The World Trade Center Survivors' Network
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.
Comment on 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 the OKC Survivor Tree in Living Memorial Grove - City Hall Triangle Park, New York
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.
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 specifically 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 the subsequent rescue and recovery effort.
Who are Survivors?
They are all those who were present at the site of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, those who worked and lived nearby, and the rescue and recovery workers, uniformed services personnel and volunteers present the day of the attacks and in the months afterwards.
Those who worked in the World Trade Center, spent their days in its shadow or lived or worked in the surrounding neighborhoods were affected profoundly and permanently by September 11th:
- Some ran for their lives; others were severely wounded.
- Some lost friends and co-workers; others lost those they loved.
- Some lost their homes and possessions; others lost their businesses, records, tools and customers.
- Some sacrificed their time, careers and family life to serve at the site; others, unknowingly, sacrificed their health.
What do we do?
The WTCSN provides survivors with community, advocacy and legacy:
- Community: We have forged an association of survivors who inform, support and encourage each other.
- Advocacy: We publicly represent survivors' interests and needs and make certain that their viewpoints are recognized.
- Legacy: We work to ensure that survivors' experiences become a permanent part of the historic record. Their singular stories will give future generations an unparalleled view of the largest terrorist attack in American history.
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 athe 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.
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...