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NYDIS Activates to Provide Haiti Earthquake Relief
for NYC Victim Families and Evacuees
Dear NYDIS Partners & Friends:
As you are all well aware, on Tuesday, January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti during the evening commuting hours, resulting in catastrophic horrors for our island nation neighbor. As of this time, the Haitian government is reported that the capital region is destroyed and there are over 140,000 confirmed fatalities and millions are still without any basic aid. All faith communities and their national disaster partners are already active in relief operations or scaling-up to assist in the international aid effort. Please donate or volunteer now!

We join New York City OEM and National VOAD in reminding you that Cash Donations are Best for Haiti Earthquake Relief. Why cash? Cash donations allow relief agencies to purchase goods that meet victims' needs in real time and help support the local economy.

While you are supporting international relief efforts, NYDIS and NYC VOAD partners are going to need your financial and volunteer support here in NYC too. Responding to requests for support from NYC Haitian churches and conversations with NYC VOAD partners, our Board of Directors activated NYDIS to raise funds and coordinate our member’s services in providing unmet needs assistance for Haiti earthquake victim families and evacuees arriving in NYC. Our chaplains and partners will also be providing culturally competent pastoral care for victim families who live here or are returning to NYC. We are asking for volunteers, particularly French or Creole fluent chaplains, interpreters and social workers to email their contact information to info@nydis.org.
Donate Now!
NYDIS has received an emergency start-up grant of $5,000 – donations are coming in along with promises of additional support as efforts unfold. Please make a tax deductible donation personally, through your house or worship, or your company or foundation TODAY!

Tax-deductible donations can be made on the NYDIS homepage at www.nydis.org.
Checks should be sent to:

4 West 43rd Street - Suite 604
New York, NY 10036

We have also included some important information for faith communities and NYC religious leaders – as well as links helpful resources.

We ask you to keep the survivors and victim families in your prayers and to generously support international aid to Haiti as well as domestic survivor relief efforts.

Faithfully, The NYDIS Board & Staff

Haiti Earthquake Assistance Information & Resources for NYC Faith Leaders

New York State Help-line for  New York State residents currently in Haiti, contact:
• Executive Chamber press release for more information or go directly to Registry website at https://haiti.nyalert.gov/.  

US Government Help-line for information on family members in Haiti, contact:
U.S. Department of State 888-407-4747

Haiti Consulate in NYC: Contacting Haitian Disaster Victims:
• The U.S. Embassy in Haiti is still in the early stages of contacting American Citizens. Haitian nationals can contact the Haitian Consulate in New York at 212-697-9767 for information. Due to heavy call volume to both numbers, some callers may receive a recording or busy signal. Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time.

NYDIS Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders: CLICK HERE
These 15 Tip Sheets are a free resource to provide New York City's religious leaders with a basic orientation to the skills and tools they will need in times of crisis. They are to be used for mitigation education and preparedness training orientation or as a quick reference in times of crisis. They developed in collaboration with many NYC VOAD partners for the clergy and religious leaders of New York City's houses of worship and faith communities.

NYDIS Disaster Spiritual Care & Mental Health Manual for NYC Religious: CLICK HERE
This is a comprehensive resource tool to enable NYC religious leaders to best serve their congregations and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters. Its 19 chapters were written by 16 disaster mental health and spiritual care experts. Organized in three sections, Preparation & Mitigation, Response & Recovery, and Reference & Resources, the Manual offers an overview of the lifecycle of disasters, discusses the role of faith leaders throughout these phases, and provides information on skill sets, training resources, and effective clinical and pastoral best practices.

NYC DOHMH: Coping with the Trauma of Dramatic World Events Tips Sheet
CLICK HERE (English Version)  CLICK HERE (Creole Version)
This Tip Sheet from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers guidance on the emotional reactions to traumatic world events. Reminding us that emotional responses are normal. It is not uncommon to experience distress following an event, even when you are not directly affected. Most people manage with the support of family, friends and others in their communities. Others may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope and need additional help and support. The tip sheet offers tips on how to access reactions in adults and childer – and where to help if needed.

Credible Responding Agencies - Be an educated Donor:
Interested donors can visit www.interaction.org to obtain a list of credible responding agencies for international emergencies and www.give.org to get valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting charities. In addition, donors can visit www.globalgiving.org

Commodity Contributions:
While monetary donations are preferred to commodity contributions, there may be rare instances when a commodity contribution would be of value to relief operations. See a list of conditions which are necessary to ensure that a commodity contribution is appropriate.
• Read about handling appropriate commodity contributions.
• If a commodity collection has already been made, but there are problems identifying a need in the affected region for the commodities or an organization to accept them, read about some alternate ideas.


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