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NYC OEM Opens Cooling Centers for Heat Relief

NYDISnetIn response to the extreme temperatures in NY, the City opened cooling centers for residents who need relief from the heat since July 9.

New Yorkers can call:
311 (TTY: 212.504.4115)

Find a Cooling Center:
:: NYDIS Joined by STAR NYC Program and Staff

NYDISnetAs of July 2007, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR NYC) joins NYDIS as a training program for community and religious leaders and care providers to increase their understanding of trauma and its implications, and to develop strategies for healing trauma and building peace among individuals and communities. Developed post-9/11 as a joint project of Church World Service (CWS) and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, STAR NYC promotes trauma awareness and conflict transformation as vital components of disaster readiness, response and recovery. As STAR NYC’s fiscal and program sponsor NYDIS is pleased to provide these much-needed services to our faith-based membership and community partners. STAR NYC has trained over 5,000 participants over the past six years.

Contact Ruth Yoder Wenger, Coordinator, STAR NYC:
:: NYDIS Launches Disaster Chaplain & Spiritual Care Worker Program

The NYDIS Board of Directors has announced that, in August, NYDIS will launch a Disaster Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Worker training, credentialing and deployment program for its member agencies. With $140,000 in seed grant funding, NYDIS has begun a search for a full-time Coordinator to oversee the interfaith program which will be conducted in partnership with the Desmond Tutu Education Center at the General Theological Seminary in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. In August, NYDIS will hire twelve subject matter experts including: Board Certified Chaplains, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisors and Theologians from major Eastern and Western faith communities, as well as disaster mental health experts, to develop and write an interfaith training and train-the-trainer curriculum, to develop the program’s operational structure, and to launch and manage the program. NYDIS members have committed to training a diverse, as well as culturally and language competent, corps of 2,400 non-sectarian volunteer Chaplain Leaders, Chaplains and Spiritual Care Workers over the next 24 months for deployment in NYC. Look for updates in future issues of NYDISNET.

Questions? Contact Peter Gudaitis, Executive Director & CEO:

To download/view the Coordinator, Disaster Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care position description: click here
:: NYDIS Hosts “Navigating Resources for 9/11 Clients in 2007 Workshop – Part 2”

On July 10, from 12:30 to 5:00 pm, NYDIS hosted a second half-day workshop for 9/11 case managers that focused on navigating current 9/11 resources clients, especially health impacted clients. The “Navigating 9/11 Resources in 2007 Workshop” featured resources for foreclosure prevention, applying to NYS Workers’ Compensation, accessing the WTC health-related hospital programs, Social Security, and other resources for recovery planning, including accessing micro-business loans.

For more information about NYDIS’ case management trainings and resources:
Maggie Jarry, Director, Disaster Recovery & Advocacy
:: NYDIS ED Serves as Workshop Panelist at NYS VOAD Conference

The 3rd Annual New York State VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Disaster Human Services Conference was held June 26-27 near Binghamton, NY. Registrants attended workshops on Building County/City VOADS in NY, Organizing Communities for Recovery in 2006, Interfaith Disaster Organizations in 2006 Disasters, 2-1-1, Cleanup and Mud Out, State Relief and Recovery Innovations, Organizing Community Casework, Mental Health Initiatives and Relief and Recovery Basic. Besides being a panelist on National Service Programs: AmeriCorps and VISTA for VOAD Building, Response and Recovery, NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis, spoke to the importance of and best practices for the interfaith community in preparedness, response and recovery as a panelist on NYS Interfaith Disaster Community: Moving Forward. He also served as a panelist for a presentation about the impact of the capacity building outcomes of the AmeriCorps VISTA program at NYDIS.
:: NYDIS to Roll Out “Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders” – August 1

On August 1 NYDIS will roll out a much anticipated series of fifteen “Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders.” Each one-page tip sheet provides basic orientation to mitigation education and provides important information and resources about disaster-related issues of key importance to clergy and religious leaders. Some of the titles included are: The Disaster Lifecycle, Emotional & Spiritual Care, How to Use Your Facility for Disaster Ministry, Disaster Volunteerism, Clergy Self-Care, Continuity of Ministry, and Backlash Mitigation. The Tip Sheets are a free resource for religious leaders and the congregations and the neighborhoods or faith communities they serve. They will be available to download from the NYDIS website – feel free to share them with others who will benefit from this useful information.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Autumn Brown, Coordinator, Community Outreach and Training:
:: 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
On July 10, Dominique Atchison was named interim Moderator, NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable. For information and scheduling, please contact Dominique at:


  • 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, August 27 - 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, 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
    • Wednesday, August 8 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, August 16 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Wednesday, August 22 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, August 30 - 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Thursday, September 6 - 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 Extended One Year-Aug. 14, 2008

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.

