NYDIS Annual Meeting Features Honors for ARC and Amardeep Singh
NYDIS will host its Annual Meeting at 6pm on Thursday, November 15 at NYU’s Kimmel Center in the Rosenthal
Pavilion. This annual event celebrates and showcases NYDIS’ accomplishments in the past year, and pays
tribute to those members and partners for their 2007 best practices in the work of disaster readiness, response
and recovery. Following the business meeting, NYDIS will honor the American Red Cross September 11 Recovery
Program with “The Partnership Award” for 2007; and, Amardeep Singh, Executive Director of the Sikh
Coalition, will be honored with the “Best Practices Award” for 2007, cited for his passionate advocacy
and backlash mitigation efforts. Other honors and recognitions will go to grantees, donors, program partners and
volunteers. The 200 guests will be addressed by Keynote Speaker Scott A. Graham, Chief Response Office,
American Red Cross in Greater NY. The ceremonies will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Download the NYDIS 2007 Annual Report: click here
To view the Annual Meeting Invitation: click here
NYDIS Executive Director Interviewed by GAO on Mass Care Capacity
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is currently conducting a study of the roles and capabilities of
voluntary organizations that respond to disasters and catastrophic events. Interviewed for this report were Peter
Gudaitis, Executive Director of NYDIS, and NYDIS Board Member, Hayyim Obadyah, Director of Disaster Preparedness
at the Human Services Council of New York City. Both were interviewed as President and Vice-President of NYC VOAD
(Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster) and as senior staff from NYDIS and HSC. They discussed the roles VOAD
organizations play in providing services in response to disasters, the steps VOAD agencies, NYDIS and HSC have
taken since Katrina to improve coordination and service delivery, and their capabilities to respond to
catastrophic events in New York City, a high-risk area for terrorism. Both executives emphasized the importance of
cooperating and interacting with government emergency management agencies. When asked about the gaps in the
disaster services that an organization such as NYDIS can provide, Gudaitis underscored the importance of
providing the community and faith-based agencies with disaster preparedness education and tools necessary to
meet government demands and needs for coordination and greater sustainable service capacity. The GAO’s
report will be made public in Spring 2008.
NYDIS Executive Director Participates in FEMA Tabletop Exercise
On November 7, Executive Director Peter Gudaitis participated in a Tabletop Exercise entitled, “Getting
Disaster Information Out to the Public In the NY/NJ Metro Area.” The 50 leaders from key federal, state and
local government representatives and non-profits tested and evaluated a unified intergovernmental effort to get
disaster information out to the public. The goal of this interactive event was to clarify governmental disaster
operations for response and recovery, improve the understanding of each other’s roles, and strategize on a
unified message. The tabletop was co-sponsored by FEMA Region II and the NYU Center for Enterprise Preparedness.
NYDIS Executive Director Featured in MCNY Newsletter
The November edition of the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) "Presser" Newsletter features an
article on the guest lecture Executive Director, Peter Gudaitis offered last month to graduate students in
MCNY’s Emergency and Disaster Management program, "Relief & Recovery Ethics." “…
The seminar afforded the students the opportunity to learn and interact on the challenges of emergency managers
in faith based disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs.”
View the "Presser" newsletter:
NYDIS to Launch 9/11 Recovery Worker Coordinated Assistance Network
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:
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
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
to 9/11 victims. Case Workers who would like to present a case must sign-up by Friday
the meeting of the Roundtable. Due to the influx of
which need presenting, the 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable will be adding an additional
each month. There will now be three meetings a month, instead of two.
Thursday, November 15 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 1 Regular slot)
Thursday, November 29 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency and 1 Regular slots)
Wednesday, December 12 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency and 2 Regular slots)
Thursday, December 20 - 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
To RSVP, contact Lida Mora:
:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources
A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and
recovery workers, updated weekly:
NYC Katrina Evacuee Recovery
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
DHS Resources on California Wildfires for Faith-Based & Community Organizations
The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (DHS/CFBCI) has
compiled information for faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) to assist in the ongoing response
and recovery efforts for the California wildfires. For “Snapshots of Response and Recovery:
Community-Based and Faith-Based Organizations,” please see the From Our Members and Partners Section.
