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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.


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NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable & NYC Unmet Needs Fund
The Unmet Needs Roundtables convene 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 meet in each borough) 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. For more information, contact info@nydis.org

NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program (VGHP)
The VGHP helps recruit, train and build the capacity of congregations and non-profit facilities to host SuperStorm Sandy rebuilding volunteer groups, and coordinates housing availability and assignments for those groups and with National VOAD partners.

NYDIS: NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable - 313 DCMs Trained to Date
Since the launch of the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable program in July, NYDIS has trained 313 Disaster Case Managers and partners. On November 20, NYDIS offered its latest training on the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). Twenty-four Disaster Case Managers and individuals from agencies involved in Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts were in attendance. A best practice common to all federally declared disasters, UNRs are essential to ensure that emerging and ongoing basic needs of under-resourced survivors or victims' families will be met by providing both emergency assistance grants (early months) or sustainable recovery grants.

NYDIS is Seeking NYC Congregations to Host Rebuild Volunteers
Thousands of 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. 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.
NYT: St. Nicholas Church, Destroyed on 9/11, to Rebuild With Byzantine Design
Oct 30: St. Nicholas Church, destroyed on 9/11, is being designed to resemble orthodox churches of the East. Architect Santiago Calatrava draws inspiration from Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, both in Instanbul. New York Times' David Dunlap speaks with religious leaders about the architectural plans for the church and anticipated dialogues ahead in light of the resemblance to mosques. Read the article here.

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ERD: Hurricane Sandy Response
Episcopal Relief & Development partnered with dioceses to support communities in the Caribbean and Eastern US impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Read the chronology of press releases and updates on the response effort here.
Disaster Relief Assistance for Historic Properties: Deadline 11/25/2013
New York State is accepting applications for $12 million in federal grants for historic preservation projects to address damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Visit the site for eligibility requirements. Read more.

DOT Soliciting Project Proposals: Deadline 12/2/2013
The Department of Transportation is soliciting project proposals for innovative safety, resiliency, and all-hazards emergency response and recovery research demonstrations. To submit, you must be a nonprofit, institution of higher education, provider of public transportation, or federal, state, or local government agency. Grants will range from $500,000 - $5,000,000. For more information or to apply, click here.

Neighborhood Grants 2014: Deadline 1/27/2014
Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city. They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools. Applications are due January 27, 2014. Visit their website for more information, grant guidelines, and a copy of the application

Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grants Program: Deadline 1/31/14
The Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program will award more than $100 million in grants throughout the region. Grants from $100,000 to $5 million will be awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance or create wetlands, beaches and other natural systems to better protect communities as well as fish and wildlife species and habitats, from the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events. Click here for more information.

FEMA Proof of Loss: Deadline 4/28/2014
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Oct. 1 that it has extended the deadline for filing proof-of-loss claims for a second time. Read more.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Case Management Referral Line: 855-258-0483

Resource Guides and Websites

LISC NRNYC Home Repair Program
A new program has opened to assist single family homeowners who are not accepted into Build it Back. This program is of no cost to the homeowner, and will provide a range of non-structural and structural repairs to between 400 and 600 homes that do not qualify for full or partial funding through Build it Back. Candidates will be referred to this program by Build it Back and so must have registered with Build it Back for consideration. For more information, click here.

Good Jobs New York Newsletter
As government aid begins to flow into areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Good Jobs New York will provide analysis and recommendations regarding these resources that promote a transparent and equitable allocation of funds that go to individuals and businesses that need it most. Sign up for the newsletter or read the latest news and resources here.

NYRP with Urban Rebuilding Initiative - Free Trees
The Urban Rebuilding Initiative is being given 100 baby trees to distribute to residents, businesses and organization in NYC. These trees are absolutely FREE but must be planted somewhere in NYC and must be taken care of. The trees must be placed on private property and can't be on rooftops or terraces - they've got to be in the ground so they can root and grow. Click here for more information.

NYS Department of Labor Funds 
$27.7 million received by the State in federal Disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds will be used to hire cleanup workers in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds are accessible through NYS Department of Labor Jobs for Cleanup Work program, and workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Sandy, as well as those who were unemployed prior to the storm, are eligible to apply for temporary positions. Read more.