Read the July 9 DNN article by Heather Moyer, in which she interviewed Maggie Jarry, NYDIS Director, Disaster Recovery and Advocacy:

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:
:: Nadler Chairs First House Hearing on 9/11 Federal Environmental Response

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, June 25 gaveled in the first comprehensive House hearing on the actions of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and other federal agencies that may have harmed the health of individuals living and working in the vicinity of the WTC on or after 9/11. "Six years after 9/11, too many questions remain about who in the federal government was really responsible for key decisions about the handling of post-9/11 air quality. We owe it to the heroes and victims of 9/11 – especially those that have now become sick – to uncover what went wrong, and ensure that it never happens again," said Rep. Nadler.

Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman’s presence marked the first time she has testified at a Congressional hearing dedicated solely to the EPA’s response to 9/11. Facing repeated charges from Rep. Nadler and others that the EPA's public statements in the wake of the attacks gave people a false sense of safety, she stuck to her long-held position that the government warned those working on the toxic debris pile to use respirators, while elsewhere in lower Manhattan the air was safe to the general public. This hearing is the companion to the one held June 20 by Senator Clinton which focused on the lack of a proper testing and cleaning program for indoor toxins. NYDIS Director of Communications, Yvette Perry, was present at the hearing.

Read Rep. Nadler’s NY Times July 8 Op-Ed article, “Air of Truth”:

Read Rep. Nadler’s June 25 Press Release and Opening Statement:

Read the text of the prepared testimony of all the witnesses with the exception of Christine Whitman, who did not submit prepared testimony:
  • Senator Clinton Lauds Nadler’s Sub-Committee Hearing

    For more than five years, Senator Clinton and Representative Nadler have staunchly criticized and questioned the Administration's misleading public statements about post-9/11 air quality, as well as its continued failure to provide a proper testing and cleaning of indoor spaces contaminated by WTC toxins and its lack of health care for the thousands of people who are already ill as a result of exposure to the pollutants. “Today we heard former Administration officials try to defend their air quality statements, but the illnesses of first responders and residents speak for themselves. We need to provide care for those who are sick as a result of exposure to toxins on 9/11 and we need to make sure that we do not make the same mistakes in responding to future disasters.”

    Read Senator Clinton’s comment about the House Hearing:
:: Senator Clinton Holds Hearing on 9/11 Air Quality & Response

Senator Hillary Clinton, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health, oversaw the June 20 hearing held to examine the federal response to 9/11, including risk communication and EPA programs to test and clean indoor spaces in lower Manhattan. The hearing also examined lessons learned from 9/11 and federal readiness to respond to releases of hazardous substances in future emergencies. The Senator questioned the officials about why the Bush Administration, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) chose to downplay and misrepresent the health risks related to exposure in the days and weeks after 9/11; and she challenged them as to whether they have learned any lessons from this disaster and whether they are better prepared to protect public health from environmental hazards in future disasters.

The hearing included testimony from James Connaughton, Chairman of CEQ, EPA official Susan Bodine, John Stephenson, Director, Natural Resources & Environment of the GAO, Capt. Sven Rodenbeck, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, David Newman, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), and a local resident, Nina Lavin. Following the hearing, Senator Clinton called on the GAO to conduct a separate investigation into the EPA’s level of preparedness to deal with future environmental disasters.

Read Senator Clinton’s Statement:
  • Report Says US Misled NYC on Dust from Ground Zero

    Federal environmental officials misled Lower Manhattan residents about the extent of contamination in their apartments after the collapse of the WTC, according to a preliminary report released on June 20 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to the report, made public during the Senate subcommittee hearing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not accurately report the results of a residential cleanup program in 2002 and 2003. More than 4,000 apartments in Lower Manhattan were professionally decontaminated in that program, and the agency reported that only a “very small” number of air samples taken in those residences showed unsafe levels of asbestos. But the agency failed to explain that 80% of the air samples were taken after the apartments had already been cleaned.

