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NYDIS Releases Disaster Mental Health & Spiritual Care Manual

The “NYDIS Manual for New York City Religious Leaders: Mental Health and Spiritual Care for Disaster Response and Recovery” is a comprehensive resource tool to enable NYC religious leaders to best serve their congregations and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters. Its 19 chapters were written by 16 disaster mental health and spiritual care experts. Organized in three sections, Preparation & Mitigation, Response & Recovery, and Reference & Resources, the Manual offers an overview of the lifecycle of disasters, discusses the role of faith leaders throughout these phases, and provides information on skill sets, training resources and effective clinical and pastoral best practices.

Download the Manual:

:: NYDIS and LDRNY Expand Workers' Comp WTC Outreach Efforts

A recent grant from the Lutheran Disaster Response of New York (LDRNY) is helping NYDIS conduct outreach throughout the five boroughs and Long Island to promote the deadline extension for 9/11 World Trade Center Workers’ Compensation Registration. LDRNY’s grant will help cover the costs of printing and mailing WTC Workers’ Compensation to houses of worship, trade unions and immigrant groups in NYC and on Long Island.

Download the WTC Registration Brochure: click here
:: NYDIS ED to Address "Relief & Recovery Ethics" for Disaster Management Students

Peter Gudaitis, Executive Director, will lead a class on “Relief & Recovery Ethics” at the Metropolitan College of NY's (MCNY) Office of Career Services' "Networking in the Field of Emergency and Disaster Management" seminar on Saturday, October 20. The class presents information on a variety of topics to help alumni and graduate students enhance their networking skills. Metropolitan is the only accredited college in NYC that offers an MPA degree in disaster management - currently the fifth fastest growing profession in the US. The class is taught by MCNY faculty and NYDIS board member, Ali Gheith, Coordinator of Population-Based Resilience, Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

MCNY Program Information and Courses:
212.343.1234 x5001
:: NYDIS Board President & ED to Speak at Riverside Church

On Sunday, October 28, NYDIS Board President, The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs, with Executive Director, Peter Gudaitis, will be featured speakers at the Science and Religion Resource Center’s Village Forum panel at Riverside Church. The title of this month's forum is "Coordinating Our Caring: New York City, Disaster Preparedness, and the Church," and will cover NYC and natural disasters, a look at the social justice issues involved, chaplaincy in times of disaster, and the need for interfaith cooperation, in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a disaster. The Village Forum will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The church is located at 490 Riverside Drive, between 120th and 122nd Streets.

:: NYDIS ED Addresses CA Citizen Corps Conference on Preparedness

The California Citizen Corps presented its 2nd Annual National Emergency Preparedness Conference in Sacramento, CA on October 11-13. The conference focused on the theme, “Take the Lead in Disaster Readiness.” Panels and workshop topics included: Socio-Economic Impact of Disasters, Creating Vigilant, Resilient, Prepared Communities in Homeland Security, Neighborhood Emergency Training, Animal Rescue and Preparedness, Pandemic Awareness, Preparedness and Response for Educational Institutions, Community Emergency Response Teams, Disaster Preparedness for Tribal Communities, Organizing Communities to Prepare for Disasters, and Psychological Preparation for Disasters. NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis was the featured speaker for “The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Disaster Preparedness” plenary.

:: 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, October 18 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 1 Emergency Case)
    • Wednesday, October 24 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency & 2 Recovery Cases)
    • Thursday, November 1 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency & 2 Recovery Cases)
    • Thursday, November 15 – 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency & 7 Recovery Cases )

    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 9/11 Recovery Resources

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
:: NYC Katrina Evacuee Recovery Resources
:: Upstate NY 2006 Flood Recovery Resources
:: NYS & NJ 2007 Nor’easter Recovery Resources:
:: 8/8/2007 Severe Flooding/Tornado Recovery Resources

The latest information, updates and recovery services for those impacted by the August 8, 2007 NYC tornado and flooding:
:: 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
:: WTC Health Registry's Resource Guide

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has created a WTC Health Registry Resource Guide for people affected by 9/11. The guide includes information about occupational, respiratory, environmental, and mental health facilities as well as other services and resources.

Download the Resource Guide: click here
:: Mayor Bloomberg's London Trip: Surveillance Cameras for Buses/Trains

Back from his tour of London's anti-terror security measures, NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg urged the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to deploy surveillance cameras on buses and trains. Pointing to the July 2005 subway bombings in London that killed 52 people, he said, "In London, they have two or three cameras on every single subway car, they have two or three cameras on every single bus." Surveillance cameras helped identify the bombers, and also captured images of a failed bombing attempt later that month. So far, the MTA has installed cameras in 122 buses in Manhattan.

