NYDISnet for February 28, 2007

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  NYDIS: New 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Moderator

Jennifer Herrera-Daly has joined the NYDIS staff as the new Moderator of the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable. Jennifer served as Senior Program Consultant for Project Liberty (9/11 Mental Health Unit). Prior to her work with Project Liberty, Jennifer held positions as Director of Housing at Services for the Underserved in Brooklyn and as Community Project Director of Catholic Charities' Brooklyn East Region.

Contact Jennifer Herrera-Daly, MA, LCAT:
  NYDIS Promotes 9/11 Workers' Comp Registration

NYDIS urges 9/11 chaplains, recovery workers and volunteers to register now to protect their right to workers' compensation benefits. NYDIS is joining the NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with the NYS AFL-CIO, WTC Medical Monitoring Program, the Laborers' Health and Safety Trust Fund, the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, workers' compensation law firms, the UCC-National Disaster Ministries, and Wall Street Rising, in mounting a media campaign to inform workers throughout the country about the necessity of registering now. Joel Shufro, NYCOSH Executive Director, said, "We know that tens of thousands of people are at risk of becoming ill as a result of their exposure toxic air and to psychological trauma while doing rescue, recovery or cleanup work after 9/11. We want to ensure that every one of them registers with the Workers' Compensation Board before the August 14, 2007, deadline. And if they don't know about the program, they won't register, it's that simple."

For registration guidelines and forms in English and Spanish:

Download the brochure (pdf):

  NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources Online

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
  NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Updates

  • Online 9/11 Client Inquiry Form
    To access the form, go to:

  • 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).
    • Monday, March 5 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Monday, April 2 - 1:00-3:30 pm

  • 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, March 1 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, March 7 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, March 15 - 9:30-12:00 noon

    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, March 14 - 9:30-11:00 am
    • Wednesday, April 18 - 9:30-11:00 am

  • To RSVP for In-Service Training and to present a case:
    Jennifer Herrera-Daly, MA, LCAT

    To RSVP for Case Management Coordination Meetings:
    Maggie Jarry, Director, Recovery & Advocacy
  9/11 Recovery Worker CAN Online Demo - March 7

NYDIS invites all partner human service agencies interested in the creation of the 9/11 Recovery Worker Coordinated Assistance Network (9/11 RWCAN) to participate in an online demonstration of the software tools currently used by Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) on Wednesday, March 7 at 3:00 pm. Led by representatives from VisionLink, the software vendor for CAN, the demonstration will focus on the client registry, resource database, the reporting capabilities of the software, and ways that these tools can be modified for the specific needs of the 9/11 RWCAN project.

If you are interested in participating, RSVP:
Matthew Ziemer, Recovery Coordinator, 9/11 RWCAN
  NYC Katrina Evacuee Resources Online

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for Katrina evacuees in NYC, updated weekly:
  NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable

  • NYC Katrina In-Service Training for Case Workers
    Case managers working with Katrina or Rita survivors are required to attend an in-service training prior to presenting at the Roundtable. The purpose of these trainings is to provide case managers with a better understanding of the workings of the Roundtable and to help increase the likelihood that a client's needs could be funded.
    • Tuesday, March 13 - 2:00-5:00 pm

  • NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable
    The NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable aids case managers in securing cash assistance and to share resources to best meet the unmet needs of disaster victims so that they may regain self-sufficiency and recover from the impact of a disaster. The Roundtable helps to facilitate long-term recovery by supporting clients' recovery plans. Case managers who would like to present at the NYC Katrina Unmet Needs Roundtable may submit a request the Friday prior to the Roundtable meeting.
    • Tuesday, March 27, 2:00-5:00 pm

  • To sign up for In-Service Training or to present a case:
    Dominique Atchison, Moderator


  Senators Clinton/Kennedy Announce 9/11 Health Hearing

"We are pleased to announce that on March 21 the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will conduct a hearing on the health crisis facing our firefighters, police officers, paramedics, building and construction trades workers, residents, students and others who responded at Ground Zero and Fresh Kills following the September 11th attacks. This will be the first Senate hearing of this kind...The recent report issued by New York City Mayor Bloomberg's World Trade Center Health Panel makes clear why there is a need for long-term, sustained federal funding, and we thank Mayor Bloomberg for agreeing to testify at this hearing."

