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NYDIS’ 9/11 Message

Dear Friends,

The annual observance of September 11th has become for us all a critical reminder of our collective journey toward recovery as a city and as a nation. It is a sacred day during which we can mourn our loss of both loved ones and some measure of our innocence. Yet, it must also be for us a day in which we are intentional in recognizing extraordinary heroism and self-sacrifice of family, friends and strangers alike. We honor that sacrifice by living – by healing, by recovering, and by ensuring that those who are still scarred physically, emotionally or spiritually from the impact of 9/11 are in our constant care. Please join us in that mission.


NYDIS Co-Sponsors 9/11 WTC Interfaith 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.

Download the Flyer: click here
Read the NYDIS Press Release: click here

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

:: 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.
:: September 11 Remembered in Film

Friday, September 7
Saturday, September 8
Monday, September 10

The Brooklyn Arts (BAC) Council Folk Arts curates “September 11th Remembered in Film,” a screening of independent documentary and interpretive films and videos relating to the events surrounding 9/11. Screenings and discussions with the filmmakers will take place at BAC from 6:30-9:30pm.

:: Survivor Tree Ceremony

Sunday, September 9
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The WTC Survivor Network will lead a Survivor Tree Ceremony at the Living Memorial Grove in City Hall Triangle Park, on Park Row, across from City Hall, where survivors planted a tree last year for the 5th anniversary of 9/11. Planted next to five other trees that survived 9/11, this Survivor Tree was a gift from Oklahoma City, where it was cut from an American elm that stood during the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

:: VOICES of September 11th Commemoration Events

Workshops: Monday, September 10
Noon - 5 pm
Luncheon: Tuesday, September 11
Noon – 3:00 pm

The theme of Voices of September 11th‘s events this year is the 9/11 Living Memorial: “ Commemorating the Lives and Stories of 9/11.” On September 10, the “Preserving 9/11” Forum and Exhibits will include workshops, presentations, and the opportunity to preserve and share personal commemorative items. A Commemorative Luncheon will follow the City’s ceremony on September 11 to provide a healing environment for remembering those who died on 9/11. All the events take place at the Marriott Financial Center Hotel on 85 West Street, across from the WTC site.

:: Official NYC 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and "Tribute in Light"

Tuesday, September 11

Due to the ongoing redevelopment at the 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. The ceremony will allow family members to go to Liberty Street, descend the ramp to a limited area where they can pay respects and ascend back to street level. This year, responders to the attack will deliver the reading of the names of the victims during the ceremony while music will play in the background. The "Tribute in Light" will again return at sundown.
:: Music from Ground Zero

Tuesday, September 11
7:30 pm

Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Tim Tuttle will perform his 6th annual musical memorial "Music From Ground Zero." Proceeds will benefit The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The concert will be held at The Knitting Factory at 74 Leonard Street in downtown NYC.

For more information, including free downloadable music clips:
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:

Download the Schedule: click here
:: NYDIS/NYCOSH Launch Subway Campaign for WTC Worker's Comp Registration

NYDISnetNYDIS has partnered with New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) on a year-long outreach campaign to 9/11 recovery workers who served in a professional or volunteer capacity at Ground Zero about their eligibility to register for WTC Workers’ Compensation benefits. On September 4, NYDIS and NYCOSH held a joint press conference at Ground Zero with invited elected officials, and leaders from labor organizations and health agencies, to announce the launch of an MTA Subway poster campaign to run throughout all the boroughs.

Download the September 4 Press Release: click here

Download Brochure: click here

Download Posters: English | Español
:: NYDIS Continues 8/8 Tornado & Flooding Recovery

To date NYDIS has been coordinating with our members and national faith-based partners (Mennonite Disaster Services and Southern Baptist Men) to provide free tornado debris/tree removal, minor housing repair and flood damage clean-up in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. NYDIS staff and volunteers are operating a “call center” for families and individuals who would like to register for assistance. Over 50 households have been assisted to date.  NYDIS also continues to distribute and translate the HSC Recovery Assistance Guide and an Immigrant Disaster Benefits Eligibility Guide in Arabic, Chinese, English and Spanish. Over $15,000 has been raised to support these efforts – additional support is needed. Impacted households in need of assistance can call 212.669.6100.

