Interfaith organization provides disaster relief, organization and partnership building in New York City
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January 18 '08: The New York Interfaith Disaster Services was established in 2003 after the attacks on 9/11. The 501(c)(3)'s mission is to provide "disaster readiness, response and recovery services for New York City." NYDIS' mission in disaster recovery includes "all phases of a disaster life cycle, including sustained advocacy, mitigation education, preparedness training, disaster planning, and recovery programs."
The organization's annual report from 2007 detailed participation from 30 agencies who have helped respond to emergencies like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, and the Staten Island Ferry disaster.NYDIS is also engaged as an National and Community Service's AmeriCorps VISTA sponsoring organization which helps to reach-out to low-income communities in an effort to "enhance and expand disaster preparedness and recovery services," the report read. Robin Corindo, the State Program Specialist for the Corporation for National and Community Service said, "The federal government understands the important role that faith-based organizations play in their communities. NYDIS is a great partnership for us because it gives us access to smaller faith-based organizations that might otherwise not come to us for support." "Emergency management professionals need to know the logistics in order to plan and respond in an efficient way," Robert Wilson, the Senior Director of Planning and Preparedness, at the American Red Cross in Greater New York said. "NYDIS has gone a long way in making that a reality."
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