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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 network with colleagues and improve their skills and strategies for disaster readiness, response and recovery. Free Registration - breakfast and lunch provided.

To register go to:
:: NYDIS Activates to Coordinate 8/8 Tornado & Storm Flooding Clean-Up

Following an F2 Tornado and heavy storm flooding, and in collaboration with the Human Services Council of NY (HSC) and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), NYDIS activated along with our members and responding national faith-based partners to coordinate tornado debris removal and flood damage clean-up in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. NYDIS staff and volunteers are operating a “call center” to do intake and coordinate requests from under-resourced and special needs New Yorkers who seek these free services. NYDIS is coordinating recovery work teams from Mennonite Disaster Services and the Baptist Convention of New York (a judicatory of the Southern Baptist Convention) who have come to NYC. Supporting these operations are ICNA Relief, Muslim Consultative Network, the Salvation Army of Greater NY and the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. NYDIS is also supporting the distribution of the HSC Recovery Assistance Guide and an Immigrant Disaster Benefits Eligibility Guide in Arabic, Chinese, English and Spanish. Your help is desperately needed to meet emerging unmet needs: PLEASE DONATE NOW!

To Request a Recovery Work Team Call: 212.669.6100
To Volunteer Contact Teresa Garza: 212.669.6110
To View the Assistance Guide and other Recovery Resources: www.nydis.org/recovery/14.php
To Donate to Local Recovery Efforts: www.nydis.org

Read the NYDIS August 13 Press Release: click here
:: NYDIS Receives $90K from OCA for NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable

At its June 2007 meeting, members of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) Metropolitan Council awarded $90,000 to NYDIS to distribute at the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable, thus enabling the Roundtable to continue distributing cash assistance to injured recovery workers and others impacted by 9/11. The funds were originally donated to the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) as part of the Special 9/11 Appeal in 2001, but had not been distributed. In July, the Very Rev. John Reeves, chairman of the Metropolitan Council's charity committee, visited NYDIS and sat in on a Roundtable and met with Peter Gudaitis to explore future roles the OCA might have in relationship with NYDIS’ ongoing recovery programs.

Read OCA’s August 14 Press Release:
:: NYDIS Receives $50K Grant From ERD

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has awarded NYDIS with a $50,000 grant to develop an interfaith disaster chaplaincy and spiritual care worker training curriculum and a parallel certification and deployment (C&D) model in partnership with the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church and the Chelsea-based Desmond Tutu Education Center. The curriculum and C&D program model will be piloted by NYDIS for long-term use in NYC. Upon completion ERD will replicate the curriculum nationally for the Episcopal Church USA. This program relates to ERD’s mission of providing domestic disaster response and training as well as domestic and international emergency assistance, rebuilding devastated communities and offering long-term sustainable development solutions.
:: NYDIS Welcomes Scottie Hill, New Director of Disaster Recovery & Advocacy

Coming from the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, where she developed and directed the Social Work, Benefits Coordination, and Advocacy Services program, NYDIS welcomes new staff member Scottie Hill. With five years of clinical experience developing programs and resources for the 9/11 health-impacted responder population, she brings the precise expertise for directing response to their unmet needs. With a committed passion for their recovery needs, she is charged with overseeing the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable, furthering NYDIS’ other 9/11 recovery initiatives and advocacy programs, as well as other recovery resource development and policy recommendations.

Contact Scottie Hill:
:: 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 Co-Sponsors Buddhist's Interfaith 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.

The ceremony will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Pier 40 at West Houston Street. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information call Rev. TK Nakagaki, NY Buddhist Church:

:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources Online

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
:: NY 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).
  • 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 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
    • Wednesday, September 20 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, September 26 - 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, 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.



8/8 Tornado & Storm Flooding Leaves Devastation for New York City

Governor Spitzer Seeks Federal Disaster Help for Brooklyn, Queens & SI

Governor Eliot Spitzer August 20 asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make a major federal disaster declaration for homeowners, renters and business owners in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island who were impacted by the severe storms and devastating tornado of August 8.  “The severity and impact of this storm warrant supplementary Federal assistance and I hope FEMA will quickly make an emergency declaration,” said Governor Spitzer.

