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Welcome to NYDISnet, the e-newsletter of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS). NYDISnet will keep our readers informed about Sandy recovery news as well as updates on resources, events, trainings and other matters of interest - including 9/11 long-term recovery news. NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs during local emergencies or to notify New York City faith communities of important news.

If you would like to post information from your LTRG, 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
Access the Recovery Guide or 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. 

Access the calendar

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable & NYC Unmet Needs Fund
Since 2002, NYDIS has administered 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 beyond those 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, recovery grants, loans and discounted/tax-free building supplies to eligible survivor households. Assistance is targeted to ensure and sustain survivors' long-term recovery. This is a fund of last resort, when all other government programs and private sources of recovery assistance have been exhausted.

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
Download the Roundtable Flyer

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 a “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 your House of Worship as a “dorm,” contact recovery@nydis.org  
NYDIS Trains first 100 Disaster Case Managers on Unmet Needs Roundtable
NYDIS has started to conduct trainings for disaster case managers on the Unmet Needs Roundtable application process. Over 100 disaster case managers have already been trained, with 100 more signed up to complete the training next week.

Brooklyn 5/30 Training: Online Registration
Catholic Charities/NY State DCMP 5/31 Training: Online Registration

NYDIS Sandy Recovery Donations, Grants & Pledges Pass $6.5M
As of May 15, NYDIS has received over $6,500,000 in Sandy recovery donations, grants and pledges. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors as well as grant support from Foundations and our National VOAD partners. The majority of these funds are restricted to the administration of or cash assistance for the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.

DONATE to NYDIS Sandy Recovery
NYDIS' Sandy Recovery Job Openings: Immediate Availability
NYDIS is currently seeking qualified candidates for seven full-time positions and two paid summer interns.
  • Finance & Office Manager
  • Moderator, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Case Manager, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Partnerships Coordinator, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Client Database & Building Supplies Manager, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Coordinator, Volunteer Group Housing
  • Partnerships Coordinator, Volunteer Group Housing
  • Summer Internship (Paid), Volunteer Group Housing
View Job Postings
Email Cover Letters & Resumes to office@nydis.org.
Join NYDIS - NYC Faith Communities, Philanthropies and Social Service Providers
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.
LCC: Health and Wellness Seminars Available
The Lutheran Counseling Center is offering free mental health wellness and healing seminars for those congregations who have members impacted by Sandy.  To take advantage of this offer, simply contact LCC to set a date best for your congregation. It can be on a Sunday between worship services or after the last service OR it can be on another day or evening.  One of the LCC's licensed counselors will facilitate this interactive seminar/focus group which will focus on ways to deal effectively with the loss, frustration, anger and feelings that families are experiencing in the aftermath of the storm.  Call the LCC at 800-317-1173 for more information or email center@lccny.org.

ERD: New Hurricane Sandy Rebuild Volunteer Website
Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Dioceses of Easton, Newark, New Jersey, New York and Long Island have collaboratively launched a volunteer website to help with long term recovery in Hurricane Sandy-impacted areas. The website includes descriptions of current work sites and instructions for planning your trip and how to sign up. The volunteer coordinator will ensure each group will be sent where they are needed most. If you would like to volunteer with the ongoing relief effort visit  http://relief.episcopalny.org, or contact volunteer coordinator at regvolcoord@episcopalny.org.

JDRC: JDRC Announces New Executive Director
May 6:  The Jewish Disaster Response Corps (JDRC), a faith-based disaster recovery initiative, announced on its website the selection of Adina Remz as its new executive director.  Adina succeeds JDRC's founding executive director Elie Lowenfeld, who started the organization in 2009. 

FEMA Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) Program
Deadline Extended:  May 29

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.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Case Management Referral Line: 855-258-0483
NOAA: Active 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted
May 23:  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.  For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms.

NYC Launches Home Repair Consortium
In response to the continuing need to repair homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the NYC Home Repair consortium has been created to repair 600 non-structurally damaged rental and owner-occupied properties that still have needs within one year.  Please visit the website to see if you qualify as a candidate for assistance.

City Opens Another Public Comment Period on CDBG Plan, Deadline 6/6
New York City has opened up another public comment period on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Plan.  Written comments must be received by the OMB Assistant Director's office between 10am and 5pm, mailed to Calvin Johnson at 255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007, or submitted via email at CDBGDR-enviro@omb.nyc.gov before June 6, 2013.

American Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program
The Red Cross is providing financial assistance to clients moving from transitional to long-term accommodations.  They will fund expenses such as first month's rent, security deposits, broker 's fees, and moving costs.  Immigrants and the Undocumented may apply.  Call 877-733-2767 for more information.

RCA: Rockaway Tool Library Available Online
The Rockaway Civic Association has launched a tool library to assist members in any efforts that they are endeavoring on their own.  Please check out www.RockawayToolLibrary.com for more details.

SICIDRO: Occupy Sandy Donates $100K to SI Long-term Recovery Group
Occupy Sandy has graciously given the first financial donation to the Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Organization in the amount of $100,000 for capacity building.  The LTRO will decide as a group how best to use the donation.  Proposals will be presented at the next full meeting on June 5th and the mission/structure/finance committee will write up a budget to carry out the proposals that are selected.

