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

Download PDFRegister 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.

Register online:

Or call:
:: NYDIS ED Keynotes DE Interfaith Coalition Conference

The Delaware Interfaith Coalition on Aging invited Peter Gudaitis to deliver the keynote address at their annual conference held May 16 at Beth Emeth Synagogue in Wilmington. The conference was entitled, “ Are We Ready? Faith Communities and Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults.”

Contact the Delaware Interfaith Coalition on Aging:
:: NYDIS Board Approves $3.05M Budget for Fiscal 2007

The NYDIS Board of Directors approved a $3,050,000 Budget for Fiscal 2007 during their May 10 meeting held at the American Red Cross Headquarters. This budget represents a 16% increase over 2006 and includes the addition of 8 new program and administrative staff positions for a total of 14 full-time employees and 14 full-time VISTA members – seven which serve at NYDIS and seven which serve at partner agency sites.
:: 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 23 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, June 6 - 12:30-3:30 pm
    • Thursday, June 7 – 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 13 – 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, June 14 - 9:30-12:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 20 - 9:30-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, June 21 – 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Wednesday, June 27 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, June 28 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • 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, June 6 – 9:30-11:00 am
    • Wednesday, July 25 – 3:00-5:00 pm
:: NYC Katrina Evacuee Recovery 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, 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
:: Upstate NYS 2006 Resources

Download the Hudson Valley Region Disaster Assistance Guide for Upstate NY Floods: click here

For complete information on Flooding Assistance in NY and NJ, please go to the Flood Resources section of the NYDIS website:
:: NYS & NJ 2007 Nor’easter Recovery Resources:

Staten Island Disaster Recovery Center: click here

FEMA Disaster Assistance: click here

FEMA Offers Free Disaster Legal Services in NY:
Through an agreement with the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (ABA/YLD), FEMA is providing free legal help for those who suffered damages or losses from the April nor'easter. Residents of Albany, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Richmond (Staten Island), Ulster and Westchester counties may be eligible for the services, which include legal advice, counseling or certain types of representation. Types of assistance available might include: landlord/tenant issues, help with contractors and home repair contracts, insurance claims, guardianships, and powers of attorney.

For more information call the toll-free hotline:
1.866.488.0268 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Read the May 17 FEMA Press Release:

:: 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
:: 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

:: 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, which will track changes in their physical and mental health over the next 20 years.

Read the entire report:
:: Guard Troops Going on PATH Terror Watch

National Guard troops from NY and NJ have begun patrolling PATH stations, despite no new threats to the bi-state system, officials said May 11. The pilot program kicks off an effort to better coordinate mass transit security between the two states. Forty members of the National Guard will work inside and outside the system's 13 stations. The effort to use Guard troops grew out of a meeting between NJ Governor Corzine and NY Governor Spitzer in January at Hoboken Terminal, where they pleaded for more federal money for regional transportation security.

Read the May 11 article:
www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MD cmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTcxMzIxMzgmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXky
:: Former EPA Chief Will Testify About Air at Ground Zero

Christine Todd Whitman, the former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has agreed to testify before a congressional panel investigating how she and other top federal officials decided the air in lower Manhattan was safe to breathe soon after 9/11. Whitman's attorney told Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House subcommittee that is holding the hearing, that a pending federal lawsuit against the EPA prevented her testimony at a subcommittee hearing. But "if you insist that I appear before the subcommittee while that litigation is still pending, I am prepared to honor your request," Whitman told Nadler in a letter dated May 17. Nadler said he would accommodate her by rescheduling the hearing that had been set for May 22. Upon her original refusal to testify Nadler said, "Our committee must have her testimony at some point, so the American people can hear her direct response to the many lingering questions."

Read the May 19 Washington Post article for this latest development:

Read Rep. Nadler’s May 18 Press Release:

Read Juan Gonzalez’s NY May 16 Daily News article about her original refusal:
:: Clinton & Nadler Investigate 9/11 Environmental Impacts

Senator Clinton, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, and Congressman Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will conduct companion hearings into the failures of the Federal government in responding to the environmental crisis that resulted from 9/11. Sen. Clinton has scheduled the parallel June 20 hearing to also examine lessons learned from 9/11 and federal readiness to respond to releases of hazardous substances in future emergencies.