Read the Governor’s Press Release:

FEMA Examines NYC's Tornado Damage

Federal officials on August 13 were trying to determine whether areas of Brooklyn and Staten Island affected by the tornado warranted a federal disaster label. Touring with city leaders, officials from the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials worked in teams throughout the boroughs, where the August 8 tornado caused massive damage and forced the evacuation of at least thirty buildings. The city set up a Disaster Recovery Center on Ovington Avenue in Brooklyn, providing services and information from the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYS Department of Insurance.

Read the Crain’s August 13 article by Kira Bindrim:

Clinton Calls on President for Disaster Aid to NYC’s Storm Damaged Areas

In anticipation of a request for federal assistance from Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton August 13 called on President Bush to quickly provide the necessary aid and funding to NYC residents who were impacted by the storm as soon as it is formally requested by the Governor.

Read Senator Clinton’s August 9 Statement:

:: 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
:: Two Firefighters Perish in Former Deutsche Bank Fire

Two firefighters were fatally injured August 18 when more than 275 firefighters and 70 units responded to a seven-alarm fire at the former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan which is undergoing demolition. The firefighters were Joseph Graffagnino of Ladder Company 5, and Robert Beddia of Engine Company 24. The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), along with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, the Fire Department (FDNY), the Police Department (NYPD), and the Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP), Buildings (DOB), Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Sanitation (DSNY) were all at the scene, along with the American Red Cross (ARC). While the cause of the fire has not yet been established, FDNY fire marshals are conducting an extensive investigation. The results of air sampling conducted by the DEP test negative for asbestos, however, the DEP will continue to do air sample testing from the scene.

Read the Mayor’s August 20 Statement with updates from FDNY, DOB, and DEP: click here

Read the August 19 OEM Press Release:

Read the August 18 FDNY Press Release:
:: 9/11 Families Will Have Access to Ground Zero on 9/11

Mayor Bloomberg agreed August 9 that 9/11 families will be allowed to descend briefly into the ground zero site on the sixth anniversary of the attack. After a meeting, the Mayor said, “the families proposed a very limited and controlled level of access to the below grade, and after consulting with the Port Authority, we’ve been told that this type of access can work.” The site will be kept open for several hours throughout the day so that it could accommodate mourners’ schedules. This year's commemoration will be the final time victims' families will be able to descend into the ground zero pit to touch bedrock, the mayor said on his weekly radio program, “…because the construction of the memorial will take over all this area."

Read the Mayor’s Statement: click here
:: Nadler/Bing Laud Law Expanding Access to Benefits for 9/11 Workers

On August 14, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, Congressman Jerry Nadler and Borough President Scott Stringer held a press conference highlighting the success of Bing's 2006 law to extend the statute of limitations for workers' compensation claims made by 9/11 workers and volunteers. This legislation expanded the statute of limitations for filing 9/11-related workers’ compensation claims from two years from the date of injury to two years from the date of discovery. Assemblyman Bing noted that Governor Spitzer recently signed into law a second measure to extend the registration deadline by an additional year.

Read Congressman Nadler’s Press Release:

:: WTC Memorial Foundation Changes Name to Raise National Awareness

The WTC Memorial Foundation has changed its name. It will now be called the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in order to reflect the commemoration of the attacks as a national tragedy that changed the course of history. As part of a national outreach effort, the Memorial & Museum will bring a 9/11 tribute exhibition across the US to raise awareness of and funds for the construction of the national tribute at Ground Zero.

Visit the new website:

Read the August 14 Press Release:
:: Two Media Opportunities for 9/11 Families

The Lifetime Channel is interested in casting 9/11 survivors and their heroes for a production on stories of survival and courage. The survivor and the hero must be available for filming from August 27-30 and will receive compensation for their time and an all expense paid trip to California for the taping.

Contact Sasha:

NHK, Japan's public broadcasting company, is doing a news story about the ongoing recovery efforts at Ground Zero and are seeking to interview on-camera a person whose family member was killed and has not yet recovered any remains.  The tapping would take place in August.

