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NYDIS Co-Sponsors 2007 Hurricane & Evacuation Planning Summit – June 5

Register for “Hurricane & Evacuation Planning: A Summit for NYC Religious Leaders” to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 8:30 am-1:00 pm at NYU Kimmel Center. The half-day event, presented by HSC, NYDIS and OEM, will focus on coastal storm education, business continuity planning, and community rebuilding and household recovery planning for religious leaders. The agenda includes guest speakers on the City’s Evacuation Plan for Coastal Storms and the role of religious leaders and houses of worship; teaching important skills for hurricane planning and preparedness; offering resources for bringing preparedness education to your community and networking opportunities with other houses of worship in your Flood Zone. NYU Kimmel Center is at 60 Washington Square South (West 4th St. between LaGuardia & Thompson).

Registration is Free - Breakfast will be provided.

For more information contact:
Autumn Brown, Community Outreach & Training Coordinator

Register online:
:: NYDIS Welcomes 2 New Staff

Benoît Jadoul joins us as Director of Development. He comes to NYDIS from FoodChange, a nonprofit in NYC where, as Senior Director of Development, he was responsible for introducing annual appeals that increased the agency’s budget in support of its nutrition, education and financial empowerment programs. Teresa Garza, our VISTA for Community Outreach, will build NYDIS’ capacity to bring together and train faith community members, leaders, and volunteers in disaster mitigation and preparedness. She comes from San Benito, Texas, where she worked in community relations at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center.

Benoît can be reached at:

Teresa can be reached at:
:: NYDIS ED Participates in Post-Katrina NO Panel

Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy presents “Post-Katrina New Orleans: Building a Better City” on May 11 at 12:00 noon. Peter Gudaitis will be on the review panel for this series of reports and recommendations by Milano and Lang students in the research seminar on post-Katrina New Orleans. The school is located at 72 Fifth Avenue and the event is in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. Following the introduction by Margaret Goodwin on “Katrina and the Challenge of Recovery”, topics will be: Building a Stronger Post-Katrina Economy, Rebuilding New Orleans on a Smaller Footprint, The Future of Public Housing in New Orleans, and Neighborhood Rehabilitation: The Musicians Village Example.

For more information, contact Professor Peter Eisinger:
Henry Cohen Professor
212.229.5400 x1516
:: NYDIS Honored by United Sikhs at WTC

At the Sikh Day Parade event on April 28, the United Sikhs honored NYDIS, along with first responders from the NYPD, FDNY, and Ambulatory Services. The event paid solemn homage to the victims of 9/11 at Ground Zero, and prior to the Parade was FDNY’s Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. After the Invocation Dr. Surjit Singh was the Keynote Speaker, and then the Honorees were presented peace-mementos and Congressman Gregory Meeks spoke.

Contact Hardayal Singh:
:: NYDIS Offers Workshops at NYC Citizen Corps Conference

The NYC Citizen Corps Council presented the "Disaster Volunteer Conference" on April 28-29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. A diverse group of volunteers (representing the Medical Reserve Corps, the American Red Cross (ARC), the Salvation Army, CERT, the Consortium for Haitian Empowerment (CHE), and others) gathered to learn about Volunteer Leadership and Management, Post-Disaster Volunteer Roles, and Incorporating Special Needs Populations into Disaster Volunteering. NYDIS’ Coordinator of Community Outreach & Training Autumn Brown co-facilitated a workshop called “Sustainable Community Networking: Participatory Leadership on the Local Level” with ARC’s Adam Runkle and CHE’s Gina Cheron. NYDIS’ Executive Director Peter Gudaitis, and Director of Recovery Maggie Jarry, also spoke about the role of faith-based volunteers in Recovery.
:: NYDIS Announces 2007 Advocacy Priorities

Each year, the NYDIS Board of Directors sets five Advocacy Priorities, which the Advocacy Committee and staff use to guide program initiatives. In 2007, NYDIS will continue to collaborate with partner agencies to 1) prepare editorials and research reports; 2) host inter-agency conferences and educational events; 3) mediate dialogue between faith, government, and victims' community leaders; and 4) organize community forums and press conferences.

