NYDISnet for March 14, 2007
   
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PETER B. GUDAITIS, M.DIV.
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NYDIS urges 9/11 chaplains, recovery workers and volunteers to register now to protect their right to workers' compensation benefits. NYDIS and NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with other agencies is mounting a media campaign to inform workers throughout the country about the necessity of registering now.

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Call for registration guidelines: 866.WTC.2556

NYDIS NEWS AND EVENTS

  NYDIS Receives 90K CRWRC 9/11 Recovery Grant

The Christian Relief Reform World Relief Committee presented NYDIS with a $90,000 grant check on Monday, March 12th during a ceremony at NYDIS's office. These funds are earmarked specifically for the VISTA Program, outreach for the WTC Workers' Compensation Registration Deadline and on other of 9/11 recovery issues.

www.crwrc.org
  NYDIS Welcomes 4 New Member Agencies

On March 8 the NYDIS Board of Directors welcomed four new member agencies to our Network. Asociación Tepeyac, represented by Joel Magallan, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee-NE Region, represented by Al Santino, United Chaplains of New York (no website currently), represented by Rev. Elvis Santiago, and World Vision - New York, represented by Rahsaan J. Graham.

www.crwrc.org
www.tepeyac.org
www.worldvision.org
  NYDIS ED Participates in HSC Tabletop

The American Red Cross-Greater NY hosted a tabletop exercise March 5 that engaged executives from non-profit organizations in disaster recovery with government agencies responsible for emergency preparedness to discuss implementing a coordinated response for NYC residents during a local disaster. It was conducted by the Human Services Council (HSC), of which NYDIS is a member. HSC coordinates preparedness activities and coordinated case management of the human services sector. Attendees included representatives from Black Equity Alliance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY, FEMA, NYC OEM, NYDIS, The Salvation Army, and Safe Horizon. The exercise was a hypothetical scenario of a major hurricane causing extensive damage to the NYC region. Participants assessed the situation in order to make optimal use of their resources to help those impacted most effectively. As a result of the exercise, the human services sector will improve its planning and be better prepared to respond when help is needed.

www.humanservicescouncil.org
  NYDIS Presents to Judson's New Disaster Task Force

On March 4, NYDIS' Community Outreach & Training Coordinator, Autumn Brown, attended a meeting of the Disaster Task Force at Judson Memorial Church to present information about NYDIS programs, educational materials, and trainings. Judson's Task Force hopes to find creative and practical ways to use their facilities and volunteer base to help the community in a disaster. Look for a Community Preparedness Seminar to take place at Judson Memorial Church in the coming months.

www.judson.org
  NYDIS Welcomes New Office Assistant

You will be seeing a friendly face upon visiting our NYDIS offices. Kanda Golding joins us as Office Assistant. She comes to NYDIS after spending most of her administrative career in the health and human services arena. She was Senior Secretary at Emory University's School of Medicine; Office Assistant at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD; and Administrative Assistant at the Food and Drug Administration, in the Office of the Director, Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention.

Kanda can be reached at:
212.669.6100
kgolding@nydis.org
  NYDIS ED Tours Florida's Tornado Impacted Counties

From February 26 to March 3 Peter Gudaitis, NYDIS's Executive Director, traveled to Florida at the invitation of FIND (Florida Interfaith Network in Disaster) to address a statewide recovery conference for the Ground Hog Day tornados that devastated three counties just north of Orlando. Gudaitis also visited the JFO in Lake County to assist the local recovery interfaith effort in developing long-term recovery strategies. He also met with two Florida foundations that are considering expanding NYDIS' HOWCALM™ database for use in Florida.

www.FINDflorida.org
  NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources Online

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

  • Online 9/11 Client Inquiry Form
    To access the form, go to:
    www.nydis.org/unmetneeds/7.php

  • 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, April 2 - 1:00-3:30 pm
    • Monday, May 7 - 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 15 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, March 21 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, March 29 - 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
      • Wednesday, May 16 - 9:30-11:00 am

    • To RSVP for In-Service Training and to present a case:
      Jennifer Herrera-Daly, MA, LCAT
      212.669.6139
      Jherrera-daly@nydis.org

      To RSVP for Case Management Coordination Meetings:
      Maggie Jarry, Director, Recovery & Advocacy
      212.669.6105
      mjarry@nydis.org
      NYC Katrina Evacuee Resources Online

    A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for Katrina evacuees in NYC, updated weekly:
    www.nydis.org/katrina
      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.

