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NYDIS NEWS & EVENTS
Client Story: The Ongoing Impact of 9/11
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Mrs. S. joined the 9/11 recovery efforts at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 as an EMT with the FDNY. She continued to work at Ground Zero on her days off, working 14-16 hours a day from September 2001 until December 2001.

Following her service at Ground Zero, she began to develop health problems. The FDNY WTC Monitoring and Treatment Program diagnosed Mrs. S. with asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), insomnia, and depression. In 2005, she developed severe abdominal problems that resulted in hospitalization and four subsequent surgeries. These conditions and surgeries have left her disabled and unable to work since October 2005.

Mrs. S. turned to NYDIS for help when her home was in danger of being foreclosed and was assigned a caseworker who has been working with her since April 2008. The NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable has provided Mrs. S. and her family of four with assistance for their mortgage and a line-of-credit. The financial assistance that the Roundtable provided prevented both the foreclosure of her home and the “charge off” of her line-of-credit the day before they were scheduled to take place. The Roundtable will continue to aid Mrs. S in her family’s long-term recovery while she is actively pursuing the maximum allowable benefits under Workers’ Compensation.
:: NYDIS Welcomes New Staff: Ana Rosť, 9/11 Case Manager

NYDIS is pleased to welcome Ana Laura Rosé to its staff as the 9/11 Case Manager. Ms. Rosé recently completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing from Hunter College. Before attending graduate school, she worked as a benefits and entitlements coordinator at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Health Effects Monitoring and Treatment Programs. There, she provided direct services, including benefits coordination, training and education, and case advocacy for 9/11 rescue, recovery, and clean-up workers. In her previous positions at the Mount Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine– Department of Community Medicine, she offered direct advocacy to patients navigating the Workers' Compensation system as well as other aspects of their access to healthcare. Ms. Rosé is now bringing these valuable skills and experiences to NYDIS’s 9/11 Recovery Program, where she will manage the 9/11 NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable cases.

Contact Ana Rosé:
212.669.6108
arose@nydis.org
:: NYDIS Pays Tribute to Safe Horizon as it Concludes 9/11 Support

Following three years of participating as a donor to the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable and serving as a member of its Advisory Committee, Safe Horizon has announced that it has expended all of its 9/11 recovery program funds. To date, Safe Horizon has distributed over $636,000 through the Roundtable to 9/11-impacted persons in need of financial assistance for basic living expenses. The leadership and generosity of Safe Horizon have been critical to the long-term recovery of Roundtable clients. NYDIS, along with the many donor partners, expresses our thanks and deepest gratitude for Safe Horizon’s dedication to the 9/11 recovery effort.
:: NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Updates
  • NYC 9/11 In-Service Training for Case Workers
    In-Service Training is required for case workers who have never presented a case at the Roundtable, and is recommended as a refresher for experienced case workers who have previously presented cases. All training sessions take place at NYDIS (map).
  • NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Schedule
    The NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable brings together donors and agencies providing case management services to financially assist individuals impacted by 9/11. Case managers who would like to present a case to the Roundtable must sign up for a case review meeting with the Moderator. Case review hours are posted on a bi-weekly basis on 9/11 RWCAN at https://911rwcan.communityos.org/cms/
    • Thursday, June 12 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm (Open)
    • Thursday, June 19 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm (Open)

    To RSVP, contact:
    Lida Mora, Moderator, NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable
    212.669.6139
    lmora@nydis.org
:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
www.nydis.org/911
:: Recovery Resources for Other NYC Area Disasters
    
www.nydis.org/nyarea
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
:: 9/11 Families Send Letter Criticizing the Military Commission System

On June 3, seven relatives of people who were killed on 9/11 sent a letter to Susan Crawford, the Convening Authority of the Office of Military Commissions, concerning the way that the 9/11 trials in Guantánamo have been politicized. The Defense Department invited only one family member of a victim to attend the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the key planner of the terrorist attacks. The relative who was invited supports the Bush administration and the military commission system; her invitation reflects the way that the military commission system has been compromised by politics. The letter’s authors state their desire to see justice achieved with honesty and transparency rather than secrecy. They explain that this kind of justice is what the U.S. Constitution describes and what their family members deserve.