Download the Disaster Advocacy brochure from the NYDIS website:

For more information about NYDIS’ Disaster Advocacy initiatives:
Maggie Jarry
:: 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

  • 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, June 4 – 1:00-3:30 pm
    • Monday, July 2 – 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, May 9 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, May 17 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, May 23 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, June 7 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, June 13 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, June 21 – 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, May 16 - 9:30-11:00 am
    • Wednesday, June 6 – 9:30-11:00 am
    • Wednesday, July 25 – 3:00-5:00 pm
:: 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, May 22 – 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, June 5 – 12:00 noon-2:00 pm
    • Tuesday, June 19 – 2:00-5:00 pm

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

:: 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
:: Thirteen NY Counties Get Federal Aid for Nor’Easter

Governor Eliot Spitzer May 4 announced that the federal government has approved NYS’s request to expand its disaster declaration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared that communities in 12 counties are now eligible to receive federal disaster assistance for storm response costs, the repair of damaged public infrastructure and debris removal associated with the April 14-18 nor’easter. "I have directed that the state pick up the local share of these costs," said Governor Spitzer. "This was no ordinary storm and no ordinary recovery and our local communities deserve our support."

These counties are eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program: Albany, Columbia, Essex, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester. The expanded federal declaration also provides disaster recovery assistance to homeowners, renters and small businesses in Albany and Dutchess counties and the Borough of Staten Island.

Call FEMA:
800.621.3362 (Toll free number) from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday-Sunday

Register for disaster assistance on-line:

Download the FEMA Disaster Aid Programs sheet: click here

Read the Governor’s May 4 Press Release:
:: Updated WTC Health Registry Resource Guide

This 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:
:: WTC Responders Fatality Investigation Program

Do you know of someone who responded, worked, or volunteered at the WTC site, pile, and surrounding areas, including the barges or landfills during 9/11 and has since died, regardless of cause of death? The NYS Department of Health is collecting this information to better understand the possible health effects of the WTC disaster. Any information you provide will remain confidential.

Even if you are unsure about the circumstances surrounding the death, please contact:
866.807.2130 (Toll free in NYS)

Download the Fatality Reporting Questionnaire: click here

Download the Flyer: click here

:: 9/11 Families Eager for Completion of Security Bill

Family members of victims of 9/11 and former members of the commission that investigated those attacks called on Congress May 2 to quickly finish a major bill to improve the nation's security. Due in part to their pressure, House and Senate staffers have started talks on the legislation, which aims to implement unfulfilled recommendations of the commission that investigated the attacks. They were told by staff that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a goal of sending final legislation to President Bush by the end of May and that they were frustrated that Congress has yet to conference the so-called 9/11 bill, prompting them to return to the nation's Capitol last week to meet with congressional leaders.

Read Chris Strohm’s National Journal May 2 article:
:: Maloney, Clinton, Schumer, Nadler Secure $ for 9/11 Health

Last week, Congress approved $50 million to treat people whose health was affected by 9/11, including those outside the metro area. But the funding is included in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill, a spending bill that also sets a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq, which President Bush has vowed to veto. "The 9/11 health crisis is an emergency on a national scale, and it requires a federal response," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who with Rep. Vito Fossella, asked the city for the state-by-state breakdown of its registry.

Read Rep. Maloney’s April 24 Press Release:
:: WTC Registry Report Shows Impact of 9/11 Health Crisis

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Fossella released a report showing that people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enrolled in the WTC Health Registry. According to the report, thousands of Americans from throughout the country were in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero in the months following 9/11 and have since signed up for the Registry, which will track changes in their physical and mental health over the next 20 years. The City of NY compiled the data and released it at Maloney's and Fossella's request.

Read the April 30 Press Release:

Read the entire report:
  • 50-State Ills: Ex-NYers Report WTC Ailments

    WTC illnesses are more than a NY problem - they are affecting thousands of people across the entire country, according to the new report. More than 70,000 people have enrolled in the city's WTC Health Registry. Slightly more than 10,000 are from outside the NY metro area, including people from every state in the nation. Of those, about 70% are volunteers and rescue and recovery workers who responded at the WTC site; some 20% are tourists or out-of-town business people who were in lower Manhattan at the time; and, the rest are former residents who moved away later.