    • 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
      • Tuesday, April 10 - 2:00-5:00 pm

    • To sign up for In-Service Training or to present a case:
      Dominique Atchison, Moderator
      212.669.6120
      datchison@nydis.org

    COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

      Bronx Fire Claims 10 Muslim Victims

    New Yorkers are extending help to the family of the March 7 fire in the Highbridge section of the Bronx:
    • NYDIS Member, Islamic Circle of North America-Relief (ICNA) has set up a Relief Fund. To make credit card donations, call 718.658.7028 or go to www.icnarelief.org.
    • Donations of clothing and food may be made at the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development at 1363 Ogden Avenue, at 170th Street, 718.960.2262.
    • The Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development has also set up a Fund at Washington Mutual Bank 161st Street and Gerard Ave., Account Name: "Bronx Fire Family Relief", Bank Manager: Karen Campbell 718.579.8020.
    • The family is accepting check donations by mail at the Islamic Cultural Center, Magassa-Soumare Family Fund, 371 East 166th Street, Bronx, NY 10456, 718.293.5323.
      Nadler Introduces Companion 9/11 Health Bill

    Congressman Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes Ground Zero, is pushing hard for expanded health benefits and coverage and a greater federal role in helping the victims of 9/11-related health problems at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing. Congressman Nadler also reintroduced the 9/11 Comprehensive Health Benefits Act, whose companion bill in the Senate was introduced by Senator Hillary Clinton, is a sensible, easy-to-access and cost-effective way to give comprehensive medical treatment to all individuals suffering from 9/11-related illnesses.

    Read the February 28 Press Release:
    www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny08_nadler/
    Intro911healthbill022807.html
    • HHS Official's Testimony Draws Concern from NY Pols

      Following the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing at which Dr. John Agwunobi, the high-ranking Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official in charge of the Administration's 9/11 health response gave few definitive answers, members of the NY-area congressional delegation are demanding more information. Dr. Agwunobi could not provide answers about the federal WTC task force's funding recommendations. He said that, when ready, they would not be available for Congressional or public review and that they would not consider the health needs of the area residents, office workers and school children who also inhaled the toxic air near Ground Zero.

      Read the March 6 Letter from Sens. Clinton and Schumer and Reps. Maloney and Fossella, Towns, Nadler and Shays to Dr. Agwunobi (pdf):
      maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/
      20070306_letter_to_Agwunobi_FINAL.pdf
      Terrorism Insurance Program Hearing in NYC

    Post-9/11 the threat of new attacks created a more imminent risk for many property owners: the inability to secure insurance coverage against future terrorist catastrophes. The federal government responded with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), enacted 14 months after 9/11. It's due to expire at the end of the year, and whether to extend it was the focus of a federal hearing March 5 at City Hall. NY officials are pleading for a continuation. Sen. Schumer argued that the program should be made permanent or at least cover the next 15 years; and Rep. Carolyn Maloney called the act "an essential tool for providing economic security a terrorist attack..."

    Read the March 5 Newsday article:
    www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/
    ny-bc-ny--terrorisminsuranc0304mar04,0,4991312
    .story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork
    • Mayor Bloomberg Testifies to Continue TRIA

      After 9/11, Congress passed the TRIA, which requires insurers to provide coverage against terrorism but caps their total liability, with the Department of Treasury responsible for claims exceeding that ceiling. "With no foreseeable end to the terrorist threats against our nation, it's imperative that Congress not only renews TRIA, but ensures that it's in place indefinitely," said Mayor Bloomberg before the House Financial Services Committee's Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee on March 5.

      The Mayor's testimony: Text | Video
      NYPD Counter-Terror Chief Cautions for Subway Protection

    "The threat to New York City's transit system is not just theoretical," said Deputy NYPD Commissioner Richard Falkenrath. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee March 6 on a bill that would require a national mass transit strategy and would appropriate $4 billion to fortify subway and rail systems, including $100 million to secure six tunnels in NY's Penn Station, Falkenrath praised it as "a step in the right direction." But he was also highly critical of key provisions.