Read the February 24 Press Release:
  Governor Granted Aid for Upstate NY Counties

Governor Eliot Spitzer February 24 announced that President Bush approved NYS's request and declared the counties of Oswego, Lewis and Oneida eligible for federal assistance as a result of the actions taken by State and local governments to battle the record snows that fell between February 2 and 12. "This much-needed federal financial assistance is certainly welcomed news for the beleaguered communities who fought these seemingly never-ending snows that dumped more than 11 feet on the ground," said Governor Spitzer. He thanked the efforts of Senators Schumer and Clinton, and Congressmen McHugh and Arcuri, who spearheaded the delegation's drive to get this federal aid. FEMA will provide reimbursements to local and State agencies for 75 percent of the costs of emergency protective measures taken, including snow removal, to save lives and to protect property, public health and safety.

Read the Press Release (pdf):
  NYU & Bellevue Treat 9/11 Recovery Workers

The NYU School of Medicine has teamed up with Bellevue Hospital to open a health center in response to the rise in 9/11-related illnesses. The WTC Environmental Health Center will provide screenings, evaluations and treatments for potential medical and mental health patients, including those who may be uninsured or undocumented, said Alan Aviles, president of Health and Hospitals Corp., which runs the project. It plans to offer most of its services for free.

For more information:
  • NYC Retirees to Receive 9/11 Health Test Info

    Comptroller William Thompson, Jr. announced that NYC retirees will receive information about the Mount Sinai WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital. It will be included with checks sent to 82,000 retirees of the five NYC Pension Systems.

    Read the February 20 Press Release:
  • Foundations Pool Resources for Ailing 9/11 Workers

    Seven philanthropies announced that they will contribute more than $4.3 million to help treat uninsured workers and residents who developed serious illnesses from 9/11. The money will go to groups led by Mount Sinai Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. The continuing effort, known as the 9/11 Neediest Medical Campaign, will also take donations from the public. The NY Times Neediest Cases Fund, the NY Community Trust, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Institute are each contributing $1 million. The rest of the donations are from the Altman Foundation, the United Way of NYC, and Trinity Church, which will accept contributions from the public at its St. Paul's Chapel.

    Read the February 25 NY Times article:
  Sign-Up Now – WTC Medical Exams for Responders

The WTC Medical Monitoring Program offers free, complete medical examinations. To date, 30,000 responders have been screened under the Program, which is open to responders in NY and across the country who served at Ground Zero. Eligible responders who have not yet been screened are urged to enroll in the program. What doctors learn from monitoring the health of thousands of these workers will help future disaster relief workers.

Contact for an exam:
1.888.702.0630 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Download the Brochure (pdf):
  DOHMH Urges Completion of WTC Health Follow-Up Survey

More than 13,000 enrollees in the WTC Health Registry completed the follow-up survey about their physical and mental health after 9/11. The NYC Health Department (DOHMH) urges all remaining enrollees to complete the re-survey as this is the first opportunity for enrollees to inform the Registry about their physical and mental health since 2004. Data collection will continue for the next several months, and findings will be released to the public. The results should help health experts recognize and treat conditions potentially associated with exposure to 9/11 and its aftermath.

Download the DOHMH Report, "City Health Information: Clinical Guidelines for Adults Exposed to the WTC Disaster" (pdf):
  CBS-TV Special Report: 9/11 Responders' Health Problems

"We will unfortunately outnumber those people who died on 9/11." CBS-TV spoke to 9/11 first responders who rushed into the collapsing buildings and are suffering from unimaginable illnesses and dealing with health issues they believe could be just the tip of the iceberg. Some say the total number of workers who will die will far surpass the actual number of people killed on the day of the attacks. Today, 7 out of every 10 suffer from respiratory disease. CBS 2 spoke to just six of the 33,000 people who are now being treated and say they are dead men walking. As time goes by, new health problems emerge, some unexplained. "The fear is that most of us are going to get some kind of cancer in our esophagus," John Feal said. They also suffer from massive migraines, unexplained rashes and aches and pains that defy explanation.

Read the transcript of the February 15 report:
  FDNY WTC Program Provides Free Medications

The FDNY WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program provides eligible FDNY rescue workers (Fire & EMS; active & retired) with free WTC medications. Approved medications will involve no member co-pay. The FDNY-WTC-MMTP evaluates and treats FDNY members, active and retired, who were involved in WTC recovery work. Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and The Sept 11th Recovery Grant from the American Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund.

