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Welcome to NYDISnet, the e-newsletter of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS).

NYDISnet is New York City's only faith-based Sandy recovery e-news resource, and provides the latest updates on resources, events, trainings and other matters of interest to the recovery community and religious leaders - including 9/11 long-term recovery news. NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs during local emergencies or to notify New York City faith communities and our partners of important news.

If you would like to post readiness, response or recovery information or upcoming events, please contact NYDISnet Editor Tameka Sharp at tsharp@nydis.org.


Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President


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NYDIS 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 Widgets)
NYDIS's on-line Hurricane Sandy Recovery Guide is updated daily, offering a single source of information and resources for recovery organizations, case managers and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This guide 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 tsharp@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 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 fund, as well as donors who wish to sit on the donor panel and distribute their own funds.

For more information, contact info@nydis.org
Visit UnmetNeedsRoundtable.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

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.

Apply to join NYDIS
Join NYDIS in the National Preparedness Community
Consider joining NYDIS as a member of the Faith-Based Community of Practice through the National Preparedness Community for access to preparedness tips and resources for faith-based organizations. Materials are designed to help children, families, educators, and communities become more educated and prepared in the event of a disaster.

Access Faith Community resources here.

NYDIS: NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program adds 378 New Beds
Since its June launch under NYDIS' leadership, the NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program (VGHP) as increased the total number of beds for Sandy recovery and rebuild volunteers by 378, for a total of 808 beds. The City has a need for an estimated 1,000 volunteer beds per night to fully support rebuilding efforts. NYDIS VGHP staff, in collaboration with LTRG volunteer committees added hour new host sites this summer - including, the Sheepshead Bay United Methodist Church, Resurrection Brooklyn Apartments, Living Waters Church of Brooklyn , and the dormitories of the New York School of Urban Ministry in Queens. Contact our VGHP Staff at volunteerhousing@nydis.org

NY1 Online: ARC Mentions Its Support of NYDIS Unmet Needs Roundtable
Aug 11: Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Red Cross of Greater New York, spoke to NY1 about ongoing efforts and donations to help Sandy survivors recover in New York City. The interview mentions the Unmet Needs Roundtable, administered by New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), as a best practice and resource common to federally declared disasters.

Register Now: Disaster Chaplain Training at MCNY, July 16-17
Through our training partnership with MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, NDIN and MCNY will offer our two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course in NYC at MCNY (431 Canal Street, Manhattan) on October 1-2, 2013.  This course prepares chaplains and religious leaders to volunteer in mass-care settings - or, within their houses of worship, religious community or professional institution.  Tuition is $145.

NYDIS Sandy Recovery Funds Reach $8.5 Million ($11.5 Million Still Needed)
NYDIS has set a recovery fund goal of $20,000,000 to provide essential unmet-needs cash assistance and appliances, furniture  and building supplies for under-resourced Sandy survivors, along with modest coordination-staff support. To date, NYDIS has received over $8,500,000 in Sandy recovery donations, grants and pledges. We are grateful for the partners. The majority of these funds are restricted to the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, primarily for cash assistance as well as administration.

DONATE to NYDIS Sandy Recovery
NYDIS is Seeking NYC Congregations to Host Rebuild Volunteers
Many out-of-state volunteers are looking to contribute their time and skills to continued Hurricane Sandy mold suppression and rebuild efforts; these volunteer groups require a place to eat and sleep. New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) is managing the NYC Volunteer Group Housing program to coordinate and support volunteer housing available from congregations. We provide forms and training materials, coordinate reservations, and provide any other operations support needed. To get more information or to register your congregation as a "dorm," or request volunteer housing for incoming groups, email volunteerhousing@nydis.org.

Preparing for the High Holy Days at Work & School
Next month, approximately five million people across the United States will celebrate the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Learn what happens and what to expect during what's often regarded as the most important of all Jewish holidays. For Tanenbaum's tips on preparing for the High Holy Days, click here.

