NYDISnet for April 11, 2007

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9/11 Workers' Compensation Registration Deadline Aug. 14

NYDISnetNYDIS urges 9/11 chaplains, recovery workers and volunteers to register now to protect their right to workers' compensation benefits. NYDIS and New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with other agencies is mounting a media campaign to inform workers throughout the country about the necessity of registering by the deadline, Tuesday, August 14, 2007.

Download the brochure (pdf): English | Español

Call for registration guidelines: 866.WTC.2556


  NYDIS ED To Be Honored by National VOAD

NYDISnetThe National VOAD Awards (NVOAD) Committee has announced that NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis is to be a 2007 National VOAD “Award for Excellence” recipient in the category of “Individual Award for Preparedness and VOAD Enhancement.” The Award recognitions will take place at a luncheon on April 19 at the 2007 National VOAD Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  NYDIS Awards 2007 Continuity of 9/11 Services Grants

NYDIS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2007 Continuity of 9/11 Services grants. These grants are awarded to human service organizations providing longer-term disaster case management for 9/11 health impacted recovery workers and other 9/11 health impacted communities. Grantees received up to $55,000 for 9-12 months of case worker salaries and administrative costs. Grantees must assign a caseworker to participate in all formal coordinated recovery programs including; NYDIS’ 9/11 Case Management Coordination meetings, accept new client referrals from NYDIS and the three medical monitoring and treatment programs, process application to the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable and participate in the 9/11 Recovery Work CAN system. The 2007 grantees are:
  • Asociación Tepeyac De New York
  • Hamilton-Madison House – Chinatown Resource Center
  • Henry Street Settlement
  • ICNA Relief USA Programs, Inc.
  • Lutheran Social Services of New York – Project LIFE
  • Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
  • St. Mark’s Place Institute for Mental Health
  NYDIS Joins Preparedness Event for Bronx Families

NYDISnetOn Saturday, March 31, NYDIS joined the American Red Cross, FDNY, NYPD, OEM and other agencies to present emergency preparedness information at the Highbridge Family Preparedness Day. OEM organized the day in response to the fire in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx on March 7 that claimed 10 lives of 10 Muslim immigrants from Africa. The event included appearances by the NYPD’s “McGruff the Crime Dog” and FDNY’s “ Hot Dog”, as well as Ready New York presentations and Stop, Drop, n’ Roll lessons. FDNY gave away free smoke detectors with batteries and coloring books for kids. NYDIS’ Community Outreach and Training Coordinator, Autumn Brown, distributed preparedness information and promoted NYDIS’ Congregational Readiness and Resiliency Trainings, as well as information on Koinonia’s New Ground Summer Day Camp program, focuses on giving children the life skills necessary to deal with trauma and crisis.
  NYDIS Contributes to Catastrophic Health Event Report

NYDISnetCitizen preparedness for health emergencies must look beyond the individual and the home. So says a panel of experts whose report, “Community Engagement: Leadership Tool for Catastrophic Health Events,” was published April 3 in the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism under the direction of the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The report was completed with input from a “Working Group” that included government officials, public health and safety practitioners, heads of community-based partnerships, and experts in infectious diseases, disaster management, community development, and risk communication. Their report instructs mayors, governors, and health and safety officials in why and how to involve community partners in disaster- and epidemic-related policymaking, urging them to tap community resources in advance of epidemics and disasters.
Over the past 18 months NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis has served as a member of the Working Group, helping to define and enhance the role of faith-based community preparedness efforts.

Press Release:www.upmc-biosecurity.org/website/focus/ community_engage/2007_working_group/press_release.html

Download the Report: click here
Download the Summary Findings: click here
  NYDIS: NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Client Video

On March 28, a former NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable client notified NYDIS that his recent video project was being promoted on the website of Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel. Jim LaPenna was a volunteer at the World Trade Center site after its destruction in 2001. He participated in the recovery of two PATH policemen on 9/11, and in the months afterward, he found spiritual comfort at St. Paul’s Chapel. In the video, created from interviews conducted in the spring of 2002 and the summer of 2006, LaPenna reflects on his brushes with death, being part of the “ultimate team,” life as a father and son, and the value of the people he met at St. Paul’s Chapel during his healing process.