FREE Construction Estimates 
Catholic Charities Community Services is partnering with the New York State Office of Emergency Management and Parish Property Management to provide free construction estimates within the NYS Disaster Case Management Program. The purpose of this program is to provide unbiased construction estimates to use for unmet needs roundtables, compare with private contractor estimates, and use as a basis of comparison for FEMA around disputed insurance estimates. For more information, contact Edna Mincey.
Newsday: Feds Struggle to Track Sandy Spending
Nov 19: The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, responsible for tracking money spent through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, reports that without identification codes assigned to Sandy rebuilding projects and recipients, it will be difficult to identify fraud. Read article.

WNYC: $5B in HUD Round 2 CDBG-DR Guidelines
Nov 15: HUD released new guidelines attached to the second round of CDBG-DR funding announced earlier this month, that include requirements for climate risk assessment and public hearings. Read article

PND: Crowdfunding Growing in Popularity as Source of Aid
Nov 11: Online crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstart and GoFundMe are becoming increasingly popular ways to raise funds for disaster relief, cover medical bills, and other causes.  The platforms have been used to raise funds for the Colorado floods as well as for Hurricane Sandy. In Philanthropy News Digest's Jennifer Present speaks to the cofounder and CEO of GoFundMe about how these platforms are changing the way people give. Read here.

Free Book: The Rockaways (Documents the Wrath of Hurricane Sandy)
Starting on October 30th, free copies can be ordered online or be found at a number of city locations including McNally Jackson Books in SoHo, the International Center of Photography in Midtown, and Roger's Irish Tavern in Rockaway Park. For more information, click here.
US Dept. of the Interior: $162M to protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Storms
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects to better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines. The investments are consistent with President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Strategy Report and the administration's commitment laid out in the Climate Action Plan to build resilience by restoring natural features along shorelines to help better protect communities from future storms. For a list of projects, click here.

FEMA: Jerome Hatfield Appointed as FEMA Region II Administrator
Nov 5: The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) announced the appointment of Jerome Hatfield as FEMA Region II Administrator by President Obama. Hatfield has nearly 30 years of service to disaster survivors in Region II. Read the press release here .

BCF: BRF Releases Summary of Initial Findings from Post Sandy Forum
Oct 29: One year after Hurricane Sandy and the formation of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, the Brooklyn Community Foundation released a report to the community, documenting local recovery efforts funded in the past year. The Brooklyn Recovery Fund team has provided assistance to six new Community Collaboratives in Red Hook, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach and Canarsie. Read more on the findings here.

LISC NYC: LISC Set to Deploy New Round of Sandy Recovery Capital 
Oct 29: The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced the allocation of an additional $30 million to support Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. The funds will be used to administer a mold treatment program, home repair program and build it back multifamily loan program. Read the press release here.

DN: Sandy, 1YR Later: More Than 200 City Storm Survivors Still Without a Home
Oct 29: According to The New York Daily News, more than 200 Sandy survivors are still without permanent housing one year after Superstorm Sandy.  Reporters Blau, Weichselbaum, Siemaszko speak to families still living in hotels, city shelters, rented rooms and with friends. Read the story here.

NYC: Mayor Bloomberg Details Progress on Sandy Resiliency Projects
Oct 29: Mayor Bloomberg summarized progress on Sandy Resiliency Projects, which total nearly $20 Billion for 25 projects, in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. Read the press release here.  

HUD: Additional $5 Billion for Communities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
Oct 28: The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced an additional $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds to assist impacted communities in meeting unmet housing, economic development, and infrastructure needs. Grantee candidates must include a risk assessment in their plans to ensure long-term resilience. For more info, click here.

NYDN: Immigrants are Hardest Hit by Hurricane Sandy
Oct 24: Without little access to federal aid and private financial assistance, immigrants impacted by Sandy are finding it very difficult to reach sustainable recovery. Survivor Maria Sanchez of Staten Island talk to Erica Pearson with the Daily News on the difficulty of finding affordable housing post-Sandy. Read the article here.

NYDN: Chocoholics Rejoice! Madelaine's is Up and Running in Rockaway
Oct 22: One year after Hurricane Sandy destroyed Madelaine Chocolate Company, the 200,000 square-foot factory on Beach Channel Drive is reopening. The factory celebrated its official reopening, but the recovery is far from finished. Rockaway's largest employer has been able to re-hire only 125 of its 450 workers while it struggles to rebound from the storm that cost it roughly $50 million in damages and lost sales. Read the story here.