    Download the GAO Testimony by John Stephenson, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, “World Trade Center: Preliminary Observations on EPA's Second Program to Address Indoor Contamination, June 20, 2007”:

    Read the June 21 NY Times article by Anthony DePalma:
:: Clinton/Schumer Tag $55M for 9/11 Responders’ Health Coverage

Senators Clinton and Schumer June 20 announced that a key Senate Committee has included an additional $55 million in federal funding to address the mounting health needs of those exposed to the environmental hazards released as a result of 9/11. This funding will go towards treatment, screening, and monitoring activities administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and expands the program beyond responders and rescue workers to provide services to residents, office and commercial workers, volunteers, students, and other individuals who were exposed.

This bill encourages the development of a long-term, comprehensive solution to screen and monitor all individuals who were exposed to the environmental hazards at the WTC site and the provision of comprehensive medical services for those experiencing illnesses or injuries as a result of these exposures. Persistent health effects include asthma, chronic sinusitis, gastrointestinal conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.

Read the Senator’s June 20 Press Release:
:: Sen. Schumer/Rep. King Say NYC Stiffed Again on Anti-Terror Funds

Although the numbers are not official yet, members of NY's Congressional delegation complained July 7 that NYC has again been stiffed in the distribution of federal anti-terrorism funding. "Why do they persist in giving money to places that need it a lot less than NYC?" asked Sen. Charles Schumer. "...Our needs are different than any other city." Sen. Schumer and Rep. Peter King both said the city was scheduled to receive about $134 million in funding this year, but still $73 million less than the city received two years ago. Schumer said word of the $10 million increase over last year was particularly painful since it came in close proximity to the recent terrorist incidents in London and Glasgow, which forced city officials to heighten security in the five boroughs.

Read the July 7 AP article by Larry McShane:
:: FDNY's 9/11-Toll Shocker: 5,000 Getting Medical Care

About 5,000 active and retired FDNY employees are receiving medical treatment for injuries and illnesses connected to 9/11, according to a Fire Department document. The FDNY had about 11,000 members on 9/11: about 3,000 firefighters and EMS workers are receiving counseling for emotional problems; 1,500 are suffering respiratory ailments; between 600 and 1,000 FDNY members are currently receiving prescription medication for asthma, gastrointestinal disease, depression and anxiety. These numbers were revealed in a June 8 FDNY " request for proposals," launched in search of a vendor to manage the department's prescription-drug program for five years.

Read the June 17 NY Post Exclusive article by Angela Montefinise and Susan Edelman: click here
:: States' Post-9/11 DHS Grants Unspent

Nearly a third of the anti-terrorism money the government has doled out to states and cities since 9/11 hasn't been spent by police and emergency workers who would respond to attacks and natural disasters. Almost $5 billion of $16.04 billion in grants approved by Congress for states and Washington, DC, from fiscal 2002 to 2007 remain in federal coffers, according to Homeland Security Department (DHS) budget figures. That's fueled concerns in the Administration and Congress that the government has been dishing out money faster than local governments can spend it. The programs were created after 9/11 to tighten security and pay for equipment and training.

Read the entire June 26 USA Today article by Mimi Hall and DHS allocations chart:
:: WTC Findings Spur New Model Building Codes

Safer buildings, especially tall structures, that are more resistant to fire and more easily evacuated in emergencies are the goal of the first comprehensive set of building code changes recently approved by the International Code Council based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) three-year investigation of the collapse of the WTC towers on 9/11. The changes will be incorporated into the 2007 supplement to the ICC’s International Building Code (IBC), a model code used as the basis for building regulations and addressed areas such as increased resistance to building collapse from fire, fireproofing, performance and redundancy of fire protection systems (i.e., automatic sprinklers), fuel oil storage/piping, elevators for use by first responders and evacuating occupants, the number and location of stairwells, and exit path markings.

Read the June 20 Press Release:
:: NYC Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown

By the end of this year, police officials say, more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan, the beginning phase of a London-style surveillance system that would be the first in the US. The “Lower Manhattan Security Initiative” will resemble London’s “Ring of Steel”, an extensive web of cameras and roadblocks designed to detect, track and deter terrorists. British officials said images captured by the cameras helped track suspects after the London subway bombings in 2005 and the car bomb plots last month. If the program is fully financed, it will include not only license plate readers but also 3,000 public and private security cameras below Canal Street, as well as a center staffed by the police and private security officers, and movable roadblocks.