View Jim LaPenna’s video: www.trinitywallstreet.org/welcome/?article&id=771
  NYDIS ED Addresses Annual NYC Buddhist Forum

NYDISnetThe Buddhist Council's Annual Buddhist Council Forum was held at the Village Zendo (Temple) on March 31 – the event was attended by over 50 Buddhist Priest, Monastics and Leaders from temples around NYC. NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis gave a presentation on the work of NYDIS and preparedness opportunities for Buddhist Temple communities. This year’s theme was “Buddhism in America: How Are We Doing?” The Buddhist Council Forum is a vehicle for discussing topics important to the NY Buddhist community.
  NYDIS, OEM & ARC: Harlem Preparedness

On Saturday, April 21, NYDIS’ Community Outreach and Training Coordinator, Autumn Brown, will be speaking, along with representatives from the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross in Greater NY (ARC-GNY), at Abyssinian Baptist Church about congregational and community emergency preparedness. Participants will receive an interactive CD to create a customized evacuation plan and preparedness materials from NYDIS, ARC-GNY, and OEM.
  NYDIS: Calling All NYDIS Volunteers

NYDISnetThe NYC Citizen Corps Council presents the "Disaster Volunteer Conference" on Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Topics include Leadership and Volunteer Management and Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities.

If you are a current or former NYDIS volunteer and would like to attend the conference, contact Autumn Brown:
  NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources Online

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
  NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Updates

  • NYDISnetOnline 9/11 Client Inquiry Form
    To access the form, go to:

  • NYC 9/11 In-Service Training for Case Workers
    In-Service Training is required for case workers who have never presented a case at the Roundtable, and is recommended as a refresher for experienced case workers who have previously presented cases. All training sessions take place at NYDIS (map).
    • Monday, May 7 - 1:00-3:30 pm
    • Monday, June 4 – 1:00-3:30 pm

  • NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Schedule
    The NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable brings together donors with agencies providing case management to 9/11 victims. Case Workers who would like to present a case must sign-up by Friday prior to the meeting of the Roundtable. Due to the influx of cases which need presenting, the 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable will be adding an additional Wednesday date each month. There will now be three meetings a month, instead of two.
    • Wednesday, April 11 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, April 19 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, April 25 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, May 3 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon

  • NYC 9/11 Case Management Coordination Meetings
    NYDIS hosts monthly Case Management Coordination meetings for service providers that are assisting 9/11 recovery workers and the general 9/11-affected community. These meetings are open to representatives from any service providers that wish to coordinate and share information about their services and the community's needs.
    • Wednesday, April 25 – 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Wednesday, May 16 - 9:30-11:00 am
  NYC Katrina Evacuee Resources Online

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for Katrina evacuees in NYC, updated weekly:

  NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable

  • NYC Katrina In-Service Training for Case Workers
    NYDISnetCase managers working with Katrina or Rita survivors are required to attend an in-service training prior to presenting at the Roundtable. The purpose of these trainings is to provide case managers with a better understanding of the workings of the Roundtable and to help increase the likelihood that a client's needs could be funded.

  • NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable
    The NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable aids case managers in securing cash assistance and to share resources to best meet the unmet needs of disaster victims so that they may regain self-sufficiency and recover from the impact of a disaster. The Roundtable helps to facilitate long-term recovery by supporting clients' recovery plans. Case managers who would like to present at the NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable may submit a request the Friday prior to the Roundtable meeting.
    • Tuesday, April 24 - 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, May 8 – 2:00-5:00 pm

  • To sign up for In-Service Training or to present a case:
    Dominique Atchison, Moderator


  FDNY & Board of Rabbis Stress Passover Fire Safety

NYDISnetFire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano and FDNY Chaplain Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and staff from the New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR) joined at Engine 34/Ladder 21 in Manhattan to discuss fire safety for the Passover holiday. “Fire doesn’t discriminate,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “We’re committed to working with the Board of Rabbis to make sure this Passover holiday is a safe one.” Firefighters demonstrated the proper way to burn bread in order to stay fire safe. “We have to be extra cautious at this time of year,” said Rabbi Potasnik. “The most tragic words I have heard at the FDNY are ‘if only.’”

