FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #8August 29, 2008

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As the seventh commemoration of September 11, 2001 approaches we would like to make our members aware of events and ceremonies which will take place around the nation to honor and pay tribute to the victims and to those who selflessly helped in the rescue and recovery efforts. Commemorations provide an opportunity for remembering, honoring, grieving, giving and receiving support.  As past years tell us, people have very different ways of commemorating the day.  Some people will choose to go to one of the sites or events, others will spend time with friends and family, and still others may stay away from the events and media coverage.  FOS11 encourages you to consider your own needs and self care when making this decision.  To let you know what kind of events are taking place, FOS11 maintains a list marking commemoration events around the country.  Please click here to find events that you may be interested in participating.  

At this time, we also extend our thoughts to the many families impacted by Hurricane Gustav. We remember the thousands still struggling to rebuild, and hope for healing and peace in their lives.


Issues Update

Ground Zero Update

  • The Annual NYC 9/11 Commemoration To Be Observed at Zucotti Park
    Unlike last year, family members will be allowed access to the footprints of the towers. Family members must show identification (OCME Card, P or T number) or an official 2008 invitation letter from the City of New York). Entrance to the site will be at Cortlandt and Church Streets. For more information call (212) 442-8953.
  • New York State Governor Enacts Bill to Expand Disability Benefits for WTC Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up Workers
    Governor Patterson signed a bill which will provide additional coverage for those who were injured while assisting with the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. Click here to read press release.
  • Tribute WTC Visitor Center to Open New Exhibit
    The Tribute Center will feature a new exhibition starting in September 2008. Titled Getting Back to Business, the exhibit will explore the challenges that businesses in lower Manhattan faced in the aftermath of 9/11. Click here to read article. 
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Three Year Study Reports That World Trade Center Building 7 Was Destroyed by Fire, Not Explosions
    “Our study found that the fires in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event,” said NIST WTC Lead Investigator Shyam Sunder. “Heating of floor beams and girders caused a critical support column to fail, initiating a fire-induced progressive collapse that brought the building down.” Read the NIST Report.
  • First Steel For National September 11 Memorial & Museum To Be Erected At World Trade Center Site
    The first steel column for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center will be erected beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2. Media wishing to film, photograph or cover the steel erection should arrive at World Trade Center Site Gate 7 by 12:30 p.m., located on Liberty Street just west of Greenwich Street. All media representatives must wear long pants and boots or hard shoes to enter the site, and have proper media credentials.  Anyone wearing sneakers or shorts will not be allowed on site. Joe Daniels, President & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will be available for interviews. Please contact Lynn Rasic at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to schedule. Contact:  National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Lynn Rasic, 212-312-8814.

WTC Health Update

  • New York Congressional Delegation Re-Introduces Legislation for Permanent WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program
    A new version of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was reintroduced in Congress by members of the New York delegation. Medical personnel, first responders and New York City officials have been urging the federal government to provide ongoing research and treatment for responders who were exposed to toxic materials in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.  The original 2007 version of the bill was rejected as too costly. To read more click here.
  • New Study By the WTC Health Registry Indicates That One in Eight Lower Manhattan Residents Showed Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    The findings show that residents developed PTSD at three time the usual rate in the years following 9/11. The rate among residents (12.4%) 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. Click here to read press release. 
  • Study Emphasizes the Importance of Continuing to Track 9/11-Related Health Effects Among Children
    Researchers found that children under five years of age on Sept. 11, 2001, had an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with asthma in the two to three years following the event. According to the new study, half of the 3,100 children enrolled in the WTC Health Registry developed at least one new or worsened respiratory symptom, such as a cough, between the collapse of the towers and the time of the 2003-2004 survey. Click here to read more.
  • 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. 

    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 (Click here) 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 held two speaking events this month. The first took place on Tuesday the 12th in Cincinnati (CVG) airport and the second in Michigan on Wednesday the 13th at Detroit (DTW) airport. These events were moderated by Ms. Carie Lemack, one of the founders and former board member of Families of September 11. Over one hundred TSA personnel participated in the events.


Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar

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

Go to the for a list of commemoration activities around the nation.

  • WMD Commission Announces Plans to Hold Public Hearing in New York
    The congressional commission assessing the ability of the United States to prevent terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction today announced it will hold its first public hearing in New York on Sept. 10. The Sept. 10 hearing will include testimony from a panel of expert witnesses, including Carie Lemack, a founder of Families of September 11, whose mother was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 which terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center. Other witnesses and the location of the hearing will be announced later.
  • The Lessons of 9/11
    When former Governor Thomas H. Kean was named Co-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, his goal was to discover the truth surrounding this shocking event in American history and to share the lessons the Commission learned with the President and the United States Congress. This past summer, Governor Kean spoke about those powerful insights to a group of educators and leaders in the field at a conference entitled "Learning from the Challenges of Our Time: 9/11, Terrorism and the Classroom." This event has launched a year long initiative to develop a curriculum and resources to help teach the lessons of 9/11. It was sponsored by The Liberty Science Center, Families of September 11, Inc. and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. NJN News Senior Anchor Kent Manahan introduces the program. Airs: Thursday, September 11 at 10:30 pm. Click here for listings.
  • Department of Homeland Security Announces Fifth Annual National Preparedness Month
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign is sponsoring the fifth annual National Preparedness Month (NPM) in September with support from more than 2,700 NPM coalition members, the largest amount to date.  NPM coalition members, consisting of national, regional, state, and local organizations, will combine efforts throughout the month of September to encourage all Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies before they happen. The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps are encouraging individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve their ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made.  These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts. For more information on the Ready Campaign and NPM, please visit or Individuals can also call 1-800-BE-READY or 1-888-SE-LISTO for more emergency preparedness information. 
  • Tuesday's Children To Offer Several Programs In the Upcoming Months
    Save the Date: Tuesday's Children will be hosting a luncheon entitled 9/11 Women of Strength, on November 5, 2008, at the Yale Club. Women who have done extraordinary things after 9/11 will be honored.   For more information contact Candy at:
    Parenting Your Teen: Parent Support Groups developed  in collaboration  with Adelphi University Parenting Institute, location TBD -September 16, 23, October 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 12.
    College Essay Writing Workshop: Howard Greene and Associates, John Buckley, Fordham University, location McKinsey & Co. 55 East 52nd Street 21st Floor, Sunday, September 21, 2008.  11:00 – 4:00.  RSVP For more information contact


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

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) 
Tuesday's Children
Supporting children affected by 9/11.
Tuesday's Children is a non-profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual who was directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001, providing a wide range of programming including mentoring, educational and career guidance, leadership training and life management programs, all designed to address the unmet needs of 9/11 family members at each and every stage of life and recovery. Tuesday's Children's programs are created by the families, for the families with one simple goal - to develop the resources and support necessary for our families to not only recover, but to reach their full potential.



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