Citywide Order to Owners of Buildings with Cooling Towers Due to Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak

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Good Afternoon AWS Service Providers,

The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions.

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner has issued a citywide order to all owners of buildings with cooling towers. If you own a building with a cooling tower, please see the following link for information and steps you will need to take:

The City issued this order because of the outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the South Bronx. Several cooling towers in the affected neighborhoods tested positive for Legionella bacteria. The outbreak has not affected the City's drinking or bathing water; it is safe for building residents to drink and bathe with tap water. It is also safe to use home air conditioning units and to be in air conditioned environments.

Groups at high risk for Legionnaires' Disease include people who are middle-aged or older - especially cigarette smokers - people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs). Additional information and frequently asked questions about Legionnaires' Disease can be found by visiting or calling 311.

Please review the list of Frequently Asked Questions from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about Legionnaires' Disease in the South Bronx. The list is also available in Spanish by clicking here. If you are a service provider in the South Bronx, please encourage your clients to seek medical care if they have respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, chills or muscle aches.

NYCEM Human Services Unit:

Human Services ESF List email distribution list (sends to all listed below)

Christopher Pagnotta
Advance Warning/Community Outreach Specialist
Cell: 347-578-1485

Johanna Conroy
Director of Human Services
Cell: 917-662-3295

Marianne Jackson
Special Needs Liaison
Cell: 646-879-7232

Eli Fresquez
Senior Human Services DAFN Planner
Cell: 347-386-0389

Cynthia Barton
Disaster Housing Recovery Program Manager
Cell: 917-468-2768

Jonas Ballreich
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Cell: 347-374-1058

Jay Brandt
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Manager
Cell: 646-596-3147

Marnie Suss
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 917-468-1728

Annette Santiago
Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources
Cell: 347-534-7028

Sonia Ajwani
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7684

Elizabeth Angeles
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7754

August 07, 2015