Read the letter: click here
:: GAO Report: HHS Lacks Health Plan for Future Disaster Responders

On June 2, Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Christopher Shays, Vito Fossella, and Jerrold Nadler released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s lack of an appropriate plan to protect the health of people who respond to future disasters. The report describes five lessons from 9/11 federal response that offer direction about how the U.S. can prepare to provide adequate health programs for responders in the future. These five lessons include implementing a system for registering responders early on, designing effective screening programs that support health-related research, providing mental health monitoring and treatment in a timely manner, offering referrals for responders who are screened so they can access treatment, and making these services available to all responders without exceptions.

Read the GAO report: click here

Read the press release from the Office of Congresswoman Maloney: click here
:: New York State to Offer Enhanced Drivers' Licenses

New York will be the second state in the country to offer licenses that meet the new identification standards developed by the federal government to strengthen national security. These new licenses, which also will act as passports at borders, protect against fraud through their radio-frequency chips that allow officials to verify identification information. They are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to tighten border security and will be available after Labor Day at Department of Motor Vehicle offices through the same process as current drivers’ licenses. Starting in June 2009, the enhanced licenses will be valid to use to re-enter the United States from other North American countries by motor vehicle or ship.

Read the May 27 article in Newsday:
www.newsday.com/news/local/state/ny-stdriv0528,0,2206392.story
:: Mount Sinai Study Finds High Rates of PTSD in 9/11 Responders

A new study by Mount Sinai School of Medicine reveals that people who served as first responders after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center have significantly higher rates of psychological distress than the general population. Some of these psychological problems include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and panic disorder. The study reveals that the number of responders who are experiencing PTSD is comparable to that of veterans who served in the war in Afghanistan.

Read the Mount Sinai Report: click here
:: Emergency Management Sector Shows Growing Job Outlook

According to FEMA and data from private sector research, the field of emergency management and disaster recovery is growing in the United States in spite of the weakened economy. By 2012, these sources predict that the sector will spend $65 billion in wages alone to employ 1.2 million people. Examples of emergency management jobs include environmental science and protection technicians, paramedics, fire fighters, and occupational health and safety specialists. While $65 billion may seem like a strain on government spending, the cost of not being prepared in a large-scale disaster is much greater, as Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Nargis reveal.

Read the article in Homeland Security News: click here

From Our Members & Partners

  • NYDIS VISTAs to Attend Ellis Island Training

    On June 12, five of NYDIS’s VISTAs will be attending a training on Ellis Island about life after AmeriCorps. Because AmeriCorps alumni are much more likely than the general population to pursue careers in civil service organizations or non-profits, the day will focus on how to prepare for careers in these fields. Workshops will be offered about everything, from the job search to cover letters and interviews. Organized by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the event includes a free tour of Ellis Island to reward the VISTAs for their hard work and dedication to public service.

    View the announcement: click here
  • Sikh Coalition to Open Office in San Francisco Bay Area

    On May 19, the Sikh Coalition announced its plans to open a Western Region office in the San Francisco Bay Area during the summer of 2008. Staff members in the New York office have been planning this expansion for over a year and a half and are preparing to help start operations on the West Coast. By the end of 2008, the Western Region office will have three full-time staff members to support Sikh civil rights through education, litigation, and advocacy. With offices in both New York and San Francisco, the Sikh Coalition will expand their capacity to educate and engage the community in this vital work to stand up for Sikh rights as they practice their faith without fear.