FEMA Calls for 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards Submissions
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the application period for the 2013 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.  The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2013.

NYCCC: Be A 2013-2014 NYC Civic Corps Host Site
The NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service, unites a diverse group of professionals to serve full-time with partnering organizations, working to increase their organizational capacity to engage volunteers and build sustainable volunteer initiatives. If you work at a nonprofit or city agency and are interested in being a host site for Civic Corps, visit the website to learn more.

WTC Health Program: Reaching Out to 9/11 Recovery Volunteers
The World Trade Center Health Program is conducting a new outreach program to former 9/11 recovery workers and volunteers. The project is funded by NIOSH (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Medical providers with the World Trade Center Health Program monitor and treat diseases related to the September 11th terrorist attacks-conditions like asthma, heartburn, certain cancers, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Volunteers, mental health workers, faith-based responders, government employees and many others are eligible for services.  To find out if you are eligible, call 1-888-982-4748 or visit www.cdc.gov/wtc/ .

NYC: Health Department Launches Ad Campaign Highlighting Free Counseling
May 20:  New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced in a press release that the Health Department launched an ad campaign highlighting the free, confidential counseling services available to help New Yorkers cope with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. 

IBT: FEMA'S Sandy Grants, Who Got Money and Who Didn't
May 10:  Lisa Mahapatra reports in International Business Times that, six months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of New York and New Jersey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given out almost $1 billion in grants- but not everyone got the funding that they wanted.  Read the article and view interactive maps of FEMA aid in Sandy-impacted areas.

NYT: City to Begin Distributing Storm Aid This Summer
May 10:  Mireyna Navarro reports in the New York Times that the federal government has approved New York City's plan to spend the first $1.77 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery, with the money expected to start flowing by early summer to homeowners, businesses, and others in need.

FEMA: New York by the Numbers
May 6:  A news release on FEMA's website reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration have approved $7 billion in direct assistance to homeowners, renters, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Review the news release for a breakdown of the $7 billion.

DHS: Three National Planning Frameworks Released
May 6:  The Department of Homeland Security reports that the Federal Government and its partners released three of the five National Planning Frameworks directed in Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.  These Frameworks document the roles and responsibilities of the whole community of all facets of national preparedness.

AMC: Cuomo, HUD Announce Approval of NY State's Disaster Recovery Action Plan
Apr. 26:  A press release on Governor Cuomo's website reports that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced federal approval of New York State's recovery action plan to help struggling homeowners and businesses following Superstorm Sandy.  A copy of the plan is available here.

MD: 9/11 First Responders Show 15% Increased Risk of Cancer
Apr. 25:  Susan Scutti reports in Medical Daily that cancer among 9/11 responders is 15 percent higher than among the general population, say researchers in a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

FEMA: President Declares Disaster for New York February Storms
Apr. 23:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ) released an announcement that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New York to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of February 8-9, 2013.
Statement: NYDIS Condemns Burnings of Mezuzahs in Brooklyn:
Last week, a thirty-five year old New York resident was arrested for burning individual mezuzahs on the doorposts of Jewish homes in Brooklyn. In the strongest, unqualified terms possible, NYDIS condemns bias, hate crimes or violence of any kind, against persons and communities of faith or the desecration of their sacred objects. Further, while anti-Semitism is abhorrent in all forms, it is especially disturbing during Passover and Eastertide, when bigots and others misinterpret Christian scriptures and blame Jews for the Crucifixion of Christ. NYDIS calls on all New Yorkers to treat each other with respect and speak out againt hate.
H: Boston Muslims and Jews Come Together Following Bombings
May 8:  Dina Kraft reports in Haaretz that two faith-based organizations committed to improving relations between the religions held a joint gathering to facilitate discussion and connection.  A party held at the American Islamic Congress Cultural Center gave the two groups time to talk and connect.

SCN:  First Ever American Sikh Congressional Caucus Launched
Apr. 25:  Sikh Coalition News reports that history was made on April 24, 2013 as Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) announced the launch of the first-ever American Sikh Congressional Caucus.  As of April 25, 30 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives had already joined the caucus.

HP: Why Cross-Cultural Exchanges are More Important than Ever
Apr. 25:  In the Huffington Post, Rohit Kumar writes about the importance of cross-cultural exchange following the Boston Bombings.  He shares his concerns about the identity of the bombers as Muslims and the potential for increased xenophobic reactions against Muslims as a whole.

