NYDISnet for March 28, 2007
   
DEAR FRIENDS OF NYDIS:

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PETER B. GUDAITIS, M.DIV.
Executive Director & CEO
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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 New York 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 by the deadline, Tuesday, August 14, 2007.

Download the brochure (pdf): English | Español

Call for registration guidelines: 866.WTC.2556

NYDIS NEWS AND EVENTS

  NYDIS Staff Attend DC Senate 9/11 Health Hearing

Senator Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Clinton led the March 21 hearing of the HELP Committee into 9/11 health effects, in Washington, DC. Titled “The Long-Term Health Impacts from September 11: A Review of Treatment, Diagnosis and Monitoring Efforts,” it was the first Senate hearing on the urgent health needs affecting thousands in the wake of 9/11. In consideration of federal funding the committee heard from witnesses, including Mayor Bloomberg, Dr. Robin Herbert, Co-Director of the WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, Dr. Kerry J. Kelly, Chief Medical Officer, FDNY, Dr. Joan Reibman, Director of the Bellevue Hospital WTC Environmental Health Center and others who outlined the extent of the health crisis, what is currently being done to help affected populations and what is needed from the federal government to assist.

Executive Director Peter Gudaitis and Director of Recovery and Advocacy, Maggie Jarry, attended the hearings and then spent the rest of the day meeting with various congressional staff. NYDIS is proposing that Case Management Coordination and Unmet Needs Assistance be included in any proposed federal funding.

Read Senator Clinton’s March 21 Press Release and the transcript of the Senator's opening statement to the Committee: click here

Read the Mayor’s entire March 21 Testimony: click here

  NYDIS Joins NVOAD Casework Standards Process

On March 15 NYDIS staff attended a meeting in Washington DC that marks the first step in a process to explore the development of national standards for disaster case management. This process is being guided by National VOAD in collaboration with the Council on Accreditation. The proposed process of creating national standards will be inclusive and partner agencies from around the US are being invited to join in the dialogue. Maggie Jarry, Director of Recovery and Advocacy attended the meeting which was chaired by LDR Executive Director Heather Feltman.

www.nvoad.org
  NYDIS ED to Present at Annual Buddhist Forum

The Buddhist Council's Annual Buddhist Council Forum is on March 31, where Peter Gudaitis has been invited to do a presentation on the work of NYDIS and preparedness opportunities for Buddhist Temple communities. This year’s theme will be “Buddhism in America: How Are We Doing?” For the last three years, the Buddhist Council Forum has been a vehicle for discussing topics important to the NY Buddhist community, such as how to reach a wider audience through a proposed Buddhist Council television show and website.
  NYDIS Joins OEM to Promote Bronx Preparedness

In response to the Highbridge fire on March 7, in which 10 family members died, NYC OEM is hosting a “Ready New York” family and community preparedness event on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at PS 218 at 1220 Gerard Ave in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. This event is to help educate the Highbridge and neighboring communities about safety and preparedness. City agencies, members of the NYC Citizen Corps Council (including Community Emergency Response Teams, FDNY, NYPD, Boy Scouts, NYDIS, etc.) and community partners will participate by setting up information tables and safety displays, coordinating children’s activities and distribute free giveaways and educational materials. This event is free and open to the public. First Deputy Commissioner Drayton and Commissioner Linares from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs are scheduled to speak.

Contact Amber Greene, NYC OEM Ready New York Coordinator:
718.422.4887
agreene@oem.nyc.gov

Download the Flyer (pdf): click here

  NYDIS: Calling All NYDIS Volunteers

The NYC Citizen Corps Council presents the "Disaster Volunteer Conference" on Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Topics include Leadership and Volunteer Management and Volunteer Tasks and Responsibilities.

If you are a current or former NYDIS volunteer and would like to attend the conference, contact Autumn Brown:
212.669.6104
abrown@nydis.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, April 5 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, April 11 - 9:30-12:00 noon
    • Thursday, April 19 - 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, April 18 - 9:30-11:00 am
    • Wednesday, May 16 - 9:30-11:00 am
  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, April 10 - 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Tuesday, April 24 - 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

  Maloney & Fossella Introduce 9/11 Health Legislation

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Vito Fossella introduced March 20 the first legislation to provide both health care and compensation for those who are sick or injured as a result of the 9/11 attacks. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 1638) would extend long-term medical monitoring to everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and federally-funded health care to anyone who is sick as a result. Additionally, the bill would reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for sick and injured 9/11 responders and lower Manhattan residents, workers and schoolchildren. Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed reopening the VCF in his testimony at a Senate hearing yesterday.

Download the James Zadroga Act:
http://maloney.house.gov/documents/911recovery/20070321_911
Health&CompensationAct.pdf

  Updated WTC Health Registry Resource Guide

This Guide is the sixth update to the WTC Health Registry (WTCHR) Resource Guide developed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) for people affected by 9/11. It includes information about occupational, respiratory, environmental, and mental health services and resources available in the NYC region and nationally. NYDIS is referenced on Page 12.

