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:: FROM THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
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.

Faithfully,

Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President

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:: NYDIS NEWS
NYDIS Sandy Recovery Resources
Connect With Us - for Daily Recovery Updates
On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Guide (with Widgets)
On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Calendar
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) Website & Form Set
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 Releases New Volunteer Group Housing Program Form-Set
NYDIS finished the development of a comprehensive culturally and religiously conscious form-set to assist potential host sites in housing rebuild volunteers in support of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts. This form-set exhaustively covers a wide range of topics suitable for organizations involved in volunteer housing. The form-set will be covered in greater detail in a forthcoming special e-newsletter.

View or download the VGHP Form Set for Host Sites & Volunteer Groups
NYDIS Partners with World Cares Center on Secret Sandy Claus Project
NYDIS is partnering with World Cares Center and other organizations to distribute toys to children affected by Superstorm Sandy this Christmas season. More than 1,000 children, including those whose families are still living in hotels, have registered to receive toys to be donated in all NYC boroughs. NYDIS is grateful for toy donations from Franklin & Marshall College Alumni - NY Chapter in support of this project. For more information, click here.
NYDIS Co-Hosts DCM Financial Literacy Training
Dec 11: In collaboration with the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, NYLAG, and The Salvation Army, NYDIS facilitated a Financial Literacy Training for approximately 125 recovery practitioners. The half day training was available to NYS DCMP and non-DCMP Disaster Case Managers DCM Supervisors, and other recovery practitioners. The 3 modules were intended to serve as a professional development workshop in the area of financial needs assessment, financial counseling referrals, client finances literacy and recovery budgeting with clients. NYDIS led a workshop on Principles of Financial Self-Sufficiency and conducted a mock Unmet Needs Roundtable. The training was funded by a grant from the United Way of New York City.
Japanese Delegation Visits NYDIS to Evaluate Role of Unmet Needs Roundtable
Nov 25: A delegation of emergency managers and sociologists from Japan recently visited NYDIS to gain an overview of the role of the Unmet Needs Roundtables as a long-term recovery best practice. The meeting included staff from Spark Relief and a demonstration of unmetneedsroundtable.org, the application portal and client database tracking system. The delegation's visit to NYC included meetings with other recovery agencies to discuss the impact, theories, and best practices for Disaster Case Management Programs.
NYDIS is Seeking NYC Congregations to Host 2014 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.
:: FAITH COMMUNITY NEWS
DN: Church Leaders Rally for City to Release Federal Sandy Recovery Money
Dec 18: Faith in New York is advocating for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to prioritize Superstorm Sandy Recovery and accelerate Build It Back funds to impacted homeowners. More than 25,000 residents have applied to the Build It Back program, but only a few have received aid. The Daily News' Clare Trapasso talked to homeowners about the recovery process. Read more.
SBDR: Rebuilding NYC Student Blitz
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief will be mobilizing college students to return to New York City for Christmas and Spring Break 2014 to serve Superstorm Sandy survivors yet to reach recovery.  Teams will be will be cleaning out flooded homes and helping to rebuild some 200 homes. Read more
FINY: Faith in New York Executive Director Speaks at Talking Transitions
Faith in New York Executive Director Joseph McKellar spoke at the North Star Fund- sponsored forum at the Talking Transitions tent "From the Edge of Disaster: How Activists and Insiders Can Use the Lessons of Hurricane Sandy to Make the City Safer." Click here to see the video.
UMCOR: Anatomy of a United Methodist Disaster Response
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is making invaluable contributions to Superstorm Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. The needs have differed and have required many volunteers. Click here to learn what the United Methodists have been doing and how they've been doing it.
:: NYC RECOVERY NEWS & RESOURCES
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 neig hborhoods and Title I public schools. Neighborhood Grant Applications are due January 27, 2014. 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.
Hazard Mitigation & Structural Engineering Program: Deadline 2/14/14
The Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering grants program supports fundamental research to mitigate impacts of natural and human-caused hazards on civil infrastructure and to advance the reliability, resiliency, and sustainability of buildings and other structures. This SuperStorm Sandy research grant, among others, are posted on grants.gov.
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.
RECOVERY RESOURCES

