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4th Annual NYDIS Preparedness Summit for NYC Religious Leaders

Tuesday, September 25
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
NYU Kimmel Center, Manhattan

NYDIS Preparedness Summit

Join our annual day-long interactive event that presents best practice resources and trainings available to NYC religious leaders to improve their skills and strategies for disaster preparedness and recovery. Free with breakfast and lunch provided.

To register: click here
:: NYDIS Rolls Out "Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders"

On August 8, 2007, NYDIS released a set of fifteen "Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders." Each one- to four-page tip sheet provides a basic orientation to important information and resources about disaster readiness, response, and recovery issues of key importance to the clergy and religious leaders of New York City's houses of worship and faith communities. The Tip Sheets are a free resource to provide our  religious leaders with a basic orientation to the skills and tools they will need in times of crisis. They are to be used for mitigation education and preparedness training orientation or as a quick reference in times of crisis. Clergy and religious leaders are the first source of communication and leadership in the houses of worship, neighborhoods, and faith communities where they serve.

The Tip Sheets can be downloaded below. Please share them those who will benefit from this useful information. If the material is quoted or duplicated in other resources, please acknowledge the source. To view a Tip Sheet, click on the link next to the title:
  • Disaster Basics for Faith Communities: click here
  • The Role of Faith Communities in Disasters: click here
  • The Disaster Lifecycle: Where Do Religious Leaders Fit In?: click here
  • Faith Communities & Evacuation Planning: click here
  • Faith Communities & Disaster Sheltering: click here
  • How to Use Your House of Worship in a Disaster: click here
  • Faith Communities & Disaster Volunteerism: click here
  • Faith Communities & Donations Management: click here
  • Continuity of Operations Planning: Ministry & Services Post-Disaster: click here
  • Disaster Spiritual Care: click here
  • Self-Care for Religious Leaders: click here
  • Faith Communities & Disaster Mental Health: click here
  • Trauma Resilience and Harm Reduction in the Community: click here
  • Disaster Backlash: Bias Crimes & Mitigation: click here
  • National Faith-Based Disaster Service Organizations: click here
Go to the Tip Sheets page on the NYDIS website to download each Tip Sheet: click here
Or go to www.nydis.org.

Contact Autumn Brown, Coordinator, Community Outreach & Training:
:: NYDIS Joins Buddhist's 9/11 WTC Memorial Floating Lantern Ceremony

On September 11, NYDIS joins the NY Buddhist Church and the Buddhist Council of NY in presenting their annual 9/11 WTC Memorial Service Floating Lantern Ceremony in the Hudson River at Battery Park. Led by Rev. TK Nakagaki, this ancient custom in the water is a symbolic representation of respecting the lives that have gone before us; and also represents a light of hope for peace and harmony. Details will be available soon.
:: 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, 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, August 8 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, August 16 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, August 22 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, August 30 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, September 6 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon

    Contact Dominique Atchison, Interim Moderator:
  • 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, 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:
:: 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:
:: NYC July 19, 2007 Steam Pipe Explosion Recovery Resources

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been coordinating the inter-agency response to the steam pipe explosion on Lexington Avenue and 41st Street, in which one person died and many were injured. City agencies continue to operate in the area. For additional information see articles under COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS.

Information on reimbursements from Con Edison:

Aid to businesses affected by explosion offered by the Grand Central Emergency Loan Program: click here

City’s Guidelines on Health & Mental Health-Related Issues:
To learn about the health risks that may arise from the steam pipe explosion, including mental and/or physical consequences, the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has prepared guidelines and recommendations.



:: 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 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:
:: Bush Signs Antiterrorism Bill

The NY Times reported the following AP release August 4: “President Bush signed legislation that intensifies the antiterrorism effort at home, shifting money to high-risk states and cities and expanding scrutiny of air and sea cargo. The bill requires screening of all cargo on passenger planes within three years and sets a five-year goal of scanning all container ships for nuclear devices before they leave foreign ports. It also elevates the importance of risk factors in determining which states and cities get federal security money.”
  • Sen. Clinton Praises Senate Bill Enacting 9/11 Commission Recommendations

    Senator Hillary Clinton issued a statement on the Senate approval of the 9/11 Commission recommendations conference report which is on the President’s desk to be signed into law. “[The bill] ensures that precious homeland security funds will be allocated more on the basis of risk and increases funding for high threat urban areas like NYC. It provides critically needed funding to finally ensure emergency communications…”

    Read the July 27 Press Release:
  • Rep. Nadler Lauds House Passage of Antiterrorism Bill

    Congressman Jerrold Nadler applauded the House passage of the conference report “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.” The bill includes a provision Rep. Nadler has advocated for five years that requires the scanning of 100% of all cargo containers before they are loaded on ships bound for the US. A crucial provision in the bill will change the way antiterrorism grants from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are distributed.

