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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:

Download the Schedule: click here
:: NYDIS VISTAs Attend the Craigslist Foundation's "Boot Camp"

Six NYDIS AmeriCorps*VISTA members and staff were amongst more than 1,000 participants attending the New York Tri-State Area Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday September 15. Through seminars, panels, and interactive workshops presented by over a 100 nonprofit management support organizations and on such topics as fundraising, technology, and marketing, this all-day program provided an opportunity to learn about the basics of operating a nonprofit or social enterprise.

Get more information:
:: NYDIS/NYCOSH Launch Subway Campaign for WTC Worker's Comp Registration

NYDISnet NYDIS has partnered with New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) on a two year 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 to announce the launch of an MTA Subway poster campaign throughout the five boroughs. You can now see these English and Spanish ads which focus awareness on the WTC Workers’ Compensation registration deadline of August 14, 2008 posted on all subway lines.

Download Posters: English | Español
:: NYDIS Participates in HSC Disaster Planning Tabletop Exercise

On September 19, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Human Services Council (HSC) is conducting a tabletop exercise at the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC-GNY) for the senior staff of agencies involved in disaster planning and preparedness. The exercise will test responses to a scenario based upon high winds and heavy rain affecting all NYC boroughs. During the exercise, participants will test the communication plan and information flow among agencies, clarify first steps for activation of Coordinated Case Management, respond to information from government partners about plans for a DRC (Disaster Recovery Center) or DASC (Disaster Assistance Service Center), and update an Assistance Guide and telephone hotline in response to a natural disaster. NYDIS Executive Director will be a Participant in the Tabletop, and members of NYDIS staff will serve as Observers.
:: NYDIS to Receive "Partners in Preparedness" Honor from NYC OEM

On September 26 OEM is hosting its second “Ready New York Partners in Preparedness” reception at Gracie Mansion, which honors those that have contributed to the City’s overall preparedness and play a role in educating the public about preparing for emergencies. OEM recognizes partners who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to disaster preparedness and education with the Ready New Yorker award. This year OEM will honor NYDIS and the New York Mets for their support for the City’s Ready New York program as well as their own preparedness initiatives. NYDIS and our member agencies are grateful for this recognition, and we look forward to continuing this important work.
:: 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 20 - 9:30 am-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, 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, October 17 - 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.


:: 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
:: Brooklyn Joins Queens in Federal Disaster Declaration After 8/8 Storms

Governor Spitzer announced September 7 that a major disaster declaration was issued by the federal government to assist Brooklyn homeowners, renters and businesses that were impacted by the severe storms and devastating tornado on August 8. Financial assistance will now be made available to homeowners, renters, and small businesses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program. This aid includes disaster unemployment assistance, Small Business Administration rebuilding loans, grants for rental assistance, and funding for home repairs and other disaster-related needs. On August 30 a similar federal disaster declaration was made for storm victims in Queens.

Call FEMA to register for disaster aid:
1.800.621.FEMA (3362) (Open 8:00 am to 9:00 pm)
TTY: 1-800-462-7585

Read the Governor’s Press Release:
:: NYC Opens 2 Assistance Centers for Brooklyn/Queens 8/8 Storm Victims

Since the federal government declared Brooklyn and Queens both major disasters, NYC’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) opened two Disaster Assistance Service Centers for homeowners, renters, and business owners who have sustained losses or damage from the severe storms and flooding of August 8.

Tzu Chi Foundation USA
137-77 Northern Boulevard

Notre Dame Hall at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
552 59th Street

Download Flyers: English | Español | Chinese
:: Mayor Bloomberg Launches New 9/11 Health Website

Marking the sixth anniversary of 9/11, the NYC Health Department (DOHMH) has launched a new website to provide up-to-date scientific information about the disaster’s lingering health effects and to highlight the services available to those affected. It also includes easily accessible research findings and treatment options for the different groups of affected people: rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others.

Visit the 9/11 Health Website:

Read the September 9 Press Release: click here
:: Maloney/Nadler/Fossella Introduce 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and Congressman Vito Fossella announced that they will introduce comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks. The Maloney-Nadler-Fossella 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would ensure that everyone exposed to the toxins of Ground Zero has a right to be medically monitored and anyone who is sick as a result has a right to treatment; expand care to the whole exposed community, including residents, area workers and students, and to those from across the country who responded after 9/11; provide compensation for economic damages and losses by reopening the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund; and build on the expertise of the Centers of Excellence which are providing high-quality health care to thousands of responders. It would also require the federal government to collect data about and research the extent and severity of WTC-related illnesses.

:: GAO Releases Latest Evaluation of EPA Efforts Post-9/11

The GAO report entitled “World Trade Center: EPA’s Most Recent Test and Clean Program Raises Concerns that Need to be Addressed to Better Prepare for Indoor Contamination Following Disasters,” was prepared at the request of Senator Hilary Clinton and Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. It found that while the EPA has acted upon lessons learned following 9/11, some concerns remain about its preparedness to respond to indoor contamination following future disasters. Specifically, EPA has not developed protocols on how and when to collect data to determine the extent of indoor contamination. It recommends that EPA develop guidance on crisis communication, guidelines on cost estimates for disaster response, and protocols specific to indoor contamination. EPA stated that it is taking actions on these recommendations.