Contact Heather Harlan, Producer, NHK NY Bureau:
:: DHS Awards NY $55M for Transit and Port Security

Governor Spitzer announced that the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded NY more than $55 million in supplemental Fiscal Year 2007 funds to enhance transit and port security systems and emergency management capabilities. The grants total $55,001,635 and include: $37,200,000 for transit security; $15,467,632; for port security and $2,334,003 for emergency management. Emergency management grants are administered by the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and goes to enhance areas that include planning, equipping, and training, conducting exercises, and providing for all-hazards emergency management operations.

Read the Governor’s August 16 Press Release:
:: NY Times Reports Website Threat Prompts Security Steps by NYPD

The NYPD learned about a threat posted on www.debka.com, a Jerusalem-based security news website, regarding a truck filled with radiological material in NY, LA or Miami. In response to the threat, the police set up checkpoints August 10 in Lower Manhattan and “…increased deployment of radiological sensors, including vehicle, marine and helicopter-mounted.” A police spokesman said that they “…found nothing to verify the threat.” Mayor Bloomberg said that NYC’s threat level had not changed and called the police response nothing out of the ordinary.

Read the August 11 NY Times article:
www.nytimes.com/2007/08/11/nyregion/11threat.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin& adxnnlx=1187118928-KZk8oErvBEFauQ+QfjmnYQ

Read the Mayor’s Statement: click here
:: National Service Focuses on Disaster Preparedness & Response

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is ramping up its focus on disaster preparedness and response in order to provide assistance to communities in need. The agency announced a “Disaster Coordinator Cadre” of specially selected and trained staff who will be available to go to the site of major disasters and help coordinate the involvement of national service assets and work with FEMA on Mission Assignments.

Read the Press Release:
:: Northeast States Emergency Group Honors NYS Emergency Manager

The Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) has named a NYS emergency manager as their Emergency Manager of the Year. Kevin P. Niedermaier, Director of Livingston County’s Emergency Management Services, received this honor from NYS Emergency Management Office (SEMO) Director John Gibb. Established in 1991, NESEC is the only all-hazard state consortium in the nation and is supported and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NESEC develops, promotes and coordinates "all-hazards" emergency management activities throughout the Northeast.

Read the SEMO Press Release:
:: ARC National HQ Faces Criticism Over Aid Program for Katrina Victims

The American Red Cross (ARC) Means to Recovery program that pays up to $20,000 for unmet needs has received criticism from Katrina victims. ARC officials says there is only enough to serve 4,000 families, who were required to undergo an extensive planning process. However, ARC has received over 80,000 phone calls, illustrating the challenge of limited funding in the face of unlimited need. The ARC allocated $175 million to Means to Recovery, and other programs. With an initial budget of $71 million, Means to Recovery began in October 2006, training caseworkers across the country to help clients apply, but few applicants came in. Because the program was not advertised, many families had no opportunity to apply, and those that did had to complete a 20-page application and waited more than a month for a reply. ARC changed the program in response to criticism, reducing the application to 8 pages, and decreasing the processing time. The program is supposed to serve as the final push to get people permanently back on their feet.

Read the entire August 10 NY Times article by Shaila Dewan and Stephanie Strom:

From Our Members & Partners

  • DNN: NYDIS/Mennonites/Southern Baptists Help New Yorkers Recover

    Two teams from Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) arrived in Brooklyn on August 13 from the Lake District in Upstate NY and Eastern Pennsylvania to help in the recovery efforts of those impacted by the August 8 tornado. They are staying at the Bay Ridge Baptist Church on 4th Street, which is also opening up its kitchen to the community. Southern Baptist Men sent their NY region teams from the Baptist Convention of NY into the area on August 15 to assess the flood damage and provide chain saw crews.

    Read the August 15 DNN article:

  • Chinese Residents in Bay Ridge Helped by Tzu Chi Foundation

    NYDIS member the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation helped the 80 Chinese families residing in Bay Ridge. This population represents 40% of the affected residents. Not only providing translation support, the Foundation also set-up emergency assistance at the Brooklyn Chinese American Association Senior Center at 5000 8th Avenue; and it has begun fundraising to help these residents. The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has been a member of NYDIS since 2006.

    For more information contact Yuru Chou:

  • Sikh Coalition Alerts Sikhs of Heightened TSA Screening at Airports

    The Sikh Coalition has learned that Sikh men are being subjected to increased screening procedures, including mandatory turban “pat downs”, at all US airports. The Coalition learned of this Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policy change when four Sikhs were recently subjected to these pat downs; the Coalition says that the new procedures are in direct contradiction to a detailed turban screening policy that has been in place since November 2001. The Sikh Coalition has sent an advisory to Sikh air travelers to apprise them of the change and to provide advice on what to do if required to submit to the new screening procedure.

