NYDIS Co-Sponsors 2007 Hurricane & Evacuation Planning Summit – June 5
Register for “Hurricane & Evacuation
Planning: A Summit for NYC Religious Leaders” to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 8:30 am-1:00 pm at NYU
Kimmel Center. The half-day event, presented by HSC, NYDIS and OEM, will focus on coastal storm education,
business continuity planning, and community rebuilding and household recovery planning for religious leaders.
The agenda includes guest speakers on the City’s Evacuation Plan for Coastal Storms and the role of
religious leaders and houses of worship; teaching important skills for hurricane planning and preparedness;
offering resources for bringing preparedness education to your community and networking opportunities with
other houses of worship in your Flood Zone. NYU Kimmel Center is at 60 Washington Square South (West 4th St.
between LaGuardia & Thompson).
Registration is Free - Breakfast will be provided.
For more information contact:
Autumn Brown, Community Outreach & Training Coordinator
NYDIS Welcomes 2 New Staff
Benoît Jadoul joins us as Director of Development. He comes to NYDIS from FoodChange, a nonprofit
in NYC where, as Senior Director of Development, he was responsible for introducing annual appeals that
increased the agency’s budget in support of its nutrition, education and financial empowerment
programs. Teresa Garza, our VISTA for Community Outreach, will build NYDIS’ capacity to bring
together and train faith community members, leaders, and volunteers in disaster mitigation and
preparedness. She comes from San Benito, Texas, where she worked in community relations at the Narciso
Martinez Cultural Arts Center.
Benoît can be reached at:
Teresa can be reached at:
NYDIS ED Participates in Post-Katrina NO Panel
Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy presents “Post-Katrina New Orleans: Building a
Better City” on May 11 at 12:00 noon. Peter Gudaitis will be on the review panel for this series of
reports and recommendations by Milano and Lang students in the research seminar on post-Katrina New Orleans. The
school is located at 72 Fifth Avenue and the event is in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. Following the
introduction by Margaret Goodwin on “Katrina and the Challenge of Recovery”, topics will be:
Building a Stronger Post-Katrina Economy, Rebuilding New Orleans on a Smaller Footprint, The Future of Public
Housing in New Orleans, and Neighborhood Rehabilitation: The Musicians Village Example.
For more information, contact Professor Peter Eisinger:
Henry Cohen Professor
NYDIS Honored by United Sikhs at WTC
At the Sikh Day Parade event on April 28, the United Sikhs honored NYDIS, along with first responders from the
NYPD, FDNY, and Ambulatory Services. The event paid solemn homage to the victims of 9/11 at Ground Zero, and
prior to the Parade was FDNY’s Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. After the Invocation Dr. Surjit Singh
was the Keynote Speaker, and then the Honorees were presented peace-mementos and Congressman Gregory Meeks
Contact Hardayal Singh:
:: NYDIS Offers Workshops at NYC Citizen
The NYC Citizen Corps Council presented the "Disaster Volunteer Conference" on April 28-29 from 9:00
am to 4:00 pm at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. A diverse group of volunteers (representing the Medical
Reserve Corps, the American Red Cross (ARC), the Salvation Army, CERT, the Consortium for Haitian Empowerment
(CHE), and others) gathered to learn about Volunteer Leadership and Management, Post-Disaster Volunteer Roles,
and Incorporating Special Needs Populations into Disaster Volunteering. NYDIS’ Coordinator of Community
Outreach & Training Autumn Brown co-facilitated a workshop called “Sustainable Community Networking:
Participatory Leadership on the Local Level” with ARC’s Adam Runkle and CHE’s Gina Cheron.
NYDIS’ Executive Director Peter Gudaitis, and Director of Recovery Maggie Jarry, also spoke about the role
of faith-based volunteers in Recovery.
