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:: NYDIS Leadership Transition for Director, Recovery & Advocacy

With great appreciation for her six years of service to the 9/11 recovery community, NYDIS announces that Maggie Jarry, Director of Recovery & Advocacy, has accepted a position as State Planner for Refugee and Immigrant Populations for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Through Maggie’s leadership the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable has continued to develop as a tool for facilitating recovery to health impacted 9/11 victims, including WTC clean up and recovery workers.

In keeping with NYDIS’ commitment to continue serving 9/11 health impacted communities – with a particular focus on the increasing number of unmet needs amongst ill 9/11 recovery workers, NYDIS is also pleased to announce that Elizabeth “Scottie” Hill, current Director of Social Work and Advocacy Services at the Mount Sinai Hospital WTC Health Effects Treatment Program, will become NYDIS’ Director of Recovery and Advocacy beginning August 20.

NYDIS will host a farewell reception for Maggie on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at NYDIS.
RSVP to Leslie Jackson, Recovery VISTA:
:: NYDIS Hosts Navigating Resources for 9/11 Clients in 2007 Workshop

On July 10 NYDIS will host a second half-day workshop for 9/11 case managers focusing on navigating current 9/11 resources clients, especially health impacted clients. The workshop will feature resources for:
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Applying to NYS Workers’ Compensation
  • Accessing the WTC health-related hospital programs
  • Social Security
  • Other resources for recovery planning, including accessing micro-business loans
To RSVP and for more information about NYDIS’ case management trainings and resources:
Maggie Jarry, Director, Disaster Recovery & Advocacy
:: NYDIS Presents Preparedness Training at the JCC

On June 13, NYDIS’ Community Outreach & Training Coordinator, Autumn Brown, presented “House of Worship Mitigation & Preparedness: The Importance of Readiness & Resiliency in NYC Faith Communities” at the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. The presentation included tips on the roles faith communities can play in the four phases of disaster - Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery - as well as education resources, training information, and Ready NY guides.

To bring this presentation to your community, contact Autumn Brown:

:: NYDIS Partners with Broadway Community for “Nite Out On Broadway”

NYDIS has partnered with the cast of the Broadway musical, The Pirate Queen, to provide WTC recovery workers with permanent disabilities and their families with tickets to Broadway shows. This project, called “Nite Out On Broadway,” was initiated via the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable, by the cast of The Pirate Queen as an opportunity to show their support and appreciation for the work and sacrifices made by the more than 40,000 people who helped to clean the WTC site. Accompanied by a member of the Roundtable staff, the first WTC recovery worker family attended The Pirate Queen on June 3 to kick-off the beginning of this new program partnership which is currently being expanded to additional shows.

How to donate: click here

:: NYDIS Hosts 9/11 Disaster Case Management Workshop

Download PDFOn June 13 NYDIS hosted a half-day long workshop for 9/11 case managers on disaster case management and current 9/11 resources. The workshop featured speakers from Mount Sinai and Bellevue hospitals, Neighborhood Housing Services, The Social Security Administration, NYCOSH and the Salvation Army. Presentations focused on the skill building initial needs assessment and recovery plan development with clients, how to help WTC recovery workers register with workers compensation or accessing social security benefits and, how to link clients to appropriate mental health services as needed.
:: NYDIS Attends the National Citizen Corps Conference

NYDIS’ Community Outreach & Training Coordinator, Autumn Brown, and Community Outreach VISTA, Teresa Garza, attended the National Citizen Corps Conference in Alexandria, VA June 10-13. The conference included a wide variety of presentations, from tools for local neighborhood readiness and community mapping, to tips on building relationships between government and the private sector. NYDIS had a booth in the exhibit where we educated the Citizen Corps community on the interfaith coordination of preparedness and recovery efforts in NYC. Also in attendance from NYC was staff from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the American Red Cross of Greater New York (ARC/GNY).
:: 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, July 2 – 1:00-3:30 pm
    • Monday, August 6 - 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, 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
    • Tuesday, July 3 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Wednesday, July 11 - 9:30-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, July 19 – 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Wednesday, July 25 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, August 2 - 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, July 25 – 3:00-5:00 pm
    • Wednesday, August 15 - 9:30-11:00 am
    • Wednesday, September 19 - 9:30-11:00 am
:: 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, July 24 - 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, August 21 - 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, September 25 - 2:00-5:00 pm