Read the October 3 NY Daily News article by Kathleen Lucadamo and Pete Donohue:
:: NYPD'S "Ring of Steel" Monitors License Plates in Lower Manhattan

A high-tech camera in Lower Manhattan is monitoring the license plates of passing cars periodically in a test of NYC's planned "Ring of Steel" surveillance system. The camera is part of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, an $81.5 million plan to protect the Financial District with more than 100 license plate readers, thousands of surveillance cameras and barriers that could automatically block streets. The plan is nicknamed the "Ring of Steel," based on a similar project that encircles central London, which Mayor Bloomberg watched in action during his visit there.

Read the October 1 NY Daily News article by Adam Lisberg:

:: White House Releases New National Strategy for Homeland Security

The White House released on October 9 its latest report on Homeland Security, “National Strategy for Homeland Security,” which “recognizes that while we must continue to focus on the persistent and evolving terrorist threat, we also must address the full range of potential catastrophic events, including man-made and natural disasters, due to their implications for homeland security. The purpose of our Strategy is to guide, organize, and unify our Nation's homeland security efforts. It provides a common framework by which our entire Nation should focus its efforts on the following four goals: Prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks; Protect the American people, our critical infrastructure, and key resources; Respond to and recover from incidents that do occur; and Continue to strengthen the foundation to ensure our long-term success.”

Download the Homeland Security Council’s October 2007 “National Strategy for Homeland Security”:

Read the October 10 Washington Post article by Spencer Hsu and William Branigin:
:: Emergency-Response Network for Info Sharing & Coordination

A new information-sharing network aims to provide emergency-response coordination at the local level and in the private sector, using interactive maps and breaking news alerts on wireless text devices, as well as a national database of community stakeholders. The Corporate Crisis Response Officers Association, headed by Asa Hutchinson, former Homeland Security Undersecretary, is “recruiting private-, public- and community-sector leaders through media, pilot projects and organizational agreements" to be crisis-response officers in the network. Test projects for the network are under way in three communities.

Read the September 28 National Journal’s Technology Daily article by Winter Casey:

:: NYC Announces Design Competition for Post-Disaster Housing

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno launched the “What If New York City…” housing design competition, which seeks innovative approaches to sheltering victims in the aftermath of a disaster. With potentially thousands of residents displaced from their homes, and fully rebuilding communities could take several years, provisional housing could be used in the interim. With a scenario focusing on a fictional neighborhood hit by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving 38,000 families without housing, entrants are asked to design a provisional housing plan that could be used by emergency planners in real life. This design competition complements the City’s Coastal Storm Plan (CSP), which dictates how NYC would respond to a coastal storm emergency. The City intends to incorporate aspects of the competition’s winning submissions into the sheltering component of the plan.

For information on the competition, including eligibility, schedule, and judging criteria:

From Our Members & Partners

  • Empire State Building to Turn Green for Eid

    For the first time in its history, the world famous Empire State Building in NYC will be lit in green from Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14 in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration which marks the end of Ramadan, called Eid-ul-Fitr. The color green symbolizes the solidarity and life-giving abundance of the Islamic faith. From this year on, lighting on Eid will become an annual event.
  • NYC Citizen Corps Council Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, November 14

    The next quarterly meeting will be held at the American Red Cross in Greater NY headquarters at 520 West 49th Street from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. This meeting will focus on strategies to engage immigrant communities on becoming more prepared for all emergencies.

    RSVP to Herman Schaffer, MSW, Community Outreach Disaster Education Coordinator, OEM:


  • Sikhs Raise Concerns at TSA Meeting in DC

    The Sikh Coalition participated in a meeting October 10 with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where it directly raised religious profiling concerns to TSA Administrator Hawley. In response to the Sikh Coalition’s alerting the community to the new TSA headwear search policy, the TSA has taken a number of steps to address community concerns:  the headwear search policy is being reevaluated, the TSA is advising its screeners to offer air travelers the option of going though trace portals (Puff Machines) as an alternative to manual patting down, the TSA's Office of Civil Rights and Liberties will visit San Francisco International Airport to investigate complaints from Sikhs there, it has updated its website to make complaint filing easier, it will make the "On Common Ground" video mandatory viewing for all screeners, it has issued an educational poster on common Sikh coverings for all airports, and it will issue a Fact Sheet for Travelers on its headwear search policies to inform the public on what to expect when going through security.

  • MPAC Builds Bridges in the Community

    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives. The just released "Recommended Mosque Guidelines" is part of MPAC's broader counter-terrorism and civil rights campaign and is intended for Imams and Muslim community leaders. For law enforcement, they have two guides, "Mosque Etiquette" and "Cultural Considerations" for interacting with the Muslim community, which were developed with the US Department of Justice and other ethnic communities to educate federal, state, and local agencies about interaction with opposite gender, dress, and perception of law enforcement in general.

