9/11 Workers' Compensation Registration Deadline Aug. 14
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.
Download the brochure (pdf): English
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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
Saturday, April 28
10:00 am–3:00 pm
Simsbury United Methodist Church, 799 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT
"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:
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.
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:
Downloadable Ready NY Preparedness Guides
OEM's Ready NY preparedness campaign is designed to help New Yorkers better prepare for all types of emergencies. The following Ready NY preparedness guides and brochures are available online, most in multiple languages:
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:
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
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:
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):
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:
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:
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:
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):
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:
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:
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:
To register online:
National Forum on Victims' Rights
Friday, April 20
10:00 am-1:00 pm
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. 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:
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.
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.
National Citizen Corps Conference
Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 13
The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
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.
IAEM 2007 Mid-Year Meeting
Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
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:
For more information:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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
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:
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):
Send cover letter and resume to Diane Stein:
or fax 212.241.7235.
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":