Download the Guide:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wtc/wtc-resource.pdf

  Senate Passes Bill on 9/11 Recommendations

The Senate passed legislation March 13 that would enact more recommendations made by the 9/11 commission, but the bill could face a White House veto because it offers expanded union rights to airport screeners. Passage of the bill came more than two years after the commission issued its findings. The legislation authorizes $3.1 billion in domestic security grants to states over the next three years, tightens security provisions affecting travelers entering the country and establishes requirements to improve the sharing of information between the DHS and state and local governments.

Read the March 13 NY Times article: click here

  DHS Tech Chief Wants Broadband for 1st Responders

DHS’ technology goals extend beyond ensuring that first responders' equipment is up to date and compatible, Jay Cohen, the head of DHS' science and technology directorate, said on March 15. “…All first responders should have broadband Internet access so they can get mass broadcasts and warnings from the federal government. We've got a lot of police departments [and] fire departments that don't even have a computer," he told attendees of a conference in Washington, DC for first responders.

Read the full story: click here

www.dhs.gov
  DHS Considers Nuclear Detector Tests in NYC

DHS is planning to begin testing next-generation radiation detectors at a sea cargo terminal in NYC. Following approval to begin testing at the NY Container Terminal on Staten Island, the portal machines would be put in place for about four weeks. The new technology would operate alongside the current detectors and DHS officials would evaluate the rate of false alarms. Even as the detection office prepares to put the new machines through real-world paces, doubts persist in Congress about the value of the new technology.

Read the March 15 story: click here

  FDNY & MTA Conduct Counter-Terrorism Drill in Queens

The New York Fire Department (FDNY) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) joined on March 25 for a major counter-terrorism drill in Queens. They gathered early Sunday morning at Jamaica station for the exercise, which consisted of a simulated bombing onboard a Long Island Rail Road train. About 150 firefighters and medical staff tended to the mock causalities, while 50 MTA officers dealt with a simulated explosive device.

Read the NBC-TV story: click here

 Lawmakers Seek National Catastrophe Fund

A government insurance backstop for floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters would be created under a proposal promoted March 15 by lawmakers from Florida, Louisiana and NY, establishing a national catastrophe fund for property insurance similar to the program set up for terrorism insurance after 9/11. After big losses from hurricanes, some companies have dropped thousands of property insurance customers in Florida and other coastal states. Under the terrorism insurance program, the government would cover the bulk of losses from a future attack up to $100 billion; the amount that the insurance industry would have to pay out has increased each year.

Read the Washington Post article: click here

  New Report: Providing for Pets During Disasters

Using Katrina as a case study, researchers at the University of Colorado's Natural Hazards Center examined how emergency responders provide for pets after a disaster, noting the emotional needs of volunteers who help rescue, feed, shelter, and care for animals in a disaster. Animals, because they are central to many families, cannot be left behind, and emergency response plans must account for pets.

Download the Report: click here

  New Report: Army Corps Caused Katrina Disaster

Decades of incompetence and neglect by the Army Corps of Engineers allowed Katrina's storm surge to devastate New Orleans, according to a long-awaited report released March 21, the state's only official investigation into the causes of the disaster. The report alleges that agency supervisors ignored increases in the threat level for their project, knowingly built levees and floodwalls lower than congressionally mandated, failed to detect or ignored glaring errors during the review process, underestimated the impact of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet on the city's defenses, and failed to properly maintain the system. The report, conducted by the LSU-based Team Louisiana sought to pinpoint the decisions that caused those failures.

Read the March 21 Times Picayune article: click here

www.publichealth.hurricane.lsu.edu


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.

    • 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

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: Get CERT-ified

    In a city as vast and diverse as NY, there are many tight-knit neighborhoods whose members form strong bonds. One such bond can come from a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Organized through NYC Community Boards, CERT members undergo 11 weeks of intensive training to assist first responders in the event of a community emergency.

    Learn more:
    www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/cert/cert.shtml
  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Headquarters

    Prepare New York is a free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation teaching NYC residents how to create a plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants receive an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and brochures from the ARC and NYC OEM. The next presentation is Thursday, April 12, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online:
    www.nyredcross.org/viewevent.php/prmEventID/2542

    • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Harlem

      The free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation will be at the Abyssinian Baptist Church at 132 Odell Clarke Place on West 138th Street between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. on April 21, 10:00–11:00 am. Participants receive an interactive CD to create a customized evacuation plan and brochures from the ARC and NYC OEM.

