The World Trade Center Survivors' Network
Anniversary Commemoration 2015
As survivors, we want to honor the memory of those lost, observe the importance of the day, and connect with others who understand. For many of us it is the only time to meet other survivors, for others it is the opportunity to reconnect with friends. Even if you have not joined us previously we hope you will do so this year.
This year, we are pleased to be holding our annual Survivor's Network luncheon with another organization - the Friends of St. Paul's WTC Relief, a group comprised of the volunteers from the months-long relief effort on behalf of the 9/11 rescue and recovery workers - fellow survivors all. Details are listed below.
We look forward to seeing you.
Gathering at the Survivor Tree in Living Memorial Grove
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Across from City Hall, next to Brooklyn Bridge entrance.
We will meet at the Survivor Tree for our own moments of reflection. We will again be joined by our friends from Oklahoma City.
- Information about the Survivor Tree
- Directions and Subway Map: City Hall Triangle Park, across from City Hall, and next to Brooklyn Bridge entrance. The Living Memorial Grove Park is across the street from City Hall - along Centre Street/Park Row, between Chambers and Spruce Streets. It is next to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian entrance.
Time: 1:30 - 3:30
As we have done traditionally, we join for a relaxed lunch at a nearby restaurant. Email us for details and RSVP information, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Center for Citizen Safety (NCCSAFE) - 5K Fun Run & Walk
Survivor Strong - Inviting Survivors Across America
Sunday, August 30 2015 - Columbia, Maryland. For details, download the Event flyer.
Register at the National Center for Citizen Safety website, www.survivorrun5k.com
National September 11 Memorial & Museum On-line Registries
For many years, the World Trade Center Survivors' Network has consulted with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on the development of an on-line Registry for survivors. We always felt that such a registry was essential to expanding the historical record and helping to build a larger on-line community.
We are pleased to announce the opening of three on-line registries which will be of interest to many of you:
- "Witnesses and Survivors"
- "Rescue and Recovery Workers"
- "9/11 Memorials"
You can access the registries on the web site: 9/11 Memorial | Registries.
We urge you to explore the Registries and help build their content. The Registries are a great tool to document your experiences and give access to a new on-line community.
For more information, please refer to the Registries FAQ page: Registries FAQ page.
You can also email questions by clicking the "Contact Us" button on the site's About page: Registries About page.
The World Trade Center Survivors' Network (WTCSN) supports the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s docent program...
and asks members to join the January 2014 inaugural class. Applications and additional information are available on the Museum website, 9/11 Memorial Museum Volunteer Page.
“The program provides an excellent opportunity for Survivors to help educate the public about the attacks on September 11th and our collective response.” —Richard Zimbler, WTCSN Board member
WTCSN Shows Support...
Our CFO Scott Kestenbaum shows Survivors’ support by attending the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities ADA Sapolin Awards. The awards are presented annually to New York organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities.
“It was an honor to be invited, meeting the Mayor and Commissioner was icing on the cake." —Scott
Reminder to Members: Continued Availability of World Trade Center Health Program
Although the Victim Compensation Fund deadline has passed, the World Trade Center Health Program established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Bill in 2010 is still available. This program provides medical and mental health care to Responders and Survivor affected by the WTC disaster at no out-of-pocket cost.
Survivors are defined as those who lived, worked or went to school or daycare south of Houston Street or in Brooklyn within 1.5 miles of the WTC site. Survivors still living in and around NYC are treated at the WTC Environmental Health Centers located in Bellevue, Gouverneur, and Elmhurst Hospitals.
Those living outside of the NYC area have access to a nationwide network of providers.
If you are a survivor and have a physical or mental health issue you think may be related to 9/11, you maybe eligible for the WTC Health Program. You do NOT have to have been previously enrolled in the WTC Health Registry or registered with or have a claim with the VCF. For more information visit: http://www.911ea.org/911ea/The_WTC_Health_Program.html
See our web page, World Trade Center Health Programs, for a list of links and applications.
Read the online interview
between World Trade Center Survivors’ Network board member Peter Miller and Elizabeth Greenspan, the author of “Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center.”