For more information on the Program:
  • FDNY WTC Medical Monitoring Program a National Model

    FDNY's WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program was included in the Mayor's report of recommendations by the WTC Health Panel, released on February 13, and has become a national model in the monitoring and treatment of those who were affected by 9/11. The unprecedented program - the first of its kind in the aftermath of 9/11 - has been called a "center of excellence" with more than 14,000 FDNY members, both active and retired, receiving medical monitoring exams so far. FDNY Bureau of Health Services physicians were the first to conduct initial screenings of rescue workers, and then added long-term monitoring and treatment.
  Panel Sends 9/11 Commission Bill to Senate

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved on February 15 a sweeping 230-page bill to implement unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission after senators discussed how to distribute billions of dollars in homeland security grants. Committee Chairman, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, said he expects the bill to go to the floor quickly.

Read the full story:
  TopOff 4: DHS Tests Communications Strategy

As part of an exercise involving a simulated terrorism attack, the Homeland Security Department (DHS) wants to gauge the extent to which the public would trust information DHS releases electronically. Like its predecessors, the fourth Top Officials (TopOff) exercise is intended to test the nation's readiness to deal with a large-scale terrorist attacks. The idea is to give the public information that is complete and timely about the events surrounding the attacks and what actions they should take to protect themselves two formats: a live video feed and a website. This congressionally mandated program is held every two years; the 2007 exercise will be held in Portland, OR, and Guam.

Read the article:
  FEMA Forms National Advisory Council

The DHS announced the establishment of the National Advisory Council, which is being created to advise the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on all aspects of emergency management. The council will focus on the development and revision of the national preparedness goal, the national preparedness system, the National Incident Management System, the National Response Plan, and other related plans and strategies.

For more information:
  Study on Designing Systems to Guard Against Terrorism

When designing systems to protect people and places against terrorist attacks, government officials should take into account that terrorists actively seek and find ways around defensive measures deployed against them, according to a RAND Corporation study. "Breaching the Fortress Wall: Understanding Terrorist Efforts to Overcome Defensive Technologies" examines defensive technologies – the systems and approaches used to protect an area and people in it from terrorism - along with the methods terrorist groups have historically used to thwart attempts to discover and frustrate their efforts.

Download the report (pdf):
  HHS Report: Health Responders Need Training

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued on February 20 a report entitled, "The Commissioned Corps' Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." The report contains the findings of an evaluation OIG conducted to assess the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps' (Corps) response to the hurricanes and recommends the Corps could improve its response to public health emergencies. There were deficiencies in officer preparation, deployment logistics, and field operations, and recommended that the Corps incorporate a number of infrastructure changes into its comprehensive transformation process.

Read the HHS Press Release (pdf):

Read the full report (pdf):
  People with Disabilities: Assessment Report and Grants

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
  • On February 21, NIDRR issued a report on assessing and identifying major barriers faced by centers for independent living (CILs) and emergency managers in responding to the needs of people with disabilities during Katrina. Investigators gathered information on the experiences of respondents and developed recommendations for future policy, planning, and practice to address identified gaps.

    Download the Report (pdf):

  • On February 20, NIDRR announced two new research grants in the areas of "Emergency Evacuation and Individuals with Disabilities" and "Emergency Management Technologies." NIDRR will hold pre-application meetings (by teleconference) for anyone interested in applying for the grants.

    FY 2006-2007 Discretionary Grant Application Packages:
  No Pet Left Behind: DC Prepares for Emergency

Spurred by tales of owners forced to abandon their pets during Katrina, jurisdictions around the Washington, DC region have begun wide-scale contingency planning that includes not only people but their pets. Fairfax County, VA just spent $35,000 for an incident response center for its animal control staff and is leading a year-long effort to create a regional animal disaster plan with a $200,000 homeland security grant. Arlington County, VA unveiled a mobile emergency pet shelter, a 20-foot trailer that will be stocked with food and animal crates to create "pet-friendly" wings at local community centers and schools used as shelters during floods or other emergencies. "Our policy has changed - we'll do shelters for people and have pets right there in the same facility," said Debbie Powers, a deputy coordinator in Arlington's office of emergency management.

