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:: NYDIS' Annual Meeting Honors Best Practices and Approves $4.5M 2008 Budget

Held on the evening of November 15 at NYU’s Kimmel Center, NYDIS’ Annual Meeting celebrated accomplishments achieved by NYDIS and its member agencies. The ceremonies honored donors, members and partners who made an exceptional contribution in NYDIS’ disaster readiness, response and recovery efforts over the past year. During the formal business session the Board of Directors approved the 2007 Board Officers and a $4.5M budget for the 2008 program year. This was followed by Introductory remarks made by OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno and DOHMH Executive Deputy Commissioner, Dr. David Rosin. Amardeep Singh, Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition, received the “Best Practices Award.” Keynote Speaker Scott A. Graham, Chief Response Officer, American Red Cross in Greater NY, underscored “the importance of partnership and preparedness,” saying, “…we face a challenge of creating a culture of preparedness… the only way it will change is through partnership.” This year’s Annual Report highlights the theme, “The Faces and Voices of Partnership.”

Please download NYDIS’ 2007 Annual Report: click here
:: NYDIS Welcomes 2 New AmeriCorps*VISTA Members

On November 19 two new VISTAs joined the NYDIS Staff. Amber Gibson, VISTA Leader, will provide peer support to our VISTA members and assist in the coordination of all aspects of our VISTA Program, including recruitment, reporting, and training. She just completed a term of service as Team Leader with AmeriCorps*NCCC in Perry Point, MD, where she led volunteers in providing direct community services. Before that, she built the capacity of local volunteer emergency management services as a VISTA member in Mobile, AL. Sara Epstein, VISTA Member for Recovery & Advocacy, will enhance and expand NYDIS’ ability to coordinate and track referrals to case management and provide disaster recovery resources to communities in need. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, she has experience as a sexual assault victims’ advocate.

Amber can be reached at:

Sara can be reached at:
:: NYDIS and 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Featured in Risk & Insurance

As part of a four-part in-depth series about 9/11 workers’ compensation, Risk & Insurance magazine profiled an immigrant recovery worker who has received emergency assistance for utility bills from NYDIS’ 9/11 NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable. Referred to a case worker from the Asociación Tepeyac de New York by her clinicians, this worker is not unlike the hundreds who have struggled to get adequate health care and workers’ compensation benefits. The article mentions the work that the New York Council of Operational Safety (NYCOSH) has been doing to assist immigrant recovery workers since 9/11.

Read the entire Risk & Insurance article by Peter Rousmaniere and Steve Yahn: click here
:: 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:
:: 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 29 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency slots)
    • Wednesday, December 12 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency and 1 Regular slots)
    • Thursday, December 20 - 9:30-12:00 pm (Open: 2 Emergency 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.

    To RSVP, contact Lida Mora:
:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
:: 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:
:: Recovery Resources for Other NYC Area Disasters
:: 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 are 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's Radio Address: How New Yorkers Can Help Soup Kitchens & Food Banks

"…Every day, faith-based organizations, community groups, and men and women of good will all work hard to relieve hunger in New York. So does our City government…First, we're immediately allocating an extra $1 million to more than 500 soup kitchens and emergency food pantries around the city. These community-based organizations provide food to nearly 900,000 New Yorkers every month…We're also improving the way that New Yorkers find out where and how they can get emergency food…calls about emergency food that are now made Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, and on Saturday from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm, can also be handled by specially trained operators. They talk with callers about their particular needs, and tell them about the location and hours of convenient emergency food programs. Until January 4, please drop off non-perishable food items at any firehouse or police station. They'll go to City Harvest…”

Read the Mayor’s entire November 11 weekly 1010 WINS radio address: click here
:: Deutsche Bank Unveils 9/11 Tribute

The Parks Department and Deutsche Bank unveiled November 16 a memorial fountain on Wall Street dedicated to the victims of 9/11. The glass fountain, installed on Wall Street between Front and South streets, was financed by Deutsche Bank, which gave $400,000 to the city for its construction and maintenance.