:: NYDIS Announces 2007 Advocacy
Each year, the NYDIS Board of Directors sets five Advocacy Priorities, which the Advocacy Committee and
staff use to guide program initiatives. In 2007, NYDIS will continue to collaborate with partner agencies to
1) prepare editorials and research reports; 2) host inter-agency conferences and educational events; 3)
mediate dialogue between faith, government, and victims' community leaders; and 4) organize community
forums and press conferences.
Download the Disaster Advocacy brochure from the NYDIS website:
For more information about NYDIS’ Disaster Advocacy initiatives:
:: 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
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, June 4 – 1:00-3:30 pm
Monday, July 2 – 1:00-3:30 pm
NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Schedule
The NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable brings together donors with agencies providing case management
to 9/11 victims. Case Workers who would like to present a case must sign-up by Friday prior to
the meeting of the Roundtable. Due to the influx of
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.
Wednesday, May 9 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Thursday, May 17 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Wednesday, May 23 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Thursday, June 7 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Wednesday, June 13 – 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Thursday, June 21 – 9:30 am-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
- Wednesday, May 16 - 9:30-11:00 am
- Wednesday, June 6 – 9:30-11:00 am
- Wednesday, July 25 – 3:00-5:00 pm
NYC Katrina Evacuee
A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for Katrina evacuees in NYC, updated
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
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
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
Tuesday, May 22 – 2:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, June 5 – 12:00 noon-2:00 pm
Tuesday, June 19 – 2:00-5:00 pm
To sign up for In-Service Training or to present a case:
Dominique Atchison, Moderator
COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
:: 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
compensation benefits. NYDIS and New York Committee for
Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with other agencies is mounting a media campaign to
throughout the country about the necessity of registering by the deadline, Tuesday, August 14, 2007.
Download the brochure (pdf):
Call for registration guidelines: 866.WTC.2556
Thirteen NY Counties Get Federal Aid for Nor’Easter
Governor Eliot Spitzer May 4 announced that the federal government has approved NYS’s request to
expand its disaster declaration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared that
communities in 12 counties are now eligible to receive federal disaster assistance for storm response
costs, the repair of damaged public infrastructure and debris removal associated with the April 14-18
nor’easter. "I have directed that the state pick up the local share of these costs,"
said Governor Spitzer. "This was no ordinary storm and no ordinary recovery and our local
communities deserve our support."
These counties are eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program: Albany, Columbia, Essex, Dutchess,
Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester. The expanded federal
declaration also provides disaster recovery assistance to homeowners, renters and small businesses in Albany
and Dutchess counties and the Borough of Staten Island.
800.621.3362 (Toll free number) from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday-Sunday
Register for disaster assistance on-line:
Download the FEMA Disaster Aid Programs sheet: click here
Read the Governor’s May 4 Press Release:
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
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:
WTC Responders Fatality Investigation Program
Do you know of someone who responded, worked, or volunteered at the WTC site, pile, and surrounding
areas, including the barges or landfills during 9/11 and has since died, regardless of cause of death?
The NYS Department of Health is collecting this information to better understand the possible health
effects of the WTC disaster. Any information you provide will remain confidential.
Even if you are unsure about the circumstances surrounding the death, please contact:
866.807.2130 (Toll free in NYS)
Download the Fatality Reporting Questionnaire:
Download the Flyer:
9/11 Families Eager for Completion of Security Bill
Family members of victims of 9/11 and former members of the commission that investigated those attacks
called on Congress May 2 to quickly finish a major bill to improve the nation's security. Due in part to
their pressure, House and Senate staffers have started talks on the legislation, which aims to
implement unfulfilled recommendations of the commission that investigated the attacks. They were told
by staff that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a goal of sending
final legislation to President Bush by the end of May and that they were frustrated that Congress has
yet to conference the so-called 9/11 bill, prompting them to return to the nation's Capitol last week
to meet with congressional leaders.