Read the Washington Post February 22 article:
  Sense of Progress on Disaster Preparedness

Many Americans say that the nation is better prepared than it was a year ago for disasters like terrorist attacks or pandemic flu, according to a survey commissioned by Columbia University. The NY Times reports such assessments have an unrealistically high expectation, compared with those of many experts at universities and policy study groups, who take a dim view of the country's readiness. They say that while the ability to prevent some kinds of disasters has improved in recent years, the ability to respond to emergencies already under way has changed little. Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, a part of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, said "There is no basis in reality for saying we're better off than we were a year ago."

Read the February 20 NY Times article:

From Our Members and Partners

  • Citizen Corps Council Meets

    The Citizen Corps Council of NYC held its quarterly meeting on February 21 at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The meeting included an address by Commissioner Joe Bruno about the importance of community coordination, as well as a panel of volunteers representing CERT, ARC, and Animal Care and Control, each speaking about their experience working as emergency and disaster volunteers, as well as the needs and expectations of volunteers. The meeting also included a series of breakout discussion groups on issues related to the Council, and NYDIS' Autumn Brown moderated a discussion group on how to tailor the message of the Citizen Corps Council.

    To learn more about how to engage your house of worship in Citizen Corps, contact:
    Autumn Brown, Community Outreach & Training Coordinator
  • Episcopal Flu Pandemic Response & Preparedness Plan

    On February 19, the Episcopal Church announced a Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan for dioceses and parishes. It was prepared by The Rev. Phillip Cato, of Potomac, Maryland, a retired priest associated with the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Child Health and Development. Last year he took up the task of pandemic preparedness, wanting the Episcopal Church to have a plan in place in case of an Avian Flu pandemic. "Pandemic Influenza Planning," a 28-page report, includes a PowerPoint presentation and a list of resources and appendices.

    To learn more:

    To get a copy of the Plan contact:
    Richard Olsen, Disaster Planner, ERD
  • NCC Report Card on Rebuilding the Gulf

    The National Council of the Churches of Christ’s (NCC) Special Commission on the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast released February 26, "Report Card: The Triumphs and Struggles in the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast: August 29, 2005 to December 31, 2006". It reviewed response and rebuilding efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi, and reviewed the efforts of the federal government in areas such as transportation, healthcare, housing, schools, insurance, and environmental justice. The report is critical of government's initial and ongoing response to hurricane victims. It also highlighted the pivotal role that churches played in saving lives and rebuilding the community. Churches and other faith groups "have reached out across the nation to supply food, clothing, and shelter for those displaced by the hurricanes," says the report. "Churches have especially been lauded as the first responders on the ground in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit."

    Download the Report (pdf):

  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Manhattan

    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 presentations are on Thursday, March 1, and Thursday, March 15, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online:

    • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Chinese

      The next presentations of "Prepare NY in Chinese" are on Monday, March 5, 9:00 to 10:00 am, and Monday, March 19, 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the CCBA at 62 Mott St. in Manhattan.

      Sign up online:
  • Ready NY "Sweeps" the City

    This month, OEM rolled out new citywide advertisements on 2,000 Department of Sanitation trucks. As part of the agency's Ready NY educational program, the ads encourage New Yorkers to prepare for any type of emergency.

    See the Poster:
  • United Sikhs Mobilize FL Relief Efforts

    The United Sikhs Aid team organized relief operations in the Lady Lake area in response to central Florida's deadly February tornado that killed 20 people and damaged hundreds of houses. "Jasbir Singh, the president of the Sikh Society of Central Florida, Orlando, has pledged support for our relief efforts," said Kuldip Singh, United Sikhs Aid director who is heading the relief efforts in central Florida.

    Supplies needed include blankets, comforters, pillows; toothpaste, bath towels, hand washes, detergents; socks; deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soaps; trash bags; and peanut butter and jelly. To donate please go to:

    To volunteer please contact:
  • New Sikhism Brochures Available in 5 Languages

    The best way to overcome prejudice and discrimination is to erase ignorance through education that reflects a pluralistic value. The Sikh Coalition website provides some resources that may be of use in educating people on Sikhs, Sikh practices, and Sikh concerns. Since 9/11 the Sikh Community continues to be victimized by bias crimes and employer discrimination – because Sikh men are sometimes mistakenly perceived to be Muslims because of their beards and turbans.