Read the NY Times July 9 article by Cara Buckley:
:: National Service Places Greater Focus on Disaster Preparedness/Response

The Corporation for National and Community Service is ramping up its focus on disaster preparedness and response in order to better provide assistance to communities in need. The Corporation and its NCCC, AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America programs have provided more than $130 million of resources to the Gulf Coast in response to Katrina. The agency has learned many lessons from Katrina, and showed that AmeriCorps members can provide a wider range of higher-level roles than previously thought, including assisting with evacuation and special needs residents, supporting long-term recovery committees, and operating volunteer base camps – a role AmeriCorps members fulfilled in response to recent tornadoes in Florida and Kansas.  Katrina also demonstrated the importance of forging relationships between national service assets and state and local emergency management agencies. The Corporation’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Read the June 13 Press Release:

:: Con Ed Sponsors Summer Preparedness Presentation

Community Outreach VISTA Teresa Garza represented NYDIS at the Con Edison “Summer Preparedness Briefing” held at their Brooklyn headquarters. Representatives from community organizations and government offices learned about Con Ed’s $1.4 billion investment in electrical system improvements intended to prevent outages this summer, and the creation of a new Public Liaison outreach program to provide pertinent information to the community. Attendees asked to sign up for this initiative included representatives from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Al Vann, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assembly members Felix Ortiz and Karim Camara, Community Boards 4 and 6, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush.

Learn more about Con Ed’s energy conservation programs and City initiatives:

:: FEMA Announces National Advisory Council Members

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced June 19 the membership of the National Advisory Council, which advises the Administrator of FEMA, David Paulison, on preparedness and emergency management aspects for close coordination with its partners across the country. "These experts in the field of emergency preparedness and response will bring new and unique perspective to the Department," said Homeland Security 9DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff. Set into motion by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, members are homeland security directors, adjutants general, emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations. The Council will focus attention in the development and revision of the national preparedness goal, the national preparedness system, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan, and other plans and strategies. The first meeting is expected to be convened this fall.

Read the June 19 Press Release:
:: Supreme Court: Taxpayers May Not Challenge President’s Faith-Based Initiatives

The US Supreme Court ruled June 25 that taxpayers cannot sue the federal government over events that promote its Faith-Based and Community Initiative on grounds that they violate the constitutional separation of church and state. In a case known as Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, the nation's highest court ruled that taxpayers may not mount legal challenges against the government over funding to religious organizations unless Congress has specifically authorized the programs that provide the money. Citizens may not sue over purely discretionary actions of the President and his administration paid for out of general administrative funds. Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, said, “The administration believes that government does better when it works with every partner, whether faith-based or secular, large or small."

Read The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy article by Claire Hughes:

The Faith-Based and Community Initiative:
:: FEMA Appoints Disability Coordinator for Emergency Planning

David Paulison, FEMA Administrator announced June 20 the appointment of Disability Coordinator, Cindy Lou Daniel. She assumes the role of providing guidance and coordination on emergency planning requirements and relief efforts for individuals with disabilities, after having worked to empower people with disabilities for over 19 years. Most recently, she served as an emergency preparedness specialist at the National Organization on Disabilities, where she conducted research on the effects Katrina had on people with disabilities; and she has served on the Homeland Security National Task Force on Emergency Planning dealing with people with disabilities.

Read Cindy Lou Daniel’s bio:
:: DHS Announces Sponsorship of 4th Annual National Preparedness Month

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will sponsor the fourth annual National Preparedness Month this September and encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. This year’s effort has a growing coalition of more than 625 national, regional, state, and local organizations pledging support. For the first time, the month will focus on different areas of emergency preparedness:
  • September 1-8: Back-to-School
  • September 9-15: Business preparedness
  • September 16-22: Multicultural preparedness
  • September 23-30: Home and family preparedness, including pets, older Americans and individuals with disabilities and special needs
Watch for details in the coming issues of NYDISNET of NYDIS’ all-day 2007 Disaster Preparedness Summit for Religious Leaders that will be held in honor of National Preparedness Month on Tuesday, September 25 at NYU’s Kimmel Center in Manhattan. Please hold the date.