Read the November 16 Deutsche Bank Press Release:

:: Fire Commissioner Delivers New School Keynote Address on Preparedness

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta delivered the keynote address on disaster preparedness at a social research conference at The New School in Manhattan on November 1. The Commissioner discussed how the Department’s training, technology and workforce have changed since 9/11. He described new programs and advancements including the development of Incident Management Teams (IMTs), increase in firefighter training, expansion of the Fire Department Operations Center and design of a new repeater system for communication in high-rise buildings.

Read the FDNY Press Release:
:: FEMA & ABA to Enhance Legal Services for Disaster Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Bar Association (ABA), on behalf of its Young Lawyers Division (YLD), have a new Memorandum of Agreement increasing the reach and array of legal services delivered to low-income victims of major disasters. Services rendered include assistance with insurance claims, counseling on landlord/tenant problems, assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures, and the replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in a major disaster. Volunteer attorneys also may provide assistance in securing FEMA and other governmental benefits available to disaster victims.

View the agreement in full:

Read the November 15 Press Release:
:: Mutual Aid & State Plans Key to Effective Emergency Management

In the latest Natural Hazards Observer, Henry Renteria, Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, writes that, “Fundamental to a successful emergency response is the recognition that all emergencies begin as local events and that local agencies are best positioned to meet the immediate needs of those living in their community.”  He continues, “…joined by key state agencies… more than 100 individuals representing private-sector business associations and non-profit organizations [inaugurated] the state’s new Emergency Partnership Advisory Workgroup (EPAW)…sharing best practices…and ensuring comprehensive coordination during all four phases of emergency management.”

See the November 2007 issue:
:: Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning: Best Practices Sought

The American Planning Association (APA) is working on a new project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) titled “Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Comprehensive Planning.” In order to learn what communities have already accomplished in integrating hazard mitigation into planning, and how best to share the lessons from their experiences, APA will create an inventory of best practices in the coming months.

For more information on this project:

If you know of a community that should be included, contact Jim Schwab:
:: 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.


From Our Members & Partners

  • Bishop Bouman to Lead ELCA Evangelical Outreach & Congregational Mission

    The Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, bishop of the Metropolitan NY Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), was elected November 11 by the ELCA Church Council to a four-year appointment as executive director of ELCA Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission (EOCM) beginning January 1, 2008. In 1996, he was elected as bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod, and is the author of "From the Parish for the Life of the World," and "Grace All Around Us," published by Augsburg Books.

    Read the Press Release:

  • LDRNY Go-Bag Offer: Buy One, Get One Free

    Lutheran Disaster Response of New York (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:
  • WCC/Asociación Tepeyac: Multicultural Initiative for Clean-up and Recovery Workers

    A Spanish-language presentation on Mount Sinai's WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment program with a Q&A period for Latino clean-up and recovery workers will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 5:30-7:30 pm. Case managers from St. Mark’s and Asociación Tepeyac will be available, as will mental health clinicians. There will also be a brief presentation on individual and community preparedness initiatives through World Cares Center's Disaster Preparation and Trauma Mitigation program. It is free and refreshments will be provided. It will take place at 57 St. Mark's Place, between 1st and 2nd Avenues at 8th Street.



  • 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:

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 worship, 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’ Spiritual Care and Mental Health Manual

    The “NYDIS Manual for New York City Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health 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.
  • 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)
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Headquarters

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

    Sign up online for December 6:

    • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Chinese

      The next presentation of “Prepare NY in Chinese” is on Friday, December 7, 4:00 pm at the CCBA at 62 Mott St. in Manhattan.

      Sign up online for December 7:
  • Cold Weather Preparedness

    • OEM: Winter Health & Safety Tips
      Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia, by keeping warm. When the temperature drops, it's important to keep your body sheltered from the air. Hypothermia's symptoms include slurred speech, sluggishness, confusion, dizziness, shallow breathing, unusual behavior, and slow, irregular heartbeat; those for frostbite include gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, and waxy feeling skin.

      Read more about cold weather safety:

    • FDNY's Fire Safety Tips: Using Heaters
      NYC's Fire Department (FDNY) warns that safe measures and precautions should always be taken to ensure a safe, warm home through the winter. Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February. Learn what you need to know about furnaces, space heaters, coal and wood stoves, fireplaces, and smoke detectors.

      Read FDNY’s cold weather safety tips:

    • SEMO Offers Winter Safety Tips
      The NYS Emergency Management Office (SEMO) offers Preparedness Through Awareness, a winter preparedness guide that includes tips on Home Safety, Neighborhood Safety, Road Safety and Outdoor Safety.

