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Welcome to NYDISnet, the e-newsletter of NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services). NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs during local emergencies or to notify New York City faith communities of important news. NYDISnet will keep our readers informed about Sandy recovery news as well as updates on resources, events, trainings and other matters of interest.

If you would like to post information from your LTRO, new programs or upcoming events, please contact NYDISnet Editor Michelle Johnson at recovery@nydis.org.


Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President


Sandy Recovery Resources

Connect With Us – Daily Recovery Updates
Social media is a vital tool being used to share valuable resources and tools in Sandy recovery – as well as updates on 9/11 or other local disasters. 

Updated: On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Guide (with Widget)
NYDIS's on-line Hurricane Sandy Recovery Guide and Resources is updated daily, offering a single source of information and resources for recovery organizations, case managers or families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This guide is updated daily and pulls resources from FEMA, New York State and City agencies, and non-profit programs. In order to help you save time and money, NYDIS provides a Recovery Guide widget you can place on your own website that links directly to the guide – so your staff and clients can easily get the information through you.

Submit resources to recovery@nydis.org
To access the guide, click here.
To download a widget for your website.

Updated: On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Calendar
It's hard to keep track of all the long-term recovery meetings, trainings, and events.  NYDIS posts daily updates to the Google calendar on our website, along with all the latest recovery news for the five boroughs. Please contact recovery@nydis.org if you have an event or meeting that you would like listed. 

To access the calendar, click here.

NYC Volunteer Group Housing Coordination
NYDIS is directly networked with over 2500 NYC congregations and community partners to coordinate housing and shower facilities for rebuild volunteers.  Please register your congregation as "dorm" or contact us if you need housing for your incoming partners. Increasing our communities' capacity to house volunteers will provide more volunteers and resources, helping our communities recover faster.

To volunteer as a "dorm," contact info@nydis.org
Join Us – City-wide and National Partnerships Build a Resilient NYC
If you represent a NYC faith community or faith-based recovery network or LTRO, we invite you to apply for NYDIS membership – to amplify our collective effectiveness through advocacy, coordination, and access to resources/ training.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable & Unmet Needs Fund Launches 4/1
Since 2002, NYDIS has been the lead agency for administering the Unmet Needs Roundtable in NYC. The mission of Unmet Needs Roundtables is to bring together donors, long-term recovery groups and case management agencies to financially assist impacted families with unmet needs that are not, or cannot, be met by all other current programs. Through the advocacy of a case manager, the Roundtables (which are centrally managed and will meet in each borough) will provide both emergency cash assistance and/or final recovery grants that will sustain survivors' long-term recovery. This is a fund of last resort, when all other sources of assistance have been exhausted. The Roundtable is scheduled to launch in April.

NYDIS facilitates the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable; the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island facilitates the Long Island Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable; and both agencies administer the New York Unmet Needs Fund.  We are seeking donors to the roundtable funds, as well as donors who wish to sit on the donor panel and distribute their own funds.

For more information, contact info@nydis.org
To download the Roundtable flyer (click here)

NYDIS' Peter Gudaitis Joins MCNY EMP Advisory Board
NYDIS' Chief Response Officer, Peter Gudaitis, has been named to the Advisory Board for the Metropolitan College of New York's MPA program in Emergency and Disaster Management.  The Advisory Board is comprised of leaders with various backgrounds in the field of emergency management.  The Board works together to continuously improve the program's curriculum and to promote the development of new leaders in the field of emergency management. Gudaitis is a frequent guest lecturer at MCNY.

For more information, (click here). 

NYDIS' Peter Gudaitis Receives LSS President's Award for Service
NYDIS' Chief Response Officer, Peter Gudaitis, was recognized by Lutheran Social Services of New York at the Eighth Annual President's Awards Dinner on March 7, 2013. The annual gala was held at Terrace on the Park in Queens. Lutheran Social Services of New York presented Gudaitis with the President's Award for Service. 

For more information, (click here)

NYT:  Queens Congregations Question Impact of Mold
Mar. 1:  In the New York Times Sarah Maslin reports on the conversation that is rising regarding the health impact of mold in homes flooded by Sandy.  Faith-based groups, such as Queens Congregational United for Action, are playing an important role by advocating for much-needed assistance.  QCUA has estimated the number of potentially moldy homes in the city at 30,000.  They continue to work to gain additional funding and educational resources for home owners who are at risk of developing a mold problem.

To read the article, (click here).

RB:  Christian Lobbyists Prevail on World Trade Center Cross
Mar. 3:  On Sept. 11, first responders found two steel girders jointed in the shape of a cross at Ground Zero.  This cross became a religious icon and was used to host religious services.  The Red & Black reports that Christian lobbyists have succeeded in their goal to have this icon included in the 9/11 museum.
To read the article, click here.