  • To sign up for In-Service Training or to present a case:
    Dominique Atchison, Moderator
:: Upstate NY 2006 Flood 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:

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
:: 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:
  • Half Respond to WTC Registry Tracking 9/11 Health

    Just half of the members of the registry tracking post-9/11 health problems have filled out follow-up surveys a year after city officials began asking for them to get a complete picture of the long-term health effects of exposure to WTC dust. Since last June, 35,504 of the 71,437 people in the nation's largest health registry have filed follow-up reports. The response is critical to help track long-term effects of WTC exposure, especially since a majority of people who worked or lived in and around the WTC had respiratory problems and psychological issues such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. "Every individual illness or death potentially associated with the attacks is tragic," Department of Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said. "Registry enrollees are critical to helping us understand the long-term effects of 9/11."

    Read the June 11 article:
:: First House Hearing on 9/11 Federal Environmental Response – June 25

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will conduct an oversight hearing on "Substantive Due Process Violations Arising from the Environmental Protection Agency's Handling of Air Quality Issues Following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001," on Monday, June 25, at 1:00 pm. It will examine possible violations of the " substantive due process rights" of individuals living and working in the vicinity of the WTC on or after 9/11, by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and other federal agencies. Former EPA Administrator Christine Whitman will testify at the hearing, marking the first time she has testified at a Congressional hearing dedicated solely to the EPA's response to 9/11 and the first time she has testified on these matters since a disapproving EPA Inspector General's report was released in August of 2003. This report concluded that the Administration made misleading public statements about post-9/11 air quality, based at least in part on White House interference, and has failed to provide a proper testing and cleaning of indoor spaces contaminated by WTC toxins.  "At long-last, the American people will finally have their first opportunity to hear directly from former EPA Administrator Whitman and other former government officials -- on the record," said Rep. Nadler. 

Download the EPA Inspector General's August 13, 2003 report:

Read Rep. Nadler’s June 11 Press Release:
:: Senator Clinton Holds Senate Hearing on 9/11 Environmental Response – June 20

The House’s companion Senate hearing on the federal environmental response after 9/11 will be conducted on June 20 at 10:00 am in Washington, DC by Senator Clinton, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health. It will include testimony from James L. Connaughton, Council on Environmental Quality; Susan Parker Bodine, Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Capt. Sven E. Rodenbeck, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; John Stephenson, Natural Resources and Environment, Government Accountability Office (GAO); and David Newman, NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH).

Read the Senator’s June 15 Press Release:

Learn more about 9/11 Health Effects and read Senator Clinton’s statements:
:: Schumer/Clinton Restore $30M for "Securing the Cities" Program in NYC

Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton announced that the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee has restored critical funding for the “Securing Our Cities” program being conducted in the NYC metro area. DHS originally requested $40 million for the program that deploys nuclear detectors around NYC, but that amount was slashed in half by the House. After the Senators asked the committee to support the program, the subcommittee restored funding back up to $30 million. NY is a pilot city for the program, with NYC planning to install a network of stationary and mobile detection devices on highways, sea lanes, bridges and tunnels throughout the City, LI, and the lower Hudson Valley.

Read the Senators’ June 13 Press Release:
:: Mayor Implements WTC Health Panel Plan/Appoints WTC Health Czar

Mayor Bloomberg announced the creation of the City’s WTC Medical Working Group and the appointment of the WTC Health Coordinator, both recommended in the City’s February 2007 report, “Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11.” The Medical Working Group, co-chaired by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, is charged with reviewing clinical and research findings on the potential health effects of WTC exposure. The members will also review the adequacy of health and mental health services available to WTC-exposed persons, and will advise city government on approaches to communicating health risk information.