Read Chris Strohm’s National Journal May 2 article:
Maloney, Clinton, Schumer, Nadler Secure $ for 9/11 Health
Last week, Congress approved $50 million to treat people whose health was affected by 9/11, including
those outside the metro area. But the funding is included in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations
Bill, a spending bill that also sets a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq, which President Bush has
vowed to veto. "The 9/11 health crisis is an emergency on a national scale, and it requires a
federal response," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who with Rep. Vito Fossella, asked the city for the
state-by-state breakdown of its registry.
Read Rep. Maloney’s April 24 Press Release:
WTC Registry Report Shows Impact of 9/11 Health Crisis
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Fossella released a report showing that people from all 50
states and the District of Columbia have enrolled in the WTC Health Registry. According to the report,
thousands of Americans from throughout the country were in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero in the
months following 9/11 and have since signed up for the Registry, which will track changes in their
physical and mental health over the next 20 years. The City of NY compiled the data and released it at
Maloney's and Fossella's request.
Read the April 30 Press Release:
Read the entire report:
50-State Ills: Ex-NYers Report WTC Ailments
WTC illnesses are more than a NY problem - they are affecting thousands of people across the entire country,
according to the new report. More than 70,000 people have enrolled in the city's WTC Health Registry.
Slightly more than 10,000 are from outside the NY metro area, including people from every state in the
nation. Of those, about 70% are volunteers and rescue and recovery workers who responded at the WTC site;
some 20% are tourists or out-of-town business people who were in lower Manhattan at the time; and, the rest
are former residents who moved away later.
Read Jordan Lite’s Exclusive April 30 NY Daily News article:
Senator Clinton Calls for More NYS Flood Relief
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sent a letter to President Bush April 30 asking that he personally act to
extend the major disaster declaration to the remaining counties that were hit hard by the recent Nor'easter
but have not yet received the vital assistance they need. Last week, the President issued a Major Disaster
Declaration for Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties, making them eligible for individual assistance,
statewide hazard mitigation assistance and Small Business Administration disaster loans. However, he has not
yet extended the same declaration to the remaining nine counties that were nominated by Governor Spitzer as
needing assistance. She also asked that the President provide public assistance to all twelve counties
impacted by the floods.
Read the Senator’s Request:
Disaster Assistance Guide for Upstate NY
This resource from FEMA is intended to help people locate assistance for needs caused by flooding in April
in NYS’ Hudson Valley Region. It is organized by general services, and then by county. FEMA also
opened flood-damage recovery centers in NJ, where 9 counties have been declared federal disaster areas.
Download the Hudson Valley Region Guide information: click here
For complete information on Flooding Assistance in NY and NJ, please go to the Flood Resources section of the
NJ Floods Declared Federal Disaster
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced April 26 that federal disaster aid has been made
available for NJ to help people and communities recover from the effects of severe storms and inland and
coastal flooding during the period of April 14-20. Assistance was authorized under a major disaster
declaration issued for the state by President Bush, making federal funding available to affected individuals
in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties. The assistance, to be coordinated by
FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related
expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also will be available to cover
residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
1.800.621.3362, 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Monday-Sunday
For information on assistance:
FEMA Offers Equipment Funding for Emergency Responders
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for $33.7 million in equipment and
equipment training awards for first responders and other emergency responders through its 2007 Commercial
Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Awards include protective equipment; chemical and biological
detection tools; information technology and risk management tools; and interoperable communications
equipment. The application submission period deadline is 11:59 pm EDT, May 29.
Review the program solicitation through the Responder Knowledge Base:
FDNY Tests New Wireless Communications System
NYC Fire Department members joined officials from the Department of Information Technology and
Telecommunications, Port Authority Police Department and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) on April 29,
to test a new wireless system designed to give first responders fast access to video and other information
during emergencies. More than 100 firefighters participated in the drill at 7 WTC, just north of Ground
Zero. The exercise simulated a mock high-rise fire, including an elevator rescue, scaffold rescue, 20 mock
injuries and staged communication breakdowns.