    Read Rep. Nadler’s Statement:

    Read the NY Times July 28 article by David Stout: click here
:: Health Services Not Adequate for 9/11 Responders

A new report by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), finds continuing problems with medical services for responders who worked at Ground Zero immediately after 9/11. The report concludes that screening services have been interrupted, that assistance has not been provided to responders living outside the NYC area, and that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) “does not have a reliable cost estimate of serving responders.” The report recommends that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “expeditiously ensure that screening and monitoring services” be made available.

Read the full GAO July Report:
:: Maloney/Shays Press for Improved Communication in Emergencies

Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Christopher Shays have reintroduced the “9/11 Can You Hear Me Now Act,” legislation that would to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve the emergency communications system for the NYC’s Fire Department (FDNY). The “9/11 Can You Hear Me Now Act” would require the DHS to upgrade the FDNY communications system so that it works in all buildings, in all parts of the city, and during any kind of emergency. The improved system would be integrated with all current and developing emergency communications systems for the region and allow firefighters to transmit an audible emergency distress signal if they are in need of immediate assistance.

Read Rep. Maloney’s July 27 Press Release:
:: Mayor Replies to 9/11 Families on Ceremony Plans

The Mayor's Office sent a letter of reply to 9/11 family members which provides additional explanation for the decision to relocate the ceremony. Holding this year's 9/11 memorial outside Ground Zero is a "good idea" for more than just safety reasons, Mayor Bloomberg said July 30 - touching off another round of outcry from families.

Read the NY Daily News July 31 article by Kirsten Danis:

Read the July 23 Letter to Families:
:: OEM Provides Summary of City's Response to Steam Pipe Explosion

The City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) which has been coordinating the inter-agency response to the steam pipe explosion on Lexington Avenue, issued a summary of the City’s efforts to quickly and safely inspect, clean and reopen the area around the explosion. OEM with City agencies including the Fire Department (FDNY), the Police Department (NYPD) and the Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP), Buildings (DOB), Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Sanitation (DSNY), Small Business Services (SBS), was joined by the Grand Central Partnership, ConEdison, New York City Transit and Verizon.

Read the July 25 Press Release Summary:
:: Mayor/Governor Seek Aid for Local NYC Businesses Post-Steam Pipe Explosion

Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg July 24 announced that the State requested a Physical and Economic Injury Disaster declaration from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) for businesses in NYC that were adversely impacted by the July 18 steam pipe explosion in midtown Manhattan. If approved, aid would be available to repair or replace damaged property and inventory of affected businesses. The Governor formally requested SBA assistance after receiving a request from Mayor Bloomberg.

Read the Mayor’s July 24 Press Release: click here
:: Steam Pipe Explosion’s Effects on Environment Topic for Talk Radio

The topic: Is the air in midtown really safe to breathe, or is some of the world’s most valuable real estate contaminated with asbestos? On July 30, radio station WBAI 99.5 FM presented in their Health Action segment, a discussion on the effects of the midtown steam pipe explosion with environmental consultant Maggie Clarke and midtown resident and Community Board 6 member Joe Parrish, hosted by Jonathan Bennett. You can hear the entire program on the WBAI and 9/11 Environmental Action websites.

Download the program:
:: Asbestos Results of Air & Ground Samples from Steam Pipe Explosion

Immediately after the explosion, NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began to test air and ground samples for possible asbestos contamination. Bulk sample testing has been completed. Air sample testing is ongoing throughout the cleanup operation. Of the 41 air samples collected by DEP to date, none tested positive for asbestos. Of the bulk samples collected by DEP to date, 30 tested positive for asbestos, with 28 of those 30 positive tests showing trace amounts. The remaining 49 bulk samples showed no asbestos.