Read the June 13 Press Release:
:: 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)
:: New Federal Law Mandates No Pet Left Behind

For Gulf Coast residents, it was an agonizing choice: flee from the onslaught of Katrina - leaving behind beloved pets which could not be accommodated by public transport and emergency shelters - or risk staying to care for their four-legged "family" members. In future disasters, natural or man-made, pet owners will no longer have to face that dilemma. The loss of an untold number of pets left behind during Katrina spurred Congress to approve the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, requiring emergency preparedness authorities to include in their plans accommodations for household pets and service animals. States that don't comply could be in jeopardy of losing disaster relief funds. Some cities are building shelters that will house both animals and their owners, expanding existing kennel facilities, and purchasing crates, leashes and other items that would be needed.

Read the June 20 DNN article by Nancy Hogland:
  • Veterinary Foundation Offers Disaster Assistance

    Sharon Granskog from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (V-MAT), says that despite the massive devastation caused by Katrina, some good did come out of the storm. "It really opened some eyes and got people thinking, ‘What would I do with my pet if I had to leave my house suddenly,'" she said. "It doesn't even have to be a hurricane - you can be forced from your home if there's a fire or chemical spill nearby.” V-MAT is a national response team of approximately 60 veterinarians, technicians, pharmacists and support personnel that responds to natural or man-made disasters to support the local veterinary community in whatever way necessary. The organization can set up a full field hospital as well as provide medical care for pets, search-and-rescue dogs, livestock, wildlife and even zoo animals.


From Our Members & Partners

  • NYC OEM Building Wins Architecture Award

    OEM's new office building is the recipient of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Award of Excellence for the rehabilitation of an existing facility. Architects at Swanke Hayden Connell rehabilitated an old American Red Cross building to create a new sustainable headquarters for OEM.

    Learn more about OEM Headquarters:
  • 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

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 Contest: Be the Ready New Yorker of the Month & Win a Go Bag

    NYDISnetCalling all Ready New Yorkers! Are you prepared for an emergency? If so, OEM wants to hear your story. OEM invites New Yorkers to share stories of how they have prepared for emergencies through the Ready New Yorker of the Month contest. Each month, residents may submit their preparedness testimonials to OEM and the winner will be named the “Ready New Yorker of the Month” and receive two Go Bags, backpacks with basic supplies residents should have on hand for use in an emergency. Explain how you got through any type of emergency or how you plan to combat any disaster that comes your way. Inspire other New Yorkers to get prepared by sharing your story of preparedness on the OEM website.

    Learn more about the Contest:
  • OEM Tip #1: Days of Thunder are Here

    As summer approaches, OEM reminds New Yorkers to prepare for thunderstorms. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes. Remember the following tips to stay safe during a thunderstorm: Stay indoors. Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. If you are caught outside in a thunderstrom and there is no shelter, squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Do not lie flat on the ground. Remember the 30/30 Rule. If you see lightning, count the seconds before you hear thunder. If it's less than 30 seconds, take cover. Once indoors, wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before venturing back out.

    Thunderstorm Safety Tips:
  • OEM Tip #2: Medical Problems Rise As Temperatures Do

    Summer heat can complicate certain medical conditions. When it is hot out, people who suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, should avoid strenuous outdoor activity and stay hydrated. If you take prescription medication, ask your doctor about possible complications from high temperatures and sun exposure. Tricyclic antidepressants, major tranquillizers, some drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, amphetamines, and antihistamines increase the risk of heat illness.

    Get Heat Illness information from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH):
  • Con Ed Urges Energy Conservation as Heat Wave Approaches – 100 Tips

    With temperatures expected to break the 90-degree mark in NYC, Con Edison is urging its customers to be conservation minded and to use energy wisely.

    For any service difficulties:

    For a list of 100 energy- and money-saving tips:
  • Con Ed Provides Storm Preparedness Measures

    In the event of a major storm or severe weather, Con Ed provides information and tips on its website for food and water, the use of dry ice, making a storm checklist and information on weather.

    Con Ed’s Storm Preparedness information:
  • 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:
  • Only 7% Are “Red Cross Ready” for a Disaster – Take New Online Tutorial

    According to a poll conducted by the American Red Cross (ARC) and Harris Interactive in April, only 7% of the population has taken what the ARC considers the three steps necessary to prepare for a disaster or emergency: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. As hurricane season is here, the ARC encourages people to take its new, free online tutorial, which will show how to complete these three steps in less than twenty minutes. Results of the online survey of more than 2,500 respondents conducted April 10-16, showed that: 90% of Americans who have a disaster kit feel prepared. Yet, only 28% actually have a kit; 60% of households own a pet, yet only 37% have a plan for their pets during a disaster; and 69% living in hurricane-prone states don't have a disaster supplies kit and 60% don't have an evacuation plan.