  • Families of September 11 Brings StoryCorps to LI

    StoryCorps, in partnership with Families of September 11 and 9/11 Forward, invites you to make a StoryCorps recording on Thursday, March 22 at the 9/11 Forward, 2277 Grand Avenue in Baldwin. Through its September 11th Initiative, StoryCorps is recording the life stories of those who were lost on 9/11. Family members, friends, relatives, and coworkers are all welcome to record memories of their loved ones to memorialize and celebrate the lives they lived; and tell the stories of survivors, firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, witnesses, volunteers, or anyone closely impacted by 9/11. There is no fee.

    To make a reservation call Margie Miller at 9/11 Forward:

    For more information:


Preparedness Initiatives

  • What's Your RQ?

    Take the "Are We Ready" Readiness IQ-RQ test, a survey that will measure the preparedness of individuals, families and communities. Along with giving you a score, this tool will provide informative tips to help you improve. The Council for Excellence in Government has created this online program to determine Americans' level of preparedness.

    Take the test:

    After taking the test, improve your score with these tips:

    Contact Nafeesah Allen:
  • OEM Reminds NYC: Winter is Here

    An arctic cold front has hit the NY region, and temperatures in the city have dropped to season lows. Even when the temperature is not that low, strong winds and low wind chill values will keep the air bitter. OEM reminds New Yorkers to stay safe and warm in the cold weather.

  • OEM Tip: Keep an Old-Fashioned Phone Handy

    Thanks to modern technology, telephones with cords are a thing of the past for most people. Why be tethered to your phone if you can use a cordless? But if the power goes out, you'll wish you had that cord. Keep an old-fashioned phone with a cord that does not require electricity in your Emergency Supply Kit.
  • FEMA's Helpline Telephone Numbers

    Information on the status of disaster assistance and other needs is just a phone call away. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) and NYS's toll-free helpline numbers are available for those who have questions once they have registered. Callers may check the status of their application for assistance from the Upstate NY storms and floods; and get answers and referrals to applicable agencies and organizations.

    The FEMA Helpline is 800.621.FEMA (3362) and is open 8:00 am-8:00 pm daily.

    Learn how to get help:
  • 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 Fire Safety Tips for Heaters:
  • ARC Tip of the Day: Check Your Batteries

    Take a minute to check the battery in your smoke alarm and reconnect it if you pulled it out the last time it went off. Or, swap out the battery with a new one if you haven't replaced the battery within the last 12 months.

  • Flu Preparedness

    • CDC Issues Pre-Pandemic Guidance
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the "Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States - Early Targeted Layered use of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions" that focuses on non-pharmaceutical measures (interventions other than vaccination and drug treatment) that might be useful during a flu pandemic to reduce its harm.

      Of particular interest to NYDIS and its members and partners is the Pandemic Influenza Community Mitigation Interim Planning Guide for Faith-Based and Community Organizations (see pp 97-101 App 8):

      Download the full Interim Guidance document (pdf):

      Download the "Faith-Based & Community Organizations Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Checklist":

    • WHO: Promising Results on Avian Flu Vaccine
      Sixteen manufacturers from 10 countries are developing prototype pandemic influenza vaccines against H5N1 avian influenza virus. More then 40 clinical trials have been completed or are ongoing and all vaccines were safe and well tolerated in all age groups tested. For the first time, results have convincingly demonstrated that vaccination with newly developed avian influenza vaccines can bring about a potentially protective immune response against strains of H5N1 virus found in a variety of geographical locations. Some of the vaccines work with low doses of antigen, which means that significantly more vaccine doses can be available in case of a pandemic.

      For more information:

    • APHA Asks: Would You Be Ready?
      The Get Ready campaign, sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA), provides information, resources, and tools to get prepared for a potential influenza pandemic, outbreak of an emerging infectious disease or other hazard or disaster.


    • Grocery Stores Prepare for Bird Flu
      Grocery store chains have been readying themselves for the potentialities of an avian flu pandemic. The article states that unlike other critical infrastructure sectors like water, energy and health care, the food industry isn't getting much help from state and federal governments when it comes to disaster planning. Absent employees would put a huge strain on the ability of companies which supply essential services to remain in operation. The Center for Biopreparedness Education is working to help food companies develop response and preparedness plans in case of a pandemic.

      Read the February 20 article:


    • Flu Vaccine's Effectiveness Questioned
      The nation's first vaccine against bird flu is less effective than previously thought, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents. In clinical trials, the two-shot series appears to provide protection to just 45% of adults who received the highest dose of the Sanofi Aventis SA vaccine. An earlier analysis suggested that it sparked protective immune responses in 54% of patients, when measured 28 days after receiving the second shot. The New England Journal of Medicine published those results in March 2006. February 27 the FDA will ask a panel of outside experts to review the vaccine.

