Apr 9 2020

During this time of extraordinary disruption and anxiety, NYDIS is hosting a free two-hour webinar that offers an overview of crisis spiritual care best practices – including, general crisis spiritual care principles and interventions, disaster mental health & caregiver self-care.

Apr 10 2020

To better prepare for public health emergencies facing congregations & faith-based nonprofits, such as COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), NYDIS is offering a series of online webinars described below. The trainings will focus on writing Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) and Emergency

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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.


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.


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.


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


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


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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Anna Kaufman

June 13, 2019

This past Sunday, NYDIS marched with over 100 of our evacuee clients, guests from Puerto Rico, NYC-PR LTRG and VOAD partners, and staff in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Our float featured the slogan “Estamos Aquí” meaning “We are here”. The phrase pays tribute to the 3,ooo Puerto Rican evacuees of Hurricane Maria and reminds the city that their need for long term relief endures.

The NYDIS float and it’s supporters walked down 5th Avenue all the way from 43th to 79th Street, dancing along to live musical performances by DJ Verseti, BRBN, Bria Lee, Bodega Bamz, Dynasty the King, and Nino Khayyam.

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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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