Read the Press Release:
From Our Members and
HAN Web System Alerts NYC’s Health Providers
The NYC Health Alert Network (HAN), a web-based alerting system from the NYC Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene (DOHMH),
provides doctors and other medical providers with up-to-date information on urgent and emergent public
health issues. Subscribers to HAN receive alerts via email and have access to the website at all times.
A document library provides information on public health topics and online community features allow for
interactive discussion. Flexible security gives DOHMH the ability to provide certain confidential
information to select groups while broadcasting alerts to all subscribers. Alerts from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DOHMH are sent out via email and fax within 2 hours. The HAN is
open to all providers in the NYC area.
Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation:
New Ground Day Camp Seeks Host Churches
New Ground Day Camp, a partnership with Koinonia and Lutheran Counseling Center, is looking for host
congregations that will register community children for a week of fun this summer. Koinonia provides a
trained team of college-age camp counselors to facilitate safe programming which includes worship, Bible
study, games, crafts and more. Lutheran Counseling Center provides an advisor in residence to assist
campers in learning life skills such as communication, non-violence, and identifying your support
system. This faith-based program is open to all children helping them move beyond the events of 9/11
and to stand on New Ground.
Call Pr. Ann Tiemeyer, Director:
Spiritual Care Source in Disaster Response for Churches
The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) “Spiritual Care in Disaster Response”
is a new
collection of resources to assist congregations, families and children involved in disaster—as
survivors or as people who emotionally support them. Grace, wholeness, recovery—all are marks of a
compassionate ministry in disaster
response. One in particular that may be of special interest to NYDIS’ members and partners
Trauma Information for Congregations”.
Learn about all the UMCOR Resources:
About NYDISNET and NYDISNET Alerts
NYDISNET, our bi-weekly e-newsletter. We hope this resource will keep you updated about the work
of NYDIS and developments in disaster readiness, response and recovery initiatives here in New York City. During
emergencies we will send a NYDISNET ALERT to all subscribers. The
alert will include all official information available through the NYC Office of Emergency Management and news from
our members and partners. Please feel free to copy and distribute any information from
NYDISNET that you find helpful. If you would like to distribute
NYDISNET to your agency staff or faith community leaders please let us know - we're happy
to provide that service free of charge.
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
OEM Welcomes New NYC CERTs
Eight Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are graduating and joining the NYC CERT program.
Organized through Community Boards, neighborhood volunteers undergo 11 weeks of emergency preparedness
and response training so they can help emergency professionals in the event of an emergency. In this
round of training, teams join the program from Bushwick, Chelsea, Williamsburg, BNP Paribas, SouthBridge
Towers, Hunt's Point, East Harlem, and Community Board 3 in the Bronx.
Learn more about CERT:
OEM Tip: Never Say Never About Severe Weather
When it is sunny outside it is difficult to remember how dangerous weather can be, but don't be fooled:
90% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related. They account for around 500 deaths and
nearly $14B in damages across the US every year. OEM reminds New Yorkers to keep up with the forecasts.
Specific hazards may require specific plans. For example, avoid landline phones and electrical
appliances during thunderstorms, as they can conduct electrical surges from lightning.
Learn the facts about Severe Weather:
Flood Awareness in NY
Spring’s arrival in NY State is a welcome sight after harsh winter conditions and its chilling
snows and frigid temperatures. However, SEMO emphasizes that this is also the time of year when flooding
without much warning. Spring rains and winter snow and ice thaws can cause flooding and affect homes,
Learn what to do before flooding occurs, how to stay safe during such an event, and where to find help
when you need
Download SEMO’s Floods Fact Sheet:
Read SEMO’s Safety Tips:
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 on Thursday, June 7, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at 520 West 49th Street.