The Mayor also announced the appointment of Jeffrey Hon, formerly of the American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program, as the City’s WTC Health Coordinator. In keeping with the recommendations of the February report, Mr. Hon will coordinate information outreach and service delivery to all those with physical and mental health issues potentially related to the 9/11 attacks and will work closely with the new Medical Working Group, the Health Department’s WTC Health Registry, the NYPD and FDNY, and other city agencies and treatment centers to ensure that services are coordinated and that relevant health information is conveyed to affected populations and the public.

Read the Mayor’s June 11 Press Release: click here
:: Senate Hearing on TB Case Shows Need for Tighter Laws

“States should have the power to restrict the movement of patients with contagious diseases even before they have the chance to disobey doctors' orders,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at the Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing June 6. Besides granting states more power to isolate patients, Dr. Gerberding said the federal government should clarify its quarantine laws, which focus on preventing sick people from coming into the country. Sen. Tom Harkin, the subcommittee chairman, questioned the CDC's ability to take quick and decisive action. The CDC was notified May 18 that Andrew Speaker had multiple drug resistant Tuberculosis, but the Homeland Security Department (DHS) was not told until four days later, and Speaker was not placed on a no-fly list until May 24. "Again, with the rapidity of world travel today, it seems to me that this time frame should have been collapsed to just a few hours," Sen. Harkin said. Dr. Gerberding responded, "I think we should have done it faster, and I think we'll be able to accelerate this next time. In retrospect, that was a mistake and I wish we had done it differently."

Read Kevin Freking’s June 9 AP article:
  • Senator Clinton Calls for Better Communication Systems for Combating TB

    Senator Hillary Clinton called on Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to immediately develop protocols to guide the actions of national, state and local health officials when suspected cases of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) or multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) arise. In sending her letter to Dr. Gerberding June 6, the Senator drew attention to the continuing lack of clear answers from government agencies tasked with dealing with this kind of health crisis, a problem which was only affirmed by testimony before the hearing. “We need to ensure that our state and local public health departments have the resources they need to respond in the case of a crisis. It is obviously past time for the CDC to develop a clear protocol for state and local health officials to follow when cases of XDR-TB and MDR-TB are suspected,” Senator Clinton said.

    Read Senator Clinton’s Press Release:
  • NIAID Releases MDR/XDR Tuberculosis Research Agenda

    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released June 6 its NIAID Research Agenda for Multidrug-Resistant (MDR) and Extensively Drug-Resistant (XDR) Tuberculosis (TB). Diagnosing, treating and controlling the spread of TB has become increasingly complicated because of the emergence of MDR and XDR TB, which threatens to set TB control efforts back to the pre-antibiotic era. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID developed this TB research agenda to address MDR/XDR TB with appropriate urgency, and that the agenda is a web-based “living document” that can be updated as scientific and public health needs and opportunities evolve.

    Read the June 6 Press Release:
:: New Bill in Congress Demands Federal 9/11 Health Plan

The House Committee on Appropriations has included in its report language for the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill, a measure that calls on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and release within four months a comprehensive, long-term plan to medically monitor everyone exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the WTC and treat anyone who is sick as a result. The Committee also requested that the Department include provisions for long-term medical care, worker compensation, income security, and disability benefits for affected individuals and liability issues for the city of NY and its contractors. The “Labor HHS” appropriations measure is expected to come to the House floor for a vote in the next two weeks.

Read Rep. Maloney’s June 13 Press Release:
:: Maloney/Fossella Applaud $50M for 9/11 Health in House Appropriations Bill

On June 7 Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Vito Fossella, Co-Chairs of the Congressional 9/11 Health Caucus, applauded the inclusion of $50 million for 9/11 health care and medical monitoring in the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill for FY 2008.  House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey and Appropriations Committee members from NY, Nita Lowey, James Walsh, José Serrano, Maurice Hinchey and Steve Israel, helped move the much-needed funding forward.

Read Rep. Fossella’s Press Release:
  • Rep. Nadler Lauds 9/11 Health Bill $ - Follows Member’s Request
    Congressman Jerrold Nadler is pleased that $50 million has been included in the 2008 House Labor-HHS Appropriations bill for the WTC Monitoring and Treatment Program. Rep. Nadler, along with 22 representatives, wrote to the Appropriations Committee earlier this year to ask for the funding, as well as the development of a comprehensive approach to 9/11 health that would include residents, non-first responder workers and school children. The full House is expected to consider the funding bill in the coming weeks.