    Read the March 7 Newsday article:
    www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/
    ny-usrail0307,0,1308522.story
      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
    wtcexams@mssm.edu

    Download the Brochure (pdf):
    www.wtcexams.org/pdfs/wtc_brochure_english_20060828.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):
    www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/chi/chi25-7.pdf
      DHS Awards $194M to States for Emergency Management

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released $194 million to help states and local governments prepare and implement emergency management activities through the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. State emergency management agencies use EMPG funds to enhance their emergency management capabilities in areas that include planning, equipping, and training, conducting exercises, and providing for all-hazards emergency management operations. In addition, EMPG funds are used to pay personnel who write plans, conduct training and exercise programs, maintain emergency response programs, and educate the public on disaster readiness.

    Read the February 27 Press Release:
    www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1172607027848.shtm
      White House Disaster Drill for 10-City Attack

    Dozens of high-level officials joined in a White House drill on February 24 to see how the government would respond if several cities were attacked simultaneously with bombs similar to those used against US troops in Iraq. The three-hour scenario was a massive disaster involving improvised explosive devices. The attack targeted 10 US cities, large and small, at the same time. All Cabinet agencies were represented by their secretaries or other high-ranking officials, with about 90 participants in all. The drill revealed gaps in the government's ability to respond, but also showed that there have been many improvements since Hurricane Katrina.

    Read the Washington Post article:
    www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/
    2007/02/24/AR2007022400617.html
      House Committee Hearing on FEMA Disaster Response

    In light of recent actions relating to disaster declarations and response, the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on March 15 entitled "Disaster Declarations: Where is FEMA in a Time of Need?" Chairman Bennie Thompson said, "After all of the hearings, reforms, criticisms and lessons that should have been learned by Hurricane Katrina, it appears that FEMA is still struggling. We simply cannot allow communities in need to languish in a time of crisis."

    Read the March 7 Press Release:
    hsc.house.gov/press/index.asp?
    ID=185&SubSection=1&Issue=0&
    DocumentType=0&PublishDate=0
      Judge's Order Shows FEMA Katrina Aid Shortcomings

    In denouncing the way the Administration has denied aid to tens of thousands of victims of Katrina and Rita, a federal judge in Washington, exposes a mystery within the nation's costliest natural disaster: What has happened to 2.6 million households that applied for disaster assistance but have been largely shed from the rolls? FEMA projects that fewer than 4,700 families will reach a $26,200 cap on all post-disaster aid by March, when an 18-month statutory cutoff takes effect, less than ¼ of 1%. The figures are all the more surprising given the storms' scope. FEMA's policies, combined with inadequate computer systems and support staff, pushed thousands of disaster victims toward homelessness, slowed the recovery of NO and saddled cities such as Houston and Austin with housing crises.

    Read Spencer Hsu's Washington Post December 3, 2006 article (pdf):
    www.nydis.org/downloads/N60_FEMA_Shortcomings.pdf
      HUD's Online Housing Locator for Disaster Assistance

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has developed a web-based National Housing Locator system to help state and public housing authorities and other first responders quickly identify the available housing during a disaster. The locator combines federal housing resources with three commercial apartment locators and housing websites to offer one platform that allows housing agency personnel and emergency responders immediately access available rental housing resources nationwide.

    Read the HUD Press Release:
    www.hud.gov/news/release.cfm?
    content=pr07-019.cfm
      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.
    • 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):
      www.iaem.com/publications/news/
      documents/niddrreport0207.pdf

    • 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:
      www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/
      grantapps/index.html
    www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html
      NYS Launches Emergency Response for Animals

    NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets' Commissioner Patrick Hooker March 2 announced the launch of a new training and education program conducted by the Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART), which provides assistance to local municipalities for mitigation, planning, preparedness response and recovery activities for animals. The Commissioner said, "ESART will train local response teams in order to ensure swift and effective response and recovery assistance to homes and businesses with animals."

    Read the March 2 Press Release:
    www.agmkt.state.ny.us/AD/release.asp?
    ReleaseID=1593
      State of the Art Emergency Department in the Works

    Washington Hospital Center has a plan to build the nation's first all-hazards-ready Emergency Department (ED). But it needs $75 million from the federal government to get the job done. "ER One" would be the nation's first civilian all-hazards-ready emergency department. Planners hope "ER One" would not only greatly enhance the emergency preparedness of the nation's capital, but also help spur a revolution in the way the rest of the country and the world think about modern ED design.

