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Hurricane & Evacuation Planning for NYC 6/5

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 5:51 pm    Post subject: Hurricane & Evacuation Planning for NYC 6/5
From Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:30 am to Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:00 pm (included)
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Yvette Perry, Director, Communications

Tel: 212.669.6115

Email: yperry@nydis.org


Hurricane & Evacuation Planning: A Summit for NYC Religious Leaders

A half-day event co-sponsored by HSC, NYDIS & NYC OEM

Tuesday, June 5, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

At NYU Kimmel Center

A Free Event – Breakfast Provided

May 17, 2007, New York, NY… On Tuesday, June 5, 2007, the Human Services Council of New York (HSC), New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) are sponsoring “Hurricane & Evacuation Planning: A Summit for NYC Religious Leaders,” a half-day event that will focus on the City’s Evacuation Plan for Coastal Storms, where NYC’s Flood Zones are, and the role of religious leaders and houses of worship in readiness, response and recovery.

In recent years coastal storms, like Hurricane Katrina, have shown the destructive power of natural disasters and what they can do to a community, people’s homes – and their lives. In order to prepare for such a contingency here in New York City, HSC, NYDIS and OEM are working together with partner organizations to better prepare our citizens for when our City experiences such a devastating coastal storm. Studies have shown that a critical way to reach communities is through their houses of worship and faith-based institutions. The goal of this Summit is to address the clergy and religious leadership on the issues they need to know to help keep their communities prepared and ultimately safe.

The Summit’s speakers will provide instruction and information on the effects of coastal storms, and include business continuity planning, community rebuilding and household recovery planning. Speakers will teach important skills for and offer resources on hurricane planning and preparedness. There will be opportunities for houses of worship to network with others in the same Flood Zone. NYU Kimmel Center is located at 60 Washington Square South (West 4th St. between LaGuardia and Thompson Sts.).


Founded in 2003, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) is a 501(c)(3) faith-based federation of disaster service organizations and philanthropies that work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services for New York City. Our mission is to coordinate, develop, and support these disaster services to mitigate, prepare for, and respond to all hazards – both natural and human-caused. NYDIS and its members provide secular disaster human services to faith communities and individuals alike, regardless of membership or religious affiliation. In times of crisis, NYDIS convenes its leadership with government agencies and local, state, and national disaster management organizations. These partnerships facilitate the delivery of services, resources, and information to religious communities, under-served victims, and impacted communities.

NYDIS regularly partners with the American Red Cross and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) to communicate with its membership and interested religious communities on emergency management matters and to coordinate disaster advocacy, disaster chaplaincy, mitigation education, preparedness training of religious leaders, and relief and recovery programs. It is through this faith-based, cooperative initiative that faith communities can prepare themselves and the public at a grass-roots level.

About HSC

The Human Services Council of New York City, Inc. (HSC) works to build broad recognition and support for the substantial and essential contributions of the not-for-profit human service sector to the citizens and the fabric of New York City. To that end, HSC: sets the human services sector’s short-term and long-term agenda on critical provider and client issues, organizing executive directors of federations and umbrella agencies, service providers, and other relevant organizations to speak with common purpose; develops and implements sector-wide initiatives and advocacy strategies; promotes the sector’s partnership with government; and acts as the organized voice for the sector, building broad recognition and support for providers and clients from government, the business community, funders, and the public. HSC focuses on public policy and advocacy, technology improvement, emergency preparedness and response, government contracting, and other issues of importance to our members. Through HSC, the human services sector is able to act in concert on issues of mutual concern. It is the focal point for the sector’s emergency preparedness and response. Working in cooperation with federal, State and City agencies, as well as other local and regional groups, HSC coordinates preparedness activities and coordinates disaster-recovery services following a major disaster.

About OEM

Established in 1996, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) works to plan and prepare for emergencies; educate the public about preparedness; coordinate emergency response and recovery; collect and disseminate critical emergency information; and seek funding opportunities to support of the overall preparedness of the City of New York. To accomplish this mission, OEM maintains a disciplined unit of emergency management personnel, including responders, planners, watch commanders, and administrative and support staff, to identify and respond to various hazards.

For more information about HSC

please visit www.humanservicescouncil.org

For more information about NYDIS

and to subscribe to NYDISnet, a free, bi-weekly e-newsletter,

please visit www.nydis.org.

For more information about OEM

please visit www.nyc.gov/html/oem/


Yvette Perry

Director, Communications

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

22 Cortlandt Street - 20th Floor

New York, NY 10007-3107

Phone: 212-669-6115

Fax: 212-669-6101

Email: yperry@nydis.org

Website: www.nydis.org
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