Download Air Sample data:

Download Bulk Sample data:
:: FEMA Public Assistance to NYS Reaches $10M

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $10 million in Public Assistance (PA) funds to help NY counties repair flood damage and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed in the April nor'easter. The 13 counties declared for PA are Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester. FEMA funding represents 75% reimbursement of the cost of approved public assistance projects, and NYS pays the other 25% and manages the PA program, which provides reimbursement for emergency protective measures taken during the disaster; the cost of debris removal; and repairs to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, parks, recreational facilities and other items.

Read the July 30 Press Release:
:: 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 Press Release:
:: 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

  • Ann Tiemeyer Named NCC's Women's Program Director

    The National Council of Churches (NCC) USA has named The Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, an experienced community organizer and Lutheran pastor, to the post of Program Director for Women's Ministry on October 1. She is currently the director of Koinonia where, since 2002, she has developed community based programs to respond to the effects of 9/11. These programs include a day camp with a mental health component, Faith Walks at Ground Zero, and Servant Events in NYC. As Program Director for Women's Ministry, she will work on the spiritual and professional development of women in positions of leadership and responsibility in the NCC and its member churches, and develop programs that will encourage women to become involved in the ecumenical movement, especially young women.

    Read the August 7 NCC Press Release:
  • Bishop Bouman's New Book on Finding Hope and Grace Post-9/11

    In Grace All Around Us: Embracing God’s Promise in Tragedy and Loss, Stephen Paul Bouman, a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, writes about how he has kept hope alive himself despite the devastation caused by either natural disaster or human evil. In Chapter One titled “Grace”, he writes, “This book is kind of a ‘diary of an urban bishop’.... It is a journal of awe and respect for the many people whose faith and compassion have left their mark on me.”

    To order a copy, call Fortress Press:

  • 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
  • National Preparedness Month Event Planning Sheet

    For National Preparedness Month, each member agency of the Citizen Corps Council was asked to create activities to promote emergency preparedness for your family, agency, and partners throughout the month of September. To help you come up with ideas and resources, an Event Planning Sheet has been created. The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) asks that you use this sheet, not only to assist with your planning, but also to distribute to your partners and listserves to encourage their participation.

    Download the Event Planning Sheet: click here

    Contact Herman Schaffer, MSW, Community Outreach Disaster Education Coordinator, NYC OEM:
  • NYC Boro-Wide National Preparedness Month Kick-Off Event

    On September 6 members of the NYC Citizen Corps Council will help educate New Yorkers on how to be prepared for emergencies. Using large transportation hubs, we plan to reach over 100,000 New Yorkers through five simultaneous events, one in each borough. The event will begin at 6:00 am and end at 7:00 pm. These concurrent events will focus on disseminating Ready New York Preparedness Guides and a brochure highlighting NYC Disaster Volunteer Opportunities.

    Contact Herman Schaffer, MSW:
  • 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:
  • Flooding Preparedness

    • OEM Tip #1: Flee Flash Floods

      Summer heat means summer storms. Even short thunderstorms can cause flash floods in New York City because much of New York's infrastructure — particularly in low-lying and poor drainage areas — cannot cope with rainfall of more than one inch per hour. Make sure you know how to recognize possible flash flooding, and seek high ground if you see or hear rapidly rising water. Learn flash flood basics:
      • Do not attempt to cross flowing water that may be more than knee deep. If you have doubts, don't cross.
      • Never attempt to drive your vehicle through standing water. If your vehicle stalls, abandon it and seek higher ground immediately.
      • During threatening weather, listen to the radio or television for weather bulletins.

      Learn more about flash flooding:

    • 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:

  • 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:
  • OEM Tip #2: Stay Safe by Sheltering in Place

    In some emergencies, the best way to stay safe is to stay where you are or shelter in place. This could be as simple as remaining inside while officials clear hazards from the area, or it may require more active measures like closing windows and shutting down the ventilation system to block out contaminated air. To shelter in place:
    • Identify a room with few doors and windows.
    • Tune into local TV or radio news for updates from emergency officials.
    • Make use of Emergency Supply Kits and Go Bags.

    Learn more about Sheltering in Place:

  • ARC's Guidelines on Sheltering in Place in an Emergency

    Sheltering-in-place is a precaution aimed to keep people safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.) The American Red Cross (ARC) offers instructions and a Fact Sheet on sheltering-in-place, stressing the importance of following instructions and knowing what to do if emergency officials advise you to shelter-in-place.