      Download SEMO's Winter Guide (pdf):
  • 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:

    • Lack of Evidence of Avian-to-Human Transmission of Avian Flu Virus
      In a report published in the just-released December issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, it was found that there is a lack of evidence of Avian-to-Human transmission of the Avian flu virus. In February 2006, poultry outbreaks of avian influenza A (H5N1) virus were confirmed in Nigeria. A serosurvey was conducted to assess its transmission among poultry and laboratory workers. The test concluded that despite widespread exposure to poultry likely infected with the virus, no serological evidence of infection was identified. However, continued surveillance for H5N1 cases in humans and further investigations are needed to assess the risk of avian-to-human transmission, given that H5N1 viruses continue to circulate among poultry.

      Read the full text of the report:
  • Pet Preparedness

    • 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. 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 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.

      To view the Videos:

    • Air Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
      The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has established a program for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids, and devices. The program covers all categories of disabilities (mobility, hearing, visual, and hidden). As part of that program, the TSA established a coalition of over 70 disability-related groups and organizations to understand the concerns of persons with disabilities and medical conditions.

      For more information and details:

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".

  • HHS Releases Public Health Emergency Response Guide in Hard Copy

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing its Public Health Emergency Response: A Guide for Leaders and Responders guide next month. It provides information on public health emergencies that addresses the unique needs of first responders (e.g., police, fire, EMS) and public officials (e.g., mayors, governors, county executives, emergency managers). It includes comprehensive information on resources and tools within the public health system for addressing emergencies, how federal health agencies function in an emergency, food security and environmental safety, risk communication, legal issues, and more. Hard copies will be distributed within the next month to first responders and public officials nationwide, as well as key Federal, State, and local public health communicators.

    For additional copies:

    Download the Guide:
  • 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:
  • Remembering 9/11/01 Museum Exhibit - Closing January 1, 2008

    The New York Historical Society’s exhibition commemorating the events of 9/11, "Here Is New York: Remembering 9/11/01," is in its final month. The 1,300 photos in the exhibition document the tragedy while depicting how New Yorkers came together and helped each other; and it also employs powerful artifacts, that are now relics. It is located at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street in Manhattan.

  • HAN Web System Alerts NYC’s Health Providers

    The NYC Health Alert Network (HAN), a web-based alerting system from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), provides doctors and other medical providers with up-to-date information on urgent and emergent public health issues.

    To register:

    Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation: click here
  • 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 US.

    To purchase this book, ISBN 978-0-9793722-0-9. 272 pp. $35.00 (paperback):

Save The Date

  • Backlash, Hate Crimes, Scapegoating, and Islamophobia Workshop

    Saturday, December 8
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Washington, DC

    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, Suite 400.

    To Register:

    For more information, call Lisa Head:
  • Open House and Toy Drive at September Space

    Friday, December 14
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    An open house and farewell gathering for September Space programming will be hosted by St. Mark's Place Institute. Refreshments will be served. Please donate new, unwrapped toys for 9/11 responders' and recovery workers' children. StoryCorps will be conducting interviews with WTC workers and caregivers. All appointments are filled, but attendees are welcome to make future appointments. Resources and referrals will be available to connect September Space participants with appropriate services.


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.
  • VISTA Member - Community Outreach & Training

    NYDIS is seeking an AmeriCorps*VISTA member to provide capacity building support for the Disaster Planning & Training program area. The VISTA member will serve for one year. Duties include increasing faith community participation in disaster mitigation education and preparedness training opportunities through outreach, event planning, and partnerships with the American Red Cross and the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

    To apply, please visit:
    Click on “Apply Now,” and go through each step, making sure to enter program listing ID 07VSANY018-0 in the step called “Program Selections.”

    Also, please send a cover letter, resume, and any questions to:

    To download the Position Profile: click here
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • United Sikhs, Internships for 2008

    The United Sikhs is seeking candidates for a wide range of internship opportunities for 2008. These positions are ideal for law students, other undergraduate and graduate students, and anyone who wants experience in an international non-profit humanitarian organization.

    For detailed descriptions of these positions:

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.

    To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click "Make a Donation":


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