    Read the press release: click here

ADVOCACY & BACKLASH MITIGATION

  • Sikh Coalition Responds to Hate Crime against High School Student

    On June 6, the Sikh Coalition held a press conference on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse to address the latest hate crime against a Sikh student. On June 4, Jagmohan Singh Premi, a student at Richmond Hill High School, was punched in the face after a student intentionally attempted to remove his patka (smaller turban). The perpetrator has a long, documented history of harassing Jagmohan in school, where the harassment was reported but not stopped by teachers or administrators. In a report released this past April, the Sikh Coalition specifically cited Richmond Hill High School as a “problem school” for Sikh children. The Department of Education (DOE) is aware of the harassment but has yet to take action. At the press conference, Sikh Coalition staff, Jagmohan, and local political figures voiced concerns about the lack of action on the part of the DOE and addressed the attack and other bias-based harassment facing Sikh children today. Members of the press and representatives from NYDIS were also present.

    Read the June 5 press release: www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/JagmohanHateAssault.htm

    Read “Making Our Voices Heard: A Civil Rights Agenda for New York City’s Sikhs”: click here
  • Sikh Coalition Fights for Return of Gurudwara President's Kirpan

    On May 27, Himat Singh, president of the Sikh Center of New York gurudwara, had his kirpan (religious dagger) confiscated at the entrance to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) when he was delivering plans for an extension of the gurudwara. The security guards refused to return it to him when he left. He immediately called the Sikh Coalition, which wrote a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the DOB and contacted Mayor Bloomberg’s office. The letter explained that while NYC Code § 10-133 bans knives with blades longer than four inches, courts across the city and country recognize Sikhs’ First Amendment rights to practice their faith without hindrance. The Sikh Coalition cited a specific court case to support this point. Only hours after the City received the letter, Himat Singh’s kirpan was returned to him.

    Read the June 3 press release: click here

Preparedness Initiatives

  • NYDIS Preparedness Resources

    • NYDIS's Disaster Spiritual Care and Mental Health Manual

      A The NYDIS Manual for New York City Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery is a comprehensive resource and tool to enable NYC religious leaders to best serve their congregations and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters. Its 19 chapters were written by 16 disaster mental health and spiritual care experts. Organized in three sections, Preparation & Mitigation, Response & Recovery, and Reference & Resources, the Manual offers an overview of the lifecycle of disasters, discusses the role of faith leaders throughout these phases, and provides information on skill sets, training resources, and effective clinical and pastoral best practices.

      Download the Manual:
      www.nydis.org/resources/headlines/2007_09_24.php

  • Spring Storm & Hurricane Preparedness


    • Flood Safety
      NOAA’s National Weather Service has created a site, Turn Around, Don’t Drown, to educate Americans about flood safety. The site reports that more deaths occur because of floods than any other form of severe weather, largely because people underestimate the power of even small amounts of water. The site presents a collection of flood safety resources and stories to encourage Americans to be prepared for flooding and make smart decisions during floods.

      Learn about flood safety at the Turn Around, Don’t Drown website:
      http://tadd.weather.gov/

    • Tornado and Thunderstorm Safety
      As the spring storm season approaches, it’s helpful to review thunderstorm and tornado safety information. CDC offers a preparedness fact sheet with tips about how to prepare, what to do to keep safe during a storm, how to accommodate for special needs, and important information to have on hand.

      Read CDC’s preparedness information:
      http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/prepared.asp
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • Physicians Release Recommendations about Who to Save First in Pandemic
      On May 5, a report outlining a specific list of recommendations concerning who doctors should treat first in the case of a pandemic flu outbreak appeared in Chest, the medical journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. The list attempts to provide guidelines for doctors who might face the dilemma of not having enough time and resources to save every patient. Compiled by a task force of professionals from top universities, medical groups, and government agencies, the recommendations suggest not treating people whose chance of survival is minimal even with treatment. This group includes those who are over the age of 85, who suffer from severe chronic diseases, and who have severe mental impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease.