ERD: Conversation with Heenan, Volunteer Coordinator for Sandy Response
Aug 6: In the August Issue of ERD's Lamplight, Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Heenan details ways parishes can get involved in the Episcopal Relief & Development Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts among Episcopal dioceses in New York, New Jersey and Easton.

Community Resilience Planning Committee (CRPC) For FBOs Too
The Community Resilience Planning Committee (CRPC) aims to increase the capacity of New York City Communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. The CRPC is a collaboration of community and faith-based organizations that partners with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to improve communication as well as the planning and coordination of shared resources.  Interested organizations can email ptran@health.nyc.gov for more information. 
Federal TSA Program Deadline Extended to August 16 and September 1

September 11 Victim Compensation Fund(VCF):  10/3 and 10/12 Deadlines
If you suffered physical harm as a result of the 9/11 disaster, the 2013 deadline to register with the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is October 3rd. Registration takes only about 15 minutes and is the only step that needs to be done by the deadline.
For more information call 866-692-9827.

Social, Health and Mental Health Services Grant (Deadline August 30th)
Sandy Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) funds are now available for human service providers and clients impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will serve to meet various health-related needs, including services for individuals, and repair, renovation, and building projects for health and social services facilities. 

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

NYDIS Recovery Resource Guide

Hurricane Sandy Coastal Management: Facts and Figures
The North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) is a collaborative effort, bringing together governmental, academic, and non-governmental experts in coastal planning,
engineering and science to collaboratively develop a risk reduction framework for the 31,000 miles of coastline within the North Atlantic Division that were affected by Hurricane
Sandy. The study is authorized up to $20 million ($19 million after sequestration) and will be submitted to Congress in January 2015. To view website.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Offers Disaster Stress Support
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York is collaborating with the Red Cross to offer a new program to treat post-disaster distress symptoms for Superstorm Sandy survivors.  VSNY provides high quality, client-centered, strength and evidenced based care through one on one (12 weeks) and group sessions, as well as psycho-education and public education presentations.
To make a referral, call 718-888-6955 or email kerry.symon@vnsny.org

Expansion of Small Business Development Centers
The Brooklyn Small Business Development Center at City Tech is adding four additional centers in neighborhoods whose businesses were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The new locations (Kingsborough Community College, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and 1618 Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island) will staff experts to help owners get their businesses up and running. For more information and center contacts, click here.
WBNG 12 Action News: 102 NY Communities to Receive Over $750M for Storm Reconstruction
July 18: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, an initiative designed by the State, to empower Sandy impacted communities and localities to develop and implement recovery plans.  The communities will be eligible to share in more than $500 million in funding.

ARC: Red Cross Awards Grant to Staten Island Foundation for Sandy Recovery
Aug 9: The American Red Cross has awarded a $1 million grant to The Staten Island Foundation to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy. The Staten Island Foundation, a member of Philanthropy New York, will use the grant to provide financial support to community-based organizations involved in disaster recovery on Staten Island including home repairs for seniors, mental health services and coordination of on-the-ground volunteers.

NY Post: Queens Woman Scams' $87K in Sandy Benefits
Aug 13: A Queens woman, who claimed to be a Superstorm Sandy victim, defrauded the city, the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), FEMA, the Red Cross and GEICO for $87,000 in benefits, including 269 days of free hotel room.

NYSERDA: Empower New York
EmPower New York provided free energy efficiency services to income eligible households affected by Superstorm Sandy. Income eligible households not affected by the storm but in need of services may also contact the program.  For further information, contact Honeywell at 800-263-0960 or see refer to the program flyer

MNN: How Hurricane Sandy Changed the Conversation about Weather Threats
Aug 12: Superstorm Sandy highlighted the impact of extreme weather on heavily populated areas and the way society views the risks posed to their communities. Just as 9/11 changed the way people view terrorism, scientists believe Sandy changed the way people view threats posed by natural disasters.

HSNW: Making Storm Warnings More Exact, Useful
Aug 8: Scientists at the College of Staten Island (CSI) are developing computer modeling to provide scientific data useful in mitigating adverse impacts of natural disasters. Using computer models, scientists can predict storm surge and the path water will take, neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block. Data gleaned from these studies help inform public officials and citizens in critical preparedness decisions.

