House of Worship Guidebook to Developing Emergency Operations Plans
As part of the ongoing collaboration between government and the faith community, the White House has released a Guide for Developing High Quality Emergency
Operations Plans for Houses of Worship
. NYDIS encourages all religious leaders to take steps now to prepare your congregation to be ready to provide a response in times of crisis and disaster by
becoming a ReadyCongregation
This guide covers topics such as:
- The Planning Process – Forming a Team, Understanding the Situation, Determining Goals and Objectives, Plan Development, Preparation, Review, Implementation and Maintenance.
- What's Included in an Emergency Operations Plan – Basic Plan Content, Functions, Threats and Hazards.
- Active Shooter Situations – Preparing, Prevention, Responding, and What to do following an incident.
TL: Mayoral Candidates Talk Sandy Recovery at East Elmhurst Baptist Church
Jun. 14: Chris Engelhardt reports in the Times Ledger
that, following Mayor Bloomberg's announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, mayoral candidates
were grilled by clergy and Hurricane Sandy survivors on how they would leverage those funds.
ELCA: Lutheran Disaster Response
May 23: In the blog of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Joseph Chu reports on various ways that people can help respond to the Oklahoma tornadoes. Suggestions such as affiliating with an
organization with a proven record, and recommendations against donating "stuff," are highlighted. Several resource references are also included.
FEMA Report: National Preparedness Report
Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness requires an annual National Preparedness Report (NPR) that summarizes national progress in building, sustaining, and delivering 31 core capabilities.
The 2013 NPR has been released, with key findings indicating strengths in planning and operational coordination. Challenges remain in enhancing infrastructure resilience and maturing the role
of public-private relationships.
NYC Report: Hurricane Sandy After Action Report
The City of New York has released its Hurricane Sandy After Action Report and Recommendations to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The Report includes 59 recommendations which are grouped into seven themes.
These include improved education, improved accessibility of information, better integration of the City's data across platforms and agencies, additional capacity to respond, better
coordination of relief, the development of a mid- and long-term housing plan, and partnerships with federal and state authorities.
NYC: Coming up
this Fall: "We Are New York" on Emergency Preparedness
In partnership with CUNY and the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Citizen Corps will be producing a 25-minute episode as part of the
We Are New York
series geared towards English-language learners (ELL). The episode will focus on emergency preparedness and access to city resources during emergencies and will be
accompanied by various learning materials for beginner and intermediate English language learners. If you are interested in learning more about this project and using these materials in your outreach,
please contact Emily Accamando at email@example.com
Counseling Services for New Yorkers Affected By Sandy
The Health Department has launched an ad campaign highlighting free, confidential crisis counseling services available to help New Yorkers cope with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in
Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. There are currently 388 crisis counselors available to help. Counselors can speak with both individuals and groups, and counselors who speak Spanish,
Russian, Cantonese Mandarin, Arabic and other languages are available.
PND: Recovery Grants Near $1.5 M for Friends of Rockaway
June 29: Friends of Rockaway
, a nonprofit group founded by local residents following Superstorm Sandy, has
received grants of $721,550 from the American Red Cross
and $750,000 from the
NYC Home Repair Consortium
. The funds will be used to hire local skilled labor for mold remediation and
rebuilding efforts in about ninety homes on the Rockaway Peninsula. An affiliate of St. Bernard Project
Friends of Rockaway has raised a total of $2.5 million to date and provides volunteers and professionals to help clean and repair storm-ravaged homes in the Rockaways.
HP: Sandy Victims Cite Friends and Family More
Than Gov't As Key to Survival
Jun. 24: Meghan Barr reports in the Huffington Post that, in the hour of greatest need, families and communities - not the government - were the most helpful sources of assistance and support. A
poll conducted by the Associated Press - NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that after the storm in New York and New Jersey, survivors most frequently mentioned friends, relatives, and
neighbors as the ones who helped them "make it through." Read the complete findings here
HSNW: U.S. Cities Preparing for Disasters
Jun. 13: Homeland Security News Wire notes that in the last year, the United States faced Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston Marathon bombings, and tornadoes in Oklahoma. The
future is unpredictable, so cities across the United States are taking steps to be in a better position to respond to disasters.
NYC: Mayor Announces: A Stronger, More Resilient New York
Jun. 11: Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced "A Stronger, More Resilient New York," a comprehensive plan that contains actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities
impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.
MC: Governor Cuomo Announces $500 Million in Hazard Mitigation Grants
Jun. 10: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a call for projects to be funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to assist local governments and non-profit organizations rebuild stronger,
more resilient communities across the state. These efforts are aimed at increasing the state's resiliency, mitigating the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters.
