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HEADLINES
NYDIS Needs Your Donation

Our Year-End Appeal aims to close our projected $250,000 budget gap for our mitigation education, planning, and preparedness training projects – and we need much more to continue our work in 2008. We are also witnessing a significant drop in 9/11 recovery funding. NYDIS was recently honored by the Office of the Mayor for its “ outstanding commitment to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Education.” The Ready New Yorker Award 2007, bestowed by NYC OEM, provides ample recognition of the quality and community-wide impact of NYDIS’ disaster preparedness program. This would not have been possible without your partnership. A generous gift from you today will allow us to continue our preparedness initiatives for faith communities and the low-income and at-risk communities, and significantly strengthen our critical recovery programs for underserved clients. Please consider a $100, $500, $1,000 donation – or whatever you can afford. Any donation is welcome.

Please click here to make a donation at our secure online donations page

Or mail your check to NYDIS, Att. Year-End Appeal, 22 Cortlandt Street, 20th floor, New York, NY 10007.
NYDIS NEWS & EVENTS
:: NYDIS Awarded $493K 2008 ARC Liberty Fund Grant

NYDISnetThe American Red Cross (ARC) has awarded NYDIS $493,000 from its Liberty Disaster Relief Fund for 2008 coordination of services and cash assistance for direct victims and injured 9/11 recovery workers. This grant will fund 6 months of NYDIS staff salaries, case manager sub-grants to current providers, case management coordination and limited cash assistance to WTC recovery workers through the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable. There is currently a need to more than double the number of case workers for injured recovery workers to meet increasing demand health effects worsen. In 2007, the Roundtable provided $1.5 million in aid to clients, including recovery workers who were unemployed resulting from exposure at the WTC site, or who have been facing homelessness and loss of medical treatment.

If you have any questions contact:
Scottie Hill, Director of Disaster Recovery & Advocacy
shill@nydis.org
:: NYDIS’ Scottie Hill Interviewed on WBAI’s 9/11 Health Action Radio Show

Scottie Hill, NYDIS’ Director of Disaster Recovery and Advocacy, was invited to participate in a special one-hour radio program about WTC-related contamination and disease on December 10 on WBAI’s “Health Action.” Hosted by Jonathan Bennett, Scottie talked about unmet needs and the psychosocial consequences of WTC-related disease. The panel of experts, which included Beverly Weintraub, member of the NY Daily News editorial board, Bob Gulack, an office worker disabled from 9/11 exposure, and Michael Barasch, the attorney who represented James Zadroga, the NYPD detective whose death was attributed to 9/11 exposure, also discussed the medical examiner's actions, recent developments in treatment and screening, the EPA cleanup, emergency notification, and legislation. The phone lines were opened and the panelists took calls from the audience.

To hear the entire December 10 Health Action program:
http://archive.wbai.org/

Contact Jonathan Bennett, On-Air Producer, “Health Action”:
bennettjonathan2007@gmail.com
:: NYDIS Receives Visit from Transatlantic Dialogue Group

Stony Point Center, a national conference center of Presbyterian Church (USA) is a US Conference Production Partner for Transatlantic Dialogue, a program initiated by German Protestant Academies to partner with US church organizations to have multi-faith dialogue (mainly Christian, Jewish and Muslim) on important social issues. NYDIS was pleased to welcome a group of participants on December 5 to discuss the theme, “What Makes the World Secure?: A Multi-Faith Dialogue.” Scottie Hill, Director of Recovery and Ruth Wenger, Interim Coordinator of Community Outreach and Training, shared with them NYDIS’ services as they relate to preparedness and recovery efforts.