    Download Fact Sheet on Shelter-in-Place (pdf): click here

    Learn about Shelter-in-Place:
  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Headquarters

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

    Sign up online for September 6:
  • Lightning Safety

    Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. Safeguarding US residents from dangerous lightning is the goal of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Services website.

  • Hurricane Preparedness

    • NYC's Unofficial Start of Hurricane Season is Here

      August 1 marks the high hurricane season in NYC - the greatest potential for hurricanes in NYC occurs from August to October - and OEM works to help New Yorkers prepare for hurricane emergencies. OEM will send Ready NY Hurricane brochures to New Yorkers who live in Evacuation Zones B and C and will post hurricane awareness ads throughout the five boroughs. OEM will also partner with the NY Housing Authority to educate residents in vulnerable areas. Make sure your plan accounts for people with special needs and pets.

      Find out if you live in one of the city's three evacuation zones by using OEM’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder:

      Download OEM’s Ready NY Hurricane Brochure:

    • Harvard Survey: Many Won't Flee Major Hurricane

      Nearly one-third of people living in high-risk hurricane areas would refuse government orders to evacuate in a major hurricane, up from 23% one year ago, according to a Harvard survey released July 24. Only 14% of residents in New Orleans, however, would refuse such an order, it said. The survey also finds coastal residents are unprepared for a major storm. The results were based on interviews conducted June 18 to July 10 with 5,046 residents living in counties within 20 miles of the coast in eight states: AL, FL, GA, LA, MI, NC, SC and TX.

      Read the full July 24 DNN article:

    • The Weather Service's Storm Ready Center

      Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. Potentially deadly weather impacts every American. The National Weather Service’s (NWS) StormReady® program, started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before and during the event. Most importantly, StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs through better planning, education, and awareness.


    • Website Offers Customized Hurricane Preparedness Plan

      OneStorm is a free tool to help prepare for this hurricane season by building a hurricane kit, planning for pets, and identifying your flood risk. Designed to incorporate information and recommendations from the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as from local and state emergency management agencies, OneStorm promises customized storm planning for residents in hurricane-prone areas. Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center, is an adviser to the site which requires a user to spend about 10 minutes entering personal information, then provides a shopping list of items required during a storm.

      Read the DNN article:
      www.disasternews.net/news/article.php?articleid=3311 www.onestorm.org/

    • Preparing Pets in Case of a Hurricane
      Now is the time for pet owners to get prepared by creating a plan and gathering supplies when a hurricane strikes. "The key to survival during a disaster for you and your animals is to be as prepared as possible before the storm hits," says Randy Covey, director of disaster services for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). There are over 358 million companion animals living in American homes. According to national surveys post-Hurricane Katrina, 61 percent of pet owners will not leave their companion animals behind during a disaster, which highlights the need for pet owners to prepare.

      Learn what you need to know at the HSUS Hurricane Preparedness Page:
  • 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:

    • CDC's Faith/Community Partnership Pandemic Report
      Faith-based and community-based organizations (FBCOs) are essential partners in helping people to prepare for an influenza pandemic and in protecting the public’s health and safety should a Flu Pandemic occur. Dr. Scott Santibañez, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Associate Director for Partnerships with Faith-Based/Community Organizations, has just released an article to help clarify the threat of pandemic influenza and to actively engage readers in preparing for a severe influenza pandemic. The report emphasizes how FBCOs can ensure that people in need are provided for and that care is provided in a way that minimizes stigma and other negative social responses.

      Read Dr. Santibañez’s entire article: click here

      Additional information is available from the CDC Hotline:
      1.800.CDC.INFO (1.800.232.4636). This line is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
      TTY: 1.888.232.6348.

    • Bird Flu Summit in Las Vegas - September 27-28
      The 5th International Bird Flu Summit is a forum for scientists, health organizations and world leaders to discuss how to work with community, state and federal agencies to survive and recover from a pandemic. Topics include: strategies on preparing communities, local partnership participation, vaccine delivery, anti-viral medication, and benefit-risk assessment: public health, industry and industry regulated perspectives. NYDIS ED, Peter Gudaitis, is attending and will provide a summary after the conference.


  • Pet Preparedness

    • 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.”