To Download the Registration Outreach Flyer: www.nydis.org/recovery/14.php
To View the Assistance Guide and other Recovery Resources: www.nydis.org/recovery/14.php
To Donate to Local Recovery Efforts: www.nydis.org
:: NYDIS Partners with Broadway Community Again for Nite Out on Broadway

Last spring, NYDIS was delighted to participate in a new initiative called “Nite Out on Broadway” in partnership with the Broadway community.  Through this initiative, 9/11 responders from the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable and their families were provided with free tickets to attend “The Pirate Queen.” Just as Broadway’s fall season gets underway, the cast and crew of Broadway’s Super New Musical, “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh present Mary Poppins,” has made “Nite Out on Broadway” a reality again, offering 400 free tickets to 9/11 responders and their families to the September 12 and 13 evening performances. To date, over 40 actors and theater staff have donated more than $3,200 towards the project.  NYDIS expresses its heartfelt gratitude to these generous members of NYC’s performing arts community.

To make a donation to the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable:

Or mail a check to:
22 Cortland Street  20th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Memo: NYC 9/11 UNR
:: NYDIS Welcomes New NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Moderator

Lida Mora has joined the NYDIS staff as the new Moderator of the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable. Lida most recently served as the Senior Benefits and Entitlements Coordinator at Mount Sinai World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, where she provided direct clinical care, benefits education, and case advocacy for 9/11 recovery and clean-up workers.

Contact Lida Mora:
:: 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).
  • 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.
    • 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 Lida Mora, Moderator, NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • 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:
:: 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.


:: Queens Declared Federal Disaster After 8/8 Flooding

On August 31, President Bush declared Queens a “major disaster” area because of the storms and flooding that caused severe damage in the borough on August 8. The designation will make low-interest loans and grants available to Queens homeowners for repairs, replacement of lost property and temporary rentals. Governor Spitzer’s office estimated that 1,359 homes in Queens required repairs because of storm damage, compared with 189 in Brooklyn and 21 on Staten Island, and that 460 households in Queens required temporary housing, compared with 76 in Brooklyn and one on Staten Island.

Read the NY Times September 4 article:

Register with FEMA:
:: 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.

Download the brochure (pdf): English | Español

Call for registration guidelines: 866.WTC.2556
:: New Survey: Higher Rates of Asthma Among 9/11 Responders

The NYC Health Department (DOHMH) has found that 3.6% of the 25,000 rescue and recovery workers enrolled in the WTC Health Registry report are developing asthma after working at the site. That rate is 12 times what would be normally expected for the adult population during such a time period. The paper was published August 27 in “Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).” “The dust from the WTC collapse appears to have had significant respiratory health effects at least for people who worked at the site,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, NYC Health Commissioner. “These findings reflect the critical importance of getting appropriate respiratory protection to all workers as quickly as possible during a disaster….”

Read the August 27 Press Release:

Download the entire EHP article (pdf):
  • DOHMH WTC Health Registry Conducting Re-Survey
    The NYC Department of Health is now re-surveying all 71,000 WTC Health Registry participants to learn more about their current health status. So far, nearly 60% of registrants have responded. The re-survey will help determine whether respiratory and mental health conditions have persisted five to six years after the disaster. Because of its size, the registry can show patterns that would elude individual physicians and provide valuable guidance to affected groups.

    For treatment guidelines for WTC-related respiratory condition:
:: 9/11 Health Findings: 1 in 8 Recovery Workers Have PTSD

Thousands of WTC rescue and recovery workers were still suffering serious mental health effects three years after the disaster, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) reported. New findings from the WTC Health Registry’s show that one in eight rescue and recovery workers (12.4%) likely had post-traumatic stress disorder when they were interviewed in 2003 and 2004. The findings were published August 29 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Read the DOHMH Press Release:

Download the article:
:: Clinton/Nadler/Maloney Unveil New Report on EPA's WTC "Test and Clean" Program

Senator Hillary Clinton, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will unveil on Wednesday, September 5 a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current "Test and Clean" program. This is the EPA’s second program to address post-9/11 indoor contamination and was prepared by the GAO at the request of Sen. Clinton and Reps. Nadler and Maloney. It will take place at 12:30 pm at the Senate Environment and Public Works Hearing Room, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406 in Washington, DC.