For FBCOs: For information on how best to engage the California wildfire response and recovery efforts,
please contact the DHS/CFBCI:
To Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer as an individual, please see the Governor's California Volunteers website:
9/11 Workers' Compensation Registration Deadline Extended One Year-Aug. 14,
NYDIS urges 9/11 chaplains, recovery workers and volunteers
register now to protect their right to
compensation benefits. NYDIS and New York Committee for
Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with other agencies are mounting a media
throughout the country about the necessity of registering by the deadline.
Download the brochure (pdf):
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
for people affected by 9/11. The guide includes information about occupational, respiratory,
mental health facilities as well as other services and resources.
Download the Resource Guide: click here
NY Legislators Approve 9/11 Health Coverage Expansion
Senators Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Robert Menendez, along with Representatives
Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, and Vito Fossella announced November 2 that the Joint House and Senate Conference
Committee has approved an additional $52.5 million in federal funding to address the mounting health needs of
those individuals who were exposed to the environmental hazards released as a result of 9/11. The funding, which
comes in addition to the $50 million that was provided in the recent Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill,
was included in the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Bill. The bill must now be
approved by both chambers of Congress.
Read the November 2 Press Release:
Health Effects in NYS Personnel Who Responded to the WTC Site
A new report published in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows
state employees who worked at the WTC site after 9/11 are suffering from the same respiratory problems as workers
who were there during the actual attacks – just to a lower degree. The study looked at more than 1,400
state police, National Guard members, and state Department of Transportation workers, including 110 who were in
the dust cloud when the WTC fell, and found nearly 47% of workers not caught in the dust cloud reported lower
respiratory problems, compared with a little more than 57% of those caught in it.
Read the Report’s Abstract: click here
Maloney/Nadler/Fossella Urge Standards for Adding 9/11 Names
Following Mayor Bloomberg’s meeting last week with the family of the late NYPD Detective James Zadroga,
Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Vito Fossella wrote to the Mayor and urged him to empower a panel of
independent public health experts to help the city put in place clear standards and procedures to determine
whether deaths should be linked to 9/11. “An independent body of medical and scientific experts could help
implement a transparent process to determine whether or not a death was 9/11 related,” said Rep. Nadler.
Read Rep. Nadler’s November 7 Press Release and the full text of the Representatives’ letter:
Con Ed Fined $18M for Queens 2006 Blackouts
Consolidated Edison was fined $18 million November 7 for the blackouts last year that affected nearly 175,000
people in Queens, among others. The Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates the utility and
fined it, will deduct the penalty from Con Ed's next rate increase, which would amount to 1.5% of the increase it
is currently seeking. But the commission did not consider the Queens blackout a "major outage,"
prompting Queens Assemblymember Michael Gianaris to "shudder to think what would be considered major."
The money adds up to about $6 for each of Con Ed's 3 million customers.
Read the November 8 NY Post article by Bill Sanderson:
NY State Launches Alert Website
NY-ALERT, the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification web-based system, went online June 1. The
website offers one-stop shopping through which State and local governments can provide emergency information to a
defined audience (local, county, regional or statewide). It is part of New York State's ongoing commitment to
provide New Yorkers with information so that they will understand risks and threats they may face on a daily basis
and know how to respond accordingly.
Results of 2007 State Emergency Director Survey
Every year, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) conducts the State Emergency Management Director
survey, asking about organizational structures, budgets, staffing, salaries and more. Of note, the number of
emergency management directors serving as the primary coordinator for homeland security has decreased this year.
The biggest shift has taken place where states are creating new models for this function. The report documents
some disturbing disparity in funds spent within New York State on Emergency Management in comparison to other
stats of similar size or hazard vulnerabilities.
Download the 2007 Survey:
From Our Members &
Faith-Based & Community Orgs. Aiding in California Wildfire Recovery
The DHS/Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) has compiled a list of the faith-based
and community organizations (FBCOs) that are assisting in the ongoing response and recovery efforts for
the California wildfires, “Snapshots of Response and Recovery: Community-Based and Faith-Based
Organizations.” They include:
- United Church of Christ (UCC) announced a campaign to raise $100,000 to assist with long-term recovery.
- The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is initiating an emergency grant to the
California-Pacific Annual Conference to support the needs of those displaced by the firestorm.
- Presbyterian Disaster Response (PDA) sent a national response team to the Malibu area, where the Malibu
Presbyterian Church burned to the ground, to provide spiritual and emotional support to the Pacific
Presbytery and church staff; and was making funds available to assist the Malibu congregation to provide a
humanitarian response to the community.
- Tzu Chi Buddhist Compassion Relief set up an emergency relief command center at Tzu
Chi USA headquarters in San Dimas, California, with service centers in San Diego and South San Diego.