For more information, contact Rev. Charles Ryu, Program Director, Stony Point Center:
845.786.5674 x111
cryu@stonypointcenter.org
:: NYDIS Attends WTC Health Registry Public Meeting

On Wednesday, November 28, representatives from NYDIS attended the second annual WTC Health Registry Meeting held at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. The meeting addressed ongoing research about the physical and mental health of New Yorkers who lived and worked in the areas surrounding Ground Zero. NYDIS distributed information about its Unmet Needs Roundtable, Recovery and Advocacy Programs, and the WTC Workers’ Compensation registration deadline extension. VISTA Member Sara Epstein manned NYDIS’ information table, while Scottie Hill, Director of Recovery and Advocacy, observed the speakers and presenters.
:: NYDIS to Launch 9/11 Recovery Worker Coordinated Assistance Network

In November, NYDIS coordinated the creation of 9/11 Recovery Worker Coordinated Assistance Network (9/11 RWCAN).  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. This month the system will be fully configured and shaped by the 9/11 RWCAN Functional Working Group, a group consisting of 9/11 case managers and human service professionals, for its full activation early in the New Year. 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 Disaster Relief Fund.

For more information on 9/11 RWCAN contact:
Scottie Hill, Director of Recovery and Advocacy:
shill@nydis.org
:: NYDIS Offers Rental of Short-Term Office Space

NYDIS has office space available for immediate short-term leasing to non-profit and/or faith-based agencies with a similar mission to NYDIS. Located on the 20th Floor of 22 Cortlandt Street in Lower Manhattan, these spaces are furnished and equipped with computers, internet connection and telephone.

For more information about renting these spaces, contact Peter Gudaitis:
212.669.6100
pgudaitis@nydis.org
:: 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.
    • 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)
    • Thursday, January 10 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm (Open)

    Contact Lida Mora, Moderator, NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable
    212.669.6139
    lmora@nydis.org
  • NYC 9/11 Case Management Coordination Meetings
    NYDIS hosts monthly Case Management Coordination meetings for service providers that are assisting 9/11 recovery workers and the general 9/11-affected community. These meetings are open to representatives from any service providers that wish to coordinate and share information about their services and the community's needs.
    • Wednesday, December 19 - 9:30-11:00 am

    To RSVP, contact Lida Mora:
    lmora@nydis.org
:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
www.nydis.org/911
:: 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:
www.nydis.org/tornado
:: Recovery Resources for Other NYC Area Disasters
    
www.nydis.org/nyarea
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
NYC Paratransit Carriers for Disabled On Strike

NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reported on December 10 that three of fourteen Paratransit carriers serving MTA’s Access-a-Ride program went on strike. By December 12, New York City Transit’s Paratransit providers were able to accommodate 75% of the reservation requests they received. MTA continues to reassign subscription trips using private ambulette carriers as necessary and to field requests for services through its main customer service number, 877.337.2017. Priority service will be given to customers with special medical needs.

To report a major disruption of service:
Call 311 (TTY: 212.504.4115)

www.nyc.gov/html/oem
:: Mayor Launches "Notify NYC" Emergency Public Communications System

Mayor Bloomberg announced on December 4 the launch of Notify NYC, a pilot program to deliver emergency public information by email, text messages and reverse-911 alerts. Any interested individual can sign up for Notify NYC and receive information about significant emergency events in four pilot communities: Lower Manhattan, the Northeast Bronx, the Rockaways, and Southwest Staten Island. The City will begin sending alerts on Monday, December 10. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), with other City agencies, is instrumental in orchestrating this endeavor. "We're eager to examine new technology that might provide additional methods for communicating with New Yorkers about serious incidents in their communities," said OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno.

To sign up for Notify NYC go to:
www.nyc.gov/html/notifynyc

Read the Mayor’s December 4 Press Release: click here
:: NYC Health Department Finds Asthma Rates Up in Kids in WTC Area

Children who were exposed to dust from the collapsing twin towers had higher-than-expected rates of asthma after the catastrophe according to the new report released November 28. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) found that half of the 3,100 children enrolled in the WTC Health Registry developed a new or exacerbated respiratory problem, such as a cough, after 9/11. About 6% of children enrolled were diagnosed with asthma after the disaster, higher than national and regional rates. Those exposed to the dust cloud had higher rates of PTSD than children who were not exposed. The survey, conducted in 2003 and 2004, is based on children who lived or went to school near the WTC on September 11, 2001.

