and family members from around the world directly affected by terrorism are invited to become a member of the organization. For more information contact Sarri Singer, Director at or visit

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

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

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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