    Read Rep. Nadler’s June 7 Statement:
:: DHS Utilizing Robots for Disaster Recovery

Homeland Security Department (DHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are holding the fourth Response Robot Evaluation Exercise from June 18 to 22, where NIST engineers plan to test robots that can be used to support first responders' search and rescue efforts. They will test robots that can operate in two types of disasters. The first is a structural collapse of a municipal building, in which a robot must be able to traverse rubble and small openings to find victims and help engineers determine if the building is safe to enter. The other scenario involves a wreck of a passenger train that also is carrying unknown hazardous materials. The robot must be able to cross railroad tracks, maneuver through wreckage and debris to map the scene, locate victims, find, identify and bring back samples of hazardous materials. The evaluations will be conducted at "Disaster City" at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Learn more:
:: The Road Home Program - Deadline to Apply July 31

Louisiana homeowners who owned and occupied their homes at the time of Katrina or Rita, and suffered damage as a result of one of the storms, may be eligible to receive assistance through The Road Home program, which represents the largest single housing recovery program in US history, affording eligible homeowners up to $150,000 in compensation for their losses to get back into their homes. Those who have not yet applied have until July 31 to file an application for assistance.

Read the Road Home Press Release about the Deadline:

Apply to The Road Home Program:
1.888.762.3252 (TTY: 1.800.566.4224)
:: Increased Federal Share for Katrina Disaster Assistance

Congress has determined that the federal cost share should be 100% in both the Public Assistance Program and the Assistance to Individuals and Households Program, for damage caused by Katrina, Wilma, Rita, and Dennis in LA, MS, FL, AL, and TX. Slipped into the Iraq War funding supplemental appropriation was a short provision stating that “the Federal Share for disasters is increased to 100% of the eligible costs under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in connection with Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Dennis, and Rita…shall apply to disaster assistance applied for before the date of enactment of this Act,” and “shall be limited to projects for which a ‘request for public assistance form’ has been submitted.”

Download the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act as of April 2007:

From Our Members & Partners

  • Sikh Coalition & City Council Send Report & Letter to Schools Chancellor

    On June 6 four NYC Council Members, John Liu, David Weprin, Robert Jackson (Chair of the Education Committee) and Hiram Montserrate, joined the Sikh Coalition to release a first ever research report on bias against Sikh children in NYC Schools.  The report, “Hatred in the Hallways: A Preliminary Report on Bias Against Sikh Students in NYC’s Public Schools,” presents data from over 200 surveys conducted by the Sikh Coalition on the experience of Sikh children in NYC schools. The report's key findings include: three out of four Sikh boys who go to school in Queens have been teased or harassed on account of their religious identity; more than half of the over 200 Sikh students surveyed had experienced some form of harassment in school based on their religion or national origin; and over 40% of Sikh students who wear turbans or patkas have been subjected to some form of physical harassment, either hitting, punching, or disrespectful touching of the head. Backlash against the Sikh community has risen sharply since 9/11. The Sikh Coalition is a member of NYDIS and is a lead agency in efforts to develop more comprehensive backlash mitigation planning for NYC ethnic religious communities.

    Download the Sikh Coalition’s Report, “Hatred in the Hallways”: click here

    Read the June 6 Press Release:

    For more information, call Amardeep Singh, Executive Director:
  • Muslim Consultative Network & ARC Offer Prepare NY Training – June 22

    A Prepare NY training event is being presented by the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) and the Muslim Consultative Network, with the NY City Council and NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) on Friday, June 22, 6:30-7:15 pm, at SABA, 464 3rd Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets) in Brooklyn. This free presentation is designed to prepare individuals and families for emergencies. Attendees learn how to create a family disaster plan, build and maintain a supply kit, and be safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants will receive a free interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan. Refreshments will be served.