    Read the March 5 AMA article:
    www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/03/
    05/gvsa0305.htm
      Computer Program Helps Hospitals Prepare for Disaster

    Johns Hopkins emergency medicine specialists have developed a tool to help hospitals prepare for disasters with the potential to overwhelm services. The Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment & Planning Scenarios (EMCAPS) computer program calculates the impact of such crises as a flu epidemic, bioterrorist attack, flood or plane crash, accounting for such elements as numbers of victims, wind direction, available medical resources, bacterial incubation periods and bomb size. The program depends heavily on population density estimates to derive "plausible estimates" of what hospitals may expect in the first minutes or hours of a disaster.

    EMCAPS software can be downloaded free:
    www.hopkins-cepar.org/EMCAPS/EMCAPS
      NYS First Responders Dispatch Center Has New Technology

    A new E911 Call Center in the Town of Lockport, NY in Niagara County has given emergency management officials a leg-up in situational awareness and communications capabilities. The multi-million dollar facility allows 911 operators to locate and track emergency response equipment, vehicles, manpower and increases the center's ability to handle distress calls.

    Read the March 1 article:
    www.lockportjournal.com/local/local
    _story_060023945.html

From Our Members and Partners

  • UMC Offers Disaster Recovery Workshops

    The NY Annual Conference (NYAC) of the United Methodist Church offers Disaster Response Academy Workshops for clergy and laity.

    • Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support

      Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24
      8:30 am-5:00 pm
      Patchogue United Methodist Church, 10 Church St., Patchogue, NY

    • Hope Beyond the Hammering: Physiological, Psychosocial, and Spiritual Effects of Trauma

      Saturday, April 21
      10:00 am–3:00 pm
      Bethpage United Methodist Church, 192 Broadway, Bethpage, NY
      516.931.4345

      Saturday, April 28
      10:00 am–3:00 pm
      Simsbury United Methodist Church, 799 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT
      860.651.3356

      "Hope Beyond the Hammering" workshop is a portion of the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program. The Presenter is Sister Ruth Wenger, STAR NY, and a NYDIS Board Member.

    To register, contact Barbara Vaccaro, NYAC:
    914.615.2226
    disaster@nyac.com

    www.nyac.com
  • CERT Goes To Private Sector

    NYC's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is expanding into the private sector with the creation of a Corporate Volunteer Emergency Response Team, or CoVERT, at BNP Paribas. Almost 40 BNP Paribas employees are taking the 11-week CERT training in disaster preparedness and basic response skills. Upon completion of the course in May, they will become the city's first private response team.

    www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/cert/cert.shtml
  • Gheith Featured as Professor of the Month

    Ali Gheith, an Advisory Member of the NYDIS Board of Directors and the Resiliency Coordinator at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), is on the faculty of the Metropolitan College's Emergency Management HLS team and was the featured Professor in this month's issue of its student publication, stating, "Prof. Gheith brings to this position his vast experience in the area of mental health and advocacy for populations affected by disasters." He is teaching the Values and Ethics course at MCNY that examines the ethical challenges that constrain emergency managers' efforts to do good.

    Download the March 2007 issue of the newsletter:
    www.nydis.org/downloads/N60_MCNY.pdf

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:
    www.whatsyourrq.org/survey.htm

    After taking the test, improve your score with these tips:
    www.whatsyourrq.org/tipsandtools.html
  • OEM Tip: March is Red Cross Month

    The American Red Cross Greater NY chapter provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Volunteer this month and do more than your part to prepare and protect NYC.
  • ARC Tip: March is Red Cross Month

    ARC offers community outreach programs, including how to prepare for unexpected emergencies.

    On this page you'll find links to hundreds of ARC safety tips:
    www.nyredcross.org/page.php/prmID/328
  • 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 presentation is Thursday, March 15, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online:
    www.nyredcross.org/eventreg.php

  • FDNY to Give Away Smoke Alarm Batteries

    Mayor Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Scoppetta announced March 9 that the NY Fire Department (FDNY) will be distributing more than 150,000 free 9-volt batteries for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the City.