Sign up online for June 7:
Ready.gov Offers Emergency Supply List
Through its Ready Campaign, the DHS advises the importance of preparing for and responding to potential
disasters and terrorist attacks.
Download a checklist of recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 20-26
A lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane
disasters. By knowing the vulnerabilities and what actions to take, the effects of a hurricane
disaster can be reduced. The Hurricane Preparedness website informs the public about hurricane
hazards and provides knowledge which can be used to take action.
To learn the information you need in the event of a hurricane:
Download the Poster:
Preparing for Hurricane Season with Mock Hurricane
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) launched a planning exercise April 30 with federal, state
and local officials. It's the first such exercise since Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane experts will
conduct a 5-day, 5-city tour of the East Coast to test new procedures and to raise public
awareness of hurricanes that can threaten the Atlantic Seaboard. This week's simulation of "
Hurricane Yvette" in the New England states and NY is supposed to show what could happen if a
storm overwhelmed state authorities, cut off communication systems and forced the evacuations of
thousands of people.
Read the Associated Press article:
National Science Board Recommends Hurricane Research
The National Science Board’s Task Force on Hurricane Science and Engineering published the
report, “Hurricane Warning: The Critical Need for a National Hurricane Research Initiative,
” in January 2007. It addresses how understanding the science of hurricanes can improve the
nation’s ability to predict, mitigate and react to the impacts of hurricanes on the
population, infrastructure and environment.
Download the pdf:
Pandemic Flu Preparedness
Course: Pandemic Flu Preparedness for Faith Organizations
The Extension Disaster Education Network’s (EDEN) mission is to share education resources to
reduce the impact of natural and man-made disasters. The "Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
for Faith-Based Organizations" course was designed by EDEN, in collaboration with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to enable congregations, synagogues, mosques
and other places of worship to protect the health of their staff and the communities in which
they serve; and fulfill their mission during an influenza pandemic. Participants will learn about
infection control measures to use in their organization to protect themselves and their
community before and during a pandemic; and how to write a basic preparedness and response plan
to maintain the critical functions of the organization.
To find out more about the course, contact Abigail Borron:
To learn about EDEN membership:
Flu Preparedness Guide for Faith Communities
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has developed several audience specific brochures that
will help guide you and your organization through the pandemic planning process. One that is of
particular interest to the NYDISnet readership is
entitled, “It’s Not Flu As Usual: What Faith Based and Community Organizations Need
to Know about Pandemic Flu.”
Download the Booklet:
Cultural Institutions Prepare for Disasters on "MayDay"
Archives, libraries, museums and historic preservation organizations across the US set aside May 1 to
participate in "MayDay," a national effort to protect cultural resources from disasters. "
MayDay" is an initiative co-sponsored by FEMA and The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a
partnership of 40 national service organizations and federal agencies to help libraries and archives,
museums, historical societies, and historic sites better protect their collections and buildings from
natural disasters and other emergencies. Promoting preparedness and mitigation, the Task Force urges
cultural institutions across the country to observe "MayDay" by taking at least one step to
prepare to respond to a disaster.
For more information:
Read the April 30 Press Release:
Add Your Info to www.NYDIS.org Resource Library
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
New Catastrophic Health Event Report
Citizen preparedness for health emergencies must look beyond the individual and
the home. So says a panel of experts whose report, “Community Engagement: Leadership Tool for
Health Events,” in the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism under the direction of the Center
for Biosecurity of the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The report was completed with input from a “Working Group
” that included government
officials, public health and safety practitioners, heads of community-based partnerships, and experts in
disaster management, community development, and risk communication. It instructs mayors, governors, and
safety officials in why and how to involve community partners in disaster- and epidemic-related
policymaking, urging them to tap community resources in advance of epidemics and disasters.
NYDIS Executive Director Peter Gudaitis served as a member of the Working Group, helping to define and
enhance the role of faith-based community preparedness efforts.