      Read the February 27 NY Times article:

We Recommend

  • Post Your Resources on NYDIS.org

    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".

  • Ready.gov Offers Guidelines for Disability Preparedness

    DHS urges those with disabilities and special needs to start preparing now in case of a disaster or an emergency. The "Preparing Makes Sense" guide outlines common sense measures, such as making a supply kit, making a plan with a personal support network, and how to stay informed.

    Download the Brochure (pdf):

  • WTC Exhibition at the NYS Museum

    "The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response" is a major long-term exhibition that tells the story of the WTC, the rescue efforts after the attacks, the evidence recovery operation at the Staten Island landfill, and the public response to the 9/11 events. The exhibition, open to the public, includes many objects, images, videos and computer stations documenting these historical events.

    For more information:

  • Book Review: Swordbird

    After 9/11, ten-year-old Nancy Yi Fan turned her fear and anger about terrorism into writing a novel. "Swordbird", just out, tells about warring feathered factions and a muscular supernatural hero who saves their society. As a new immigrant from China, Nancy had been to the WTC observatory in the summer of 2001. Two years after the attacks, she was still having dreams about war. Nancy wrote "Swordbird", reflecting her passion for birds, as a way to convey her message of peace to the world.

    To learn more about the author, hear an audio excerpt, or purchase the book:
  • PlainViews: E-Newsletter for Spiritual Care Providers

    Subscribe to this bi-monthly e-newsletter offering views on Professional Practice, Advocacy, Education & Research, and Spiritual Development. Sponsored by the HealthCare Chaplaincy in NYC and edited by NYDIS Board President The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs.

    Send your email address to:


Save The Date

  • Couples Communications for NYC First Responders

    Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 11
    IBM Learning Center
    Armonk, NY

    The New York Disaster Counseling Coalition (NYDCC) is hosting the 2007 "Renewing Relationships" couples communication weekend program. It is free for first responders and their spouse/domestic partner.

    Download the Flyer (pdf):

    To register:

  • WTC Documentation Symposium

    Thursday, March 29
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    15 Barclay St. (Woolworth Building across City Hall)

    The NYS Archives, Documentary Heritage Program is conducting a one-day symposium that will review the status of efforts to date to document 9/11 and plan for future documentation activities. They are particularly interested in inviting representatives from the family/survivor community and from first responder groups to participate.

    For information contact:
    Laura Zelasnic

    Read the Flyer (pdf):
  • Care for the Caregivers: Lessons Learned Conference

    Friday, March 30, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    475 Riverside Drive, Manhattan

    The closing conference for the Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Project Grant sponsored by the September 11 Fund - United Way and the American Red Cross is entitled, "Care for the Caregivers: Lessons Learned and the Life We Lived." Remarks will be made by The NY Community Trust: Irfan Hasan; Roberta Samet; The American Red Cross; Rockefeller Advisors; NYDIS; Black Psychiatrists of Greater NY; CORL; The Interfaith Center; Circle of Life Facilitators; MCN; Admiral Circle; Lutheran Relief Fund; Church World Service; AGPA; the People's Institute; Anti-Racist Alliance; the Baptist Minister's Conference and elected/appointed officials.

    Contact Rev. Willard W. C. Ashley, D.Min., D.H.:
    Project Director, Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Program

  • Conference for Voluntary Organizations in Disasters

    Tuesday, April 17 - Friday, April 20
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    "Partnerships in Motion" is the subject for VOAD's 15th annual conference. The conference will begin with the kick-off reception and dinner the evening of April 17, plenary sessions and workshops April 18 and 19, and a closing plenary the morning of April 20 that will summarize the conference outcomes and declare the priorities for the year. Information on workshops, registration, and agenda schedule will be coming soon.

  • National Forum on Victims' Rights

    Friday, April 20
    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Washington, DC

    The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) presents its 26th Annual Forum called "Expanding the Circle: Advocating for the Forgotten" to be held at the National Museum of the American Indian. Individual registration fee is $20. After the program, join NOVA for lunch in the café and a guided tour of the museum. Then Forum participants are invited to the National Crime Victims Week Awards Ceremony sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime.