      Sign up online:
      www.nyredcross.org/eventreg.php?prmEventID=2543

  • Ready.gov Offers Emergency Supply List

    Through its Ready Campaign, the DHS advises the importance of preparing for and responding to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

    Download a checklist of recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
    www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/checklist.pdf

  • FDNY Joins Islamic Center to Distribute Batteries

    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta met on March 19 with Imam Abdullah Bajaha and 30 community leaders at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx to kickoff the FDNY’s Operation Fresh Battery, the largest single giveaway of smoke alarm batteries in NYC history. The safety campaign was developed in the wake of the Bronx fire on March 7 that killed nine children and one adult. At the E. 166th St. center, Commissioner Scoppetta discussed fire prevention tips and encouraged residents to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

    Read the FDNY March 19 Press Release:
    www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/pr/2007/031907_1307.shtml

  • Flu Preparedness

    • Report: Bird Flu Could Hit Tourism States Hard
      States that rely on tourism and entertainment for much of their economy would likely be the hardest hit during a severe influenza pandemic, according to The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) report released March 22. It projected a $683 billion economic loss nationally during a pandemic, which is about 5.5% of the goods and services produced in the US. Nevada’s economy could take a hit of 8%, while Hawaii’s economic output could fall by 6.6% - and New York’s GDP loss could be 5.20%. Efforts so far have focused on enhancing public health capabilities, but efforts to prepare for the economic ramifications have been inadequate, the organization contends. Of interest to NYDISnet readership is the finding (see Page 22) that “…faith-based organizations…have traditionally taken on additional responsibilities in serving the community during emergencies. A pandemic, however, would present unique circumstances…would limit the number of volunteers as well as the workforce of these organizations.”

      Download the TFAH March 22 Report (pdf): click here

      www.healthyamericans.org


    • Health Insurer Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist
      In the event of an influenza pandemic, national and regional health insurers will have several key responsibilities: protecting their employees’ health and safety, providing coverage and related services to their enrollees, and coordinating access to care through the provider community. To assist health insurers in their efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the a checklist that identifies important, targeted activities health insurers can do now to prepare for a pandemic.

      Download the Checklist:
      www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/workplaceplanning/healthinsurer.pdf


    • NWHC Facts on Avian Flu
      The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC), which provides information, research, education, and leadership on national and international wildlife health issues, offers answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Avian Influenza H5N1.

      Go to the NWHC FAQ page: click here

      www.nwhc.usgs.gov

  • Governors’ Guide for Preparedness and Response
    The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) March 15 released “A Governor’s Guide to Homeland Security” to provide governors an overview of their homeland security roles and responsibilities, and contains practical advice on organizing their states to prepare for and respond to hazards of all kinds effectively. The content of the guide is based on the experiences of governors who have managed during crises and draws on lessons learned by states. The guide emphasizes that emergency preparedness and homeland security must be a priority of all governors; and stresses the need for cooperation among the state and local officials who will be expected to play a role in emergency response.

    Download the Guide (pdf):
    www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0703GOVGUIDEHS.PDF


We Recommend

  • Add Your Info to www.NYDIS.org Resource Library

    Do you have a useful resource for caseworkers, recovery providers and clients that you would like to submit? The NYDIS Resource Library on our website contains a large compilation of disaster resources including downloadable documents, links to useful websites, and references to printed publications. We welcome your agency's resources, which can be posted on NYDIS.org by clicking on the "Resources" Tab. You will then find directions on how to "Submit a Resource".

    www.nydis.org
  • 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
  • NFPA Publishes 2007 Disaster Planning Standard
    The 2007 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, was released on March 12 and provides a standardized basis for disaster/emergency management planning and business continuity programs in private and public sectors. Previous editions focused on the four aspects of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and this latest edition identifies prevention as an additional distinct aspect of the program.

    Download the NFPA 1600 Standard 2007 Edition (pdf): www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/CodesStandards/1600-2007.pdf

  • 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
  • Book Review: Beyond September 11th
    “Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-Disaster Research” is a joint project of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Center at the University of Colorado, the Public Entity Risk Institute and the Institute  for Civil Infrastructure Systems of NYU. Each of the twenty pieces takes a distinct view on topics ranging from engineering to behavioral science. The summary of what this post-9/11 research tells us includes a report of the preliminary observations made by researchers and first responders at a workshop held only a few months after the disaster.

    Print out the Order Form to purchase the book:
    www.colorado.edu/hazards/publications/pubform.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

  • Animal Response Team Conference

    Friday, April 13, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
    Yaphank, Long Island

    The Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART) 2007 Conference in the NYC area will be held at the Suffolk County Fire Training Facility. ESART supports the preparedness for, response to, and recovery from emergencies for animals. There are workshops, presentations and a tabletop exercise. There is no charge and attendees receive breakfast and lunch.

    Registration:
    http://tinyurl.com/y7q7te

    www.EmpireSART.com

  • 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.

    www.nvoad.org
  • WCC Disaster Volunteering Workshop

    Wednesday, April 18
    5:00-7:30 pm
    520 8th Ave, 11th Floor

    Interested in disaster volunteering? This training workshop is presented as a part of World Cares Center’s (WCC) Disaster Preparation and Trauma Mitigation program and is for those interested in becoming disaster volunteers or responders. Participants will explore multiple aspects of disaster and emergency work and learn how to become ready, able and prepared to volunteer. Refreshments provided.

    RSVP by April 16 to:
    646.289.3098
    rsvp@worldcares.org

    www.worldcares.org

  • 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. Registration fee is $20.

    For registration information:
    www.trynova.org/events/2007VictimRightsForum
  • Citizen Corps 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.

    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, 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.
  • 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

    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.

    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
  • 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

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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