Download the GAO “Test and Clean” Report:
:: NYS Governor Signs Freedom to Report Terrorism Act

Governor Spitzer announced that he signed the Freedom to Report Terrorism Act, a new law providing protections against litigation for those reporting suspicious behavior that could be a potential terrorist activity. “People acting in good faith to assist law enforcement officials in preventing terrorism should not have to worry about the threat of legal action. In the fight against terrorism, we need to encourage, not discourage, New Yorkers to do their part, said Governor Spitzer.” The law will take effect immediately.

Read the September 10 Press Release:
:: New Law Secures NYS's Pipelines

NYS Governor Spitzer signed into law legislation that will enhance security procedures associated with pipelines that are currently vulnerable to terrorist attack. It specifically addresses potential weaknesses in fueling networks servicing cities, airports, transmission systems and distribution points for petroleum, natural gas, and commercial aviation fuel.
“Protecting critical infrastructure from attack is a central component to our homeland security strategy,” said Governor Spitzer.

Read the September 10 Press Release:
:: DHS Releases National Preparedness Guidelines

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published the National Preparedness Guidelines, which establishes a vision for national preparedness and provides a systematic approach for prioritizing preparedness efforts across the US; and the Target Capabilities List, which describes the collective national capabilities required to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. Secretary Michael Chertoff said, "These documents will help focus policy, planning and investments at all levels of government and the private sector in order to strengthen our collective capabilities and better prepare for major incidents." They also integrate lessons learned following Katrina and a 2006 review of states’ and major cities’ emergency operations and evacuation plans.

Download the National Preparedness Guidelines:

Read the DHS September 13 Press Release:

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.


  • Sikhs Get Action from House Committee for TSA's Turban Screening Policy

    In response to the Sikh Coalition’s ongoing campaign, Congressman Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wrote a letter expressing deep concern to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding its new turban screening policy. The letter asks for answers about the need for security procedures that encourage TSA screeners to pull aside and search airline passengers wearing turbans. Congressman Lantos writes, “I thought it was important to write this letter to ensure that our country remains open and welcoming to all faiths.”

    Read Congressman Lantos’ September 12 Letter:

  • 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.
  • Koinonia NYC Closes Lower Manhattan Office

    Koinonia NYC, which has shared office space with NYDIS since February 2004, is in a time of new visioning and re-organization, and is consolidating office space at their main location.  Although they are moving out of 22 Cortlandt Street, they will continue to offer Faith Walks at Ground Zero from this location. Faith Walks at Ground Zero is an intentional time of learning stories from September 11th and how the faith communities responded. Koinonia will also continue the NYC ministries of New Ground Day Camps and Servant Events during the summer of 2008.

    To schedule a Faith Walk at Ground Zero:

  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.

    Read about September’s Ready New Yorker of the Month:

    Learn more about the Contest:
  • Flooding Preparedness

    • OEM TIP: 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:

  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Headquarters

    Prepare New York is a free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation teaching NYC residents how to create a plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants receive an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and brochures from the ARC and NYC OEM. The next presentation is Thursday, October 4, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online for October 4:
  • Preparedness Resources for Health Officials

    The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing local health departments, seeks to improve people’s health by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems. For National Preparedness Month, they are offering resources on their website that include: an Indian Tribes Survey Template, a Special Populations Template, a Special Needs Shelter Plan, and a Toolkit for Congregations,

  • 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

    • OEM Hurricane Tip: What's Your Plan?

      Hurricane season is here. Unlike most hazards, we can predict when a hurricane is coming. Unfortunately, that still means most people wait until the last minute to get prepared. Don't procrastinate; use the calm before the storm to make a plan with your family to weather the storm season safely.

      Download the Ready NY: Hurricanes and NYC Guide: click here

    • 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

    • OEM Tip: Don't Forget Your Pet
      After Katrina, OEM introduced Ready New York for Pets - a guide for pet owners on how to care for pets during an emergency. OEM encourages all pet owners to include pets in their disaster plans. Think about where you will go with your pet and how you will get there if you have to leave home during an emergency. Know what you will do if an emergency prevents you from returning home to your pet. Put together a pet Go Bag.

      Download Ready NY Pet Guide:

    • 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.

  • Downloadable "Church Preparedness" Sermons Available

    A set of messages on “Church Emergency Preparedness and Response” is available for download to help educate and prepare clergy to respond to crisis. Prepared by the Christian Emergency Network’s ministry partners, these messages can be used, referenced and shared.

  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Article Series on 9/11 Health Problems

    Peter Rousmaniere, along with Steve Yahn, have written an in-depth series on the health problems of WTC rescue and recovery workers. Published by Risk & Insurance, “Beach of Trust” is a factual account of safety breakdowns, the emergence of medical conditions, the workers’ compensation system, and policy reform proposals.

  • 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:
  • 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

  • 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, 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:
  • FEMA, Disaster-Related Job Opportunities

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expanding and there are new jobs listed in the New York area, as well as every FEMA Regional Office around the country.

    To see the list of jobs, and to get instructions on how to apply:
  • HWCLI, Disaster Advocate and Recovery Coordinator

    The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) seeks an individual to oversee and coordinate two disaster-related programs: the 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable and the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD).

    For details about this position: click here

    To apply, submit Cover Letter and Resume to:
    Loule Gebremedhin
  • 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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