The World Trade Center Survivors' Network
Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995
Dear Members and Friends,
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the horrendous attack in Boston. As time passes and the media attention fades, it will be even more important to be supportive of the Survivors of this attack, especially those seriously injured.
We wanted to make you aware of a fund created by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino called The One Fund Boston. It will act as a central fund to receive financial support to aid those affected by this terrible event. Their website is: http://onefundboston.org/
For many of us, the news pictures and sounds brought back memories of 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing. Some memories are painful and disturbing. But others are inspiring, including the remembrance of the thousands of Americans from all over the country, including many Bostonians, who came to our aid. This is what America is all about and this is why terrorists will never win.
WTCSN Board of Directors
9/11 5k Memorial Run/Walk and Family Day - April 21, 2013
On Sunday, April 21, 2013, we will welcome people of all ages to lower Manhattan for the first 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day.
The 5K Run/Walk, starting at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 and finishing near the 9/11 Memorial, will take participants on a historic route that will pass important places in the story of 9/11. The route will symbolize how we came together to support one another in the aftermath of 9/11.
(Download PDF flyer)
It is easy to participate:
1. Register at www.911memorial.org/5k.
2. Create a fundraising page or fundraising team.
3. Spread the Word. Tell your friends and family about the 9/11 Memorial 5k Run/Walk & Family Day through Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.
All funds raised through your participation in the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day will directly support the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Family Day will be held on Vesey Street between Broadway and Church Street, near the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, on April 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will include activities for all ages and food and refreshments. It will also offer information about the 9/11 Memorial as well as ways to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the spirit of the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
The date of the 9/11 Memorial Run/Walk and Family Day has significant meaning. April 21 marks the anniversary of the date President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that designates September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those who perished in the 9/11 attacks. The 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day will support the 9/11 Memorial and encourage volunteer service in honor of those lost on 9/11.
If you can’t participate on April 21, you can still get involved through fundraising efforts and volunteer opportunities. Please visit 911memorial.org/5k to learn more.
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 and our web site: http://SaveTheStairway.org
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]
Statement of The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network about the book The Woman Who Wasn't There
"Since its inception in 2003, the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network has remained true to its mission of creating a strong community of support and advocacy for the survivors of the horrific events of September 11, 2001. The book ‘The Woman Who Wasn't There’ brings back painful memories from one moment in time. More importantly, however, the book also throws a spotlight on the difficult challenges survivors have had to face and overcome over the years. We are grateful to the authors for revealing this more important part of the story to the public and hope that others can draw inspiration from our community."
Organizational Statement - May 2, 2011
Dear Members and Supporters,
Many of us awoke this morning to the news that Osama bin Laden has finally been brought to justice. Today marks a new dawn in our history and the fight against terrorism.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, let us first express our profound gratitude for the untold sacrifices made by our servicemen and women who defend our freedoms on a daily basis and who made this news possible.
Our thoughts also go out to our friends and colleagues lost on that fateful morning. For the 2,976 innocents murdered on September 11, 2001 -- we will always remember.