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NYDIS' Annual Meeting November 15

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:: NYDIS Board President & ED Address Village Forum Series at Riverside Church

On Sunday, October 28, NYDIS Board President, The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs, with Executive Director, Peter Gudaitis, spoke at the Science and Religion Resource Center’s Village Forum panel at Riverside Church. The Science and Religion Resource Center is a cooperative program of The Riverside Church and The Center for the Study of Science and Religion of Columbia University, The forum, "Coordinating Our Caring: New York City, Disaster Preparedness, and the Church," covered NYC and natural disasters and looked at the social justice issues involved. Issues of religious leadership and house of worship preparedness where addressed by Rev. Dr. Will Ashley, Director of the Department of Pastoral Care, Council of Churches of the City of New York; Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs of Healthcare Chaplaincy and President of the NYDIS Board of Directos; and Exectutive Director Peter B. Gudaitis. Dr. Jacobs offered a overview disaster chaplaincy and Peter Gudaitis addressed disaster preparedness best practices for houses of worship, emphasizing the need for interfaith cooperation in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.

:: NYDIS to Launch 9/11 Recovery Worker Coordinated Assistance

In November, 2007, NYDIS will coordinate the launch of 9/11 Recovery Worker Coordinated Assistance Network (9/11 RWCAN). Based on the national Coordinated Assistance Network technology, 9/11 RWCAN is a specially formatted web-based database designed to promote information sharing and coordination of services for 9/11 World Trade Center rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers.  Using 9/11 RWCAN, case managers across agencies will be able to coordinate their efforts for the purposes of increasing inter-agency collaboration, mitigating against the duplication of services, and streamlining the referral of services through the creation of a central resource database.  The creation of 9/11 RWCAN has been highly anticipated throughout the 9/11 human services community and is expected to greatly enhance the efficiency, quality, and ease with which case management is provided for WTC rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers. 9/11 RWCAN has been funded by a grant from the American Red Cross Liberty Fund.

For more information on 9/11 RWCAN contact:
Scottie Hill, Director of Recovery and Advocacy:
:: NYDIS ED Attends Undoing Racism Workshop

Sponsored by the Human Services Council, Executive Director Peter Gudaitis attended a two and a half day workshop presented by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network from New Orleans dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression. Fifty workshop participants of NYC human service executives and government leaders engaged in a comprehensive exploration of how racism shapes American institutions, often without our conscious understanding that it is doing so. By exploring what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone, the workshops help to develop leadership, maintain accountability to communities of color, create networks, and understand the role of organizational gatekeeping in perpetuating racism.

:: 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, November 1 - 9:30-12:00 pm
    • Thursday, November 15 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 1 Regular slot)
    • Thursday, November 29 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency and 2 Regular slots)
    • Wednesday, December 12 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency and 2 Regular slots)

    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.
:: 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:
Donations for California Wildfire Relief

The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges residents who wish to help those affected by the California wildfires to make cash donations to disaster relief organizations. A list of organizations collecting donations can be found at National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) (www.nvoad.org) and Network For Good (www.networkforgood.org).

New Yorkers can also mail donations to:
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
One Centre Street, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10007

For more information:
Call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/fund

Go to the State of California Office of Emergency Services website to call to offer donations for the fire. Please encourage anyone who asks you to make NO assumptions about the need for donated goods in California. If you do not have a directly confirmed California organization ready to receive, do not begin collecting.

For more information:
Call: 1-800-750-2858, TDD 1-800-735-2929 – Open 8:00am to 10:00pm PST

NYC OEM Team to Help With California Wildfires

On October 25, a five-member NYC OEM team traveled to California to help with wildfire-related operations. Led by Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Preparedness, Kelly McKinney, the team includes experts in planning, sheltering, project management, logistics, and human services.

Read the Mayor’s October 25 Press Release: click here
:: 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
:: NYC ME's Report Says Detective Didn't Die From 9/11 Dust

NYC’s chief medical examiner has concluded that the death of a NYC police detective who worked hundreds of hours at ground zero 9/11 was not caused by exposure to toxic dust there. Contradicting a NJ pathologist in April 2006 who had found the death “directly related” to Ground Zero dust, the medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, acknowledged that “foreign material” had been found in the lungs of the detective, James Zadroga, but insisted that it had not come from the WTC site. The medical examiner’s conclusion reopened old wounds and renewed debate on questions that have generated lawsuits on behalf of thousands of responders and residents of Lower Manhattan. Highly decorated, Detective Zadroga died in January 2006 at the age of 34.