MCNY: New Degree in Emergency Management & Business Continuity
Metropolitan College of New York continues its tradition of innovation in educational leadership and the future of higher education in Emergency Management and Business Continuity with the launch of this new degree program in Spring 2014.These degree programs will meet the professional development needs of individuals who would like to advance their existing careers or pursue new careers within homeland security, emergency management, business continuity, disaster recovery, project management, and international humanitarian emergency response.
For more information, click here.
Good Jobs New York New Recovery Fund Tracker Website Announces:
We are proud to announce our updated website  Eye on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Money. Now it's easier than ever to find news, resources, upcoming events and other helpful materials. Check it out, tell us what you think, and keep an eye out for more expansions. 

WNYC: Councilmembers Propose Sandy Recovery Fund Tracking Database 
New York City Councilmembers Donovan Richards and Brad Lander, co-sponsors of the Sandy Tracker Bill that would create a public database to track Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, held a rally before a hearing on the legislation. WNYC and  Labor Press 

ALSO: During the hearing, the counsel for the New York City Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations raised privacy and logistic concerns about the bill, but was unable to answer specific questions from Council members about the administration's plans to create a website to track funds. Reuters  

EC Report: Hurricane Sandy: Housing Needs One Year Later
This Enterprise Community Partner's research brief summarizes early survey findings that measure the ongoing impact of Hurricane Sandy, one year after the storm made landfall. Based on a representative sample of households in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, this survey provides insight into the long-term needs of those affected by the storm. Login is required to access the report here.

NYIA: Sandy Lessons Learned and Possible Ways to Strengthen New York
Written by the New York Insurance Associate, this white paper's purpose is to help develop solutions to current issues and provide recommendations on how the state can be better prepared for disaster situations. Access the paper here.

Rand Report: Flood Insurance in New York Following Hurricane Sandy
This report provides the most-comprehensive data to date on flood insurance coverage in New York City both before and after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. It also examines the consequences of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program and the update of FEMA's flood insurance rate map for the city's residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

SWR: Kidney Damage in First Responders Linked to Ground Zero During 9/11
Nov 11: Recent studies indicate that 9/11 first responders exposed to high levels of dust are at a greater risk for kidney damage. Catherine Griffin at Science World Report reports on the details of the findings. Read more.

DN: NYC Discriminated Against People with Disabilities During Sandy, Judge Rules
Nov 7: A judge ruled that NYC did not do enough to plan for and evacuate people with disabilities during Superstorm Sandy. During the storm, many residents were trapped in high-rise buildings and faced problems accessing public transportation.  Daniel Beekman with NY Daily News spoke to Tania Morales, the main plaintiff, on the ruling. Continue reading here.

CVH: One Year After Sandy - Challenges in Red Hook Houses Remain
Oct 26: Sondra Youdelman, Executive Director of Community Voices Heard (CVH), shares about the on-going challenges in public houses and efforts to advocate for a just rebuilding. CVH interviewed residents and activists for first-hand accounts of resident struggles. Read more.

AFH: Report on Hurricane Sandy Neighborhood Assessments
The information and data gathered by assessments have been summarized in a report by Architecture for Humanity's New York Chapter. The report is a reflection of the stories and observations made during the site visits, and while efforts have been made to accurately document the situation, is not meant to be a representation of any particular individual or community group. View report. Updates here.
November is Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Month!
The Flu.gov website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, highlights tools and resources to help businesses, communities, schools, and other organizations plan for seasonal flu and potential flu pandemics. Visitors can click on tabs to learn more about symptoms and treatment, prevention and vaccination, and planning and preparedness. Visitors can also click on a link to learn more about the history of pandemics and the current global situation. Direct links for downloading highlighted Flu.gov preparedness resources are below:

Mental Health & Behavioral Guidelines: Response to Pandemic Flu Outbreak
This report from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress highlights preparedness, intervention planning, response, and recovery guidelines that aim to reduce negative mental health impacts after a pandemic. Download the resource here.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness & Response Guide for Healthcare Field
This guidance includes recommendations for health care workers to help them prepare for and respond to seasonal and pandemic influenza. One section highlights how to incorporate pandemic plans into disaster plans, and the appendix includes pandemic planning checklists and example plans. Access the guidance here.

Preparing for a Flu Pandemic Fact Sheet: Coping and Emotional Well-Being
This American Red Cross fact sheet describes pandemic flu and emphasizes the importance of preparedness as a coping tool. Download the resource here

FEMA: Community Recovery Resource Mapping Tool
A data-rich Community Recovery Resource Mapping Tool recently became available to the recovery community. The tool provides information about home damage, maximum grants received from FEMA and nonprofit recovery organizations' service areas. Data was provided by NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, American Red Cross, NYC Housing Recovery Operations, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and others. The tool can be used by a wide range of recovery practitioners to identify available resources, gaps in services, trends and other factors. The tool will be updated as new information becomes available.