  Updated WTC Health Registry Resource Guide

NYDISnetThis Guide is the sixth update to the WTC Health Registry (WTCHR) Resource Guide developed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) for people affected by 9/11. It includes information about occupational, respiratory, environmental, and mental health services and resources available in the NYC region and nationally. NYDIS is referenced on Page 12.

Download the Guide:
  Emergency Communications Project Imperiled

The partnership between the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to create an interoperable wireless communications network for police and first responders has fallen apart and the project is imperiled. The report from the Justice Department states that despite more than six years of development and $195 million in funding, the Integrated Wireless Network project "does not appear to be on the path to providing the seamless interoperable communications system that was envisioned."

Read the full story:
  State Emergency Manager Director FY 2007 Survey Results

NYDISnetEvery year, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) conducts the State Emergency Management Director survey, asking about organizational structures, budgets, staffing, salaries and more. They found that the trend toward appointment of the state emergency management director position continues but that the number of emergency management directors serving as the primary coordinator for homeland security has decreased this year, from 11 to six.

Download the Results of the 2007 Survey: www.nemaweb.org/?1814
  Landmark Rail and Mass Transit Bill Passes House

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. James L. Oberstar, Chairman on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced House passage of H.R. 1401, “The Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007”. This legislation aims to close the security gaps facing rail and public transit and focuses on training, grants, security planning, research and development, and hazardous materials transportation.

Read the Committee’s Press Release:

From Our Members and Partners

  • Koinonia NYC 9/11 Programs on National TV

    NYDISnet Koinonia NYC’s Ground Zero ministries were filmed for the “American Bible Society Presents” television program, a TV show produced by the American Bible Society. The show was aired the weekend of March 31 to April 1. This Telly-Award winning half-hour talk show, presents stories about people from all walks of life who use the Bible in life-affirming and creative ways. These inspirational stories of faith and fellowship include individual lives changed by the Bible, to organizations applying its message to help others.

    Learn more about ABS Presents: www.abspresents.com

    Contact Pastor Ann Tiemeyer, Koinonia NYC Director

  • UMC-NYAC Offers Disaster Recovery Workshops

    NYDISnetThe NY Annual Conference (NYAC) of the United Methodist Church offers Disaster Response Academy Workshops for clergy and laity.

    • Hope Beyond the Hammering: Physiological, Psychosocial, and Spiritual Effects of Trauma

      Saturday, April 21
      10:00 am–3:00 pm
      Bethpage United Methodist Church, 192 Broadway, Bethpage, NY

      Saturday, April 28
      10:00 am–3:00 pm
      Simsbury United Methodist Church, 799 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT

      "Hope Beyond the Hammering" workshop is a portion of the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program. The Presenter is Sister Ruth Wenger, STAR NY, and a NYDIS Board Member.

    To register, contact Barbara Vaccaro, NYAC:

  • Spiritual Care Source in Disaster Response for Churches

    NYDISnet The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) “Spiritual Care in Disaster Response” is a new collection of resources to assist congregations, families and children involved in disaster—as survivors or as people who emotionally support them. Grace, wholeness, recovery—all are marks of a compassionate ministry in disaster response. One in particular that may be of special interest to NYDIS’ members and partners is, “Basic Trauma Information for Congregations”.

    Learn about all the UMCOR Resources:

Preparedness Initiatives

  • Ready NY Guide for Seniors & People with Disabilities

    NYDISnet Emergencies can pose added challenges for seniors and people with disabilities. This OEM guide provides detailed instructions on developing a disaster plan, assembling an Emergency Supply Kit, and putting together a Go Bag, as well as guidance on creating a support network, preparing for evacuation and sheltering in place. Seniors and people with disabilities should regularly update the Health Information Card that is included in the Guide so that emergency professionals may refer to the card in the event of an emergency. The guide is in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.

    Download the Guide:

    Download, print and fill in the Form:
  • OEM Tip: Do You Have the Power?

    NYDISnet OEM reminds you to protect yourselves against health emergencies. One such emergency can occur during a utilities disruption. A power outage can be more than just uncomfortable; it can be life-threatening. If you, friends or family rely on life-sustaining medical equipment, make sure you have a 12-hour backup battery and register with your power provider. Con Edison and LIPA must be alerted to your condition, so they can provide special service in the event you lose power.