Download the Report:
Download the Summary Findings:
Resource Guide for Risk Management and Training
The 2007 Risk Management Resource Guide features 194 pages of information and training sources covering
subjects ranging from benchmarking and performance management, disaster management and hazard
mitigation, and workers’ compensation and occupational therapy. It contains information on
credentialing agencies; educational institutions offering degrees in emergency management, homeland
security, and risk management; and relevant publications and publishers. Also in the Guide are sources
for environmental liability, human resources and employment practices, risk financing and insurance,
risk management, and safety and health.
Purchase a copy of the Guide:
NOAA Website Showcases Volunteer Opportunities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new web portal provides volunteer
opportunities across the US that are available within NOAA’s Fisheries, Ocean, and National Weather
Services. The volunteers serve in research, observation and educational capacities.
Book Review: Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster
Allen and Linda Anderson tell the inspiring stories of dedicated organizations and heroic volunteers
who saved animals and reunited them with loved ones after Hurricane Katrina. Moving experiences and
action photos open a portal into the unheralded world of animal shelters, sanctuaries, and charities
that are emerging nationwide and becoming an important social movement. Full of lifesaving information,
this book prepares you to quickly and safely evacuate with animals in any emergency.
To purchase the book from New World Library:
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
Send your email address to:
Animal Disaster Preparedness Training
County Animal Response Team Conference
Wednesday, May 16
Temporary Emergency Animal Sheltering Course
Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20
Suffolk SPCA, Long Island
The Empire State Animal Response Team (ESART) 2007 Conference in the NYC area will be held at two
locations in May. 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. The all-day events are 8:00 am-4:30 pm.
NYS Emergency Preparedness & Security Conference
Monday, May 21 - Tuesday, May 22
The NY State Emergency Preparedness and Security Conference & Expo 2007 to be held at the Crowne Plaza
Albany City Center
Hotel, will bring together NY State business leaders, government officials and agencies, First Responders
(police, fire, EMS,
health, schools & political leaders) and vendors of mission critical products and services in the
and Security industries.
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
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
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
To Register online:
For more information:
NYS VOAD Disaster Human Services Conference
Tuesday, June 26 -Wednesday, June 27
New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYS VOAD) will present the NYS Disaster Human
Services conference. You don't have to be from NY to participate. Details will be available soon.
Job And Volunteer Opportunities
NYDIS, VISTA Positions
NYDIS is seeking candidates for the following VISTA positions:
VISTA Leader – Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Program
To download the Position Profile click here
VISTA Member – National Disaster Interfaiths Network
To download the Position Profile click here
VISTA Members – Preparedness Outreach & Marketing
To download the Position Profile click here
VISTA Member – Disaster Recovery & Advocacy
To download the Position Profile click here
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.
DOHMH, Family Advisor
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Division of Mental Hygiene seeks a Family
Advisor to work in its Office of Child and Adolescent Services to facilitate parent involvement in
development, advocacy, and service development; and develop, support, and promote opportunities for family
voices to be included at decision making points throughout the system of care.
Send a resume and cover letter to Denise Arieli, MSW:
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Child and Adolescent Services
93 Worth Street Room 210D
New York, NY 10013
For more information and position details:
NDART, Volunteers 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
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 Department of Homeless Services
The NYC Department of Homeless Services assisted with the emergency shelter components of the
City's Coastal Storm Plan (CSP) and has been tasked to lead many of the planning initiatives necessary to
ensure the emergency shelter system is robust and operational. Due to this new agency responsibility, the
currently developing the Emergency Preparedness and Operations Unit, housed within the Division of
and Emergency Operations, that will manage all major agency-wide emergencies, citywide coastal storm
emergencies, and associated emergency planning activities.
Deputy Director of Emergency Preparedness:
Emergency Preparedness Planner: click here
Emergency Staffing Coordinator: click here
Emergency Volunteer Coordinator: click here
Internal Planning Specialist: click here
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 this position:
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:
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