Archive for 2010

NYC DOHMH Briefs EHSO Council on Bed Bugs

November 3, 2010 | EHSO Council, Risk Management

Sharon Heath of the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene briefed the EHSO Council on bed bug control practices  at the Council’s October meeting.  Although bed bugs do not pose any health risk, quick and decisive action is required to minimize the bed bug’s notoriously bad stigma.  According to Ms. Heath, proper preparedness for bed […]

September 2010 = National Preparedness Month

September 2, 2010 | Risk Management, Uncategorized

National Preparedness Month (NPM) calls our attention to the importance of being prepared for all emergencies.  Proper preparedness includes having an Emergency Supply Kit, making a Family Emergency Plan, and staying informed about emergencies and  appropriate responses.  Activities stressing the importance of emergency preparedness will be held throughout the month and a calendar of events may […]


August 31, 2010 | Risk Management

As hurricanes threaten the Northeast, the Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management wanted to impart some information on precautions that may be taken to ensure the safety of each student, faculty and staff member.   New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has developed informational brochures to prepare New Yorkers for hurricanes and flooding, along with […]

Caution: Extreme Heat

August 4, 2010 | Uncategorized

Although NYC may be teeming with outdoor events in the summertime, it is important to remember that while enjoying those events, high temperatures combined with high humidity could lead to deadly heat indices.  Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, people with cardiovascular disease, and people taking psychotropic and other medications.  Here are a […]

March 22-26 is Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 24, 2010 | Business Continuity Committee

The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is recognizing business continuity awareness week by holding a series of three informal conference calls on topics identified as important. The first call, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on Monday, March 22, will feature speakers from New York City’s Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) team, the City’s own […]

Winter Weather

February 9, 2010 | Risk Management

New York City winters can cause serious risk due to inclement conditions of extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain.  Winter weather results in hundreds of deaths in the United States each year, due in part to traffic accidents, fires from improper use of heaters, overexertion, and exposure.  Hypothermia and frostbite also pose […]

Deputy Commissioner for High Education Joseph Frey speaks to Business Continuity Committee

January 26, 2010 | Business Continuity Committee

The meeting featured a presentation by Joseph Frey, Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education, titled “Statewide Provisions for Regulatory Relief in Times of Temporary Closures of Higher Education Institutions.” The presentation focused on the development of protocols that would permit flexibility during a sustained disruption without impacting the integrity of the academic degree. Commissioner Frey addressed […]