CIDRAP: CDC Warns of Parasite-related Illnesses in NYC & 15 States
July 31: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Monday that the number of Cyclospora cases has risen to 373 in fifteen states. State and federal health officials have not named the food or water source responsible for to the outbreak, but fresh produce is the likely source.

New York State: Cuomo Announces $200M for Hurricane Sandy Healthcare/Human Service Needs
Jul 25:  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $200 million is available to fund requests from healthcare and human service providers and other community-based organizations following the impact of Superstorm Sandy. The funding is made available by the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Social Services Block Grant to cover necessary expenses resulting from the storm, including social, health and mental health services for individuals, and for repair, renovation and rebuilding of health care facilities, mental hygiene facilities, child care facilities and other social services facilities.

HSNW: Ten-fold Increase in Frequency of Katrina-Magnitude Storms
Aug 6: Tropical cyclones arise over warm ocean surfaces with strong evaporation and warming of the air. Since 1923, there has been a Katrina-magnitude storm surge every twenty years. Researchers found that 0.4 degrees Celsius warming of the climate corresponds to a doubling of the frequency of extreme storm surges like the one following Hurricane Katrina. If the temperature rises an additional degree, the frequency will increase by 3-4 times, and if the global climate becomes two degrees warmer, there will be about ten times as many extreme storm surges.
NBC 4 New York: Neighbors Aid Long Island Sandy Survivor Living in Backyard  
Aug 14: After NBC 4 New York reported that a Long Island Sandy survivor was sleeping in his backyard due to extensive flooding in his home, neighbors and officials mobilized to provide assistance. Initiatives included a Facebook fundraising campaign, collection of gift cards, and hotel accommodations. 

GJNY: Tracking Hurricane Sandy Recovery Money 
Good Jobs New York offers a brief summary of H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act which describes federal disaster recovery funds and breaks down the first allocation of Community Development Block Grants for New York City. Check out their At-a-Glance: Federal Disaster Relief After Sandy to get a better understanding of how funds are being allocated.  

DFNYC: Advocate for Sandy Victims in the Rockaways & Hamilton Beach - 3 Quick Phone Calls
DFNYC and more than 45 other organizations are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg to acknowledge the problems facing disadvantaged communities in Far Rockaway and Hamilton Beach. Click here for the full letter to Gov. Cuomo & Mayor Bloomberg.
September is National Preparedness Month!
NYC Citizen Corps will be hosting and promoting public preparedness events during the month of September throughout New York City.  Click here to see how you can get involved, volunteer, or attend any of this year's National Preparedness Month activities! NPM kick off events will take place in all five boroughs on September 4th. Click here to register to volunteer at any of the sites.

2013 National Preparedness Month (NPM) Toolkit
The National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013 Toolkit includes suggestions for activities and events that state, local, tribal and territorial governments, business, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations could sponsor to promote NPM. The toolkit also includes templates and drafts of newsletter articles, blogs, posters, and other collateral material that you are able to use in various outreach efforts. Get the toolkit here.

Ready Wrigley: A New Preparedness Resource for Children
OPHPR has introduced the Ready Wrigley series, featuring a preparedness superdog who helps children prepare for emergencies with an easy-to-follow story, activities, games, and checklists. This series, prepared by the OPHPR Communications Office, is a great opportunity to reach a young audience and educate both kids and parents on the importance of being prepared.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Resources
In support of National Preparedness Month, to honor its Ready Campaign, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is offering disaster preparedness resources to enhance our nation's capacity to prepare for and respond to terrorism and disasters.

NOAA: New Online Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Global Change Research Program have released a new Sea Level Rise Tool for San dy Recovery mapping service that shows the horizontal expansion of the floodplain associated with future increases in sea levels in 2050 and 2100, highlighting areas that will be at risk in the future.
U.S. DHS: FirstResponder.gov
This U.S. Department of Homeland Security website provides a portal that allows federal, state, local, and tribal disaster responders from a variety of disciplines to easily access information on best practices, grants, products, and standards regarding emergency services. Access the website at http://www.firstresponder.gov.