Read the DOHMH November 28 Press Release:
www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2007/pr096-07.shtml
:: NYC Begins Major 9/11 Cancer Study

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has launched a sweeping study of cancers among 9/11 responders and thousands of others who lived or worked near the WTC, because of known carcinogens in Ground Zero dust and smoke such as benzene, asbestos, silica, and chemicals emitted in fires.  The study aims to identify all cancers among 71,000 people in the city's WTC Health Registry, including Twin Towers survivors and nearby office workers, Lower Manhattan residents, children, school staff, and 31,000 rescue, recovery and cleanup workers.

Read the NY Post December 2 article by Susan Edelman:
www.nypost.com/seven/12022007/news/regionalnews/city_begins_major_9_11_cancer_study_193657.htm
:: First Round of Environmental Tests in Lower Downtown

Initial tests at 53 apartments and in the common areas of nine buildings within 1,500 feet of Ground Zero found three dust samples that were contaminated with asbestos above safe levels and 71 samples that were laced with lead that exceeded federal standards. The spaces were tested under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lower Manhattan Test and Clean program, established to identify the possible presence of contaminants associated with the collapse of the WTC buildings. Since the testing began this year, most of the 5,600 samples the agency has analyzed have fallen below federal benchmarks for exposure. More testing, including 272 apartments and 25 buildings below Canal Street, will be tested within the next year, and any contamination will be cleaned.

Complete test results can be viewed at:
www.epa.gov/wtc/testandclean

Read the EPA’s November 27 Press Release:
www.epa.gov/wtc/testandclean/wtc_final_pr_firstround_data112707.pdf
:: Legislation Requiring Details of 9/11 Rescue Worker Deaths to be Introduced

NY State Sen. Eric Adams introduced legislation requiring the city medical examiner to provide a detailed description of the causes of death of rescuers who worked at Ground Zero after 9/11. The new law would compel the medical examiner to link the deadly illnesses suffered by first responders to breathing in WTC dust, clearing the path for them to be listed as official victims of 9/11.

Read the December 3 NY Daily News article by Tamer El-Ghobashy:
www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/12/03/2007-12-03_legislation_requiring_details_of_911_res.html
:: DHS to Probe 9/11 Insurance Fund

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said December 3 they will investigate why a $1 billion 9/11 insurance fund, the WTC Captive Insurance Co., created by Congress to cover claims of sick Ground Zero workers, is fighting the cases in court rather than distributing money. Roughly 8,000 claims await judgment in the federal court system. The DHS inspector general's review also will determine "what procedures have been established to receive, review and pay medical, hospital, surgical and disability benefits to injured persons," as well as benefits to the victims' relatives.

Read the December 3 article:
www.examiner.com/a-1083784~Feds_Probe_Sept__11_Insurance_Fund.html
:: Survivors' Network Secures Preservation of 9/11 Stairway

The WTC Survivors' Network is nearing resolution in its battle to preserve the Survivors' Stairway. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (LMDC) will relocate the entire run of stairs intact for preservation at the museum area to provide for "meaningful incorporation of the story and significance of the staircase, within the primary narrative of the museum." The LMDC plan calls for part of the upper landing portion of the stairway to be relocated to the new Memorial Plaza in an area dedicated to survivors.

Read the LMDC Press Release:
www.renewnyc.com/displaynews.aspx?newsid=1fb4949b-2794-43af-90eb-aaefbfae458b

ww.savethestairway.org
:: View the Progress at Ground Zero

As rebuilding continues at Ground Zero, the area is really taking shape. If you haven’t viewed photos recently, the area looks nothing like the last time you’re seen it.

For the latest images of planned development, including the Freedom Tower, visit:
www.wtc.com/
:: White House Proposes to Cut Security $ in 2009 - Translates to Half for NYC

Tens of millions in federal anti-terror funds that bolster the NY metropolitan-area police, fire and emergency response agencies could be cut in half. A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget memo calls for slashing the federal program geared to the highest-risk cities, from which the NY region receives the lion's share of its funding, about $134 million this year. It eliminates other programs entirely, including those geared to port, bus, truck and transit security. Another proposed change would prohibit federal funds from being used to cover salaries, which uses a portion of its grant money to pay some of the 1,000 Police officers assigned to terrorism.