Read Rep. Nadler’s May 15 Press Release:
:: DHS Awards $445M to Secure US Critical Infrastructure

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced May 10 the final awards totaling $445 million in grant programs that strengthen the ability of ports, transit, and intercity bus systems to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The awards are part of the FY 2007 Infrastructure Protection Program (IPP), which has provided nearly $2 billion in grants to strengthen critical infrastructure facilities and transportation systems.
  • Port Security Grants: NY-NJ receive $27.1 million
  • Transit Security Grants: NY-CT-NJ receive $61 million
Read the entire May 10 Press Release:
  • Homeland Security Increases Grants to NY Region

    On the same day that Senator Charles Schumer called for scuttling the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) other members of Congress from the NY region are applauding an increase in the grants awarded locally by DHS. House and Senate members from NY and NJ say the May 10 awards are a victory for a risk based approach. The region will get millions more than last year to protect mass transit, port facilities and chemical plants. The NYC metro region saw its Federal security aid for its rail networks jump from $47 million last year to $61 million. In this latest round DHS appeared to emphasize reducing vulnerabilities at the nation’s seaport and mass transit networks. As a result Amtrak and bus services like Greyhound got Federal aid along with ferry operators.

    Read WNYC's Bob Hennelly commentary:
:: NYS DPC Semiannual Meeting

The New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC) conducted its semiannual meeting on Wednesday, May 9, in the studios of New York Network, at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. This meeting, convened by NY State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) Director, John Gibb, will be available to view online for one month and offline for four months.

To view the meeting:
:: President Orders Agencies to Develop Emergency Operations Plans

President Bush signed a directive May 9 outlining a strategy for preparing the federal government to continue running during a national emergency such as a terrorist attack or a natural disaster. In the order, called “National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20”, he designated the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism as the national continuity coordinator; and also ordered the development of a national continuity plan within 90 days. The new directive requires that continuity plans be incorporated into the daily operations of all federal agencies and emphasis be placed on geographic dispersion of agency leadership, staff and infrastructure to keep key government services operating during an emergency. The heads of all agencies will have to appoint a senior-level official at the assistant secretary level to serve as their continuity coordinator.

Read the May 9 White House Policy Statement:
:: FEMA Director Vows No Repeat of Katrina in 2007

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief David Paulison assured Congress that his once-beleaguered operation, widely blamed for a slow federal response in the aftermath of Katrina, has been reformed and re-energized by experienced new staff and better planning. "There is no question in my mind whatsoever that you are not going to see another Katrina happen in this country," Paulison told a hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security May 15.

Read David Morgan’s May 15 Reuters article:
:: GAO Report: Homeland Security Networks Need Better Coordination

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report May 4 saying that numerous federal networks used to support homeland security need to be better coordinated with key state and local information sharing initiatives. While DHS is responsible for coordinating the federal government's networks and related systems with state and local government, efforts in that regard are just beginning. Until DHS develops an inventory of key state and local initiatives and fully implements coordination and collaboration practices, effective information sharing is not occurring and that its Homeland Security Information Network may be duplicating state and local capabilities.

Download the GAO Report: click here
:: $1B for Crisis Communications

The nation’s switchover to digital television in 2009 will yield benefits to states still scurrying to enable firefighters, police and other local and federal emergency officials to communicate during a crisis. States can start applying in mid-July for the first small slice of $1 billion that will be set aside from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming sale of licenses for the public airwaves that will be turned over to new uses as the nation switches to all-digital TV broadcasts by a February 17, 2009, deadline set by Congress. These new federal funds are targeted for state and local governments to upgrade their public communications networks so that first responders can talk to each other and to other key players during an emergency. Then in mid-July, states will learn how much of the $1 billion they will be eligible to apply for. On September 1, states may receive up to 5% of their eligible grants to help them develop their statewide emergency communication plans and they will have until September 30 to submit their designs.