NY State, Sandy Disaster Case Management Referral Line: 855-258-0483
Resource Guides and Websites Red Hook to Coney Island - Weatherization Grants 
Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee (SPRC) is offering upgrades and replacements for heating systems, boilers, and home weatherization to eligible landlords and tenants living in Red Hook all the way to Coney Island. The weatherization grants can assist in paying 30-60%, and in some cases up to 100%, of the cost toward energy conservation upgrades. For more information or to apply.
Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been released for New York City and can be viewed through the Preliminary FIRM Data Viewer. These maps follow the release of the preliminary work maps which included the full results of the coastal flood study conducted after Hurricane Sandy.  
FEMA Elevating Your House Guide
The latest FEMA Elevation House Guide has been released. The guide gives an overview of the elevation process and what it entails.
NY Rising Community Conceptual Plans Released
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, which has been established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, released community conceptual plans for the future of our city. To find community-specific documents, meetings, maps, and other pertinent resources, click here.
HUD Announces $5 Billion in Additional CDBG Recovery Funds
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 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
Updated: LISC NRNYC Home Repair Program
Neighborhood Revitalization NYC (NRNYC), an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will assist homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy at no cost to the homeowner. The NRNYC Home Repair Program is paid for with private funds from the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the American Red Cross, JP Morgan Chase and the Robin Hood Foundation and developed in partnership with the City of New York. The program will provide a range of non-structural and structural repairs to between 400 and 600 1-4 unit homes in New York City. Participants in this program will be low-income homeowners not currently registered or eligible for the New York City Build it Back program. Homeowners will be referred to this program by Build it Back and case managers from LISC's partner organizations. For more information, click here
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 Smoke and CO Detectors
The NYC Fire Department is giving away 2000 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to Sandy survivors (62 and older or those with a hearing impairment) free of charge in the following Brooklyn areas: Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach. For more information or to request a detector, please contact Christopher Hogan/718-281-3872.
NYCHR: Build It Back Option Review Meetings
Last month, NYC Build it Back began holding its Option Review Meetings with numerous registrants. At these Option Review Meetings, homeowners will learn of their preliminary Award decision.  They will also have the opportunity to review their application entirely, including information they submitted to our Housing Recovery Specialists (HRS) and data NYC Build it Back received from other sources such as proceeds from insurance and disaster assistance.  Updates

Build It Back newsletter.
Build It Back Information Update Flyer
Build It Back Priority Flyer
NYC OEM: Draft 2014 New York City Hazard Mitigation Plan
Dec 16: The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), in partnership with the Department of City Planning (DCP), is pleased to announce the release of the draft 2014 New York City Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  The draft HMP is now available for a public comment period beginning December 16, 2013 and ending January 16, 2014. Following the comment period, the draft HMP will be reviewed by New York State and FEMA for approval. Click to view the NYC 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan
NYC: City Announces $100M in Infrastructure Upgrades for Staten Island
Dec 10: The City announced $100 million in infrastructure upgrades for New Dorp Beach and South Beach in Staten Island, two communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.  Infrastructure upgrades will include miles of storm and sanitary sewers, water mains and rebuilt roadways. Read more.
CBS: YMCAs to Provide Jobs, Community Spirit to Coney Island & The Rockaways
Dec 7: New YMCAs are opening in Coney Island and the Rockaways, two communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Local officials say the new facilities will be a great resource for youth development and create jobs for local residents. The new Coney Island Y was scheduled to open Dec. 16 and the Rockaway facility is slated to open Feb. 14.  Read more.
WSJ: Money for Building a Stronger New York
Dec 2: The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded New York City (one among 32 other cities) grant money for the creation of long-term resiliency planning to guard against natural disasters and other threats.   Melanie Grayce West from the Wall Street Journal spoke to Judith Rodin, president of the foundation, about the vision behind the grant. Read here.


