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World Now at the Start of 2009 Influenza Pandemic
In late April, the WHO announced the emergence of a novel Influenza A virus. This particular H1N1 strain has not circulated previously in humans. The virus is contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from one country to another. As of today, June 11, nearly 30,000 confirmed cases have been reported in 74 countries. Further spread is now considered inevitable. On the basis of available evidence and expert assessments, the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met. The level of influenza pandemic alert is now at its highest level - “Phase 6” – and the world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.

The WHO and CDC are urging communities to exercise caution as we prepare for the full-scale pandemic. Faith communities and houses of worship should seek to understand the implications and prepare themselves. NDIN strongly advises all community and faith-based organizations to adopt a wait-and-see policy and act on advice from federal and local health authorities. At the same time, any organization who has not yet put a pandemic plan in place is strongly advised to do so without delay.

To view the WHO Press Release go to

To view U.S. Government/CDC Updates go to

To view faith-based influenza resources to go

NDIN to Hold Disaster Chaplain Training: June 24-25
This comprehensive two-day interfaith training prepares chaplains and religious leaders to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community or professional institution – or to volunteer as Disaster Chaplains for New York Disaster Interfaith Services or Episcopal Relief and Development. Each candidate must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a professional chaplain and/or credentialed religious leader.  This training is available nationally. Contact Ruth Yoder Wenger for more information;

Wednesday June 24 and Thursday, June 25
4 West 43rd Street, 2nd Floor – New York City, 10036 

Limited to 25 - Register by June 20.  Tuition is $350 - Paid in Advance
(Continental breakfast, lunch and training materials included)

To Register:

NDIN Website adds Top 10 Internet Resources for Disaster Interfaiths
NDIN has launched a new “Top-10” list of resources for disaster interfaiths on its homepage, in line with its mission to provide the best in disaster news and information to faith-based disaster human services and spiritual care organizations. The list will be updated from time to time as new web-based resources of excellence are identified – an archive of all previous resources will be maintained. If you have a website or internet resource that you’d like to bring to our attention please contact us at

View the Top 10 List go to

NDIN ALERT: H1N1 Influenza A Elevated to Stage 6 Pandemic
NDIN continues to follow the constantly changing reports on the current H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak around the world. The World Health Organization has raised the alert level to Phase 6 stage. NDIN will continue to update our H1N1 Influenza A Outbreak Resource Page as information and faith-based resources become available and will distribute iNET Alerts for more urgent news. As of the time of this release, there are 13,217 confirmed U.S. cases in all 50 states and 27 confirmed deaths from the virus.

To view the NDIN H1N1 Influenza A Outbreak Resource Page;

To monitor the outbreak online:
Track the flu: This CDC site offers users Swine H1N1 Flu status in your state
Keep up-to-date: CDC offers constant updates on the Swine H1N1 Flu as it emerges

Home Safety Council Asks Public to be Prepared for At-Home Disasters
Every June, the Home Safety Council, a National Citizen Corps Affiliate, educates and motivates families to take actions that will increase the safety of their homes. This year, Home Safety Month’s campaign theme is “Hands on Home Safety.” It asks the public to take some simple steps to be prepared by creating a safer home environment to avoid the five leading causes of home injury, falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation and drowning. Web site offers assistance, recommendations for safety, networks and programs for families.

View more online at

National VOAD Adopts Landmark Disaster Spiritual Care “Points of Consensus”

At the 2009 Annual VOAD Conference held in Salt Lake City, the National VOAD members officially adopted the disaster Spiritual Care Points of Consensus developed by the National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee representing 21 of the nation's largest faith-based disaster organizations. The document identifies ten key components and ethical statements that NVOAD and its members will now uphold as best practices for disaster chaplaincy and spiritual care. Peter Gudaitis, President of the NDIN Board of Directors, serves on the NVOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee representing Episcopal Relief & Development. NDIN’s own Disaster Chaplain and Spiritual Care Worker trainings require that all applicants for training sign-on to these NVOAD Points of Consensus as a pre-requisite.

