Friday, May 4, 2012

Survival Synthesis Essay: Survivng 9/11

Six Word Slant:

  • Towers tumbled as America began fighting.

140 Character Claim:
  • Once the towers crumbled (subordinate clause), as did the many hearts and souls of family and friends of victims who lost their life on the 11th of September.
(140 characters)

Terrorist; a person, usually a member of a group who uses or advocates terrorism. Attack; to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way.  These words contain images of guns, blood splattering, poor men and women covered in their sorrows, the faces of those mourning a loss, photos of victims and non other than the ultimate scene of all the dead bodies occurring once the towers crumbled , as did the many hearts and souls of family and friends of victims who lost their life on the 11th of September, but we have fought back and shown that we can survive a terrorist attack. Currently American has the enemies, and also has the power to cause other “power-hungry” countries that believe that they are formidable feel the urge to attack. One thing that is certain is that we do in-fact have an incredibly powerful army, but countries have the ability to sneak attacks on us that we are not anywhere near prepared for. When has this happened? You’re correct; September 11th, 2001… it happened. They attempted to pull or economy and power right out from under us at which they somewhat succeeded, but ultimately failed. Sadly enough in reality, an attack to this level or even worse could happen again, and hopefully our nation is ready.

During most emergency situations the key ingredient is to communicate and stay calm. When dealing with a crowd of people in one situation it is best to stay organized, and keep everyone aware and calm. Once you have recognized what may be occurring, you must communicate with others so that they will know what to do. Many people might feel a shake under their feet, or something fall off of a shelf and begin assuming many different situations. Jean Potter, a 9/11 survivor explains to ABC News “All of a sudden this massive explosion rocked the building and we literally swayed from side to side. “ Working in such a state of the art tower, Jean knew that she shouldn’t feel swaying and immediately felt danger. She looked out the window to find the other tower engulfed in flames then alerting all of her co-workers.  Knowing that she would need to get out of the tower as quick as possible, she got all of her co-workers to go down the stairs. Communicating with everyone else on her floor might have saved Jean Potter’s life. Another key ingredient to survival is to remain calm, but to do that you need to keep your mind set away from panic mode. Being calm and collective gets things done, which during a terrorist attack is what needs to happen.  Agreeing completely, Jean Potter in “By God’s Grace: Surviving 9/11 from the 81st Floor” explains, “You’re thinking, “Is the building going to fall?” And I’m up 81 flights. How am I going to get out of here?” Although she began to panic, she remained calm enough to calm others and began to travail to get them down and out of the tower. Keeping calm and communicating with others might sound like something small, but it uniquely enough might have saved a lot of peoples’ lives that day.

Being on the 81st floor of a tower engulfed in flames, any normal humans’ first instinct is to run which causes major chaos. An emergency situation will require emergency actions which call for gathering everyone and beginning to move down the tower as soon as possible. Simulating these things were Kevin Danni when he describes his plan to survive 9/11 in his interview “A 9/11 Survivor’s Story: A Look Back at America’s Unity”, “I decided to go to the opposite conference room when I looked out the window in horror and saw the North Tower in flames. I quickly went back to my group.” Acting in this way in fact was the best thing that Kevin could do. In no way did he act selfish and begin evacuating without everyone else on his floor; he showed heroism and put others before himself. Not only did Kevin act as a hero once, he was not done yet. After recognizing that he needed to get out the tower before he might have died, he learns that he needs to move quickly so he and his group began moving and did not even stop to something that would cause panic and freeze others. After letting his co-workers now of the tragedy in the earlier quote he continues on as hero. “…and we started to evacuate down the stairs. I got to the 55th floor and then the second plane slammed into our tower only 20 floors above me.” Although Kevin was questioning his chance for survival he proceeded to move down the tower with his fellow co-workers and did in fact survive. Relating to a mix breed dog named Buck, in the novel Call of the Wild, Buck was put in a situation when the lives of his fellow dogs and himself were put into danger and he made the first move and saved many lives. These types of actions and acts of heroism are needed to survive anything including terrorist attacks.

 Injuries, tragedies, and deaths are three major examples of factors in life that always need the next stage…recovery. The base word of recovery is “recover” being the thing that America needed to do after 9/11. Not only did we need to recover, but we also need a new start. A start to show that we can fight back and bounce back from the hard hit we had just received from those terrorists. Mourning starts off the recovery process. No one can let everything stay inside them because at one point you need to let everything out to not only have a stable mind but also a healthy life. Many deaths occur during terrorist attacks which causes the families and friends of the victims to mourn for their losses. Many people still mourn of 9/11, but our nation as a whole was hit so hard that we were lead to a stage of morose mourning across the entire nation. Not saying that mourning across the nation was a bad thing, it was a step to getting back to normal in America. Mourning is ok until that point in which you need a new start, and for our nation “rebuilding” occurred to bring our nation forward. One example of this was a firefighter from 9/11 named William “Billy” Eisengrein. Sharing his motivation to rebuild America in his interview with ABC News, “9/11 Firefighter Speak With ABC News 10 Years Later”, when he helped raise an American flag on ground zero during clean up like an astronaut landing for the first time on the moon, “This country got attacked, there is all this devastation, thousands of people died; let’s do something good right now.” Just one man set the tone to rebuild American one step at a time, and showed that our free country can survive.

 Terrorism is everywhere, whether it be public or secret. There are different reasons terrorists attack whether a small or large attack, but they do happen. Different solutions can help us survive, and we can always learn. Even though America was hurt, we have learned from the situation and now can say that we as a nation are ready for anything. I challenge you as an American to see how you can help and prepare for any future acts of terrorism, and let’s show the rest of our planet that we are strong enough to handle anything.

Works Cited

Caron, Christina. "9/11 Firefighter Speaks With ABC News 10 Years Later." ABC News. ABC News 7th
  Sept. 2011. Web. 1 May 2012. <>.
Danni, Kevin A. "A 9/11 Survivor's Story: A Look Back at America's Unity." Whittier Daily News. Web. 1  May 2012. <>.
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild. New York: Macmillan, 1963. Print.
Martin, Mark. "By God's Grace: Surviving 9/11 from the 81st Floor." CBN News. 30 Feb. 2011. Web. 1
 May 2012. <>.


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