    Read the Guidelines page:

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.
  • OEM Publishes New "Ready NY Business" Guide

    The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Department of Small Business Services (SBS) just released the Ready NY for Business Guide, the newest addition to the Ready NY public education campaign. While many large companies have in-house emergency planners and business continuity professionals, NYC’s small, family-owned establishments do not have the resources for a disaster planning staff. This new guide outlines simple steps business owners and managers can take to prepare for any emergency, whether it’s a fire, power outage, hurricane, or terrorist attack. The guide is available online in four languages or in hard copy by calling 311.

    The Guide offers these Tips:
    • Identify the hazards most likely to affect your business.
    • Plan how to communicate with employees, suppliers, and clients if you cannot access your business or provide expected services.
    • Back up computer data and important documents like licenses and business certificates and store them somewhere off-site.

    Download the Ready NY for Business Guide:

    Learn about emergency planning for business:
  • DHS Declares 4th Annual National Preparedness Month a Success

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that a record number of national, regional, state, and local organizations participated in its 4th annual National Preparedness Month. More than 1,800 coalition members coordinated at least 1,000 events and activities across America, reaching individuals, families, and diverse communities with the message of emergency preparedness. DHS’s Citizen Corps and its program partners offered preparedness trainings and education, as well as opportunities for citizens to engage in efforts in their local communities.

    Read the October 5 DHS Press Release:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.


  • 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:

    • FEMA Urges Pet Preparedness
      Animals left behind in disasters can become a risk for emergency responders, and be at risk themselves of health complications, getting lost, injured or killed. Preparing for pet evacuation and sheltering may seem complex at first, but it is as easy and effective as preparing for any emergency your family may encounter. Learn what to prepare and what to take with you in an emergency. Then you need to know where to go. Not all shelters allow pets. Some do take pets, but they are kept in a separate section. You will need a transport such as a cage or crate and a leash.

      Read FEMA’s September 27 Press Release:

      FEMA has more information on developing a Pet Preparedness Plan:

      Download the DHS Ready America Pets brochure: 
  • 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".

  • Religious Leader Roles in an Avian Flu Pandemic

    The Reverend Phillip C. Cato, Ph.D. asks, “So, why are we religious leaders a particularly significant cohort of our society in need of learning about this potential threat and especially in need of preparing for it?” He recently posted a paper on Episcopal Relief and Development's disaster listserv. After being asked by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, he put together a planning document on the pandemic threat for parish churches which contains a description of the disease, parish communication strategies, education and training suggestions, quarantine issues, legal and financial considerations, ethical concerns, and a reference and resource list. Rev. Cato reminds clergy that, “Spiritual discipline, prayer, and serious reflection on the nature of your vocation will be invaluable preparation for your response in a crisis.”

    Read Rev. Cato’s Paper: click here
  • Article: Spirituality/Medicine Interface Project

    The September 2007 issue of the Southern Medical Journal’s Spirituality/Medicine Interface Project focuses on what physicians need to know about spirituality and natural and man-made disasters. In his Introduction about these articles, Dr. Harold G. Koenig duly notes, of particular relevance to NYDISnet readers, the third section of articles, which, “…examines the role of faith communities during disasters. In the first article, Martin Feldbush describes what clergy and counselors do to meet the psychological, social, and spiritual needs of disaster victims. Then, Kevin Massey, a director at Lutheran Disaster Response, discusses the role of faith communities in responding to disasters and explores efforts among religious groups to coordinate their disaster response. Three articles present a Jewish, a Muslim, and a Buddhist perspective on coping with disaster.

    Download Dr. Koenig’s Introduction: click here

  • NYC Corporate ID System Assures Continuity of Business

    The Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) is a pre-emergency credentialing program which authenticates critical business employees for access to restricted areas following a disaster or serious emergency using a secure identification card recognized by the police. This City ID system allows critical employees access to your primary service facility during a city emergency to maintain vital service or administrative functions. NYDIS, is a participant, believing this is an important feature of own continuity of operations planning, recommends you review the brochure to determine if this is a program in which you’d like to participate.

    Download the CEAS 2006 Brochure: click here

    Read how NYC OEM activated CEAS following the July 27 Steam Pipe Explosion:

  • DOHMH 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:
  • 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:
  • Tribute WTC Visitors Center Features Children's 9/11 Art

    The Tribute WTC Visitors Center is hosting a new exhibition, Coming Together: Our Children Respond to 9/11 with Hope for the Future. The show, which runs through January 18, features paintings, collages and multimedia created between 2001 and 2006 by children in NY, NJ and PA. All of the work was created with the support of parents and teachers who recognized the strong need young people had and have to express their reactions to the catastrophic events of 9/11. It is at 120 Liberty Street on the South Side of Ground Zero.

    See some of the pictures at the WTC Tribute website:
  • 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

  • "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:
  • WTC Health Registry Public Meeting

    Wednesday, November 14

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is presenting the annual World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) at Pace University (downtown Manhattan campus) from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Space is limited.

    Contact Rebecca Friedland-Little, Public Health Educator Trainee, WTCHR:

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.
  • 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:

Make a Gift to NYDIS
  • Support NYDIS - Donate Online

    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.

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