Program Areas

Advocacy

NYDIS works to ensure that the concerns of faith communities and the needs of present and future disaster survivors are addressed on a governmental and legislative level.

Communications

Communication plays a central role during all parts of the disaster lifecycle. Providing timely and relevant information before, during, and after a disaster can help to save and enhance the lives within an affected community.

Planning

Through faith-based, community, and government partnerships, NYDIS and its members provide preparedness planning, facilitate service coordination, and equip faith communities and their leaders for readiness, response, and recovery.

Recovery

NYDIS and its members work to increase community resilience and promote the development and coordination of effective recovery programs.

Response

NYDIS employs our connections, knowledge, and resources in faith communities and emergency management agencies to alleviate human suffering during disasters

Stories

NYDIS has collaborated with Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Interfaith Center of New York, the New York Board of Rabbis, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, Union Theological Seminary, and the Center Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, NYC Office of the Mayor, to sponsor the Memorial For Us All online memorial concert series, debuting with and original composition written and performed by Wynton Marsalis.

In the midst of this global COVID-19 pandemic, this collaboration has come together to honor the lives of those lost to this terrible virus. During each weekly performance, the names and of COVID-19 victims will be displayed in memoriam.

This series begins this Sunday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. and will run for the following three Sundays streamed by Lincoln Center and its multi-faith partners on all social media platforms.

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NYC has its first case of COVID-19. A women who recently travelled to Iran, and tested positive, is under quarantine and observation at home in Manhattan. There is no additional advice from health officials at this time, other than to maintain calm and common sense seasonal flu prevention precautions.

  • Get your flu shot — it’s not too late.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Everyone should stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Get ALL COVID-19 information ONLY from public health officials – NOT social media news feeds which are riff with falsehoods and conspiracy theories from unqualified individuals. If the information didn’t come from public health influenza planning sources, no matter how well meaning, check it out before you share it.

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Meryl Hulse

May 30, 2019

Lowell is a 70-year-old man who resides with his wife in Flushing, Queens. He worked for an advertising firm on the 12th floor of the Empire State Building when the attacks of 9/11 occurred. A veteran of the Vietnam War, and a reservist, he spent the ensuing months sifting through rubble, organizing the delivery of heavy lift cranes across the George Washington Bridge, and leading young volunteers in response operations. He slept in the Mayor’s Emergency Bunker at Ground Zero for 40 days, eventually returning home to his wife in late October 2001.

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