      Read the AP story in USA Today:
      www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-05-06-pandemic-care_N.htm
  • Special Needs Preparedness

    • Emergency Management Research and People With Disabilities Guide
      The United States Department of Education and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) recently published a resource guide about emergency management and people with disabilities. The guide includes a listing of research projects concerning this topic as well as a list of recommendations that have come out of the research. Its purpose is to aid the development and implementation of an evidence-based agenda that will effectively and efficiently protect the well being of people with disabilities during emergencies and disasters.

      Read the guide: www.ncddr.org/new/announcements/EMRfPwD/index.html

We Recommend

  • Watch the Film 9/12: From Chaos to Community

    Named a “Best Documentary of 2007” by Video Librarian magazine, 9/12: From Chaos to Community explores the experiences of a collection of New York men and women who volunteered at Ground Zero after 9/11. This group of New Yorkers bonded deeply with each other as they worked to heal their city and deal with their personal sufferings. The film presents the psychological and social effects of traumatic events on individuals and groups and provides insight on the topics of self-care, post-traumatic stress disorder, and long-term recovery.

    NYDIS was pleased to showcase the film at its 2006 Clergy Summit. It is a valuable teaching tool for emergency management professionals, social workers, and community-based leaders. Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth, declares,“Styron's beautifully crafted documentary is a poem to a group of everyday New Yorkers who discover in themselves a quiet greatness born from the darkness of 9/11.”

    For more information:
    www.912film.com
  • Read the Survivors’ Fund Process for Disaster Recovery

    After 9/11, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region formed the Survivors’ Fund as a long-term emotional and financial recovery program for people affected by the attack on the Pentagon. They now have published a guidebook that details the process they used for this recovery effort, which effectively helped over 1,000 people recuperate from the trauma they experienced. Their goal is to contribute to the disaster human services community’s understanding of recovery and to provide information that communities can adapt as they heal from future tragedies.

    Read the guide: click here
  • Take a Walking Tour of the World Trade Center Site

    Led by guides who share their personal experiences of 9/11, walking tours of the WTC site and surrounding areas take place each day. Most of the tour occurs indoors and includes views from the World Financial Center, which overlooks Ground Zero. Tours begin at the Tribute Center at 120 Liberty Street and last for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

    For a tour schedule and participant comments:
    www.tributewtc.org/walktours/index.php
  • OSHA Safety and Health Checklist for Disaster Recovery

    The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) created this checklist for voluntary and community-based organizations engaged in disaster recovery demolition and construction activities. A compilation of planning resources for recovery training programs comes along with the checklist.

    View the checklist:
    www.osha.gov/dts/oohn/disasterrecovery_shchecklist.html
  • Read “Preparing for disaster? (I have church business to conduct.)”

    In his article, “Preparing for disaster? (I have church business to conduct.),” J. Lewis Saylor, FCBA, explains why disaster preparation not only is an important investment for churches but also makes them more efficient day-to-day. Preparing for disasters encourages churches to function in an organized and effective manner at all times. It also has the potential to build community and individual readiness among members of the congregation. Saylor suggests that having a disaster plan encourages clergy and congregants to consider what it means to be good stewards of their resources. Even if a disaster does not occur in a given month or year at a particular church, volunteers can offer the skills and resources that they accumulate through preparedness efforts to disaster-stricken areas across the country that do have great need of services and supplies.

    Read the full article: click here

Save The Date

  • Psycho-Social Communications & Mass Mortality Workshop for Faith Leaders

    June 13: Islandia Marriott Long Island, Islandia
    June 26: The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie
    June 27: Union College Conference Center, Schenectady

    8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    Offered on three different days, this one-day workshop for faith leaders highlights ways that faith communities and government health departments can collaborate to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that may involve large numbers of deaths. It will provide these leaders with opportunities to practice risk communication techniques that will facilitate coping among their communities after times that are psychologically traumatic.

    View the flyer: click here

    To register, contact:
    Katie Schafer
    360.746.0010
    kschafer@piersystems.com
  • First Annual Responder Day

    June 14

    The New York State AFL-CIO, the New York City Central Labor Council, the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, labor unions, firefighters and police officers, responder organizations, and community and faith-based groups are joining together to honor rescue, recovery, and clean-up workers who served on and after 9/11. The expected schedule includes an opening ceremony, an interfaith service, art and music workshops, and a concert.