TSW:  First Sikh American Offers Prayers at 67th UN General Assembly
Feb. 28:  The Sikh Wire reports that Jatinder P Singh, associate director of United Sikhs, made history by becoming the first Sikh American to offer prayers at the United Nations, during the 67th General Assembly Opening Session that took place in New York.

To read the article, (click here).

NYT:  House Approves Storm Aid for Religious Institutions
Feb. 18:  The New York Times reports that the House of Representatives has approved legislation that would allow the use of federal money to rebuild houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Generally, FEMA refuses to provide grants to rebuild houses of worship.  The Senate's response to the bill is uncertain; if it passes, "a church, synagogue, mosque, temple or other house of worship, and a private nonprofit facility operated by a religious organization" would be eligible for disaster assistance.
To read the article, (click here).

FEMA Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) Program

Deadline Extended:  March 24
For more information, click here.

FEMA Public Assistance for Nonprofits
Deadline Extended:  March 15
For more information, click here.

DSNY Bulk Debris Pickup
Deadline:  March 18
For more information, click here.

FEMA Individual Assistance Application
Deadline:  March 29
For more information, click here.

SBA Loan (For Homeowners)
Deadline:  March 29
For more information, click here.

Private Insurance Warning
Homeowners should NOT wait to settle with their insurance company before applying for a Small Business Administration disaster loan. Their insurance policy may not cover all replacement, repair and rebuilding costs; a disaster loan is available to cover the difference.
JLC:  Respond & Rebuild Focusing on Mold
Mar. 4:  Mold remediation is an issue that is impacting a significant number of Sandy survivors, according to The Journal of Light Construction reporter Ted Cushman.  The majority of homeowners dealing with mold do not know how to properly address the issue.  A grassroots volunteer group called Respond & Rebuild has made mold remediation their top priority.

To read the article, (click here).

911: 1993 WTC Bombing 20th Anniversary
Feb. 26:  The 9/11 Memorial website published an article commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1993 terror attack.  A moment of silence was held in honor of the six victims on the 9/11 Memorial plaza.

To read the article, (click here).

KG:  Lawmakers and First Responders Urge Congress Not to Cut 9/11 Aid
Feb. 25:  Gillibrand.senate.gov reports that lawmakers Gillibrand, Schumer, King, Maloney, Nadler have come together with first responders to urge Congress not to cut the 9/11 Zadroga program or federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims.  Automatic cuts are set to be made if congress does not negotiate a balanced deficit-cutting package.

To read the article, (click here).

MB: Mayor's Executive Order Waives Fees for Sandy Impacted Businesses
Feb. 21:  Mikebloomberg.com reports that Mayor Bloomberg signed an Executive Order waiving fees for businesses rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.  The waived fees apply to businesses that were open and operating on or prior to Hurricane Sandy and were located in Zone A or B, within a Business Recovery Zone, or in a building that was inspected for structural damage by the DOB.  Fees for applications, permits, inspections, and other repair costs may be included.

To read the article, (click here).

PND: New York Community Trust Announces $4.5 Million in Sandy Grants
Feb. 12:  Philanthropy News Digest reports that the New York Community Trust has announced $4.5 million in grants.  Several of these grants will go to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.  The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health will receive $60,000 to protect Sandy workers, and the Mayor's Fund was awarded $250,000 for a public-private housing and neighborhood recovery fund.

To read the article, (click here).
To read the press release, (click here).

PND: Robin Hood Announces $10.5 Million in Grants
Feb. 11:  Philanthropy News Digest reports that the Robin Hood Foundation has announced grants totaling $10.5 million to nonprofit organizations in CT, NY, and NJ to assist Sandy victims.   The total amount of grants provided by the Robin Hood Foundation for Sandy recovery is now over $50 million.  The majority of grants have gone to groups offering housing assistance.  Other large grants have gone to provide legal counseling, emergency assistance, and medical and mental health support.

To read the article, (click here).
To view all grantees, (click here).

NYS:  Hurricane Sandy Preliminary Response & Recovery Report
Feb. 5:  Nysenate.gov has provided the Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery's Preliminary Response & Recovery Report.  The Task Force has conducted tours and roundtables in impacted areas to collect information.  Issues discussed in the report include relief for homeowners and businesses, repairing and rebuilding necessary infrastructure, coordination between Federal, State, and local officials and emergency responders, mold remediation, actions taken by utility companies during and after Sandy, and insurance and banking concerns.

To read the report, (click here).

OSHA: Keeping Volunteers Safe During Hurricane Sandy Cleanup and Recovery
Jan. 18: Hurricane Sandy resulted in widespread flooding and damage to property and infrastructure. Cleanup and recovery activities involve hazards that can cause serious injuries or death. OSHA urges employers, workers, and volunteers engaged in cleanup and recovery to be aware of these hazards and of how to protect themselves.