    For more information, call Sheren Attal, Muslim Consultative Network:
  • The Salvation Army Announces New NY EDS Director

    John Berglund, presently the National Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Director for The Salvation Army, will assume the duties as EDS Director for The Salvation Army in Greater New York in July. Roger Rischawy, former EDS Director, will be moving to a position in the development department of the Westchester office. Previous to his EDS Director position, Mr. Rischawy was in the territorial quarters in West Nyack, and his experience has encompassed not only disaster services but also development, to which he is now returning. In Mr. Berglund’s national position, he oversaw the Salvation Army’s Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
  • WCC Holds Disaster Volunteering Workshop – June 27

    DVI 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 will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at WCC Midtown, 520 8th Avenue, 11th Floor.

    RSVP is required:
  • 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
  • New Ground Day Camps Registers Campers

    New Ground Day Camps, a partnership between Koinonia, Lutheran Counseling Center, and NYC area congregations is now registering campers ages 6 through 12 years old. This creative, fun, healthy, Christian Day Camp ministry begun post 9/11 incorporates a mental health component to assist children in dealing with disaster. The Lutheran Counseling Center provides an advisor in residence who teaches life skills such as communication, non-violence, and identifying your support system. Koinonia provides trained college age camp counselors to lead worship, crafts, Bible study and games. The local congregation registers campers and provides hospitality. This faith-based program is open to all children helping them move beyond the events of 9/11 and to stand on New Ground. To register a camper, call the phone number noted for each site on the list.

    For a list of Day Camp sites:

    For information about Koinonia, 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 your House of Worship: click here
  • OEM Tip: Know the Zones

    Upon the official beginning of hurricane season, OEM asks that New Yorkers use the calm before the storm to create an emergency plan. Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finer to determine if you live in an evacuation zone and identify friends or family willing to shelter you outside of the evacuation zones. The Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder also provides directions to public shelters as a last resort.

    Go to OEM’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder:

    Learn about Coastal Storms and Hurricanes in NYC:

    OEM’s Ready NY Hurricane Guide in 11 languages:
  • Governor’s Proclamation on Hurricane Preparedness Month

    Governor Spitzer, in his proclaiming June as Hurricane Preparedness Month for New York, extols, “…we are fortunate that all levels of government work cooperatively with the private sector, the National Weather Service and volunteer organizations to continue to improve our awareness of such threats and our degree of preparedness and response to citizens in their time of need.”

    Read the Governor’s Proclamation:
  • SEMO Director: “Prepare Now for Hurricane Season”

    With the 2007 hurricane and coastal storm season here, the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) advise New Yorkers to begin preparations by reviewing their emergency plans and check their cache of emergency supplies. “Hurricanes and coastal storms are a threat not only to NYS’s coastal communities but the entire state,” said John R. Gibb, Director of SEMO. “We are reminded of the destructive force of these storms by April’s nor’easter which brought extensive floods throughout the Hudson Valley region and caused extensive damage to beaches on Long Island.” He also advises individuals with special needs or requiring more information to contact their local emergency management office.

    Read Director Gibb’s Press Release click here
  • 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 presentations are on Thursday, July 12, and Thursday, August 2, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online for July 12:

    Sign up online for August 2:
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • HHS Offers Pandemic Flu Blog & Summit
      The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog, a five-week-long blog about pandemic preparedness. Participant bloggers include some of the nation’s most influential business, health care, faith-based and community leaders. This online event is part of a campaign to help Americans prepare for a potential influenza pandemic and engage US leaders in the challenge to help others prepare. The Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog will continue through June 27 and is open to the public and media.

      Join the Blog:

    • 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:

    • Healthier America Summit Focused on Pandemic Flu
      The “Healthier America Summit”, convened in Washington, DC, drew leaders from business, government, public health, health care, education, and community- and faith-based organizations to advance the cause of a healthier America. Mainly focused on the danger of a pandemic flu outbreak, a featured session was “Pandemic Flu: The Virus That Could Change the World”, was moderated by Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent of CBS News. Panelists included: Darrell Darnell, Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Gov. Thomas Kean, Chairman, 9/11 Commission, Sandra Shewry, Director, California Department of Health Services, Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, Special Assistant to the President for Biological Defense Policy, White House Homeland Security Council, and Gov. Lowell Weicker.