    View the tutorial:

    Read the June 12 News Report:
  • 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) "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations" course, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), enables congregations, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to protect the health of their staff and their communities; and fulfill their mission during an influenza pandemic. Participants will learn about infection control measures to use 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:

    • HHS Awards Two Contracts to Expand Flu Vaccine Manufacturing
      The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the award of two contracts totaling $132.5 million to expand the domestic influenza vaccine manufacturing capacity that could be used in the event of a potential influenza pandemic. Secretary Leavitt said, "These contracts are important advances in the path of preparation because they help the nation build its capacity to respond." The five-year contracts were awarded to sanofi pasteur, for $77.4 million, and to MedImmune, for $55.1 million, and provide funding for renovation of manufacturing facilities that will expand domestic pandemic vaccine manufacturing capacity by 16% and afford year-round production of pre-pandemic influenza vaccines for the national stockpile, which is limited currently to three months each year.

      Read the June 15 Press Release:

    • Pandemic Flu Guidance for Healthcare Workers
      The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers a new safety and health guidance that will help healthcare workers and their employers prepare for a possible influenza pandemic. “The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers” is a comprehensive resource for healthcare planners and practitioners, offering information and tools to assist the industry in preparing for and responding to an influenza pandemic. It provides technical information on infection control and industrial hygiene practices to reduce the risk of infection in healthcare settings.

      Download the Guidance:

    • HHS Establishes Public Health Advisory Board
      Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the establishment of a public health advisory panel concerned with chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological agents. The National Biodefense Science Board, authorized by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, will give the Secretary guidance on preventing, preparing for, and responding to release of such agents, whether they are naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. Board members are yet to be selected. There will be 13 members, appointed by the Secretary, from among leading experts in science, public health and medicine.

      To submit a resume for consideration to be a board member:

      For further information contact Dr. Susan Cibulsky:

      The board’s charter and additional information:

      Read the HHS Press Release:

    • USDA & DHS Urged to Coordinate Bird Flu Responses
      According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Agriculture Department (USDA) has failed to plan how it will coordinate with the Homeland Security Department (DHS) in case of a major avian flu outbreak. The USDA bears primary responsibility for planning for a potential flu outbreak in the poultry population, and works with state and local governments to develop responses. If an outbreak became significant enough to be declared a federal disaster, however, DHS would assume a leading role coordinating federal, state and local responses. But according to GAO, the Agriculture Department has not yet established with DHS how the two agencies would coordinate if a major outbreak occurred, leaving open the possibility for miscommunication and unnecessary overlap.

      Download the GAO June 2007 “Avian Influenza” Report:

      Read Elizabeth Newell’s June 26 article:

    • Pets Belong in Pandemic Flu Preparedness Equation
      The Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog includes an entry posted by Greg Dworkin, Founding Editor, Flu Wiki & Flu Wiki Forum; Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit, Danbury Hospital. That there’s going to be a need for food and addressing of ‘other problems’ should a category 5 pandemic break out, planning needs to be extensive and done in advance. A “pet planner” addition “may be the necessary tool for more than a few to take this issue seriously and it’s a good way to bring veterinarians to the table, and add another professional society to the mix. Right now, whether it’s, CDC, HHS, the states or the professional societies, we need information out there for the public from every credible source we can get. Many voices, one message: panflu prep is necessary, important and possible. After all, your pets and your children expect and deserve nothing less.”


    • 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:

  • 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:


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".

  • FEMA’s New Guide Asks: “Are You Ready?”
    The FEMA publication “Are You Ready?” is a 200-page guide that can be used as a reference or as a step-by-step manual on how to learn about local emergency plans, identify local hazards, 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?”:
  • NYS DOH Launches Environmental Health Website

    The NYS Health Department launched its Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website, which provides links to existing environmental and human health data. It describes concepts on how the environment affects human health and has links to projects that use health and environmental data. It is part of the State's larger Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, which is funded by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which focuses on building a national environmental health data network for states to share data and to explore patterns and trends in environmental health. It also calls for improving public access to environmental health information.