  • 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. NYDIS volunteer opportunities, Tip Sheets and NYDISNET links are listed in this resource.

    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: When the Power is Out You Are Not Powerless

    In August 2003, a power outage spanning from NY to Michigan left over 50 million people without power for 29 hours. Power outages on this scale are extremely rare, but the City's high demand for energy on summer days can leave New Yorkers vulnerable to smaller disruptions. Disconnect appliances that will turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, they may overload electrical circuits. Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed.

    If your power fails:
    Call your power provider immediately to report the outage.
    Call Con Edison’s 24-hour hotline: 1.800.752.6633
    Call KeySpan’s 24-hour hotline: 718.643.4050

    Learn more about what to do in a power outage:
  • 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 Thursday, September 6 and Thursday, October 4, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online for September 6:

    Sign up online for October 4:
  • 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

    • Northeast/New York's Hurricane Season Begins

      August 1 marks the high hurricane season in NYC - the greatest potential for hurricanes in NYC occur from August to October - and OEM works to help New Yorkers prepare for hurricane emergencies. OEM wil 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:

    • 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 provide a shopping list of items required during a storm.

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

  • 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.

    • Limiting Social Contact Helped to Fight 1918 Flu Pandemic
      In the August 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that public health measures such as quarantines, school closings and bans on public gatherings did in fact reduce the death toll in the great influenza outbreak of 1918-19, which killed 40 million people, 550,000 of them in the US.

      Download the Abstract of the JAMA August 8 article:

    • 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.”


    • 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:

    • 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?”:
  • Book Review: The Latest on Disasters & Faith from Augsberg Fortress Press

    Augsberg Press has recently released these publications that delve into disasters and the faith-based community: Act of God/Active God: Recovering from Natural Disasters by Gary Harbaugh raises faith-related questions that survivors of natural disasters have as a result of their experiences. In God in the Raging Waters, Paul Bloom and Kathryn Haueisen tell stories of rescue, relief, recovery and service following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In these responses of love and support from around the world, they show how this is evidence of hope in the midst of destruction.

  • 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:
  • 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

  • Film Festival Features Feel The Music! 9/11 Kids’ Films

    Thursday, August 23
    Reception at 6:00 pm; Screening at 7:00 pm

    Five films from the Feel the Music! program of the World Foundation for Music and Healing, will be shown at the 4th Annual RECYouth Multimedia Festival: Made-in-New York. Four of these five films that were produced by teens directly affected by 9/11 have been nominated for awards. The Festival is held at the Director's Guild of America Theater, 110 West 57th Street and admittance is free with reservation. RECYouth is the City of NY Department of Parks & Recreation's youth media program.

    To reserve tickets, contact Mari Irizarry, Deputy Director:
    212.255.3066 x117

    Contact Lucia Dundara, Feel the Music!:

  • ARC Networking Event

    Thursday, September 6
    6:30-7:30 pm

    The American Red Cross in Greater NY (ARC-GNY) is presenting an informational networking event about their partner group volunteer program. Refreshments will be served. It will take place at their headquarters at 520 West 49th Street.

    RSVP to Adam Runkle:

    Download the Flyer: click here
  • 6th Annual Commemoration of 9/11 at Ground Zero & Zuccotti Park

    The Port Authority will allow family members to descend the ramp in a single file stream that keeps moving into a limited area below grade to pay respects, and to then ascend back to street level. In keeping with his original plan, the Mayor also “…[plans] to have a moving and dignified ceremony across the street at Zuccotti Park, and to providing everyone a chance to pay their respects." Please see article in COMMUNITY NEWS.
  • 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
  • Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of NY, Associate Director for Programs

    The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing grants made by Episcopal Charities to parish programs, encouraging program development, providing technical support and building relationships with programs leads. He or she is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with parishes around the diocese to encourage program development and promote the work of Episcopal Charities.

    For details about this position and to apply, contact Mary Beth Sasso, Executive Director:
  • 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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