To view or download the Points of Consensus; NVOAD Spiritual Care POC - Adopted 5.09
To view or download the Process and Timeline involved in its creation.

New Director for DHS/FEMA Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
President Obama has appointed David L. Myers as the new Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives. Mr. Myers, a Mennnonite lay person, formerly served as Executive Director of Teen Living Programs in Chicago. In this position, he transformed a small organization to national prominence by identifying and focusing on vision and mission, developing a diverse Board of Directors, and building outcome-focused residential, social service and health care programs. In his new role, David is responsible for engaging religious and community groups in preparedness, relief, recovery and response and sustainable risk management among faith-based and community organizations within local communities.

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House of Reps. Passes TSA Authorization Act that OKs $15.6B for 2010, 2011
The legislation is the first measure to pass the House that fully authorizes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since its creation in 2001. The bill authorizes more than $15.6 billion in appropriations to the TSA for fiscal year 2010 and 2011. It triples funding for surface transportation security, greatly improves general and commercial aviation security, and strengthens security training for our transportation workforce, according to the TSA. “This legislation is the result of months of bipartisan effort with significant contributions from stakeholders across the board,” said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.


CA Emergency Preparedness Efforts for Diverse Communities
Drexel University’s Diversity Preparedness January 2009 report provides a status description on related programs and policies in emergency management, “to map the current preparedness gaps with activities to address them and to identify efforts to integrate culturally diverse communities into emergency preparedness activities in California.” The study used primary and secondary sources, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods, to provide a portrait of emergency preparedness efforts. The results showed major individual level and institutional level barriers “(unfavorably) affecting the ability of culturally diverse communities to engage or be engaged fully in the spectrum of critical preparedness actions.” The individual barriers include economic factors, lack of trust in emergency planning and response officials, and language issues. The institutional-level barriers are insufficient funding and lack of community input in the development of plans.

To view the report, see

2008 WTC Health Registry Report Shows Increase in Health Concerns
A report by the World Trade Center Health Registry reveals 67 percent of adult enrollees reported new or worsening respiratory symptoms, along with 3 percent reporting new asthma problems. The study also states 16 percent likely had post-traumatic stress disorder; 8 percent had severe psychological stress; new asthma was highest among rescue personnel who worked on the Sept. 11 debris pile and PTSD was highest among those injured in the attacks, as well as low-income and Hispanic. It also reveals that half of the 3,100 children enrolled in Health Registry experienced one new or worsened respiratory symptom.


NYTimes Op-Ed: “All Disasters Are Local,” Says Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
An Op-Ed piece by Steven T. Ganyard from the May 17 issue of the New York Times discusses the fact that the United States is not well prepared for a terrorist attack, disease outbreak or natural disaster. Ganyard says the problem is that communication between state and local governments and Washington, D.C. has “only incrementally improved in recent years.” Ganyard notes his time as a commander of a Marine air group in Southern California and running an exercise called “Golden Phoenix.” It incorporated all partners, and trained city, county, state, federal, tribal, academic, nongovernmental and private sector units. Ganyard states the key is to make it voluntary and have each sector use its own money because “Golden Phoenix is based on the premise that, like politics, all disasters are local.” He states the relationship developed from the exercise has helped create unity in fighting California’s wildfires and improving communication between government agencies and rescue workers in Los Angeles.

Read the entire article at

Bishop Calls for Better Case Management for Katrina’s Most Vulnerable Victims
Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana Charles E. Jenkins urged state and government agencies on Capitol Hill “to employ better case management strategies to solve lingering post-Hurricane Katrina housing problems in Louisiana.” Jenkins was one of a four-person panel addressing the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Quality case management has got to go hand-in-hand with direct services,” Jenkins said. “Teach people how and walk with them.”

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National Weather Service Will Begin Lightning Safety Week June 21-27
National Weather Service, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will remind residents that “Lightning Kills,” as it has posted new resources that are available to increase lightning safety awareness. According to their Web site, four people have died so far this year due to lightning, and 28 died in 2008.