Get the latest Statement about the Report:
:: 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:

:: National September 11 Memorial & Museum Tours Across US

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a traveling exhibition that tells the story of 9/11 from the point of view of families, first responders, survivors, and the public. Across the country, people will have a chance to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the National September 1 Memorial & Museum. The exhibition will also feature a timeline of the events, photographs, artifacts, and a short film.

Find out more information on cities and tour dates:
:: 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:
:: FEMA Launches Website Devoted to Katrina Recovery

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a new website devoted solely to matters of recovery from Katrina and Rita. The FEMA Gulf Coast Recovery website will be a resource for the progress being made following the devastation of the 2005 hurricanes. It contains news and statistics; the latest reports and graphic descriptions of federal aid; interactive maps showing locations and descriptions of rebuilding projects; important phone numbers, links and other contact info; as well as background information and essential guidelines on preparedness and mitigation.

The new website:

From Our Members & Partners

  • Church World Service: Disaster Ministry Curriculum - Now Available Online

    The comprehensive Community Arise disaster ministry curriculum materials developed by Church World Service and its partner denominations are now publicly available on a new website. Visitors can view and download the instructor's guide, participant manual, and Power Point slides for Basic Disaster Ministry, Disaster Case Management Overview, Disaster Long-Term Recovery, Volunteer Management and Coordination, Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disaster, Children and Youth in Disaster, and Technology-Caused Disaster Response.


  • Sikh Coalition Hears From TSA on Turban Screening Policy

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a statement on new airport screening procedures that authorize Sikh turban pat downs. TSA officials told the Sikh Coalition August 22 in Washington DC that it specifically included the turban as an example of a type of headwear that could potentially hide non-metallic threat items in a Guidance issued to TSA screeners. Turbans can be subjected to secondary screening, regardless of whether a metal detector indicates a metallic object is in the turban, although the screener can use his or her discretion. The Coalition’s concerns include religious profiling, the new procedure and guidance not be kept secret, and that the new procedures were created without consulting any Sikhs or Sikh organizations.

  • NYC VOAD Mental Health Committee Meeting - September 20

    On September 20 at 9:00 to 11:00 am, the NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will hold their Mental Health Committee meeting. Rev. Julie Taylor, Executive Director of Disaster Chaplaincy Services, will speak on the topic, “Disaster Chaplaincy: A Collaborative Resource.” It will be held at the State Office of Mental Health regional office on 330 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor in Manhattan. Please feel free to invite other mental health or spiritual care providers.
  • 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 “Grac e”, 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:


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
  • NYDIS' "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:
  • DHS' New Preparedness Resources For Seniors, Disabled & Pets

    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign released three new demonstration videos on the specific steps older Americans, individuals with disabilities and special needs, and pet owners should take to prepare for emergencies. DHS worked with AARP, the National Organization on Disability, and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to develop these new emergency preparedness resources. The new videos are released in time for National Preparedness Month 2007, a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

    To view the Videos:

    Read the August 13 Press Release:
  • 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: Don't Get Twisted by Tornadoes

    New Yorkers know that tornadoes can impact NYC. Typically spawned by powerful thunderstorms, most tornado-related damage results from sheer wind speed and wind-blown debris, as well as large hail. If you see an approaching tornado, go to the lowest point of your residence. If an underground shelter is not available, move to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside; and stay away from windows.

    Learn about tornado safety:
  • 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 Is Here

      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:

    • 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.