    View the flyer:
    www.wtcexams.org/pdfs/20080513_responder_day_flyer.pdf

    For more information:
    WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program
    212.241.6307
    www.wtcexams.org
  • Emergency Planning Workshop for Employers

    June 17
    8:00 am – 3:00 pm
    NYU Kimmel Center
    60 Washington Square South

    Hosted by the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, this free, one-day workshop is open to local business professionals of all kinds who are interested in preparing their staff and facilities for emergencies. Topics include business continuity, emergency action plans, and the environmental impact of emergencies on buildings.

    View the flyer: click here

    To register:
    http://nycdohmh.loreleievents.com

    Questions or concerns? Contact:
    Stephanie Connor
    sconnor@loreleievents.com
  • MCNY Emergency Management Symposium

    June 18
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
    431 Canal Street
    Price: $35

    Titled “We Know Where We Have Been, But Where Are We Going?,” this symposium will offer emergency management professionals an opportunity to share ideas and best practices concerning public health, special needs, and training. Speakers include New York City OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno, United Nations Chemical Weapons Inspector Paul Butler, and pandemic specialist and MCNY professor Jessica O’Neill.

    For more information or to register, contact:
    Patrice Burkes
    pburkes@iqmail.mcny.edu
  • Engaging Youth in Emergency Preparedness

    June 19
    8:30 am – 11:00 am
    American Red Cross Headquarters
    520 West 49th Street, Manhattan
               
    The Youth Task Force of New York City Citizen Corps Council (CCC) will be holding a meet and greet with the directors of youth programs throughout the city. Participants will come away with a variety of resources and ideas for incorporating preparedness efforts and a spirit of volunteerism into their programs for the city’s youth.

    To sign up for the event, contact:
    Lucy Lopez
    212.875.2457
    lopezl@nyredcross.org
  • WAAB Preparedness Conference

    June 25
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm

    New York City Office of Emergency Management
    165 Cadman Plaza East

    The We All Are Brooklyn Fellowship (WAAB) is presenting this free preparedness conference to address the specific issues that at-risk populations face during emergencies and to discuss potential solutions to these challenges. The event will be held at the New York City Office of Emergency Management and a light breakfast will be served.

    RSVP by June 22:
    Monica Merlis
    212.983.4800 x120
    waabrsvp@gmail.com

    For more information:
    www.waab.org/#june25

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

  • NYDIS, AmeriCorps*VISTA Positions

    NYDIS’s AmeriCorps*VISTA program engages VISTA members at NYDIS and partnering sub-site agencies in capacity-building activities that enhance and expand disaster preparedness and recovery services for low-income communities. The ultimate goal is to build a culture of preparedness by increasing and improving faith-based disaster and emergency programs, thereby reducing the vulnerability of under-served, marginalized populations.

    We currently have a total of four VISTA positions available at NYDIS. For job descriptions and position details, see the attachments below.

    Communications VISTA: click here
    Community Outreach & Training VISTA: click here
    HOWCALM® VISTA: click here
    VISTA Leader: click here

    For more information, contact:
    Amber Gibson
    agibson@nydis.org  
  • NYDIS, Communications Volunteers

    NYDIS is seeking volunteers to provide support for the Communications office. Positions begin immediately.

    To apply, please email a Letter of Inquiry and Resume to:
    pgudaitis@nydis.org or fax to 212.669.6101.
  • NYDIS, Community Outreach & Training Volunteers

    NYDIS is seeking volunteers to support disaster preparedness/training programs and to perform other outreach duties under staff direction. Positions begin immediately.

    To apply, please email a Letter of Inquiry and Resume to:
    pgudaitis@nydis.org or fax to 212.669.6101.

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

    www.nydis.org


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