NYP: 9/11 Remains Come to Rest in New Location
Jun. 6: The New York Press
reports that the office of the City's chief medical examiner says the remains of Sept. 11 World Trade Center victims will be kept in a forensic laboratory
building because the previous location was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The original press release can be viewed on the
9/11 List-Serv Google Group
BCF: Red Cross Awards $1.2M to
Brooklyn Community Foundation
May 31: The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced a $1.25 million grant from the American Red Cross to assist Brooklyn residents hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. The grant will
support a network of "community collaboratives" working to rebuild five neighborhoods - Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook, and Sheepshead Bay - devastated by the storm.
Funding from the Red Cross - which over the past seven months has supported efforts to increase access to food, health and human services, and housing assistance for victims of the storm - will
focus on longer-term recovery initiatives.
NYT: A-Train Fully Restored in Time for Summer
May 30: The New York Times
' Matt Flegenheimer reports that the A train is now fully restored and providing full service to the Rockaways.
BCF: Brooklyn Community
Foundation Receives American Red Cross Grant
May 29: The Brooklyn Community Foundation reports that the American Red Cross has awarded them a $1.25 million grant to support long term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in
the borough's hardest hit neighborhoods. The grant will be used to provide financial support and expertise to a network of "community collaborative."
PND: Red Cross Criticized for Setting Some Sandy Aid Aside
May 29: Philanthropy News Digest
reports that the American Red Cross still has some $110 million of the $303 million it raised in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, leaving many to question the
organization's strategy and role in disaster relief and recovery efforts.
Note: NYDIS, like all experienced long-term recovery organizations, challenges the "spend it now" rhetoric as misguided. Non-profits do provide critical relief aid where government
bureaucracy creates gaps in essential human services. However, non-profit and private philanthropy is critical to long-term recovery, particularly because when government programs falter or end, the remaining
unmet needs are often significant. The American Red Cross and a few other organizations have the only resources to meet these needs through direct assistance or grant-funded partners.
AMC: Cuomo Announces Appointments to Positions
on NY's Storm Recovery Efforts
May 28: Governor Cuomo announced in a press release several appointments to positions that will focus on New York State's ongoing efforts in recovery and rebuild from Superstorm Sandy,
Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Notably, Seth Diamond has been appointed as the Director of Storm Recovery, and Claudia Filomena and Chelsea Muller will serve as Co-Leads of the New York
City CRZ program.
WSJ: City Official for Homeless Services Appointed Director of
May 28: Michael Howard Saul reports in the Wall Street Journal
on the appointment of Seth Diamond, head of the city's Department of Homeless Services since 2010 as Director of Storm
CDC: Deaths Associated with Hurricane Sandy
May 24: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report focuses on the deaths associated with Hurricane Sandy in October and November. The Red Cross
tracks deaths during disasters to provide services to surviving family members. According to this data, 117 deaths were recorded, with 45% caused by drowning.
HSNW: ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging NSA's Phone
Jun. 12: Homeland Security News Wire reports that, in the wake of the revelations about the NSA's surveillance of phone calls, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit
charging that the program violates Americans' constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.
HP: FBI To Start Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arabs
Jun. 5: Jaweed Kaleem reports in the Huffington Post that after years of pressure from civil rights groups and lawmakers who say attacks against religious and ethnic minorities are not
adequately monitored by law enforcement, the FBI will begin formally tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arabs.
HSNW: NYPD Surveillance Would Have
Prevented Boston-Like Attacks in NYC
May 31: According to the Homeland Security News Wire, former CIA director Michael Hayden said a terror attack like the Boston Marathon bombings would never have taken place in New York City.
NYPD's broad campaign of spying on the Muslim communities in the city would have helped officials identify the radical tendencies of the alleged bombers, thus preventing the attack.
Fresh Start Clinic Canarsie
June 29, 2013 - 11:00am – 2:00pm
Bay View Community Center Millennium Development
5955 Shore Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11236
At Bridge Street, our trained foreclosure prevention staff have a wealth of information and resources to help you navigate through the foreclosure process. The Fresh Start Clinic will cover:
- The difference between default and foreclosure
- Options you have on retaining or transitioning out of your house
- The New York State Foreclosure Process and your rights as a homeowner
- Necessities you need to qualify for a modification
- Post Sandy homeowner insurance issues
Whether you are looking to avoid being late on your mortgage, going through the foreclosure process, or need information about Post-Sandy Resources, Bridge Street Development Corporation will provide you
with tools you can use during these difficult situations.
NYDIS Co-Sponsors - Disaster Chaplain Training
July 16 and 17, 2013
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal Street
New York, NY
Through a training partnership with NDIN and the Metropolitan College of New York, NYDIS will again offer this two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course. This 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.
Animals in Disasters: Workshop for Emergency Managers & Pet Owners
July 24, 2013 - 12:00 – 4:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal Street,
New York, NY
This workshop will cover a number of topics including animals in emergency management historically, lessons learned from Katrina and Irene + Sandy locally, considerations regarding animals during e
vacuation, disaster pet shelter operations, animal search and rescue, and species specific animal handling.
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