Read the October 19 NY Times article by Robert D. McFadden: click here

  • Mayor's 10/18 Statement on ME's Findings of Detective's Death

    "The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is an independent office whose staff make their judgments based on the medical evidence. Their determination in this case does nothing to change New York City's commitment to make sure that all who were affected by 9/11 get the health care they need. Just last month, we expanded the free, high-quality health services at the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital - a Center of Excellence - to two new expansion sites. We will continue to push Congress to provide the Federal funding we need to care for those who are sick or may become sick and to expand research that will help to better understand the health impacts of the attacks, as well as re-open the Victim's Compensation Fund."

:: Mayor Announces NYC to Talk With Injured 9/11 Recovery Workers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said October 16 that NYC is “going to talk and explore” with the 9,000 workers who have filed a class action suit claiming they became sick because of toxic dust at Ground Zero, following a report that a letter was sent to the plaintiffs regarding negotiations. The mayor confirmed that but said not to read too much into it. As reported in NYDISnet, a recent assessment from the NY Fire Department shows that 79% of the rescue workers reported at least one kind of respiratory problem.

Read the NY1 October 16 article:
:: Inhaler Use Found to Help 9/11 Recovery Workers

NYC firefighters who used steroid inhalers while they worked at Ground Zero during the early days of the rescue and recovery operations in 2001 suffered less severe respiratory problems than others, even though they were not wearing protective gear, according to a new study released October 24 by the College of Chest Physicians in Chicago. The study showed that firefighters who used the inhalers as directed but did not have protective gear had less severe respiratory problems than those who did not use the inhalers at all. Those who used them also did not lose as much lung capacity as those who did not use them; they also had significantly greater recovery from respiratory symptoms.

Read the October 25 article by Anthony DePalma:
:: Private Hospital Workers to Get 9/11 Benefits

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics at private voluntary hospitals who responded to 9/11 will receive the same Workers’ Compensation benefits as public employees under legislation passed in the Assembly October 23. The measure was one of few bills brought to the floor during the one-day session. The legislation, sponsored by Susan John, provides parity with the coverage public employees receive under the disability pension benefits. The bill passed unanimously in both houses.

Read the October 24 Newsday article by Melissa Mansfield:
:: July 18, 2007 Steam Pipe Explosion: Expert Finds Defect

The NY Times reported this AP news article on October 24: “An 83-year-old steam pipe that exploded beneath a Manhattan intersection in July may have burst because of a defect in its iron skin, according to an engineering firm hired by the blast victims. In a letter made public yesterday [October 23], the principal engineer of the firm, Exponent, Robert D. Caligiuri, said the pipe appeared to have ruptured along a “cracklike flaw” that ran several feet along a welded seam. A spokeswoman for Consolidated Edison said that the utility, which owns the steam system, was evaluating the report. Con Edison has hired an engineering expert to produce its own report.”
:: Presidential Directive on Public Health and Medical Preparedness

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-21 released October 18 establishes a National Strategy for Public Health and Medical Preparedness (Strategy), which builds upon principles set forth in Biodefense for the 21st Century (April 2004) and will transform our national approach to protecting the health of the American people against all disasters.  Of interest to the NYDISnet readership and NYDIS’ members is that community resilience is identified as one of the “four most critical components of public health and medical preparedness,” along with biosurveillance, countermeasure distribution, and mass casualty care.

Read the entire Press Release:
:: Dire 'Dirty Bomb' Lab Testing Scenario

US has a shortage of laboratories to test the thousands of people who might be exposed to radiation if a "dirty bomb" detonated in a major city, according to a report released October 25, prepared for the House Committee on Science and Technology. If a dirty bomb goes off in a major downtown area and potentially exposes 100,000 people to radioactive materials, it could take several years to complete the necessary testing. A dirty bomb is a device that contains some radioactive material that could contaminate a limited area but would not create actual nuclear explosions.