NY1: Teens on Probation Help Sandy Victims in Rockaways
Nov 30: New York's Probation Department assigned more than 500 juveniles and young adults to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. A grant pays the teens about $1,500 for two months of weekend labor. Probation officers select for the program individuals who are trying to turn their lives around. Read more.
EM: Federal Task Force Issues Recommendations for Long-term Recovery
Nov 27: The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Rebuilding Strategy contains 69 policy recommendations that will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses and revitalize local economies and ensure entire communities are better able to withstand and recover from future storms. One policy recommendation requires compliance with an executive order for 24 federal agencies to consider the long-term recovery process. Emergency Management's Claire Rubin outlines other key recommendations made by the task force. Read more
CNY: A Year After Sandy, Official Says City Lacks Millions for 'Resiliency'
Nov 26: A New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) top manager recently testified that NYCHA still lacks the funding needed for upgrades and repairs following Superstorm Sandy, with many NYCHA buildings still relying on temporary boilers to heat their developments.  Gloria Pazamino with Capital New York reported on the City Council hearing for public housing. Read more.
WSJ: State, City Differ on Focus of Sandy Aid
Nov 26: New York City and New York State differ vastly on first round distribution of Superstorm Sandy Aid. The city plans to spend more on resiliency and mitigation projects, while the state plans to invest mostly in housing programs that benefit homeowners.  Laura Kusisto and Josh Dawsey of the Wall Street Journal spoke to survivors and elected officials about the government's recovery plans. Continue here.
EM: Tracking System Prepares N.Y. to Evacuate Patients in Emergencies
Nov 25: Superstorm Sandy forced the evacuation of 7,000 patients.  Spurred by a recommendation from the NYS Ready and Respond Commissions, the Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System (e-FINDS), a web-based tracking system, has been developed and tested as a hospital evacuation tool. Emergency Management's Jessica Hughes reports on how the system works. Continue here
CT State Attorney's Report on the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Nov 25: The Connecticut State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury has released the Report on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street. The purpose of this report is to identify the person or persons criminally responsible for the twenty-seven homicides that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on the morning of December 14, 2012, to determine what crimes were committed, and to indicate if there will be any state prosecutions as a result of the incident.  View the report.
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.
US Army: $5.35B Sufficient for Hurricane Sandy Relief, USACE Chief Tells Congress
Nov 14: The $5.35 billion authorized for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects to mitigate damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is enough to reduce future risk, the Army's chief of engineers told Congress.   About nine projects are expected to be completed by mid-2015, with the remainder completed by 2016. Read more.
:: ADVOCACY
TF: Sandy Victims & Pols: Fraudulent Contractors Major Blight to Recovery
Dec 12: More than 25 homeowners in Queens have been scammed by fraudulent contractors following Superstorm Sandy. Anna Gustafson with The Forum spoke to residents about their experiences and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) about his office's work to assist these families. Read more.
NYC: Sandy Funding Tracker on NYC Website
Dec 11: New York City's newly released Sandy Funding Tracker gives an overview of disaster recovery and resilience dollars allocated to New York City to date by funding type and funding details. The tracker also provides information about projects and programs in each major category of disaster relief funds. View the website here.
BB: Councilmen-Elect Call for Sandy Recovery Committee
Dec 9: Councilmen-elect Mark Treyger and Carlos Menchaca have called for the creation of a City Council committee dedicated to oversight of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts. Ned Burke of Bensonhurst Bean reported on the press release and announcement made by the incoming members. Read more.  
SCN: Civil Rights Organizations Come Together to Release FlyRights 2.0
Nov 27: The Sikh Coalition and a coalition of national civil rights organizations recently released FlyRights 2.0, an enhanced version of a mobile phone application that allows users to file complaints of TSA screening discrimination in real time. As the holiday travel season approaches, the Sikh Coalition urges travelers to know their rights and download the app. Read more. Watch the Press Conference.
BD: Sandy Survivors: City Leaving Us Low & Wet by Not Protecting Beachfront
Nov 25: Residents and activists in Coney Island and Brighton Beach are calling for the government to build sand dunes to protect high-risk flood areas along the shoreline as in other Sandy-impacted boroughs. Will Bredderman of Brooklyn Daily spoke with locals and the Army Corp of Engineers about the city's plan for mitigating the impact of future storms along the Brooklyn shoreline. Read more
RF: 5 Resilience Recommendations for Bill de Blasio
Nov 19: Judith Roden, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, presented five recommendations for the incoming mayor to build a more resilient New York. Recommendations include: 1) create the position of deputy mayor for Economic Development and Resilience, 2) develop bus rapid transit in every borough, 3) increase investments in innovative technologies, 4) speed the release of \ federal funds for resilience projects, and 5) create an infrastructure bank to encourage private financing of resilient infrastructure. Continue reading \ here.
WNYC: Councilmembers Propose Sandy Recovery Fund Tracking Database 
Nov 15: 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  
CSM: Nonprofit Legal Aid Helps Sort the Tangles of Superstorm Sandy
Nov 8: As soon as Hurricane Sandy hit, the New York Legal Assistance Group reassigned lawyers from other projects to focus on storm assistance; hired 27 lawyers, paralegals and financial counselors for its Storm Response Unit; and trained 1,000 pro bono lawyers and other volunteers to provide disaster-related legal services. The group currently has 1,600 open cases and still hears from 300 new people each month about problems related to the storm. Continue reading.
Baruch College: Day Labor, Worker Centers & Relief Work in Aftermath of Sandy
A recent report from Baruch College's School of Public Affairs highlights the risks faced by Hurricane Sandy's pool of day laborers. According to the report, day laborers have played a crucial role in the recovery yet they often go unnoticed. While the disaster increased the availability of jobs, the work can put laborers at increased risk of exposure to hazardous materials and unsafe working conditions. The report states that homeowners and contractors who employ workers are frequently unable to provide adequate training and protection, and it is not uncommon for workers to be underpaid. View report.