    Read Jordan Lite’s Exclusive April 30 NY Daily News article:
:: Senator Clinton Calls for More NYS Flood Relief

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sent a letter to President Bush April 30 asking that he personally act to extend the major disaster declaration to the remaining counties that were hit hard by the recent Nor'easter but have not yet received the vital assistance they need. Last week, the President issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties, making them eligible for individual assistance, statewide hazard mitigation assistance and Small Business Administration disaster loans. However, he has not yet extended the same declaration to the remaining nine counties that were nominated by Governor Spitzer as needing assistance. She also asked that the President provide public assistance to all twelve counties impacted by the floods.

Read the Senator’s Request:
:: Disaster Assistance Guide for Upstate NY

This resource from FEMA is intended to help people locate assistance for needs caused by flooding in April in NYS’ Hudson Valley Region. It is organized by general services, and then by county. FEMA also opened flood-damage recovery centers in NJ, where 9 counties have been declared federal disaster areas.

Download the Hudson Valley Region Guide information: click here

For complete information on Flooding Assistance in NY and NJ, please go to the Flood Resources section of the NYDIS website:
:: NJ Floods Declared Federal Disaster

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced April 26 that federal disaster aid has been made available for NJ to help people and communities recover from the effects of severe storms and inland and coastal flooding during the period of April 14-20. Assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Bush, making federal funding available to affected individuals in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties. The assistance, to be coordinated by FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.

1.800.621.3362, 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Monday-Sunday

For information on assistance:
:: FEMA Offers Equipment Funding for Emergency Responders

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for $33.7 million in equipment and equipment training awards for first responders and other emergency responders through its 2007 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Awards include protective equipment; chemical and biological detection tools; information technology and risk management tools; and interoperable communications equipment. The application submission period deadline is 11:59 pm EDT, May 29.

Review the program solicitation through the Responder Knowledge Base:
:: FDNY Tests New Wireless Communications System

NYC Fire Department members joined officials from the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Port Authority Police Department and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) on April 29, to test a new wireless system designed to give first responders fast access to video and other information during emergencies. More than 100 firefighters participated in the drill at 7 WTC, just north of Ground Zero. The exercise simulated a mock high-rise fire, including an elevator rescue, scaffold rescue, 20 mock injuries and staged communication breakdowns.

Read the Press Release:

From Our Members and Partners

  • HAN Web System Alerts NYC’s Health Providers

    The NYC Health Alert Network (HAN), a web-based alerting system from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), provides doctors and other medical providers with up-to-date information on urgent and emergent public health issues. Subscribers to HAN receive alerts via email and have access to the website at all times. A document library provides information on public health topics and online community features allow for interactive discussion. Flexible security gives DOHMH the ability to provide certain confidential information to select groups while broadcasting alerts to all subscribers. Alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DOHMH are sent out via email and fax within 2 hours. The HAN is open to all providers in the NYC area.

    To register:

    Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation: click here
  • New Ground Day Camp Seeks Host Churches

    New Ground Day Camp, a partnership with Koinonia and Lutheran Counseling Center, is looking for host congregations that will register community children for a week of fun this summer. Koinonia provides a trained team of college-age camp counselors to facilitate safe programming which includes worship, Bible study, games, crafts and more. Lutheran Counseling Center provides an advisor in residence to assist campers in learning life skills such as communication, non-violence, and identifying your support system. This faith-based program is open to all children helping them move beyond the events of 9/11 and to stand on New Ground.

    Call Pr. Ann Tiemeyer, Director:

  • Spiritual Care Source in Disaster Response for Churches

    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

  • About NYDISNET and NYDISNET Alerts

    Welcome to NYDISNET, our bi-weekly e-newsletter. We hope this resource will keep you updated about the work of NYDIS and developments in disaster readiness, response and recovery initiatives here in New York City. During emergencies we will send a NYDISNET ALERT to all subscribers. The alert will include all official information available through the NYC Office of Emergency Management and news from our members and partners. Please feel free to copy and distribute any information from NYDISNET that you find helpful. If you would like to distribute NYDISNET to your agency staff or faith community leaders please let us know - we're happy to provide that service free of charge.
  • OEM Welcomes New NYC CERTs

    Eight Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are graduating and joining the NYC CERT program. Organized through Community Boards, neighborhood volunteers undergo 11 weeks of emergency preparedness and response training so they can help emergency professionals in the event of an emergency. In this round of training, teams join the program from Bushwick, Chelsea, Williamsburg, BNP Paribas, SouthBridge Towers, Hunt's Point, East Harlem, and Community Board 3 in the Bronx.