Read the October 26 AP article:
:: 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

  • LDR Leadership News

    Heather Feltman, Director of Lutheran Disaster Response, has accepted a new call to Lutheran Social Services of New England as President and CEO. Pr. Kevin Massey will be Acting Director of LDR and ELCA Domestic Disaster Response. LDRNY Director of Operations Mikki Baloy received the Kujenga Jamii (Building Community Ministry) Award on behalf of LDRNY at Lutheran Social Services of NY’s (LSSNY) annual meeting on October 21. It was given in recognition of LDRNY's six years of service to those affected by disaster, and for its efforts in disaster preparedness and work with Project LIFE.

  • Buddhist Leadership Joined by Dalai Lama at Breakfast with the Mayor

    On October 12 a delegation of 22 Buddhist leaders from NYC, led by Reverend T. K. Nakagaki and the Venerable Bhante Piyatissa, were at Gracie Mansion for a breakfast with Mayor Bloomberg, as a first step in order to establish a Buddhist Liason to the Mayor’s Office.
    In the middle of the breakfast, the Mayor announced that there was a surprise guest and His Holiness the Dalai Lama was ushered into the room! He sat down at the table across from Mayor Bloomberg, and greeted and talked with the Buddhist leaders warmly.

  • Flying While Sikh? What You Need to Know as a Sikh Air Traveler

    The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement new procedures for screening Sikh turbans as of October 27. Sikh air travelers will have to know their rights in order to assert them properly during security screenings at US airports. The Sikh Coalition, UNITED SIKHS and Sikh Coalition and Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) have developed "A Sikh Traveler's Guide" fact sheet for Sikh travelers that explains precisely what to expect, and what a Sikh passenger’s rights are. (Learn more about this effort in the Advocacy Section.)

    Read the TSA's new screening policy:

  • New York City Citizen Corps Get 30% Cut in Grant Funding

    The Fiscal Year 2007 Citizen Corps Council grant disbursement that was just received from the NYS Emergency Management Office (SEMO) to manage and run the New York City Citizen Corps program is in the amount of $80,173. This represents a 30% decrease from the support received last year, and will dramatically affect the ability of the Council to meet its mission. It is currently reviewing other sources of funding to help supplement the programs that are part of this year’s planning.

    Contact Herman Schaffer, NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM):
  • 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:


  • 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:

  • Sikhs Report TSA's New Screening Procedure for Turbans

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) October 16 announced a new security screening procedure that will apply to all religious head coverings at US airports. The new procedures will go into effect on October 27, 2007, and do not allow a TSA screener to touch a Sikh's turban without cause unless the Sikh traveler gives the screener permission to do so. By accommodating religious head coverings, the TSA has acknowledged the distinction between secular and religious garb, including the Sikh turban. The change is a direct response to the concerns raised by Sikhs and Sikh organizations, including the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), the Sikh Coalition, and UNITED SIKHS over the last two months.


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 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' "Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders"

    The Tip Sheets are a free resource to provide New York City’s 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. To view or download 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.
  • Ready NY Emergency Guide Gets a New Look

    OEM has given its Ready New York: Preparing for Emergencies in New York City a facelift which has easier navigation and encourages readers to discuss emergency plans with friends and family. It takes an all-hazards approach to teaching New Yorkers how to stay safe when facing an emergency. The flagship guide of the Ready New York campaign, it draws on expertise from dozens of City agencies and is available in 11 languages, as well as in audio format.

    Download the Guide: click here

    Order hard copies:
    Call 311 (TTY: 212.504.4115)
  • OEM Tip: Practice Your Fire Tactics

    It is important to plan and practice your evacuation route in the event of a fire. An evacuation plan should include two different exit routes and a meeting point that is a safe distance from your home or office. While practicing your evacuation, remember to close doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire, and if your plan includes a fire escape, make sure the window is not painted shut and that everyone can open it.

    Learn more about fires in NYC:
  • Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

    One of the key messages of fire safety education is that smoke alarms are designed to provide early warning of a fire, allowing sufficient time to reach safety. The week before the end of Daylight Saving Time, Sunday, November 4, NYC Fire Department (FDNY) Fire Safety Educators will be strategically assigned throughout the five boroughs, distributing fresh replacement 9-volt batteries for smoke alarms in high-risk fire neighborhoods, based on past and most recent fire injuries and fatalities incidents.

    For the schedule in each borough:
  • 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.

