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NYDIS Launches HOWCALM

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:45 pm    Post subject: NYDIS Launches HOWCALM
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Contact:

Yvette Perry, Director, Communications

Tel: 212.669.6115

Email: yperry@nydis.org



MEDIA ADVISORY



NYDIS Launches HOWCALM™

A secure, web-based database system for managing NYC faith-based assets in times of crisis.



Press Conference at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall - Tuesday, January 30 at 12:00 noon

American Red Cross in GNY CEO will also Speak



“Every community in New York City possesses unique assets and strengths that can greatly contribute to the services rendered if drawn upon and cooperatively guided to the task of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery,” says American Red Cross in Greater New York CEO, Theresa Bischoff. “HOWCALM™ is a tool that will enable this cooperation and is fully endorsed by the American Red Cross in Greater New York.”





January 29, 2007, New York, NY… On January 30, 2007, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) will announce the launch of HOWCALM™, House of Worship Communitywide Asset and Logistics Management, a secure, web-based database system. This system is a free community service. NYDIS has developed this proprietary technology for NYC to support religious communities in preparing their congregations, facilities, and resources for all hazards – both natural and human-caused. HOWCALM™ tracks the logistics and resources of houses of worship, religious schools, and faith-based service providers. Following its launch in NYC, NYDIS aims to launch the technology nationwide.



HOWCALM™ will be presented to NYC faith leaders, partner agencies, and the public on Tuesday, January 30 at 12:00 noon at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. Speakers will include Borough President Marty Markowitz, American Red Cross in Greater NY CEO Theresa Bischoff, NYDIS Executive Director & CEO Peter Gudaitis, FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison Ken Curtin, and other officials. Every house of worship in NYC will receive a registration package by mail as HOWCALM™ is rolled out in all five boroughs over the next three months.



Brooklyn was chosen to host the launch because of its honorific as the “City of Churches,” the borough with the largest number of houses of worship, and because of the expertise of Marty Markowitz’s office in tracking faith-based assets in the Borough throughout his presidency.



Built over the course of two years using the ingenuity of AmeriCorps/VISTA Members, this technology gives NYDIS and NYC religious bodies the capacity to manage and assess disaster readiness and coordinate disaster response and recovery for the faith-based sector. HOWCALM™ will help NYDIS facilitate the indispensable partnerships between faith communities and entities such as the American Red Cross, the NYC Office of Emergency Management, Disaster Chaplaincy Services-NY, and other partners. The system’s functionality is already impacting readiness, response, and recovery initiatives in New York City, including disaster evaluation and risk assessment.



To tour the database system, go to www.howcalm.org/tour.

Login: tour Password: tour



Easy to Use HOWCALM™ requires individual houses of worship, religious schools, and faith-based service providers to access the system online with a secure login and password. Once access is gained, the organization’s profile can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Each profile contains up to five tiers of data:



Location & Senior Religious Leaders: including religious affiliations

Emergency Contact: including senior staff and their disaster-related credentials

Facilities & Programs: including physical assets and service programs

Geographic Imaging System (GIS): maps location and all-hazards vulnerabilities

Homebound Congregant Registry: for congregants unable to self-evacuate



A Highly Effective Preparedness and Response Tool HOWCALM™ gives users the capacity to manage faith-based facilities and services as well as other resources and personnel during and after local, citywide, and national emergencies. HOWCALM™ can also be used to communicate with and coordinate the needs of faith communities related to all-hazards mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Participation in HOWCALM™ will help NYDIS, NYC faith communities, and NYC to maintain a higher level of preparedness.



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, planning and training, and relief and recovery programs. It’s through this faith-based, cooperative initiative that faith communities can prepare themselves and the public at a grass-roots level.


For more information about NYDIS

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

please visit www.nydis.org.

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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



www.nydis.org
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