    Learn more about CERT:
  • OEM Tip: Never Say Never About Severe Weather

    When it is sunny outside it is difficult to remember how dangerous weather can be, but don't be fooled: 90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related. They account for around 500 deaths and nearly $14B in damages across the US every year. OEM reminds New Yorkers to keep up with the forecasts. Specific hazards may require specific plans. For example, avoid landline phones and electrical appliances during thunderstorms, as they can conduct electrical surges from lightning.

    Learn the facts about Severe Weather:
  • Flood Awareness in NY

    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

    Prepare 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 on Thursday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online for June 7:

  • Ready.gov Offers Emergency Supply List

    Through 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

    • Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 20-26
      A lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing the vulnerabilities and what actions to take, the effects of a hurricane disaster can be reduced. The Hurricane Preparedness website informs the public about hurricane hazards and provides knowledge which can be used to take action.

      To learn the information you need in the event of a hurricane:

      Download the Poster:

    • Preparing for Hurricane Season with Mock Hurricane
      The National Hurricane Center (NHC) launched a planning exercise April 30 with federal, state and local officials. It's the first such exercise since Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane experts will conduct a 5-day, 5-city tour of the East Coast to test new procedures and to raise public awareness of hurricanes that can threaten the Atlantic Seaboard. This week's simulation of " Hurricane Yvette" in the New England states and NY is supposed to show what could happen if a storm overwhelmed state authorities, cut off communication systems and forced the evacuations of thousands of people.

      Read the Associated Press article:
      www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2007/04/30/ largest_national_hurricane_planning_exercise_since_katrina_begins/

    • National Science Board Recommends Hurricane Research
      The National Science Board’s Task Force on Hurricane Science and Engineering published the report, “Hurricane Warning: The Critical Need for a National Hurricane Research Initiative, ” in January 2007. It addresses how understanding the science of hurricanes can improve the nation’s ability to predict, mitigate and react to the impacts of hurricanes on the population, infrastructure and environment.

      Download the pdf:
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • Course: Pandemic Flu Preparedness for Faith Organizations
      The Extension Disaster Education Network’s (EDEN) mission is to share education resources to reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters. The "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations" course was designed by EDEN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to enable congregations, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to protect the health of their staff and the communities in which they serve; and fulfill their mission during an influenza pandemic. Participants will learn about infection control measures to use in their organization to protect themselves and their community before and during a pandemic; and how to write a basic preparedness and response plan to maintain the critical functions of the organization.

      To find out more about the course, contact Abigail Borron:

      To learn about EDEN membership:

    • Flu Preparedness Guide for Faith Communities
      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:

  • Cultural Institutions Prepare for Disasters on "MayDay"

    Archives, libraries, museums and historic preservation organizations across the US set aside May 1 to participate in "MayDay," a national effort to protect cultural resources from disasters. " MayDay" is an initiative co-sponsored by FEMA and The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 40 national service organizations and federal agencies to help libraries and archives, museums, historical societies, and historic sites better protect their collections and buildings from natural disasters and other emergencies. Promoting preparedness and mitigation, the Task Force urges cultural institutions across the country to observe "MayDay" by taking at least one step to prepare to respond to a disaster.

    For more information:

    Read the April 30 Press Release:

We Recommend

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

    Do 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".

  • New Catastrophic Health Event Report

    Citizen 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,” 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. It 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.

    NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis served as a member of the Working Group, helping to define and enhance the role of faith-based community preparedness efforts.