    • ASPCA Presents New Video on Disaster Preparedness
      In a new short video on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) website, the actor John Goodman urges families to include their pets in their emergency plans. In it he states, “…in New Orleans, in the Gulf Coast, we have learned firsthand that everyone can benefit from – have a plan in place before something happens.”

      Play the Video:

    • Online Chat on "Disaster Readiness: No Animal Left Behind"
      On July 20, Sandy Monterose, Senior Director, National Outreach, Disaster Readiness, hosted a live moderated discussion where she answered questions and provided advice on what to prepare in case you must evacuate your home, equipment and supplies you’ll need, and how to retrieve your pets if you can’t get to them. One question was, “If the disaster strikes while we are away from home, and we cannot physically get back into the building to retrieve our animals, what is the best thing to do?” Sandy’s answer was, “Again—prepare, prepare...have a buddy system with a friend or neighbor…contact the Emergency Manager in your area to find out what agency is handling animal issues (Animal Control in many instances) and report your pets to them so they can retrieve them.”

      Read the entire discussion:
  • 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?”:
  • Updated Emergency Resources for At-Risk Populations

    The new version of the workbook, "Locating and Reaching At-Risk Populations in an Emergency," first released last fall, is just out. At-risk populations include those who are physically or mentally disabled (blind, deaf, hard-of-hearing, cognitive disorders, or with mobility limitations), people with limited English language skills, geographically or culturally isolated people, homeless people, elderly individuals, and children. This workbook from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) provides resources and information for effective planning for emergency preparedness and response.

    Resource Guide 2007: click here

    Workbook Manual 2007: click here

    Inserts Manual 2007: click here

    For further information, contact Mary Burt, NYS Department of Health:
  • 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:
  • “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”:
  • WTC Tribute Center: Children Respond to 9/11

    The Tribute WTC Visitors Center hosts a new exhibition, “Coming Together: Our Children Respond to 9/11 with Hope for the Future”, from July 18 through January 18, 2008. Produced in collaboration with the NYU Child Study Center, the exhibit features paintings, collages and multimedia created between 2001 and 2006 by children in NY, NJ and PA. No fee.

  • 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

  • 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:
  • 6th Commemoration of 9/11 Moved to New Location

    Due to the ongoing redevelopment at the WTC site, this year's 9/11 observance will take place at Zuccotti Park, which is adjacent to the WTC site at Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street/Trinity Place. This year, responders to the attack will deliver the reading of the names of the victims during the ceremony.

    Read the Letter from Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg to Families: click here
  • NYU’s Emergency & Disaster Management Symposium

    Wednesday, September 19
    10:00 am - 4:30 pm

    The third annual Emergency & Disaster Management Symposium titled “The World Is Our Classroom,” features four major topics: “The Role of Hospitals During a Public Health Emergency” by Keynote Speaker, Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association; “The Health Response to the London Bombings of July 2005” and “How Do You Spell Polonium? The Public Health Response to a Novel Assassination Weapon?” by Penny Bevan, Director of Emergency Response, London Department of Health; “Prepared for Anything? Theory vs. Reality” by Louise Boden, Chief Nurse, University College London Hospital; and “Emergency Management in Kenya” by George Contreras, Director of Emergency Management, NYU Hospitals Center and David Violante, EMS Coordinator, Society for Hospital and Resources Exchange. This free event is held at NYU Medical Center, 401 East 30th Street.

    Pre-registration is necessary. Contact Jamiyla Stroud-Garrett:

    Download the Poster: click here
  • 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:
  • IAEM 55th 2007 Annual Conference

    November 11-15
    Reno, Nevada

    "Partners in Emergency Management: Working Together", this year’s topic from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.  For emergency managers, homeland security officials, first response coordinators, and contingency planners.

    Conference details:
  • 2007 Preparing for Pandemic Influenza Conference

    November 13-14
    Arlington, VA

    The threat of a major pandemic outbreak still exists and the nation is not as prepared as it should be. The 2007 Preparing for Pandemic Influenza Conference will bring together an influential gathering of medical and public health leaders to stress the importance of national, state, and local preparedness to respond to a pandemic.

    For more information contact Katie Smith:

    Register on-line at:

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, Job Opportunities

    For all of the positions currently available at the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), including emergency management personnel, responders, planners, and administrative and support staff, please go directly to the OEM “Job Opportunities” website page:

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    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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