About World Trade Center Survivors' Network...
As survivors we feel a responsibility to bear witness.
We will always remember those who are gone.
The World Trade Center Survivors' Network (WTCSN) is the only organization founded by survivors to serve those directly affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001. Our mission is to support and represent the interests of the survivors of September 11 and ensure that we will always remember.
Who are Survivors?
Survivors are those who were present at the attacks of September 11, 2001, worked or lived nearby, and the rescue and recovery workers, uniformed services personnel and volunteers present on the day of the attacks and the rescue and recovery efforts in the months afterwards.
What do we do?
Many survivors feel a mutual responsibility to share our historic legacy with others. The WTCSN provides survivors with opportunities to bear witness to the events of the day as well as to meet other survivors.
- We work to provide opportunities for survivors to educate the public and add to the historic record -- thereby, ensuring that as a society we will always remember.
We have forged an association of survivors who inform, support and encourage each other.
We represent survivors' interests and needs and make certain that their viewpoints are recognized.
See the Research page for a list of links.
World Trade Center Evacuation Study
- Worksite emergency preparedness: lessons from the World Trade Center Evacuation Study
- Roadmap for the Protection of Disaster Research Participants
- Factors Associated with High-Rise Evacuation
- Physical and Mental Health Status of World Trade Center Rescue and Recover Workers and Volunteers
Stairs or Lifts? - A Study of Human Factors associated with Lift/Elevator usage during Evacuations.
Researchers from the Universities of Greenwich, Ulster and Liverpool have completed a three and a half year study into the evacuation of the twin towers.
NIST Fire and Bullding Safety Study
We thank all the universities and researchers involved for continuing this important research and ensuring that the lessons of September 11th can be used to save lives in the future.
The Vesey Street Survivors' Stairway
The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network was a leading voice in the effort to preserve the Vesey Street Survivors' Stairway, a final escape route for many survivors on the morning of September 11, 2001. The stairway is the last above-ground remnant of the WTC complex and it is the only remaining stairway. It has become a symbol for all the stairs of the Towers, and in a larger sense a symbol for survival as well. It has now been installed at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. For details and news coverage, see National 9/11 Memorial
WTCSN helps survivors come to terms with their experience, provides information about available resources, connects survivors with each other, and supports survivors and their families. [See Programs: Survivor Assistance]
Bearing Witness: A Remembrance Initiative for 9/11 Survivors...
We need to sustain the memory and lessons of September 11. Survivors bear the weight of memory and its responsibility – the duty of bearing witness. How we chose to meet this responsibility can be our greatest legacy. [See Programs: Bearing Witness]
Remembering Survivors and their Experiences...
With this program we advocate for survivors to be included and remembered as key stakeholders in the memory of and rebuilding from September 11. [See Programs: Remembering Survivors]
Shared Experience — Voices Against Terrorism...
We empower our members to take a stand against terrorism and its effects by working with survivors of terrorism around the world. [See Programs: Shared Experience - Voices Against Terrorism]
New social media project started by the 9/11 Memorial Museum
The World Trade Center Survivors' Network is partnering with the 9/11 Memorial Museum in a new social media project on Resiliency.
We are asking members to share stories, videos, or photographs demonstrating resiliency after 9/11 on the Museum's new Google+ Resiliency Community page.
Help inspire others through your experiences and lessons learned.
Visit the 9/11 Museum's Google+ Resiliency Community
Get instructions on how to create a Google+ account
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The Survivor Tree - City Hall
A gift from our friends in Oklahoma City, the Survivor Tree is planted in Living Grove Memorial Park
, across from City Hall.
A tree grown from a cutting of the Oklahoma City Survivor Tree was replanted in the Living Memorial Grove, located across the street from City Hall, next to five trees that were previously planted in the World Trade Center Plaza.
Information, map, directions.
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
WTCSN members will be participating in this year's Marathon.
WTCSN's marathon runner, Brendan C., will again run because "we mourn those we lost at other memorial events but by running this race, we are out there to celebrate their lives." More...