    • HHS Vaccine Plan for Flu Pandemic Drafted
      Pregnant women, babies and toddlers would join doctors, emergency workers and soldiers at the head of the line for scarce vaccine if a super-strain of flu triggers the next pandemic, says a draft government plan released October 23. Once more vaccine is brewed, older children along with workers who keep the electricity, water and phones running could be next to roll up their sleeves. At the end of the line: The elderly and healthy younger adults. The new draft plan by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) puts a rationale for step-by-step vaccination to paper, opening it to formal debate before the list is finalized - not as set-in-stone rules, but as guidelines for states. "Some local discretion is going to be imperative here," William Raub, emergency planning chief at the HHS said.

      Read the entire October 22 AP article by Lauren Neergaard:

    • Warning: Children Potentially At-Risk
      The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Trust for America's Health (TFAH) issued a report in October 2007, “Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children At-Risk,” which finds that children and teens between the ages of 0-19 account for nearly 46% of all H5N1 "bird" flu deaths. The report also identifies gaps in US preparedness for treating and caring for children during a possible pandemic flu outbreak. The AAP and TFAH recommend that pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical sub-specialists should be included in pandemic planning at all levels of government and that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should conduct additional studies on vaccine efficacy in young children and conduct more studies of antiviral agents for infants.

      Download the Report:

      Read the October 17 Press Release:
  • 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: 
  • Disability & Underserved Preparedness

    • 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:

    • 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:

    • Disaboom.com - A New Resource
      Just launched as the first interactive online community for people living with or directly affected by disabilities, Disaboom is a comprehensive resource not only for people living with disabilities but also for their caregivers, families, rehabilitation providers and employers. It is dedicated to providing comprehensive and customized expertise to meet their specific needs and strives to improve the overall quality of their lives. There are articles and resources on health, hotel reviews, sports, and media, as well as a discussion room and a career center.


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".

  • NYU Study: Federal Disaster Relief Law Does Not Provide Ample Recovery Aid

    The basis of the Federal disaster relief legislation, the Robert T. Stafford Act, is out of date and must be reformed to provide for rapid relief following a catastrophe, finds NYU professor of urban policy and planning, Mitchell Moss, in a new report released October 17. Two years after Katrina and six years after 9/11, the Federal government still lacks the legal authority to provide rapid financial assistance to residents, small businesses and municipal governments following a major disaster. Prof. Moss faults the Act for not recognizing threats like chemical, biological, nuclear or radiological attacks or accidents as legal grounds for a major disaster declaration by the President; and failing to establish a difference between the scale of rural and urban disaster. The Moss report recommends that Congress amend the definition of a " major disaster" to recognize these threats; and to create a level of disaster specifically for " catastrophes" to cover incidents like Katrina and 9/11 and provide increased levels of aid beyond that provided at the "major disaster" level.

    Download the Stafford Act Report: click here

    Read the October 17 Press Release:
  • New Disaster Mental Health Guidebook

    A new guidebook, Disaster Mental Health Services: A Guidebook for Clinicians and Administrators, published by the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is an introduction to the field of disaster mental health for clinicians and administrators. In a major disaster, since the primary objective is to restore community equilibrium, effective mental health response requires the delivery of clinical and administrative services in ways that differ from services typically provided by mental health professionals. Practical guidelines and background information are provided for: Disaster Mental Health Reponse Strategies, Disaster Mental Health Team Formation and Maintenance, and Strategies for Interfacing with the Federal Disaster Response System.

    Download any or all of the Chapters of the Guidebook:
  • Buy One, Get One Free Go-Bag Offer

    LDRNY offers Ready-2-Go bags at a special two-for-one price for the month of November. Order now and get two complete Go-Bags for $70, plus shipping and handling. Keep one and give the other as a gift, or have one at home and one for the car or office.

    For more information, or to order:
  • 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:
  • Book Review: Amish Grace

    The remarkable response of the Amish community to the shooting of ten schoolgirls at Nickel Mines, PA, in October 2006, stunned the larger world. The community’s loving and compassionate response to the shooter and his family is described in Amish Grace, which tells the story of their reaction to this tragedy and explores their profoundly countercultural practice of forgiveness.


  • 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 65 Fifth Avenue.

    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:

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    If 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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