Cyber Terrorism Alert:

As a result of recent events involving the US and Iran, and the threat of retaliation (potentially cyber-based) by Iran, the NYSDOH is asking all health care providers to take additional steps in protecting information systems and critical infrastructure.

Please take the following measures to avoid phishing attempts, exposure of data from systems and the possible interruption of patient/resident services, such as:

  • Screen emails for unknown senders
  • Avoid use of personal email or social media at workstations
  • Use caution in following email links and opening attachments by authenticating the sender
  • Monitor the function of medical devices throughout the facility and take immediate action if any suspicious performance is recognized

Additionally, the announcement sent by the Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Critical Infrastructure Division and from the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security pertaining to the terror threat to the U.S. homeland is the following:


There are many things you can do to prepare for an emergency that may be the result of a natural disaster or act of terrorism.  The Northeast is subject to year-round conditions which could pose a threat and create a disaster situation.  A severe storm, flood, fire, windstorm, utility failure, hazardous materials spill, or act of terrorism may require the implementation of an emergency preparedness plan.

NYSHFA | NYSCAL will continue to keep you informed before, during and after a regional or statewide emergency or disaster.  Please visit this site regularly to stay up-to-date on the most current information available.

Notices:

June 6, 2021

NYSDOH announces Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters Systems (eFINDS) Training:

The eFINDS application is the Health Commerce System (HCS) https://commerce.health.state.ny.us platform for sharing of evacuee location information when facilities need to relocate their people. The application captures minimal amounts of data and allows facilities to track the evacuee movement to other facilities, facility types or temporary shelters. This information is shared in real time by Health Commerce System authorized users statewide, and was designed to document the location, as well as provide day to day or hourly updates as needed. eFINDS is a role-based application, therefore, the HCS Coordinator will need to assign the appropriate HCS users to the eFINDS Reader (for LHDs & NYSDOH ROs), or the facility eFINDS Data Reporter or eFINDS Reporting Administrator role. See the full training announcement by clicking here.

Agencies/Contact Information:
  • New York Emergency Alert
  • New York State Department of Health – Aware/Prepare Emergency Preparedness Homepage
    Information and resources for families, individuals, caregivers, and health care providers.
  • New York State Department of Health – Aware/Prepare Resources for Health Care Providers
    Emergency preparedness fact sheets, tools and resources especially for health care providers.
  • New York State Department of Health
      • Division of Hospitals and Diagnostic & Treatment Centers
        (including Community Health Centers)
        :
        CAPITAL REGION
        Program Director: 518-408-5329
        CENTRAL REGION
        Program Director: 315-477-8592
        METROPOLITAN REGION
        Program Director: 212-417-5990
        WESTERN REGION
        Program Director: (Buffalo) 716-847-4357  (Rochester)585-423-8141
        CENTRAL OFFICE
        Division Director: 518-402-1004

     

      • Division of Nursing Homes and ICF / IID Surveillance:
        CAPITAL REGION
        Program Director: 518-408-4372 (or) 518-408-5433
        CENTRAL REGION
        Program Director: 315-477-8417
        METROPOLITAN REGION
        Program Director: 212-417-6197
        WESTERN REGION
        Program Director: (Buffalo) 716-847-4348 , (Rochester) 585-423-8019
        CENTRAL OFFICE
        Division Director: 518-408-1267

     

      • Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Surveillance Program:
        CAPITAL REGION
        Program Director: 518-408-5287
        CENTRAL REGION
        Program Director: 315-477-8472
        METROPOLITAN REGION
        Program Director: 212-417-5814
        WESTERN REGION
        Program Director: (Rochester) 585-423-8185
        CENTRAL OFFICE
        Division Director: 518-408-1133

     

      • Division of Home and Community Based Services:
        CAPITAL REGION
        Program Director: 518-408-1128
        CENTRAL REGION
        Program Director: 315-477-8422
        METROPOLITAN REGION
        Program Director: 212-417-4970
        WESTERN REGION
        Program Director: (Buffalo) 716-847-4655 , (Rochester) 585-423-8142
        CENTRAL OFFICE
        Division Director: 518-473-9871

     

    • Regional Survey Offices
      CAPITAL DISTRICT
      Kim Valenti: 518-408-5433
      CENTRAL NEW YORK
      Nancy Finnigan: 315-477-8417
      WESTERN NY – BUFFALO
      Joe Egnaczak: 716-847-4348
      WESTERN NY – ROCHESTER
      Joe Egnaczak: 585-423-8020
      MARO – NYC – PD
      Leah Ryer: 212-417-4900; Shawn Dudley: 212-417-4900 ; Kanu Basak: 212-417-4900 ; Clement Ogbonna: 212-417-4900
      MARO – LONG ISLAND
      Leah Ryer: 631-851-3610
      MARO – NEW ROCHELLE
      Leah Ryer: 914-654-7058

Workplace Violence

Violence in the workplace can range from a bomb threat to being physically attacked by a fellow employee or patient to being verbally abused or harassed by a boss or coworker. The following resources provide information on how to deal with violence in your workplace.

Resources

Active Shooter

If an armed gunman enters your facility and started shooting, you have no time to learn how to deal with the situation. The resources listed below will help you plan and prepare so you will know what to do if an active shooter enters your facility.

Resources

Cyber Alert

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the NYS Department of Homeland Security are sharing the guidance regarding a serious and destructive malware infection known as “Ryuk,” and its associated precursor infections. Please share this with your information technology staff and consultants, so that they can immediately take appropriate action to protect your information resources.

Resources

Natural Disasters & Severe Weather

Fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and extreme heat and cold can all wreak havoc on the physical structure of your facility and the safety of residents and patients. These resources can help you cope and keep those under your care safe and secure.

Resources