    Download applications online, or call to receive one by mail:

    Con Edison

  • Flood Awareness in NY

    NYDISnet Spring’s arrival in NY State is a welcome sight after harsh winter conditions and its chilling winds, blowing snows and frigid temperatures. However, SEMO emphasizes that this is also the time of year when flooding can occur quickly and without much warning. Spring rains and winter snow and ice thaws can cause flooding and affect homes, property and personal safety.
    Learn what to do before flooding occurs, how to stay safe during such an event, and where to find help when you need it.

    Download SEMO’s Floods Fact Sheet:

    Read SEMO’s Safety Tips:


  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Headquarters

    NYDISnetPrepare New York is a free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation teaching NYC residents how to create a plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants receive an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and brochures from the ARC and NYC OEM. The next presentation is Thursday, April 12, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 520 West 49th Street. There will also be presentations on Thursday, May 3 and Thursday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at this address.

    Sign up online for April 12:

    Sign up online for May 3:

    Sign up online for June 7:
  • Ready.gov Offers Emergency Supply List

    NYDISnetThrough its Ready Campaign, the DHS advises the importance of preparing for and responding to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

    Download a checklist of recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
  • Hurricane Preparedness

    • CSU Predicts Active 07 Hurricane Season
      NYDISnetThe US Atlantic basin will likely experience a very active hurricane season, the Colorado State University (CSU) forecast team announced April 3, increasing its earlier prediction for the 2007 hurricane season. The team's forecast now anticipates 17 named storms between June 1 and November 30. Nine of the 17 storms are predicted to become hurricanes, and of those nine, five are expected to develop into intense or major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. CSU’s next seasonal update forecast will be on May 31.

      The entire report is available online:

      Read the CSU Press Release:

    • FEMA Stresses Preparedness for 2007 Hurricane Season
      NYDISnetThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator R. David Paulison April 4 highlighted reforms and improvements FEMA has implemented to prepare for the 2007 Hurricane Season during his keynote address during the opening session of the 29th National Hurricane Conference. This year’s annual conference held in New Orleans brought together federal, state and local officials, emergency managers, voluntary agency representatives, engineers, planners, media, meteorologists and other response, recovery and hazard mitigation professionals. “FEMA is working closely with each of the 11 state emergency management communities in hurricane prone states, using a consistent set of measures and tools to evaluate strengths and vulnerabilities,” said Paulison. “This will allow us to better tailor our response.”

      Read all of Administrator Paulison’s comments:
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • Rapid Response Crucial to Contain 1918 Pandemic
      NYDISnetWhy did the deadly 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic strike different cities with varying severity? What made the difference, according to studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was not only how but also how rapidly different cities responded. Cities where public health officials imposed multiple social containment measures within a few days after the first local cases were recorded cut peak weekly death rates by up to half compared with cities that waited just a few weeks to respond. “…a primary lesson of the 1918 influenza pandemic is that it is critical to intervene early,” says Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

      Read the NIH April 2 Press Release:

    • New Centers For Influenza Research & Surveillance
      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded $23 million per year for seven years to establish six Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance. Collectively, the centers will expand NIAID’s influenza surveillance program and will bolster influenza research in key areas, including understanding how the virus causes disease and how the human immune system responds to infection with the virus. Ultimately, these studies will lay the groundwork for developing new and improved control measures for emerging and reemerging flu viruses. The centers are at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of California at LA, University of Minnesota, Emory University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and University of Rochester.

      Read the April 2 NIH Press Release:

    • Software Estimates Pandemic Lost Work Days
      NYDISnetIllness rates during an influenza pandemic are likely to be two to five times higher than during a typical influenza season. To maintain continuity of essential operations, public health officials, policy makers, health-care facilities managers, and business leaders must plan for influenza-related work absences during an influenza pandemic. “FluWorkLoss” is a software program that allows estimation of the potential number of days lost from work because of an influenza pandemic.