NYC OEM Wins Technology Awards
On November 1, NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) won a Special Recognition Award for the design of its
Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which enables over 100 emergency managers to share information efficiently
during disasters. Given out by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT),
the awards are part of an annual excellence in technology award program.
Read the Press Release:
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:
ADVOCACY & BACKLASH MITIGATION
DC Workshop on Backlash, Hate Crimes, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia - Dec. 8
Backlash is the negative impact suffered by sections of a population as a result of being wrongly
associated with events. Any report of terrorism now positions Muslims and "Anyone Appearing
Muslim" (AAMs) to be vulnerable to attack by revenge-seeking groups. Without specially focused
approaches to mitigate this additional layer of trauma in a climate of terrorism, backlash-affected
communities become further damaged, isolated and alienated. See the Save the Date Section for the
corresponding one-day workshop on Saturday, December 8 in Washington, DC, to be led by Siddharth Ashvin
Shah, MD, MPH, the founder of Psychosocial Assistance Without Borders, which develops training and
resiliency services for people involved in humanitarian responses. Dr. Shah developed the backlash
mitigation workshop to supplement his work in India with Hindu-Muslim conflict and his post-9/11
involvement in NYC; and he is the Clinical Instructor at the Center for Integrative Medicine at George
Washington University Medical Center, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
For more information:
Sikh Coalition Intervenes on Immigration Detention Center Turban Ban
On November 2 an immigration detention center in Elizabeth, NJ reversed a ban against turbans after three
detained Sikh men were barred from wearing turbans for months. The facility changed its policy three weeks
after the Sikh Coalition intervened, speaking to Chief of Security at the Elizabeth Detention Center on
October 12. Along with the Legal Aid Society of NY, the Coalition sent a joint letter to the detention
center's Warden, explaining that it was violating the law regarding Religious Practices, and the Religious
Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. On October 22, the center reversed their band and allowed
the men to wear their religious headwear subject to safety and security considerations.
About NYDISNET and NYDISNET Alerts
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™?
NYDIS has developed and made available, free to NYC faith communities and houses of
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.
Go to the Tip Sheets page on the NYDIS website to download each Tip Sheet: click here
Or go to www.nydis.org
Downloadable Ready NY Preparedness Guides
OEM's Ready NY preparedness campaign is designed to help New Yorkers better prepare for all types of
emergencies. The following Ready NY preparedness guides and brochures are available online, most in
Mayor, OEM, & DOE Launch "Ready New York for Kids"
On October 30, Mayor Bloomberg, with OEM Commissioner Bruno and Department of Education Deputy Chancellor
Kathleen Grimm, introduced an emergency preparedness program for children. Ready New York for Kids has two
interactive versions: one for elementary school kids and one for middle and high schoolers. This month, all
public school students will receive a copy of the guide. The guides are available in English, Spanish,
Chinese, Russian, Bengali, Urdu, Korean, Haitian Creole, and Arabic.
Learn more about Ready NY for Kids:
The Guides are also available by calling:
311 (TTY: 212.504.4115)
Ready NY Emergency Guide Gets a New Look
OEM has given its Ready New York: Preparing for Emergencies in New York City
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: Know What to Do When You Are Forced Out at Home
OEM reminds New Yorkers to know what to do in case you have to evacuate:
- Decide where you will go if you have to leave in a hurry. Choose one location close to your home
and another outside your neighborhood.
- Identify all possible exit routes in your home and practice using them in a non-emergency
- Choose an out-of-state contact who all your household members can call if they are separated. If
local phone circuits are busy, an out-of-state number may be easier to reach.
Learn more about evacuation:
OSHA Tip: Know How to Evacuate from a High-Rise Building
When there is an emergency, getting workers out of high-rise buildings poses special challenges. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges you to prepare in advance to safely evacuate the building. It
is critical to the safety of employees who work there.
Download OSHA’s Evacuation Factsheet:
2-1-1 Disaster Volunteer Management Training
Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) and United Way of America has developed the "
Managing the Surge" Curriculum, Trainer's Manual and Materials which are designed to help 2-1-1s to
prepare to engage and utilize volunteers to "manage the surge" in call volume during disasters, and
just about anytime a call volume surge is expected. You are encouraged to incorporate this training into
your disaster preparedness plans.