Read Joshua Brockman’s article:
:: VT Shootings Raise Interest in Large-Scale E-Communications

An increase in weather-related disasters, along with tragic events such as the shootings at Virginia Tech, has spurred interest in emergency alerting and domain awareness technology in the academic, public and private sectors. Government agencies at the federal and state levels are deploying emergency notification systems that can send alerts to a wide range of communications devices, including desktop computers, cell phones and personal digital assistants. They also send alerts to large communities of people, from first responders to employees and citizens. A mass notification network can enable administrators to send out messages to large groups of people within minutes.

Read the GCN article:
:: Poll: Most Americans Say “Ready” for Next Disaster

Most people say their families and local emergency agencies are ready for the next natural disaster but the federal government is not. Women and minorities are less confident on both counts. A poll on the subject was released May 14, less than three weeks before the official start of an Atlantic hurricane season that some forecasters say will be an active one. The USA Today/Gallup poll found that two-thirds of people said their local first responders were prepared for a disaster, while nearly as many said their hospitals and families were ready. Only three in 10 expressed the same confidence in the federal government, underscoring earlier polls that showed a lingering wariness from the slow response to Hurricane Katrina's 2005 devastation of the Gulf Coast.

However, most research shows that the majority of Americans have neither an adequate disaster plan nor appropriate emergency supplies at the ready.

Read the May 14 Washington Post article by Alan Fram:

From Our Members and Partners

  • OEM & MTA to Electronically Map NYC Subway System

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced May 21 a plan to map electronically every inch of the NYC subway system. The project, slated to cost about $200,000, will give first responders better information about the layout of the system in case of a terrorist attack or other emergency by making electronic versions of the subway map easily downloadable. The map, containing every exit, emergency phone and alarm box underground, will be available at a central command headquarters that will communicate with emergency workers on the scene.

    Read the May 22 Newsday article by David Freedlander:
  • 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.

    To register:

    Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation: click here
  • WCC Disaster Volunteering Workshop – May 30

    World Cares Center (WCC) offers “Disaster Preparation & Trauma Mitigation” training workshops. Disaster Volunteering I (DV I) is a training workshop for those who are interested in becoming disaster volunteers or responders. Participants will learn more about disaster and emergency work and will be able to evaluate whether they are ready, able and prepared to become volunteers. They will leave equipped with the keys to being an effective volunteer and lessons on how to stay emotionally strong and healthy while doing disaster work. It takes place on Wednesday, May 30,
    6:30-8:30 pm at September Space Midtown located at 520 8th Avenue, 11th Floor.

    For more information contact Allyson:

    To RSVP:

  • HWC-LI Announces New CEO Gwen O’Shea

    Thomas Maligno, the Chairman of the  Board of Directors of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, the umbrella for the Island’s non profit and public health and human service organizations, announced that the Council Board selected Gwen O’Shea to replace the retiring, long time CEO, Jack O’Connell. O’Shea has been with the Council since 1999 and the Chief Operating Officer since 2004, overseeing the Child Health Plus Facilitated Enrollment Program and the 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable. O’Shea will be welcomed by the members of Council at the 2007 Annual Meeting on Friday, June 8 at the Huntington Hilton along with the newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lance Elder, the CEO of EAC.

  • 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:


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.
  • Have you Registered with HOWCALM™?

    NYDISnet NYDIS has developed and made available, free to NYC faith communities and houses of worhship, a secure, web-based database system for managing faith-based assets in times of crisis. By tracking the logistics and resources of houses of worship, religious schools and faith-based service providers, the system enhancing the preparedness, response capacity and emergency planning efforts in NYC. Enrolling your congregation will include enrollment in emergency communication systems, disaster training opportunities and enhance NYDIS’ ability to work in partnership with OEM and Human Service agencies to include your house of worship in all-hazards planning.