Self-Care for Caregivers
Professionals involved in emergency management/disaster response need to monitor and protect their own emotional well-being during all phases of an emergency or disaster. Below are resources to help disaster caregivers and response professionals to recognize their own stress and compassion fatigue (CF) and steps for self-care and recovery:

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tip Sheet for Recovering from Disasters/Trauma
This American Psychological Association tip sheet discusses normal reactions to a disaster or traumatic event and the steps that can be taken to alleviate stress.

The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project Online Resources
The Compassion Fatigue (CF) Awareness Project is to "promote an awareness and understanding of compassion fatigue and its effect on caregivers." The website includes resources that highlight the signs of CF; links to the ProQOL, a Compassion Fatigue and Satisfaction Self-Test, the Life Stress Self-Test; and wellness tips.

ARC:  American Red Cross Launches New App to Recruit Volunteers
July 18: The American Red Cross launched the Team Red Cross App, which allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community. The ARC is encouraging the public to sign up before disaster strikes so that volunteers can be mobilized immediately. The app is free and designed for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. The App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

NYC Citizen Corp: "We Are New York" Episode on Emergency Preparedness 
July 31: 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 eaccamando@oem.nyc.gov.   

Evacuation Planning & Sheltering
NDIN Tip Sheet: Faith Communities & Evacuation Planning
NDIN Tip Sheet: Faith Communities & Disaster Sheltering
NYC OEM: Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Evacuation Zone Finder
Ready.gov: Evacuating Yourself and Your Family

#KnowYourZone - NYC OEM Hurricane Guides in Multiple Languages
The Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide is now available online in multiple languages. #KnowYourZone, from Arabic to Yiddish. Click on the link to read the updated Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide. Learn what Hurricane Evacuation Zone you live in by going to the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder, or by calling 311. 
Webinar: Health and Safety in Disaster Recovery
Sept. 10, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Register here

Health and Safety are vital components of relief and recovery, not only for the survivors, but also for the volunteers that are often in risky environments.  Claire Galiano, a health and safety trainer with the New Jersey Work Environment Council (NJWEC) will lead this CWS Webinar.  

Annual Symposium: Superstorm Sandy-What Happens Next Time?
Sept. 13, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
New York, NY  
To register, please e-mail your name and title, organization, address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address to Wanda Coleman at: wac9045@nyp.org. Once your request is received, you will receive an e-mail confirmation within ten days.

Featured presenters all played key roles in New York's response to the storm. They will share their experiences running hospital evacuations at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, Coney Island Hospital and New York Downtown Hospital; responding to community emergencies; coordinating city agencies and hospital networks; restoring services post-storm; and preparing for future climate events.

Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. The Symposium is offered free of charge and lunch is provided. Questions regarding the Symposium may be directed to Al Villacara at: alv9023@nyp.or

NYDIS Co-Sponsors - Disaster Chaplain Training
October 1 and 2, 2013
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal Street
New York, NY
Register here

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.

2013 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise
Session I - Tuesday, November 19th
Session II - Wednesday, November 20th
Session III - Thursday, November 21st
New Session IV - Monday, November 18th

The Federal Executive Boards in New York City and Northern New Jersey in partnership with FEMA Region II, The Department of Health and Human Services Region II, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Clearing House Association are sponsoring a two-year series of pandemic influenza continuity exercises - tabletop exercise 2013, full scale exercise 2014 -  to increase readiness for a pandemic event amongst Federal Executive Departments and Agencies, US Court, State, tribal, local jurisdictional and private sector continuity.  Register for one of the four dates:

Monday, November 18th:  http://pandemicinfluenza4.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, November 19th: http://pandemicinfluenza1.eventbrite.com/#
Wednesday, November 20th: http://pandemicinfluenza2.eventbrite.com/#
Thursday, November 21st: http://pandemicinfluenza3.eventbrite.com/#
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