      Download the FluWorkLoss Software:
  • Fire Corps Guide for Citizen Emergency Volunteers
    NYDISnetFire Corps has released a new guide to assist departments in utilizing citizen volunteers for both Fire Corps and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs. “CERT & Fire Corps: Working Together to Build Stronger Communities” looks at how these two programs can work together to create a comprehensive citizen volunteer program that can meet a department ’s diverse range of needs as well as keeps citizen volunteers actively engaged both in times of crises and in between. CERT and Fire Corps are partner programs that fall under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Citizen Corps initiative, utilizing citizen volunteers to assist the fire and emergency services and are implemented at the local level through a community’s fire/EMS department or emergency management office.

    Learn more: www.firecorps.org/media/2007-fc-cert.cfm
  • Community Preparedness Report from NYU NYDISnet
    NYU’s Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response implemented Katrina research projects, of which the results were just posted. One is the “Organizational and Community Preparedness” project, which was designed to identify and measure the characteristics of highly-prepared organizations and communities, and measured the Katrina effect on community preparedness.

    Download Pages 14-15 of the Program Booklet:

We Recommend

  • Add Your Info to www.NYDIS.org Resource Library

    NYDISnetDo you have a useful resource for caseworkers, recovery providers and clients that you would like to submit? The NYDIS Resource Library on our website contains a large compilation of disaster resources including downloadable documents, links to useful websites, and references to printed publications. We welcome your agency's resources, which can be posted on NYDIS.org by clicking on the "Resources" Tab. You will then find directions on how to "Submit a Resource".

  • Flu Preparedness Guide for Faith Communities

    NYDISnet Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has developed several audience specific brochures that will help guide you and your organization through the pandemic planning process. One that is of particular interest to the NYDISnet readership is entitled, “It’s Not Flu As Usual: What Faith Based and Community Organizations Need to Know about Pandemic Flu.”

    Download the Booklet:
  • FDNY Outreach Promotes Fire Safety

    NYDISnetThe NYC Fire Department (FDNY) offers community outreach programs designed to promote fire safety and includes lectures and demonstrations. Bilingual education and literature is available. These are free educational programs.

    For information or to schedule an event:

  • Pocket Survival Guide for Palm Handhelds

    NYDISnetThe RAND Corporation has a Pocket Guide designed to arm individuals with the knowledge to identify and survive various types of unconventional terrorist attacks. The guide contains both preparatory steps and specific response guidance, including what individuals will experience, what their goals should be, and what they should do during each type of attack.

    For more information on the Pocket Guide:

    Order from RAND:
  • PlainViews: E-Newsletter for Spiritual Care Providers

    NYDISnetSubscribe to this bi-monthly e-newsletter offering views on Professional Practice, Advocacy, Education & Research, and Spiritual Development. Sponsored by the HealthCare Chaplaincy in NYC and edited by NYDIS Board President The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs.

    Send your email address to:


Save The Date

  • Animal Response Team Conference

    NYDISnetFriday, April 13, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
    Yaphank, Long Island

    The Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART) 2007 Conference in the NYC area will be held at the Suffolk County Fire Training Facility. ESART supports the preparedness for, response to, and recovery from emergencies for animals. There are workshops, presentations and a tabletop exercise. There is no charge and attendees receive breakfast and lunch.


  • STAR NY: Caregiver Self-Care Workshop

    NYDISnet Tuesday, April 17
    6:00-7:30 pm
    11 Broadway, 11th Floor

    Join the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) workshop which includes examining the risk of compassion fatigue, identifying the warning signals of compassion fatigue, increasing self understanding through examining motivation for choosing care-giver work, and identifying strategies for preventing personal and profession burnout. It will take place at September Space Lower Manhattan.

    To RSVP or to schedule for a group of 6 or more, contact Heather Anderson:

    Download pdf: click here
  • Conference for Voluntary Organizations in Disasters

    NYDISnetTuesday, April 17 - Friday, April 20
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    "Partnerships in Motion" is the subject for VOAD's 15th annual conference. The conference will begin with the kick-off reception and dinner the evening of April 17, plenary sessions and workshops April 18 and 19, and a closing plenary the morning of April 20 that will summarize the conference outcomes and declare the priorities for the year. Information on workshops, registration, and agenda schedule will be coming soon.