To access these free documents:
OEM Contest: Be the Ready New Yorker of the Month & Win a Go Bag
Calling 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
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:
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:
The Atlantic Hurricane Season is officially
from June 1 to November 30.
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
entitled, “It’s Not Flu As Usual: What Faith Based and Community Organizations Need
to Know about Pandemic Flu.”
Download the Booklet:
GAO Report on Government & Private Sector Collaboration in a Pandemic
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the report, “Influenza Pandemic:
Opportunities Exist to Address Critical Infrastructure Protection Challenges That Require Federal and
Private Sector Coordination,” on October 31, which focuses on the close cooperation needed
in a flu outbreak between the public and private sectors to ensure the protection of our nation's
critical infrastructure, such as drinking water and electricity. Because over 85% of the nation's
critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, it is vital that both sectors
effectively coordinate to successfully protect these assets. GAO assessed the challenges they face,
and opportunities for addressing these challenges.
Read the GAO-08-36 Report Summary:
Download the Full Report:
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
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:
FEMA Urges Pet Preparedness
Animals left behind in disasters can become a risk for emergency responders, and be at risk
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.
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
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:
Add Your Info to www.NYDIS.org Resource Library
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
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
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:
Report: The Role of IT in Improving Disaster Management
Information and communication technology (IT) provides capabilities that can help people cope with the myriad
details, grasp the dynamic realities of a disaster more clearly, and formulate and execute better decisions more
quickly. To examine opportunities for applying IT to disaster management, the Committee on Using Information
Technology to Enhance Disaster Management published “Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in
Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery,” to establish a framework for considering the range and
nature of information and communication needs and present the potential for IT to improve disaster management.
Read the entire Natural Hazards Observer September 2007 Report:
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
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
Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation: click here
Book Review: Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2005
In autumn 2005, three massive hurricanes―Katrina, Rita, and Wilma―struck the US with catastrophic
results. Katrina stood out as one of the worst disasters of the past 100 years. These events prompted perhaps
the deepest and most sustained examination of public emergency management functions and systems ever
conducted in US history. Citizens, the media, and public officials have questioned the effectiveness of US
emergency management systems. “Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2005,” edited
by Claire B. Rubin (Public Entity Risk Institute 2007), uses a unique analytic approach to focus on the
changes in public policies, administration, and organizations resulting from major disaster events in the
To purchase this book, ISBN 978-0-9793722-0-9. 272 pp. $35.00 (paperback):
Privacy in the Age of National Security
Wednesday, November 14
9:15 am- 4:00 pm
A day-long conference focusing on individual and corporate privacy post 9/11, featuring, Valerie Caproni,
General Counsel, FBI; Bryan Cunningham, homeland security consultant, Morgan & Cunningham, LLC; Bart
Gellman, Fellow, Center on Law and Security and special projects reporter for the Washington Post; Jeff
Jonas, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist, IBM; Declan McCullagh, Chief Political Correspondent,
CNET; Burt Neuborne, NYU School of Law; Stephen Schulhofer, NYU School of Law; among others This
event is free and open to the public.
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:
Backlash, Hate Crimes, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia Workshop
Saturday, December 8
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
The Washington School of Psychiatry, in partnership with Psychosocial Assistance Without Borders,
presents “Backlash, Hate Crimes, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia: Addressing Racial/Ethnic Targeting to
Prevent Further Terrorism and Fear,” a training designed to impart capacities within cultural
competency, and psychological countermeasures against large group panic, that are necessary in disaster
preparedness. The workshop, led by Siddharth Ashvin Shah, MD, MPH, will include experiential exercises,
role play, and group didactics utilized for learning purposes. Blending psychodynamic and public health
disciplines, this workshop will build capacity in post-terrorism responders who anticipate involvement in
either clinical treatment or public outreach efforts. The fee is $180 with scholarships available for
selected candidates. It will take place at Washington School of Psychiatry at 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,
For more information, call Lisa Head:
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:
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
as well as every FEMA Regional Office around the country.
To see the list of jobs, and to get instructions on how to apply:
NYC DOHMH, Planning Manager, Emergency Management Div.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Bureau of Emergency Management (BEM) is
expanding its planning unit and is looking for a leader to direct internal agency plan development. BEM
promotes DOHMH's ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large-scale city events and
emergency incidents. The position reports to the Director of Planning and has two primary planning
responsibilities: the development of the agency's All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan and, a series of
agency-wide incident specific response plans.
For more details about the position and how to apply:
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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like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services,
, 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":