    For more information download the brochure on pdf: click here

    To register: click here
  • OEM Tip #1: Prepare Your Pets for an Emergency

    When it comes to emergency planning, it's important to consider everyone’s needs. Ensure your disaster plan accounts for your pet. Ready NY for Pets outlines steps pet owners can take to ensure their pets are prepared for all types of emergencies.

    Download the Brochures in English and Spanish:
  • OEM Tip #2: CPR Training Saves Lives

    Packing a Go Bag and an Emergency Supply Kit can go a long way in preparing for an emergency, but the right training can prepare you to help others as well. Around 250,000 Americans suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year; that is nearly one person every two minutes. Prompt, effective administration of CPR can save a life.
    Learn how to make a difference at a one-day CPR class offered by the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC-GNY).

    Sign up for an ARC CPR Class:
  • 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:

    • FEMA’s New Guide Asks: “Are You Ready?”
      The FEMA publication “Are You Ready?” offers free assistance in planning and preparing for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. The 200-page guide to disaster preparedness can be used as a reference or as a step-by-step manual on how to learn more about local emergency plans, how to identify local hazards, and how to develop an emergency communication plan and build a disaster supplies kit. Other topics include evacuating safely, making use of emergency public shelters and protecting people with disabilities.

      Download the new “Are You Ready Guide?”:

    • CSU Predicts Active 07 Hurricane Season
      The US Atlantic basin will likely experience a very active hurricane season, the Colorado State University (CSU) forecast team says, anticipating 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:

    • Storm Size & Intensity Key to Evaluate Potential Hurricane Damage
      The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane researchers investigating the destructive potential of land-falling hurricanes say that the overall size of the storm, as well as the area reached by its winds, should be considered when assessing its possible damage. The April issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society published a study by Mark Powell, a research meteorologist at the NOAA laboratory in Miami, describing what he calls a new Hurricane Destructive Potential classification. Powell’s goal is to provide a better measure of the threat posed by a hurricane.

      Read the May 11 NOAA Press Release:
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • 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:

    • Course: Pandemic Flu Preparedness for Faith-Based 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:

    • New Training Course to Respond to Avian Flu
      A three-day training course which provides a standardized curriculum to state and local public-health responders about how to identify and control human infections and illness associated with avian influenza A (H5N1) was released online May 15. The course, entitled "CDC/CSTE Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the United States" is the result of a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). Through lectures, reference materials and case studies, the course provides mechanisms to facilitate discussion and planning among people who may be called on to respond to avian influenza in the US.

      Read the May 15 CDC Press Release:

      The course is available at:

    • New Guidance for the Use of Facemasks and Respirators
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released interim advice to the public about the use of facemasks and respirators in public (non-occupational) settings during an influenza pandemic. The guidance stresses that during a flu pandemic a combination of actions will be needed, including hand washing, minimizing the likelihood of exposure by distancing people who are infected or likely to be infected with influenza away from others and treating them with antiviral medications, having people who are caring for ill family members voluntarily stay home, and encouraging people to avoid crowded places and large gatherings. When used in conjunction with such preventive steps, masks and respirators may help prevent some spread of influenza.

      For more information on the use of masks and respirators:

      Download the Guidance:

      CDC Information:

      CDC Press Release:

    • FDA Clears First Respirators for Public Health Emergencies
      The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) May 8 cleared for marketing the first respirators that can help reduce the user's exposure to airborne germs during a public health medical emergency, such as an influenza pandemic. These two filtering facepiece respirators (3M Respirators 8612F and 8670F) will be available to the general public without a prescription. The devices are also certified as N95 filtering facepiece respirators by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which certifies respirators for use in occupational settings in accordance with an appropriate respiratory protection program.

      Read the FDA Press Release:

  • National Emergency Management Network

    Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) are working together to build a national network of communities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that are willing to share resources with stricken areas, and with each other in the event of a disaster. This network, known as the National Emergency Management Network (NEMN), provides a mechanism for communities to identify, request, mobilize, track and receive reimbursements for these resources.