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Emergency Management Chiefs to Announce 2009 Achievement Awards
FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate, NEMA Incoming President Dave Maxwell, and IAEM President Russ Decker will announce the winners of the National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards – Celebrating Resilient Communities during a ceremony at the 2009 National Conference on Community Preparedness, August 9-12 in Washington, D.C. There also is one award for State/Territory Councils and five award categories for tribal, regional and local councils. The categories (all six) are Outstanding State/Territory Citizen Corps Initiatives Award, Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award, Collaborative Preparedness Planning Award, Preparing the Public Award, Preparing Community, Organizations Award and Volunteer Integration Award.

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Obama Adds $70M for 9/11 Health Programs
President Barack Obama has set aside $70 million for 9/11 health programs as part of his budget for 2010. “I want to thank President Obama for including this $70 million in funding for the WTC Health Programs,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). “This $70 million will be put to immediate use for the significant health care needs of first responders, residents, workers and students who are suffering ill health effects as a result of exposure to post-9/11 toxins. Now let’s pass the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and ensure that sufficient funding will be available every year for these victims.” Members of Congress hope to pass the bill with President Obama’s support by the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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U.S. Army Responds to Policy That Allegedly Excludes Sikhs
John Hawkins III, director of human resources, Policy Directorate of Department of Defense, informed Amardeep Singh, director of the Sikh Coalition, that the Army is aware of the issue involving Captain Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi and Second Lieutenant Tejdeep Singh Rattan – who, according to the Coalition, were being forced to choose between their religion and their service in the Army. “I understand the importance of this issue to your organization and to the individual officers affected,” Hawkins said in his letter to Singh. “The Army’s senior leadership is aware of your concerns and we are currently gathering all the pertinent information to assist our leadership in making an informed decision.”


MCNY: “Transforming Emergency Management Leadership”
June 16
All-day event
Metropolitan College of New York, New York, N.Y.

Metropolitan College of New York Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate Program/Team Gulf will host a symposium focused on leadership. Highlighted speakers include Bruno Henn, chief security and safety service at United Nations, and representatives from Booz Allen, ASIS, Harlem Hospital and Interpol. Admission is $25 for MCNY students and faculty; $35 for government employees and MCNY alumni; and $45 for the general public. Continental breakfast, lunch and wine reception is included. The event will be at the college’s Manhattan campus at 431 Canal St., June 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, e-mail

19th Annual World Conference on Disaster Management
June 21-24
All-day event

In a climate that fosters constant change, the World Conference on Disaster Management offers attendees a four-day opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts in the field of emergency management. Sessions will cover the economic crisis, climate change, natural disasters, pandemic planning, corporate resiliency, community planning/preparedness, business continuity, poster presentations, global perspective and network, network, network. Speakers include Bill DelGrosso, CBCP director, Emergency Management Professional Organization for Women's Enrichment (EMPOWER), James Paturas, deputy director, Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness, Guadalupe Pacheco, special assistant to the director, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and Dan Hefkey, assistant deputy minister and chief, Emergency Management Ontario.

View more about the conference at

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
June 23-26
All-day event
Appleton, WI
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel

Conference hosted by the Fox Valley Critical Incident Stress Management Team will focus on suicide prevention, individual crisis intervention, group crisis intervention, and strategic response to crisis.

Learn more about the program’s highlights online at

Natural Hazards Center: 34th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop
July 15-18
All-day event
Omni Hotel, Broomfield, Colo.

Natural Hazards Center will host its 34th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop July 15-18 in Broomfield, Colo. The workshop “is designed to bring hazards researchers and practitioners from many disciplines together for face-to-face discussions on issues and trends that affect how society deals with hazards and disasters.” Sessions include Geographies Of Urban Disaster, Characterizing and Assessing Risk, GIS and Disasters Roundtable and Are We Ready for a Hurricane Impact Index? Invited keynote speaker is Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere.