    Read the July 7 article:

  • New Quarterly: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

    The American Medical Association has introduced its new publication, a peer-reviewed journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care professionals.

    Download the July 2007 Issue:
  • Special Issue: “Ethics in Disaster Planning - Deciding What is Fair”

    Terrible choices must be made during a disaster or pandemic. Questions such scenarios present are enormous in scope. The latest issue of the Center for Practical Bioethics’ quarterly publication focuses on issues in planning for a disaster or pandemic that forces us to consider how to allocate scarce medical resources. How do we fairly ration scarce medical treatment such as vaccines and disposable ventilators? Who is treated after frontline workers and first responders - those with high risk conditions or those who are healthier with normal life spans yet to live? What is the scope of healthcare workers’ duties to patients? How do we resolve duties to patients and duties to family? What is the institutions’ duty to safeguard and support staff who face disproportionate risks during disasters? Articles address how to set priorities, how hospitals are planning for the unthinkable, the importance of community input into disaster planning to ensure a moral framework for such planning, and factoring inequalities into pandemic flu planning.

    Read “Making Hard Choices”, the Center for Practical Bioethics’ latest issue:

    For more information, contact Lorell R. LaBoube:
    816.221.1100 x239
  • “Light our Way: A Guide for Spiritual Care in Times of Disaster”

    This resource by National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) informs disaster response volunteers, first responders and disaster planners in the areas of emotional and spiritual care giving.

    Download “Light Our Way”:
  • Book Review: Peacemakers in Action

    The latest publication from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, “Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution,” edited by David Little, shares the stories of 16 religious peacemakers who have put their lives on the line in conflicts around the world. For each of them, religious texts and traditions have served as a practical resource in resolving conflict. This book offers timely information for diplomats, government officials, and conflict resolution practitioners, as well as today’s students of religion and international affairs—future peacemakers. In a world where religion-based conflicts affect us all, “Peacemakers in Action” provides critical lessons and much-needed hope. (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

    Download the Order Form:
  • 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

  • Extreme Events II: Community Conversation on Preparedness

    August 6
    8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Albany, NY

    “Community Conversation on Preparedness: What About Us?,” presented by the University at Albany School of Public Health, will discuss the importance of having a strong local community based preparedness system. The goal is to assist leaders to determine the degree of preparedness within their communities. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association. There is no charge for this program.

    For details about the conference:

    To register:

    Call Greg Giambrone:
  • 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:
  • NYDIS’ 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Summit for NYC Religious Leaders

    Tuesday, September 25
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    NYU Kimmel Center, Manhattan

    All-day event will be held in honor of National Preparedness Month. Please hold the date.
  • NEMA 2007 Annual Conference

    Friday, September 28– Tuesday, October 2
    Oklahoma City, OK

    The Annual Conference will take place at the Cox Convention Center. Conference agenda and registration details to follow.

    Sponsor and Exhibitor information is available now:

    For more information on conference sponsorship or exhibits, call Karen Cobuluis:

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

  • NYDIS, Coordinator, Disaster Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care

    NYDIS is seeking NYDIS is seeking a full-time Coordinator of Disaster Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care (CSC) to oversee all aspects of curriculum-related, programmatic, and operational development of NYDIS’ new volunteer chaplain and spiritual care worker program. The Coordinator will manage the training, credentialing, and local deployment of all CSC volunteers from NYDIS member agencies and will coordinate this program in collaboration with parallel NGOs or government mental health agencies. The Coordinator should be ordained or a recognized spiritual leader in accordance with one’s faith community’s practices, a Board Certified Chaplain, have experience as a hospital, military, or uniformed services chaplain, and have a Masters of Divinity and/or other terminal religious degree. Experience managing or training chaplains is required.

    For details about the position and how to apply: click here
  • 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 DOHMH, MRC Program Associate, Emergency Management Div.

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is looking for an individual with experience and skills that can be leveraged to recruit, train and retain volunteer health professionals for its growing Bureau of Emergency Management. The candidate for a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program Associate in Manhattan should have strong interpersonal and communication skills, familiarity with marketing, training, volunteer management, event coordination, and/or related activities, and an interest in working in Public Health Preparedness.

    Submit your resume online:

    For details about the position: click here
  • 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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    To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click "Make a Donation":


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