  • WCC Disaster Volunteering Workshop

    NYDISnetWednesday, April 18
    5:00-7:30 pm
    520 8th Ave, 11th Floor

    Interested in disaster volunteering? This training workshop is presented as a part of World Cares Center’s (WCC) Disaster Preparation and Trauma Mitigation program and is for those interested in becoming disaster volunteers or responders. Participants will explore multiple aspects of disaster and emergency work and learn how to become ready, able and prepared to volunteer. Refreshments provided.

    RSVP by April 16 to:

  • Citizen Corps Volunteer Conference - Brooklyn

    NYDISnetSaturday, April 28 – Sunday April 29
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    St. Francis College, Brooklyn

    The NYC Citizen Corps Council presents the "Disaster Volunteer Conference" to aid the professional development of volunteer leaders and help increase interagency coordination on readiness, response and recovery activities. Topics to be covered include: Leadership and Volunteer Management, Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities, Working with Special Needs Populations and Building an Effective Community Network. Autumn Brown, NYDIS' Community Outreach and Training Coordinator, will be presenting the training on "Building an Effective Community Network." Citizen Corps Council members can register volunteers to attend the conference, and volunteers will be registering through their agency.

    For more information download the Flyer (pdf):
  • LI/NYC Emergency Management Conference

    NYDISnetWednesday, May 30 - Thursday, May 31
    Melville, Long Island

    The 14th Annual LI/NYC Emergency Management Conference, "Together: Ready for Anything" will be held at the Long Island Hilton.

  • ASPCA & NYS Disaster Response Conference

    NYDISnetFriday, June 8 - Monday, June 11
    Suffolk County, NY

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Disaster Response Services, a member of the Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART), offers a three-day conference on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Location and registration brochure will be posted April 4.

  • National Citizen Corps Conference

    NYDISnetSunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 13
    The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
    Alexandria, Virginia

    The National Office of Citizen Corps conference on community preparedness, "Partnerships and Collaboration Through Citizen Corps", will be held in conjunction with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.

  • IAEM 2007 Mid-Year Meeting

    NYDISnetWednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14
    Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
    Alexandria, Virginia

    The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Mid-Year Meeting is for IAEM members, emergency management professionals, Congressional staffers and federal officials with a role in homeland security and emergency management. Sessions will include briefings from top DHS officials.

    To Register online:

    For more information:

Job And Volunteer Opportunities

  • NYDIS, Office Volunteers

    NYDISnetNYDIS is seeking office volunteers to support the finance and disaster preparedness/training departments, and to answer phones and perform administrative duties for 20 hours per week. Positions begin immediately.

    To apply, please email your Cover Letter and Resume to:
    pgudaitis@nydis.org or fax to 212.669.6101.
  • NDART, Volunteer to Help Animals in Disasters

    NYDISnet The Humane Society of the US' (HSUS) National Disaster Animal Response Team (NDART) consists of animal care professionals, emergency services and rescue professionals. Team members are trained in community disaster response and preparedness as well as specialized response techniques for rescuing animals affected by disasters. To prepare yourself to help animals in a disaster, there are courses offered by FEMA and ARC.

    To find out more about the program and the recommended courses:

    To apply to be a Team member, fill out the application:
  • NYC OEM, Emergency Preparedness

    Specialist/Plan Manager
    In the Planning and Preparedness Division, under supervision from the Director of Plan Management, will develop and maintain Citywide emergency plans and develop and maintain Plan Management policies.

    For information on this position:

    Submit Resume and Cover Letter to:
    165 Cadman Plaza
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Salvation Army-GNY, Dir. of Emergency Disaster Svs.

    NYDISnetThe duties of the Director of Emergency Disaster Services will include recruiting, training, and supervising the staff and volunteers of the Emergency Disaster Services; developing and maintaining an efficient Operating Procedures Manual and Strategic Plan; preparing the department budget and monitor same; and serving as liaison to local, city, county, state and federal Disaster agencies.

    For more information and position details:

    Send a resume and letter of intent to:
    Major John Hodgson, Secretary for Program
    120 W. 14th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212.337.7211 (fax)

Make a Gift to NYDIS

  • Support NYDIS - Donate Online

    NYDISnetIf you'd like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services, click here, or send a check to NYDIS at 22 Cortlandt Street, 20th Fl., New York, NY 10007. NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are 100% tax deductible. It is a great way to honor or memorialize someone and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift.

    To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click "Make a Donation":


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