FEMA: Replacing Your Important Papers
Not only are homes and personal property damaged by severe storms, flooding, landslides or mudslides, but many survivors also lose valuable personal documents such as Social Security cards, driver's license, birth certificates, etc. For a partial list of ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents click here.

Just In Time Disaster Training - Library
There are now 386 disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training videos embedded in the Just In Time Disaster Training Video Library with new videos being added on a daily basis. The purpose of this FREE on-line library is to provide a single, easy-to-search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access Just In Time Disaster Training Videos.

Preparedness Planning Guide for Diocesan Offices
The Preparedness Planning Guide for Diocesan Offices provides exercises designed to help a Diocesan Office Disaster Response Team to be mindful of the areas that are vulnerable in a disaster and to prepare ways to protect staff, records and assets.
Download more resources for preparedness and response from Episcopal Relief & Development's Resource Library.

Psychological First Aid App
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Psychological First Aid Mobile App is now available for Android and iOS. Following disasters or emergencies, the PFA Mobile™ app can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children.
Poor People's Dinner
November 25, 2013, 6:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
1100 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY

RSVP by 11/18: Call Anita Yuen, 718-448-1544 x163, or email

Rusty Staub is one of the New York Met's all-time most popular players, and is a 23 year Major League veteran and a six-time All Star. Since its creation in 1985, the Rusty Staub Foundation has become synonymous with the motto that has been the driving force behind its commitment: benefiting youth and fighting hunger.  We ask that you bring at least one bag of canned or non-perishable food to stock our food pantry shelves for the coming winter season.

Webinar Series: Family Financial Recovery Toolkit
November 26, 2013, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Register here

The Family Financial Recovery Toolkit is a valuable resource to share with families experiencing recovery after a disaster. These webinars are provided for professionals and volunteers who work with families in disaster recovery so they may learn how to use the toolkit and accompanying resources.

Learning from Hurricane Sandy: FEMA's After-Action Report
December 5, 2013, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019

RSVP - For further information call 646-557-4430.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) national-level after-action report for Hurricane Sandy was recently released. Come get an overview of FEMA's perspective on what worked and what needed improvement, and get some insight into how FEMA develops its After-Action reports from FEMA staff.

NYC VOAD Emotional & Spiritual Care Committee Social and Networking Potluck Lunch
December 10, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fourth Universalist Society (UWS Manhattan)
New York, NY

In lieu of a regular December Committee meeting, the ESCC co-chairs would like to hold a social/networking ‘Potluck Lunch'. Committee members + other invited guests will be encouraged to bring a food item that represents your faith or culture to share.  For more information, contact Christian or Nancy via email.

Financial Needs Assessment & Literacy Training for Disaster Case Managers
December 11, 2013, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
American Red Cross (ARC) Building
520 West 49th Street (bet 10th & 11th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019

RSVP here

This half day training is open to DCM staff in NYC including both NYS DCMP and community-based disaster case managers. The 3 modules are intended to serve as a professional development workshop in the area of financial needs assessment, financial counselling referrals, client-finances literacy, and recovery budgeting with clients.

NYC-NASW Disaster Trauma Committee
December 20, 2013, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, 10th floor
New York, NY

RSVP here

The Disaster Trauma Committee has been meeting to recognize social workers' interest and experience in disaster work, providing bimonthly meetings for continuing learning and collegial support. The next meeting focus will be on the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy: Sandy Hook a Year Later.

Emergency Preparedness & Building Resilient Communities: A Four-Part Series
January 7, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm, Location: TBD
February 18, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm, Location: TBD
March 18, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm, Location: TBD
April 29, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm, Location: TBD

Registration Required - RSVP here 

DOHMH, OEM and CAUSE-NY in conjunction with The Bronx Long-Term Recovery Group present a four-part series on emergency preparedness.  Participants can attend individual sessions but are encouraged to participate in all four parts of the series.
Brooklyn Community Services

Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management

CDM Smith

Episcopal Diocese of New York

Federal Emergency Management Jobs


Louis Berger Group, Inc.

Lutheran Social Services

Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS)

Met Council Disaster Case Management

New York Cares


NYC Dept. of Info Tech & Telecomm

NYC Office of Emergency Management

NYC Office of the Mayor

NYC Medical Reserve Corp

NYC Service - EmergeNYC

National Service (CNCS)

New York Cares

Red Hook Initiative

World Cares Center

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