      Learn more about the June 12 Summit:

    • Pandemic Flu Guide from John Hopkins
      Developed by the John Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, this guide is designed to help understand the threat of a pandemic flu outbreak in our country and in your community. It describes common sense actions that one can take in preparing for a pandemic.

      Download the John Hopkins Pandemic Flu Guide:

      Learn more:

    • FDA Finalizes Guidances for Pandemic Flu Vaccines
      The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued their final recommendations to increase the supply of safe and effective influenza vaccines for pandemic use. FDA's goal with the guidances is to outline the regulatory pathways for the rapid development and approval of these products. " Having additional manufacturers of licensed influenza vaccines will enhance the capacity to produce more doses of seasonal influenza vaccines, as well as contribute to the nation's pandemic preparedness, one of our top priorities," said Dr. Jesse Goodman, director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research."

      For more information:

  • Preparedness Guide for the Underserved

    Operation HOPE, a national organization focused on bringing financial literacy and empowerment to underserved US communities offers the ”Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide,” under its HOPE Coalition America program, which serves as a resource network of companies, including banking, financial services, and insurance as well as government, social service and emergency relief organizations that mobilize to respond to disasters.

    Download the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide:

  • TSA Reminds Travelers: Be Prepared

    As the busy summer travel season begins, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds travelers to be prepared and plan ahead for security. Passenger preparedness for the security process can have a significant impact on wait times at the checkpoint. TSA is working with aviation industry partners to ensure the highest levels of security for travelers.

    Learn more:
  • SBA Tip for Businesses: Get a “Check-up”
    The US Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Disaster Assistance, recommends businesses have an annual insurance "check-up" to assure coverage meets the specific risks at the business site; to be sure both the building and its contents are covered and to protect against business interruptions. The SBA reminds business owners that most hazard insurance policies do not cover flood losses and that a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be required.

    For information on business preparedness and to order free sample emergency plans, business preparedness checklists and more:
    800.BE.READY (237.3239)


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’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?”:
  • Photo Exhibit: “Kids Take Pictures of New Orleans Today”

    Until June 29, a powerful exhibit of photographs taken by kids of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will be on display at Gallery 1199, 310 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. The pictures and stories on display bring an unfiltered view of New Orleans through the eyes of its youth. The kids were given free cameras and photography lessons and asked to document what they saw.  Their images offer an intimate, honest, and eye-opening look at post-Katrina New Orleans. The New Orleans Kid Camera Project is a grassroots community endeavor to address the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on children.

    For information contact Zoeann Murphy:

    Download the Flier: click here
  • 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.


  • 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

  • Free Mental Health Risk Communication Workshop

    June 20
    New York City

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) invites you to participate in the last 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 & 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 – Preparedness Outreach & Marketing
    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.
  • Catholic Charities of NY, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

    The Disaster Preparedness Coordinator will be part of the Staff Management Group team and will participate in researching, writing and evaluating Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) and Catholic Charities New York (CCNY) disaster plans. Responsibilities also include ensuring continuity with the response plans of NYC and Lower Hudson Valley Counties, supporting the Human Services Council (HSC) planning process, and act as the liaison between HSC, CCCS and CCNY regarding preparedness activities and disaster services planning activities.

    For details about this position: click here

    To apply, submit resume to:
    Joy Jasper, Human Resources
    Catholic Charities Community Services
    1011 1st Avenue
    NY, NY 10022
    Attn: Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
  • 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
  • NYC OEM, Human Services Special Needs Coordinator

    The Human Services Special Needs Coordinator is responsible for incorporating strategies to address issues related to special needs populations and their caregivers into emergency response plans.  Responsibilities include: chairing the Special Needs Advisory group comprised of representatives from City, State, and Federal government, non-profit, public, and private agencies, developing and implementing systems for providing information to special populations and their caregivers, supporting planning and preparedness activities, and staffing the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergency activations.

    For details about the position: click here

    To apply, submit resume and cover letter:
    Annette Santiago, Director of Human Resources
    165 Cadman Plaza East
    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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