For more information, visit

Health & Welfare Council of LI: Re-Establishment of the Unmet Needs Roundtable

Deeply affected by the economic crisis, thousands of Long Islanders have lost their jobs, and thus their ability to make ends meet. The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island and the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc., have re-established the Unmet Needs Roundtable to serve these Suffolk County residents in crisis. The role of the Roundtable is to secure cash assistance to address the unmet needs of disaster victims so that they may regain self-sufficiency and recover from the impact of this economic disaster. Despite the name, Unmet Needs Roundtables are meant to allow for a shift from emergency relief unmet needs to recovery. Eligible clients work with a case manager to create their own long-term recovery plan before any unmet needs are funded. Training session will be June 30, 9-11 a.m. at the Touro Advocacy Center.

Register and find more online at

NYDIS Closes NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable after distributing $7.3M
Due to the end of grant funding and a significant drop in individual donations as the economy has worsened, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) 9/11 Recovery Program and the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable closed on May 31, 2009. NYDIS administered the New York City 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable and the 9/11 Coordinated Case Management Program, the sole remaining financial assistance and case management programs for World Trade Center (WTC) responders and other 9/11-impacted persons, both locally and nationally. Since 2002 the Roundtable has distributed $7.3 million in assistance grants as well as food and medical care travel vouchers to 4,600 direct victims and health-impacted recovery workers. Since 2006, NYDIS’s 9/11 Recovery Program coordinated and provided or funded all community-based non-medical case management services for survivors and hundreds of other 9/11 health-impacted persons.  While funding has ended, unmet needs persist: on average, NYDIS continues to receive an average of 30 new calls a month from clients requesting services.  The Roundtable was funded by 18 different partners including law firms, faith-based National VOAD agencies and the American Red Cross Liberty Fund.

For more information contact the NYDIS Office at 212-699-6100

IM’s Disaster Office to Help Long-Term Ike Recovery
United Way of Greater Houston has asked Interfaith Ministries’ Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response (ODPR) to facilitate long-term recovery efforts of Hurricane Ike. Leading the effort is IM’s ODPR Manager Jennifer Posten. Posten will help numerous committees and task forces that have been established to respond to the long-term needs of people who are dealing with the impact of Ike. Additionally, Neighborhood Centers, Inc. has asked that Posten and ODPR assist with congregational support around their lead role in the Ike recovery case management.

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Diversity and Special Needs Preparedness

H1N1 Influenza A Outbreak
National Resource Center on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity has created a centralized resource page for culture, language and trust issues involving the current flu outbreak. Materials are available and translated into several languages, including Bosnian, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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NYC OEM: Preparedness Guide for Agencies Providing Services to Individuals with Special Needs

Document by New York City’s Office of Emergency Management outlines annual plans, assessments and activities for agencies providing help during a time of emergency to individuals with special needs. Includes checklists, questions to ask and blank documents to be reproduced for own use.

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American National Standards Institute: Emergency Prepareness for Special Needs
Document discusses findings from a February workshop involving special needs priorities during an emergency, such as evacuation equipment. Also addresses findings and recommendations as well as public input.

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Mental Heath Preparedness

Mental Health America: Coping With Disaster
Mental Health America offers ways to help cope with terrorism, war and natural disasters. They offer tips for college students, military members, families, older adults, working adults and children.

View more on their fact sheet at

Hurricane Preparedness Be Prepared This Season
The end of May marked National Hurricane Week. Each year, hurricanes cause massive damage, leaving hundreds injured and even some dead. Taking certain precautions can help prevent these results. has prepared a Web site on how to be ready for a hurricane. The site offers advice on making a “go bag,” preparing your family, your home and your business, and staying informed through reliable news media.

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Colorado State Predicts Slightly Below Average Activity for Atlantic Hurricane 2009 Season
A report by Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predicts “slightly below average activity” for the 2009 hurricane season, according to its June 2009 report. It states that 2009 “will have about 5 hurricanes (average is 5.9), 11 named storms (average is 9.6), 50 named storm days (average is 49.1), 20 hurricane days (average is 24.5), 2 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.3) and 4 major hurricane days (average is 5.0). The probability of U.S. major hurricane landfall and Caribbean major hurricane activity is estimated to be slightly below the long-period average.”