SCN: Sikh Coalition Publishes Policy Recommendations for Congress
Apr. 22:  Sikh Coalition News reports that the Sikh Coalition has published a new edition of its Policy Priorities and Recommendations to create awareness about Sikhs and Sikh American civil right issues among government officials.
Backlash & Bias Crime Mitigation
Acts of terrorism are often followed by discrimination and bias crimes.  Check out these mitigation tools to prevent negative backlash.
            NDIN Tip Sheet Disaster Backlash: Bias Crimes & Mitigation
            American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Educational Resources
            Anti-Defamation League Education & Outreach Anti-Bias Education
            Tanenbaum Park51 Curriculum Guide and Fact Sheets

Hot Weather Hazards
As we head toward summer, take some time to review hot weather hazards and learn how to prepare for the months ahead.
            NDIN Tip Sheet Faith Communities & Hot Weather Hazards
            CDC Extreme Heat
            COPE Hot Weather Preparedness for Pets
            NYC Department for the Aging Hot Weather Preparedness Tips for Seniors
            Weather.com Heat Safety & Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1.  Are you prepared?  Check out the resources below to get ready.
            American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness
            Emergency Management NASA's New Hurricane Imaging Radiometer
            FDA Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
            FEMA Pledge to Prepare
            Ready New York Hurricane Guide
Bee Prepared, Know the Dangers in Your Own Home Game
The Mississauga Emergency Management Office has a great interactive online game for children to learn and identify the potential dangers in your home. Click here to play.

Get Your Community Prepared by Taking the IS-909 Course
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility and requires whole community involvement. FEMA offers tools and trainings such as the IS-909 course to meet the needs of community leaders or or ganizations, who are in need of a simple, yet effective preparedness training. The IS-909 course is designed to provide an easy approach to preparedness for those with a basic or advanced understanding. FEMA recommends advocates for preparedness take this training and share its content with members of their community. Click here for more information.

NYC Readiness Challenge
Check out the NYC Readiness Challenge, a new online tool that highlights what could happen in the event of an emergency in New York City and outlines steps users can take to prepare for a disaster. Designed to help New Yorkers learn about emergency preparedness in a fun, engaging way, the NYC Readiness Challenge takes users through different topics on disaster preparedness. Users learn about staying informed during an emergency, contacting loved ones who may be concerned, gathering emergency supplies ahead of a disaster, preparing pets for emergencies, and helping family members and friends with special needs.  Try out the NYC Readiness Challenge here

SAMHSA Disaster Mental Health Kit
This toolkit arms disaster recovery workers with resources on mental health awareness.  It includes materials for responding effectively to the general public during and after a disaster and in dealing with workplace stress.  It also includes materials for the general public.
Hurricane Preparedness Webinar
May 21, 2013
Registration is available online

Hurricanes cause catastrophic damage not just to coastlines, but also several hundred miles inland.  Hurricanes can produce winds exceeding 155 miles, tornado outbreaks, and severe flooding.  Know how to be ready.  Know how to be prepared.
Join FEMA at 3:00 p.m. on May 21 for a discussion of hurricane preparedness activities in coastal and inland communities.
NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable Training
May 30, 2013
Brooklyn Borough Hall- Community Room
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Registration is available online

This training is being presented by New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and is intended to instruct New York City Disaster Case Management Supervisors and Disaster Case Managers (DCMs) how to present cases to the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.  The Roundtable is a city-wide source of cash assistance, loans and discounted/tax-free appliances and building supplies, available regardless of immigration status. The Roundtable will meet regularly in each borough.  This training is open to any disaster case manager from any agency. This training is a required before a DCM can apply to the Roundtable on behalf of their client's unmet needs.
NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable Training
May 31, 2013
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
Registration is available online

This training is being presented by New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and is intended to instruct New York City Disaster Case Management Supervisors and Disaster Case Managers (DCMs) how to present cases to the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.  The Roundtable is a city-wide source of cash assistance, loans and discounted/tax-free appliances and building supplies, available regardless of immigration status. The Roundtable will meet regularly in each borough.  This training is open to disaster case managers contracted through the New York State Disaster Case Management Program coordinated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. This training is a required before a DCM can apply to the Roundtable on behalf of their client's unmet needs.

Leading and Managing Your Constituents in Disaster Response
June 6, 2013
NYC Service
253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007

More information NYC Service hosts World Cares Center as they deliver Leading and Managing Your Constituents in Disaster Response for community leadership of various non-profit organizations, volunteer groups, institutions, agencies, and faith leaders who will emerge as disaster managers when emergencies and disasters strike.  The training will enhance the ability of participants, their agencies, and their communities responding to disasters to manage both affiliated and spontaneous volunteers, leading to the improved health and resilience of their community.
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management
SCO Family of Services Family Development Center (FDC)
  • Financial Manager, Rockaways Long Term Disaster Case Management Program
Contact Tom Cocks for more information at 917-838-0512
Federal Emergency Management Jobs
Jewish Disaster Response Corps
Met Council Disaster Case Management
New York Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church
New York City Office of Emergency Management
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Job Opportunities
NYDIS is currently seeking qualified candidates for seven full-time positions and two paid summer interns.
  • Finance & Office Manager
  • Moderator, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Case Manager, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Partnerships Coordinator, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Client Database & Building Supplies Manager, NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • Coordinator, Volunteer Group Housing
  • Partnerships Coordinator, Volunteer Group Housing
  • Summer Internship (Paid), Volunteer Group Housing
View Job Postings
Email Cover Letters & Resumes to office@nydis.org.
National Service

New York Cares

NDIN Volunteer Positions

World Cares Center

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To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click "Make a Donation"

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