    For registration information:
  • Disaster Volunteer Conference - Brooklyn

    Saturday, April 28 – Sunday April 29
    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    St. Francis College, Brooklyn

    The NYC Citizen Corps Council presents the "Disaster Volunteer Conference" to aid the professional development of volunteer leaders and help increase interagency coordination on readiness, response and recovery activities. Topics to be covered include: Leadership and Volunteer Management, Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities, Working with Special Needs Populations and Building an Effective Community Network.

    Contact Nafeesah Allen to register your agency to request spots for your volunteers:

    For more information download the Flyer (pdf):
  • LI/NYC Emergency Management Conference

    Wednesday, May 30 - Thursday, May 31
    Melville, Long Island

    The 14th Annual LI/NYC Emergency Management Conference, "Together: Ready for Anything" will be held at the Long Island Hilton.


Job And Volunteer Opportunities

  • NYDIS, Director of Development

    NYDIS is seeking a full-time Director of Development to oversee all aspects of fundraising, grant writing, and institutional development. Qualified candidates should apply.

    For more information and position details, visit the NYDIS Job Opportunities page:

    To apply, please email your Cover Letter and Resume to:
    pgudaitis@nydis.org or fax to 212.669.6101.
  • 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.
  • HSC, Coordinator, Preparedness and Response

    The Human Services Council of New York City, Inc. (HSC), a membership association representing the not-for-profit social service agencies throughout NYC, seeks a Coordinator, Preparedness and Response to facilitate disaster preparedness and response activities that enables the NYC human services sector to respond effectively to human needs created by major disaster.

    For a complete description of the position:

    Send cover letter and resume via email to:
    Hayyim Obadyah, Director of Preparedness and Response
  • NDART, Volunteer to Help Animals in Disasters

    The Humane Society of the US' (HSUS) National Disaster Animal Response Team (NDART) consists of animal care professionals, emergency services and rescue professionals. Team members are trained in community disaster response and preparedness as well as specialized response techniques for rescuing animals affected by disasters. To prepare yourself to help animals in a disaster, there are courses offered by FEMA and ARC.

    To find out more about the program and the recommended courses:

    To apply to be a Team member, fill out the application:
  • NYC OEM, Emergency Preparedness Specialists/Managers

    Specialist/Transportation & Infrastructure Planner
    In the Transportation and Infrastructure Unit within the Planning and Preparedness Division, will develop citywide emergency plans and provide technical advice to City agencies regarding their emergency planning efforts for transportation and infrastructure emergencies.

    Specialist/Plan Manager
    In the Planning and Preparedness Division, under supervision from the Director of Plan Management, will develop and maintain Citywide emergency plans and develop and maintain Plan Management policies.

    Specialist/Human Services Specialist
    In the Planning and Preparedness-Human Services Division, will write detailed emergency response plans that describe complex operations to address the needs of disaster victims.

    For information on these positions:

    Submit Resume and Cover Letter to:
    165 Cadman Plaza
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • NYC OEM, Plan Manager

    With direction from the Director of Plan Management within the Planning and Preparedness Division, the candidate is responsible for managing the process to develop citywide emergency preparedness plans and for providing technical advice to OEM and City agency staff on plan development. The Plan Manager will be expected to work non-business hours during emergencies and will be assigned to a periodic Emergency Operations Center Team.

    For more information and position details:
  • WTC Medical Monitoring Program, Two Positions

    Outreach and Education Coordinator
    The WTC Medical Monitoring Program is a grant-funded program that provides medical monitoring examinations to 9/11 rescue, recovery and clean-up workers. The Outreach and Education Coordinator will design and coordinate campaigns for recruitment and retention of WTC responders' medical examination program, and include design and implementation of patient/worker education programs.

    Admin. Ass't to Outreach and Education Program Manager
    Duties include drafting written materials, overseeing their production and distribution, and telephone contact with vendors, clinical staff, and patients. S/he will also attend meetings internally and with other institutions and constituency groups.

    More information about these positions (pdf):

    Send cover letter and resume to Diane Stein:
    diane.stein@mssm.edu or fax 212.241.7235.

Make a Gift to NYDIS

  • Support NYDIS - Donate Online

    If you'd like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services, click here, or send a check to NYDIS at 22 Cortlandt Street, 20th Fl., New York, NY 10007. NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are 100% tax deductible. It is a great way to honor or memorialize someone and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift.

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


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