Read more and view graphs online at


Flood Safety

NOAA’s National Weather Service has 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 Web site at

DHS Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives E-mail and Text Alerts
The Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA has a free email-updates system to provide information on programs and other relevant information for faith-based and community disaster human services leaders. So sign up, send an email to the address below and specifying "Sign Up" in the Subject line and provide in the e-mail text your name, your title, the name of your organization, your e-mail address, and street address and phone number.

Sign-up at

FEMA E-mail and Text Alerts
When disaster strikes, be the first to know. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a free, disaster news e-mail update that can be sent to any wireless device. Alerts are sent when a major disaster is declared and provides information such as where local recovery centers are located, what kind of financial aid is available, how to obtain disaster-related assistance, and what to do after a disaster has passed.

Sign up at

Get the Latest from the Disaster News Network
The DNN Web site offers up-to-date news and information on hurricanes and other disasters, and covers related topics such as preparedness and mitigation, public violence, environmental hazards, and terrorist disasters. As a news service, it also facilitates information sharing among disaster responders.

Register at

Book: A Ready Hope: Effective Disaster Ministry for Congregations
This book by Kathryn M. Haueisen and Carol Flores is an introduction for people of faith who are new to the ministry of disaster preparedness and response. “(It) provides an overview of existing disaster-response networks, details the predictable phases of disaster recovery at both the individual and community level, lifts up helpful and unhelpful ways that congregational leaders and members can be involved in disaster response efforts, and provides resources to prepare congregations to respond appropriately to a disaster in their community.”

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FBI: Law Enforcement Bulletin Highlights Law Officer Wellness & Spirituality
Monthly bulletin for law enforcement and emergency personnel, available online at

Article: Wellness & Spirituality
Discusses the connection of policing and spirituality; distinguishes spirituality and religion; wellness curriculum and future planning.
More at

Article: Brain Functioning as the Ground for Spiritual Experiences and Ethical Behavior
Discusses “…that brain functioning is fundamental to both spiritual experiences and the complex decisions that law enforcement officers must make every day.”
More at

Article: Integrating Spirituality into Law Enforcement
Article focuses on stress and managing it through spirituality while in the law enforcement field.
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NDIN Seeks a Volunteer/Intern for Disaster Chaplaincy Program

The National Disaster Interfaiths Network is seeking a volunteer/intern to work with the Director of Training to manage its Disaster Chaplain and Spiritual Care Worker training programs. Position begins immediately.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to or fax to 347-284-0054.

United Sikhs Offers Summer and Fall Internships
United Sikhs, an international UN-affiliated NGO undertaking advocacy projects to protect and promote civil and human rights for minorities and underprivileged communities in the USA and globally, seeks college students who are interested in legal advocacy, media advocacy, community organizing and United Nations coordination. Students interested in summer internships, should be able to dedicate 30 hours a week for ten weeks and work from United Sikhs headquarters in midtown New York City. Fall and spring interns are required to commit 10 hours a week and can work remotely, with occasional office visits. Internships are available for academic credit and work-study.

For consideration, e-mail cover letter, resume and writing samples to Visit for more information.

Federal Emergency Management Jobs

Hurricane Season is upon us once again – since I’m an old Eagle Scout, I must declare “Be Prepared”! This past month has seen some very serious flooding in Alaska and the Northwest – as well as storms and tornados in the South and Plains states.  If you can lend a hand in recovery, please contact your National VOAD partners!

Tragically, misguided religious convictions and anti-semitism have recently brought about a number of fatal shootings: a doctor in his church; a soldier at a recruiting office; and Wednesday’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The victims and their families are in our prayers. We are outraged by this careless disregard for the sanctity of human life and the trauma it brings to the victims and our society. We encourage our readers to re-evaluate their own security plans for their houses of worship and facilities.

As always, if you have questions or comments about iNET, or if you have news that you want to submit to us, please e-mail Joshua Wilwohl, Editor at

Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.
President, Board of Directors