  • Pet Preparedness

    • 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:
  • 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?”:
  • Online Interactive Courses for Emergency Preparedness

    The NY Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education helps health professionals in NYS and NYC to respond effectively to emergency events of all kinds; they will have an increased ability to identify potential emergencies, respond rapidly within institutional and community incident management systems, communicate across clinical and public health organizational lines, and provide effective care for those affected.

  • Book Review: The Looming Tower

    Originally published in hardcover in August 2006, and featured in last year’s 9/11 5th Anniversary issue of NYDISnet, it has since gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize. Now being released in paperback in time for this year’s 9/11 anniversary, it is a narrative history of the events leading to 9/11. “The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” looks at the people, the plans and intelligence failures that led to the attacks. Lawrence Wright tells the story through four men's lives: the two leaders of Al Qaeda, the FBI's counterterrorism chief and the former head of Saudi intelligence. This New York Times best-selling book deepens our knowledge of these events by taking us behind the scenes that will only add to our understanding of 9/11 and help us deal with continuing terrorist threats.

    Read the August 6, 2006 New York Times Book Review Cover Story:
  • StoryCorps September 11th Initiative

    StoryCorps is a national oral history project that records stories in sound. As the 9/11 anniversary is here, StoryCorps invites individuals wishing to remember a lost loved one, to come to a StoryBooth in NYC. With permission from participants, each interview will be housed at the Library of Congress and the WTC Memorial Foundation for future generations to listen and remember.

    For information and to listen to interviews:
    646.723.7020 x202
  • Remembering 9/11/01 Museum Exhibit

    The New York Historical Society will be opening an exhibition commemorating the events of 9/11 called "Here Is New York: Remembering 9/11/01" on September 11. It will run through January 1, 2008. It is located at 170 Central Park West in Manhattan.

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 9/11 Responders' Rally

    Saturday, September 8
    10:00 am
    West Broadway between Vesey and Barclay Streets

    In place of the annual Labor Day parade that honors the contributions of workers across the City, the NYC Central Labor Council, NYS AFL-CIO, and the Building and Construction Trades Council have organized a Rally to honor 9/11 workers and responders. The intent is to bring attention to the long-term health needs, medical monitoring, treatment and compensation needs of 9/11 responders and to push the federal government to authorize a plan to provide 9/11 responders with these essential needs.

    For more information, contact:
    NYS AFL-CIO: 518.436.8516
    NYC Central Labor Council: 212.604.9552
  • 9/11 Vigil For Our Health

    Sunday, September 9
    7:00 pm

    Sponsored by community groups across lower Manhattan, this vigil will be held at Foley Square (Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre St.) in Manhattan.
  • The National Summit on Primary Care Emergency Preparedness

    Wednesday, September 19
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan

    The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is hosting a forum to discuss the preparedness level of primary care centers across the nation,  share best practices and innovative strategies to improve the preparedness level and response capabilities, convene stakeholders to identify roles, and set the agenda for preparedness on local, state, and national levels. It brings together regional emergency response planners, hospital emergency planners, ambulatory care network administrators, school-based emergency planners, and local and state departments of health, elected and government officials. The Sheraton is located at 811 7th Avenue on 53rd Street.

    For details about the agenda and registration:
    Melissa Corrado

  • 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

    This conference provides an opportunity to hear from those involved in shaping the future of homeland security and emergency management, strengthen relationships with partner organizations, and share views on all hazards emergency preparedness with the leadership in Washington. It takes place at the Cox Convention Center.

    To register:

    For details on the agenda and for more information:
  • "Disasters: Recipes and Remedies" Conference

    Thursday, November 1 - Friday, November 2

    Leading experts will explore the commonalities of all disasters. They will examine the unequal protection and treatment of populations made vulnerable by their location and or socioeconomic status; the impact of disasters on the economy and overall human development; how hazards develop into disasters; and how design factors either mitigate or amplify their effects. Nicholas Scoppetta, Fire Commissioner of NYC will give the keynote address, followed by questions and answers with Bob Kerrey, President of The New School. It will be held at The New School at

    For information and conference details:
    212.229.5776 x3121

    For the Agenda: click here


  • 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, 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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