Read the December 1 Newsday article by Carol Eisenberg:
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usterr1201,0,7872666.story?coll=ny_home_rail_headlines
:: DOHMH Han Alert Advisory: Influenza Update

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) issued a HAN Alert “Health Advisory #34: Influenza Update” on November 28 that three culture-confirmed influenza infections have been reported in NYC to date this season. However, there is not yet evidence of widespread influenza activity based on other surveillance systems in NYC. Also, it reminds providers to remain alert and report any suspected H5N1 avian influenza cases among travelers returning from currently affected countries. Providers should obtain a travel history from all patients with severe respiratory illness requiring hospitalization. Learn more about the HAN Alert System in the “We Recommend” section of this issue of NYDISnet.

Read the entire November 28 DOHMH Health Alert: click here
:: 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:
www.planning.org/hazardmitigation/index.htm

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

From Our Members & Partners

  • Sikhs to Have Prayer Room at JFK Airport

    At a meeting convened last week for the Sikh community, by Assemblyman Rory Lancman, the Port Authority has agreed to provide prayer facilities for Sikhs at the JFK airport in NYC. The November 30 meeting was attended by the General Manager and Deputy General Manager, Aviation, at JFK, with the participation of Sikhs at the Chapel Museum Hall, and was coordinated by Amarjit Singh, UNITED SIKHS’ Multifaith Coordinator. “The Queens area of NY has received a large number of Sikh migrants for many decades and the JFK airport is a hub for Sikh travelers. Therefore the Port Authority’s accommodation of Sikhs’ needs is a step in the right direction,” said Avtar Singh Pannu, President of the Sikh Cultural Society, Gurdwara, Queens.

    www.unitedsikhs.org
  • Bishop Bouman Leaves NY for National ELCA Post

    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:
    www.mnys.org/headlines/-headline.html

    www.ELCA.org/eocm/
  • 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:
    www.ldrny.org

ADVOCACY & BACKLASH MITIGATION

  • NYDIS Attends D.C. Workshop on Backlash and Hate Crimes

    On December 8, Siddharth Ashvin Shah, MD, MPH, the founder of Psychosocial Assistance Without Borders, which develops training and resiliency services for people involved in humanitarian responses, held a backlash mitigation workshop in Washington, DC. With a focus on racial and ethnic discrimination targeted at Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities, Dr. Shah covered psychological countermeasures against large group panic that are necessary in disaster preparedness. Including experiential exercises and role play, the workshop blended psychodynamic and public health disciplines in order to build capacity in post-terrorism responders who anticipate involvement in either clinical treatment or public outreach efforts. Attending the day-long event were AmeriCorps*VISTAs from NYDIS’s recovery program, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), and the Sikh Coalition.

    For more information:
    www.siddharthshah.com
    www.integrativemedicinedc.com
  • FDNY Anti-Terror Information Sharing Draws Sharp Criticism

    Plans for NY firefighters to share anti-terrorism information with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have drawn criticism from Islamic Americans and firefighters who fear the program may violate constitutional protections. DHS is establishing protocols for sharing threat information with first responders, and for handling information from firefighters. Critics contend the program erodes the legal distinctions between police officers, who must obtain search warrants before entering a dwelling, and firefighters, who can enter without warrants. Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said, “You have to be able to trust firefighters, that they're not coming there to do you harm, to spy on you. They're coming there to save you. And this policy could break down that link."

    Read the December 5 CAIR article:
    www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=23914&&name=n&&currPage=1&&Active=1

Preparedness Initiatives

  • NYDIS Preparedness Resources

    • 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:
      http://www.nydis.org/resources/headlines/2007_09_24.php

    • 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.

    • NYDIS' Library of Books and Reports/Guidances

      Located in NYDIS’ Conference Room, our resource library houses our expanding collection of disaster-related books and reference materials. The library covers a range of genres from research reports to guidebooks to personal reflections. It is divided into two main sections: one with material that relates to 9/11 experiences and recovery, and one that focuses on a broad range of disaster preparedness topics for faith communities. A valuable hub of information relevant to disaster recovery and preparedness, the collection is open to staff, board members, and visitors. We invite you to share our resources and contribute your own.