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,” 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
  • FEMA Offers Independent Study Program

    The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses in Incident Management, Operational Planning, Disaster Logistics, Emergency Communications, Service to Disaster Victims, Continuity Programs, Public Disaster Communications, Integrated Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation.

    See listing of courses and registration information:
  • Book Review: Learning From Catastrophe

    A peer-reviewed edited volume, Learning from Catastrophe is a collection of 18 chapters from 39 researchers who conducted social science research during or immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall in September 2005. At that time, research teams were deployed under the Natural Hazard Center's Quick Response program, the National Science Foundation's Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) effort, and other academic institutions. Field workers witnessed the catastrophe first hand and discuss the research and policy implications in this volume.

    Purchase book from University of Colorado Natural Hazard Center Press:
  • New Report on VISTA Members

    “Community and Faith-based Organizations’ Influence on Volunteer Participation: Social Movement Implications for Planning,” by Malik Watkins, is a newly released paper that focuses on AmeriCorps*VISTA members. What influences their involvement and commitment?  And can they build local movement centers that can do more than just provide services?

    Download the Report:
  • Comfort Dog Teams Help After Disasters

    HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) is a national all-volunteer, non-profit, crisis response organization with specially trained and certified handler/canine teams that emergency responders call upon to provide comfort and support to people affected by disasters, usually in the recovery phase. AACR partners with relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, FEMA, The Salvation Army, NOVA, and Faith Based groups.


    Read the DNN article:

  • 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

    Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue
    Friday, June 8-Monday, June 11
    Nassau County 4-H Camp, Riverhead, NY

    Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue
    Friday, June 15-Monday, June 18
    Humane Society, Fairport, NY

    The Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART) 2007 Conference in the NYC area will be held at two locations in June. 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.

  • 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:
  • Free Mental Health Risk Communication Workshop

    June 15, 18 ,19, or 22
    New York City

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) invites you to participate in one of four Mental Health Risk Communication workshops led by Dr. Vincent Covello, the lead risk communications consultant for the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn key mental health and risk communications principles that will help you plan for and respond to the communication challenges of emergencies. Workshops are targeted for mental health professionals, community and faith-based leaders, social workers, clinicians, and administrators.

    Mary Aquino: 202.884.7370
    Sebrena Sawtell: 202.884.7330

    Download the Flyer: click here
    RSVP Form: click here
  • 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.

    Download registration form, list of workshops and the agenda:

  • US Disaster Preparedness Conference

    Tuesday, August 21-Wednesday, August 22
    New Orleans, LA

    Presentations, interactive panel discussions, tradeshow exhibits and networking events with the nation ’s top experts combined with classroom-style training will arm participants with disaster planning and response best practices. Recent changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Response Plan, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) will be detailed.

    For conference and registration details:

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.
  • NYC OEM, Emergency Management Professionals – 19 Positions

    The Planning Division seeks skilled individuals with experience in planning, project management and technical writing and with engineering, science or human services backgrounds. These individuals will work with City, State and federal partners to develop citywide response plans in one of five planning units —Health and Medical, Human Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, Logistics or Plan Management. Critical initiatives include the Coastal Storm Plan, the Pandemic Influenza Plan, the Area Evacuation Plan and the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) Response Plan.

    The Operations Division seeks candidates with emergency management, fire, police EMS, public safety, public health or engineering experience. These individuals will work side-by-side with City, State, and federal partners to coordinate emergency response and recovery in OEM Watch Command (communications center) or in Field Response.

    View all job descriptions:

    To apply, submit resume and cover letter:
    Annette Santiago, Director of Human Resources
    165 Cadman Plaza
    East Brooklyn, NY  11201
  • World Vision, Storehouse Manager - Bronx, NY

    World Vision is seeking a motivated, high-energy, self-starter to manage their NY Storehouse operations. Responsibilities include overseeing on-site programs, evaluating gifts-in-kind, overseeing the volunteer program, and directing the development of a network of ministry partners. Two-year technical or junior college degree or equivalent experience of 5-8 years is required.

    Apply online at www.worldvision.org
    Reference # 1238

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  • 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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