    The Mayor's March 9 Statement: Text | Video

    Learn more:
    nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/events/2007/030907a.shtml
  • Flu Preparedness

    • Federal Panel Recommends Bird Flu Vaccine
      "It's better than nothing", federal health advisers said February 27 in urging approval of the first bird flu vaccine as a stopgap against a potential pandemic until more effective vaccines can be developed. The panel said in a 14-0 vote that the vaccine was effective, despite evidence it wouldn't protect most people against the H5N1 strain of bird flu. The panel then voted that it was safe. The votes came after Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said the Sanofi Aventis SA vaccine could play an important role in protecting against a pandemic, despite its limited effectiveness. The government plans to buy and stockpile enough bird flu vaccine for 20 million people, including emergency and health care workers. The Sanofi vaccine wouldn't be sold commercially.

      Read the full report:
      www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17363375

    • Scientists Study History of Bird Flu Virus
      University of California-Davis researchers have reconstructed the history of the avian flu virus, providing information that might help health officials develop interventions. By combining genetic and geographic data of the H5N1 avian flu virus to reconstruct its history during the past decade, they found multiple strains of the virus originated in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and also identified many of the migration routes through which the strains spread regionally and internationally. By knowing where H5N1 strains develop and how they migrate, health officials can better limit the spread of the virus.

      Read the March 7 Abstract:
      www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0700435104v1

    • Review of 1918 Pandemic Key to Preparedness
      Scientists and public health officials, wary that the H5N1 avian influenza virus could trigger an influenza pandemic, have looked to past pandemics, including the 1918 "Spanish Flu," for insight into pandemic planning. Dr. David M. Morens, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conclude that studies of the 1918 pandemic, which killed 50 to 100 million people around the world, raise more questions than they answer. "Today, nearly a century after the 1918 influenza pandemic, its mysteries remain largely unexplained," says Dr. Fauci, NIAID director. "These studies must be part of our preparedness efforts as we face the prospect of a future influenza pandemic."

      Read the February 28 Press Release:
      www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2007/niaid-28.htm

    • Lethal Secret of 1918 Pandemic Uncovered?
      In a study of non-human primates infected with the influenza virus that killed 50 million people in 1918, an international team of scientists has found a critical clue to how the virus killed so quickly and efficiently. A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka reveals how the 1918 virus unleashes an immune response that destroys the lungs in a matter of days, leading to death, providing insight into how the virus was so efficiently deadly. The work suggests that it may be possible in future outbreaks of highly pathogenic flu to stem the tide of death through early intervention.

      Read the January 17 Nature article:
      www.vetscite.org/publish/items/003472

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".

    www.nydis.org
  • 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):
    www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/disabilities.pdf

    www.ready.gov
  • FDNY Outreach Promotes Fire Safety

    The NYC Fire Department (FDNY) offers community outreach programs designed to promote fire safety and includes lectures and demonstrations. Bilingual education and literature is available. These are free educational programs.

    For information or to schedule an event:
    718.281.3870

    nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/safety/
    firesafety_bureau.shtml
  • Special Report: Business Resiliency Handbook

    In the event of a catastrophic incident, one of the greatest needs is for the continuation of essential services supported by an effective leadership infrastructure. Published by the Homeland Defense Journal.

    Download the Report:
    www.homelanddefensejournal.com/hdl/
    BusinessResiliency.htm
  • Special Report: Pandemic Preparedness Handbook

    This expanded Pandemic Preparedness Handbook was researched and written by Homeland Defense Journal to provide detailed guidance to government, corporate, and international planners charged with the development of their pandemic readiness and response plan.

    Download the Report:
    www.homelanddefensejournal.com/hdl/
    pphandbook.htm
  • New CEM Test Preparation Guide

    March 6, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) released a new Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) Study Guide that contains answers to commonly asked questions about the CEM examination. The CEM Program is an internationally recognized program that certifies achievements within the emergency management profession.

    Download the new CEM Study Guide (pdf):
    www.iaem.com/certification/generalinfo/
    documents/CEMStudyGuideWebVersion3_07.pdf
  • 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:
    info@plainviews.org

    www.plainviews.org

Save The Date

  • JCRC Disaster Resiliency Presentation in Brooklyn

    Monday, March 26
    9:00 am-12:00 noon

    The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of NY presents a conference, "Making Your Organization Disaster-Resilient: An Introduction to All Hazards Community Planning" that will focus on: Hazard, Risk & Vulnerability Analysis, Plotting Scenarios, Setting Response Teams, Protection Strategies, Defining Mission-Critical Functions, and Planning for Organizational Continuity. It is for government, nonprofit, and private sector representatives, and community and faith-based organizations. It will be held at NYFD Headquarters at 9 Metrotech Center.