To view the document, (click here).
RNS:  New York City Sues Orthodox Shops Over Dress Codes
Feb. 28:  Religion News Service reports that the New York City Commission on Human Rights is suing Orthodox Jewish business owners in Brooklyn because they posted signs calling on customers to dress modestly in their stores.  The signs read, "No shorts, no barefoot, no sleeveless, no low-cut neckline allowed in this store," which the Commission views as being discriminatory towards women.

To read the article, (click here).

House Passes Sandy Aid for Houses of Worship; Bill Moves to Senate
Feb. 13:  The House voted 354-72 for the bill to allow hundreds of houses of worship damaged by Superstorm Sandy to receive federal disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The measure, co-authored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., allows houses of worship to seek grants from FEMA's disaster relief fund, which helps pay for rebuilding efforts, restoring power and other immediate needs arising from the storm.

View Huffington Post article: (click here)
View The Hill article: (click here)
View New York Post article: (click here)

NJ.com: Lawyers Try to Force NYPD to Cease Monitoring Muslims
Feb. 4:  According to NewJersey.com, civil rights lawyers have asked a federal court to stop the NYPD from monitoring and keeping files on Muslims without proof of terrorism or illegal activity.  The motion is part of the ongoing Handschu case that has produced a series of court orders that govern police surveillance of political and religious activity.

To read the article, (click here).
March 10th - Spring Forward and Remember to Check Smoke Detectors
When you spring forward an hour for Daylight Savings this Sunday, it's also the perfect time to make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms significantly increase the chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Take a few simple steps to get prepared including:
  • Test and clean your smoke alarms monthly;
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year;
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement; and
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or per manufacturer's instructions.

After you test your smoke alarm, let everyone know via Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to also share these tips with your family and friends.

For more information about smoke alarms and home fire safety, (click here)

Organizational Preparedness
Business Continuity Awareness Week is March 18-22, 2013

Personal Preparedness
Be Ready: Smart Phone Apps
FEMA: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blog, App, Text Program, Mobile Site
To follow Administrator Craig Fugate on Twitter, (click here).
  • To follow Ready on Twitter, (click here).
  • To contact your local Office of Emergency Management, (click here).
  • For the American Red Cross's mobile site, (click here).
  • For the Center for Diseases Control's mobile site, (click here).
  • For the National Hurricane Center's mobile site, (click here).

FEMA: Make a Plan & Build a Kit
FEMA's Ready campaign provides instructions on how to create a Family Communications Plan and/or Personal Emergency Plan as a means of being prepared for when disasters or emergencies arise. Ready also features information on basic emergency kits and a checklist of items to consider when building a basic or personalized kit.

Family and Personal Plans: (click here)
Checklist: (click here)

Severe Weather Preparedness
Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 3-9, 2013
Plan to Protect Your Brand
March 26, 2013
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St, NY, NY 10013
For more information and registration: (click here)

This seminar will present research on the state of the art in emergency/crisis planning, research on the readiness of local emergency response organizations, and the true scope of resiliency.  The seminar will also discuss the threats to managers, stakeholders, employees, and your brand, what is required of management, and recommendations and action plans.

Disaster Chaplain Training
April 2-3, 2013

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013
Tuition: $145
For information and registration: (click here)

In partnership with MCNY's Emergency and Disaster Management Program and NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services), NDIN (National Disaster Interfaiths Network), will offer its two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course in New York City on April 2 and 3. Upon completion, New York City participants can serve as Disaster Chaplain volunteers with NYDIS. The course prepares chaplains and religious leaders to volunteer or serve as disaster chaplains in mass care settings or their local communities and/or houses of worship. Tuition cost for the course is $145.00 USD.

New York Emergency Management Summit 2013
May 1, 2013
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

A rallying point for the New York community of first responders, this regional event will gather top leaders in emergency management, public safety, and homeland security, and provide a forum to share best practices, renew relationships, and work on new solutions in NY for both the problems that are anticipated, and those that aren't.  Whether emergencies are storm-related, human-made, or just the day-to-day challenges of large urban and suburban areas, government organizations are expected to have the answers.  The Emergency Management Summit brings together the whole community of public and private-sector leaders to help predict, mitigate, and better handle crisis situations in order to save lives and property.

For registration questions, contact: Ashley Whalen, 1-800-940-6039 x1448 or awhalen@emergencymgmt.com

2013 Annual National VOAD Conference
May 13-16, 2013
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
Portland, Oregon
For more information: (click here)

The National VOAD Conference is the largest annual gathering of emergency management/ individual assistance professionals in the country ranging from federal, state, and local governments to faith-based organizations, nonprofits, voluntary agencies, corporations, and academic institutions. It's the best disaster networking event of year!
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management Jobs
To view, (click here)

EmergeNYC Volunteer
To view, (click here)

Federal Emergency Management Jobs
National Service
New York City Office of Emergency Management
To view online, (click here)

Met Council Disaster Case Management Jobs
View at: (click here)

NDIN Volunteer Positions
Please contact info@ndin.org for more information.
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