      For any questions please contact Alison VanBuskirk, VISTA, Communications:
      212.669.6102
      avanbuskirk@nydis.org
  • OEM Preparedness Resources

    • Ready NY Preparedness Guides

      The Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) Ready NY preparedness campaign is designed to help New Yorkers better prepare for all types of emergencies. The Ready NY preparedness guides and brochures are available online and in many languages. They are geared for businesses, hurricanes, pets, households, seniors, the disabled, and kids – and there’s even a pocket guide.

      For more information and to download these guides: click here

    • OEM Holiday Tip: Call Cousin Tammy in Miami

      This holiday season, remember your out-of-state friends and relatives. Even if they don't all live in places like Miami, they can be an important part of your disaster plan. If NYC phone circuits are busy, long-distance calls may be easier to make. If you are separated from your family members in an emergency, your out-of-state contact may be able to help you communicate. Develop a disaster plan to prepare for how to communicate in an emergency.

      www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/prepared_plan.shtml

    • 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:
      www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/ready_contest.shtml
  • Resolve to Be Ready in 2008

    “Don’t wait. Set a date.” The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign encourages Americans to make emergency preparedness their New Year’s resolution. Keeping New Year’s resolutions is challenging but Americans can succeed with preparedness resolutions by following the Ready Campaign’s easy steps.

    www.ready.gov
  • 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:
      www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/winter_tips.shtml

    • 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:
      www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/safety/firesafety_heating.shtml

  • 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:
      www.operationhope.org/pdpg/

    • 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:
      www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm


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".

    www.nydis.org
  • 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:
    240.629.3180

    Download the Guide:
    www.hhs.gov/disasters/press/newsroom/mediaguide/guideleader.html
  • 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.

    www.nyhistory.org
  • 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:
    1.888.NYCMED9
    www.nyc.gov/health/nycmed

    Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation: click here
  • Book Review: Faith in the Neighborhood: Loss

    Faith in the Neighborhood: Loss (Church Publishing 2007) is Book Three in a series by Dr. Lucinda Mosher. A source for all who work or interact with persons of diverse religious backgrounds, and a valuable resource for healthcare professionals, it brings an understanding of the complex attitudes toward illness and death among the many faiths. “Religious caregivers, especially fire, police, or hospital chaplains, church pastors, and anyone who extends pastoral care to persons of religious faith during times of loss, will be glad to have this accessible guide to dietary restrictions, personal hygiene and care, recovery and preparation of bodies, even to prayer and devotional life (Douglas Mills, United Methodist Church).” NYDIS was privileged to be part of the research team in preparing this publication.

    Learn more about the book and how to order it:
    www.churchpublishing.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&ProductID=747

Save The Date

  • Open House and 9/11 Holiday Toy Drive at September Space

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

    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.

    http://worldcares.org/node/312
  • WTC Environmental Health Clinic: "The New Light for 9/11 Victims"

    Saturday, December 15
    10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Queens

    The NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and WTC Health and Hospital Corporation Environmental Clinic invite you to a forum to learn about the new HHC WTC Environmental Health Clinic at Elmhurst Hospital Center which has been established to provide medical monitoring to 9/11 victims. This program is for 9/11 workers and volunteers, Lower Manhattan office workers, NYC employees, residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn, 9/11 service providers, attorneys, health care providers, mental health professionals, social workers, and community professionals. There will be information about the NYS Workers’ Compensation benefits and important new information and services available for 9/11 victims. It will take place at the Elmhurst Hospital Center (41st Avenue and 80th Street). NYDIS will have a table with WTC Workers’ Compensation Registration brochures, and recovery and advocacy resource materials.

    See flyer: click here

    For more information contact Luzdary Giraldo, NYCOSH 9/11 Immigrant Project Coordinator:
    212.227.6440 x18
    lgiraldo@nycosh.org

    For information on NYDIS’ 9/11 recovery efforts contact Scottie Hill, NYDIS Director of Disaster Recovery and Advocacy:
    212.669.6105
    shill@nydis.org

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.
  • 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:
    www.unitedsikhs.org/jobs/

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":

    www.nydis.org


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