    For more information contact Shelley Buchbinder:
    212.983.4800 x149
    buchbinders@jcrcny.org

    Register online:
    www.communityuplink.net/waabeptraining/reg.asp
  • 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.

    For conference schedule and details:
    www.nvoad.org/annualconf1.php

    To register online:
    www.plusline.org/eventdetail.php?id=230
  • 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:
    www.trynova.org/events/2007VictimRightsForum
  • 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. Autumn Brown, NYDIS' Community Outreach and Training Coordinator, will be presenting the training on "Building an Effective Community Network."

    Citizen Corps Council members can register volunteers to attend the conference, and volunteers will be registering through their agency. If you have volunteered with NYDIS in the past and would like to attend the conference, contact Autumn Brown:
    212.669.6104
    abrown@nydis.org

    For more information download the Flyer (pdf):
    www.nydis.org/downloads/N59_Citizen_Corp_Conf.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.

    www.linycemconference.com
  • ASPCA & NYS Disaster Response Conference

    Friday, June 8 - Monday, June 11
    Suffolk County, NY

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Disaster Response Services, a member of the Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART), offers a three-day conference on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Location and registration brochure will be posted April 4.

    www.aspca.org
  • National Citizen Corps Conference

    Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 13
    The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
    Alexandria, Virginia

    The National Office of Citizen Corps conference on community preparedness, "Partnerships and Collaboration Through Citizen Corps", will be held in conjunction with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association.

    www.citizencorps.gov
  • IAEM 2007 Mid-Year Meeting

    Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14
    Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
    Alexandria, Virginia

    The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Mid-Year Meeting is for IAEM members, emergency management professionals, Congressional staffers and federal officials with a role in homeland security and emergency management. Sessions will include briefings from top DHS officials.

    To Register online:
    members.iaem.com/members_online/registration/
    register.asp?mt=MY07&af=IAEM


    For more information:
    www.iaem.com/events/MIDYEAR/INTRO.htm

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:
    www.nydis.org/about/15.php

    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:
    www.nydis.org/downloads/NYDISnet_55_HSC.pdf

    Send cover letter and resume via email to:
    Hayyim Obadyah, Director of Preparedness and Response
    ObadyahH@humanservicescouncil.org
  • 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:
    www.hsus.org/hsus_field/hsus_disaster_center/volunteer_
    for_the_hsus_disaster_animal_response_team.html


    To apply to be a Team member, fill out the application:
    www.ndart.org
  • 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:
    www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/about/job.shtml

    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:
    www.nydis.org/downloads/N58_OEM_Job.pdf
  • Salvation Army-GNY, Dir. of Emergency Disaster Svs.

    The duties of the Director of Emergency Disaster Services will include recruiting, training, and supervising the staff and volunteers of the Emergency Disaster Services; developing and maintaining an efficient Operating Procedures Manual and Strategic Plan; preparing the department budget and monitor same; and serving as liaison to local, city, county, state and federal Disaster agencies.

    For more information and position details:
    www.nydis.org/downloads/N60_ARC_Job.pdf

    Send a resume and letter of intent by March 30 to:
    Major John Hodgson, Secretary for Program
    120 W. 14th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212.337.7220
    212.337.7211 (fax)
    john.hodgson@use.salvationarmy.org
  • VOAD, Skilled Volunteers Needed in Hawaii

    Eight volunteers with skilled training in carpentry, basic construction, and/or basic concrete are needed for a two-week period, beginning in mid to late March, as recovery continues from the earthquake that impacted the Kona, Hawaii area in mid-October. Volunteers are responsible for their own costs of transportation, lodging, food, and other incidentals. Building materials will be supplied by VOAD.

    Contact Major Glen Doss, head of the Kona VOAD:
    808.326.2330
    glen_doss@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • 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., Outreach and Education Program Mgr.
    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):
    www.nydis.org/downloads/N57_Mt_Sinai_Jobs.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":

    www.nydis.org

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