    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
  • Resource Guide for Risk Management and Training

    The 2007 Risk Management Resource Guide features 194 pages of information and training sources covering subjects ranging from benchmarking and performance management, disaster management and hazard mitigation, and workers’ compensation and occupational therapy. It contains information on credentialing agencies; educational institutions offering degrees in emergency management, homeland security, and risk management; and relevant publications and publishers. Also in the Guide are sources for environmental liability, human resources and employment practices, risk financing and insurance, risk management, and safety and health.

    Purchase a copy of the Guide: click here

  • NOAA Website Showcases Volunteer Opportunities

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new web portal provides volunteer opportunities across the US that are available within NOAA’s Fisheries, Ocean, and National Weather Services. The volunteers serve in research, observation and educational capacities.

  • Book Review: Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

    Allen and Linda Anderson tell the inspiring stories of dedicated organizations and heroic volunteers who saved animals and reunited them with loved ones after Hurricane Katrina. Moving experiences and action photos open a portal into the unheralded world of animal shelters, sanctuaries, and charities that are emerging nationwide and becoming an important social movement. Full of lifesaving information, this book prepares you to quickly and safely evacuate with animals in any emergency.

    To purchase the book from New World Library:
  • PlainViews: E-Newsletter for Spiritual Care Providers

    Subscribe 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 Disaster Preparedness Training

    County Animal Response Team Conference
    Wednesday, May 16
    Batavia, NY

    Temporary Emergency Animal Sheltering Course
    Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20
    Suffolk SPCA, Long Island

    The Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART) 2007 Conference in the NYC area will be held at two locations in May. 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. The all-day events are 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

  • NYS Emergency Preparedness & Security Conference

    Monday, May 21 - Tuesday, May 22
    Albany, NY

    The NY State Emergency Preparedness and Security Conference & Expo 2007 to be held at the Crowne Plaza Albany City Center Hotel, will bring together NY State business leaders, government officials and agencies, First Responders (police, fire, EMS, health, schools & political leaders) and vendors of mission critical products and services in the Emergency Preparedness and Security industries.

    Register online:

  • LI/NYC Emergency Management Conference

    Wednesday, 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

    Friday, 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

    Sunday, 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

    Wednesday, 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:
  • NYS VOAD Disaster Human Services Conference

    Tuesday, June 26 -Wednesday, June 27
    Binghamton, NY

    New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYS VOAD) will present the NYS Disaster Human Services conference. You don't have to be from NY to participate. Details will be available soon.


Job And Volunteer Opportunities

  • NYDIS, VISTA Positions

    NYDIS is seeking candidates for the following VISTA positions:

    VISTA Leader – Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Program
    To download the Position Profile click here

    VISTA Member – National Disaster Interfaiths Network
    To download the Position Profile click here

    VISTA Members – Preparedness Outreach & Marketing
    To download the Position Profile click here

    VISTA Member – Disaster Recovery & Advocacy
    To download the Position Profile click here
  • NYDIS, Office Volunteers

    NYDIS 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.
  • DOHMH, Family Advisor

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Division of Mental Hygiene seeks a Family Advisor to work in its Office of Child and Adolescent Services to facilitate parent involvement in planning, policy development, advocacy, and service development; and develop, support, and promote opportunities for family voices to be included at decision making points throughout the system of care.

    Send a resume and cover letter to Denise Arieli, MSW:
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Office of Child and Adolescent Services
    93 Worth Street Room 210D
    New York, NY 10013

    For more information and position details: click here
  • NDART, Volunteers to Help Animals in Disasters

    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 Department of Homeless Services

    The NYC Department of Homeless Services assisted with the emergency shelter components of the City's Coastal Storm Plan (CSP) and has been tasked to lead many of the planning initiatives necessary to ensure the emergency shelter system is robust and operational. Due to this new agency responsibility, the department is currently developing the Emergency Preparedness and Operations Unit, housed within the Division of Security Services and Emergency Operations, that will manage all major agency-wide emergencies, citywide coastal storm sheltering emergencies, and associated emergency planning activities.

    Deputy Director of Emergency Preparedness: click here
    Emergency Preparedness Planner: click here
    Emergency Staffing Coordinator: click here
    Emergency Volunteer Coordinator: click here
    Internal Planning Specialist: click here

    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:

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