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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. 
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.
The BASE Campaign
The Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone (BASE) Campaign, organized by Chhaya CDC, proposes to add a new category of residence to building, housing, and zoning codes, creating an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). The ADU code, which would allow homeowners a pathway to legalizing basement units, is particularly significant in the aftermath of Sandy where many were denied assistance for flooded illegal basement apartments. For homeowners whose basements provided a source of rental income, this presented a major problem for tenants and owners. Click here to learn more about the campaign.
:: PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVES
Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems and emergencies. Visit the sites for emergency preparedness tips and checklists.
Disaster Mental Health - Coping during Holidays, Anniversaries, Trauma Reminders
December 14, 2013, was the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and we honor the memories of the children and teachers lost in that tragedy. This type of anniversary timeframe and other trauma reminders, like holidays, can cause powerful emotional reactions for those who have experienced a traumatic event or loss. SAMHSA DTAC has compiled a list of resources for survivors and those who work with them to help individuals prepare for and cope with stress and protect survivors' behavioral health throughout the holiday season:
Anniversary Reactions to a Traumatic Event: Recovery Process Continues
This customizable SAMHSA tip sheet describes common anniversary reactions among survivors of a disaster or traumatic event. Download and customize the resource for a particular disaster-affected community here

Disaster Distress Helpline
The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides free, year-round crisis counseling and support for individuals who are in emotional distress related to a natural or human-caused disaster. Trained counselors provide tips for healthy coping and can refer individuals to local crisis call centers for additional support. For additional information, visit the helpline website.

Making the Most of the Holiday Season
This American Psychological Association article recognizes that individuals who are experiencing stress in other areas of their life, such as a recent disaster or other traumatic event, may be more vulnerable to increased anxiety during the holidays. Read their practical tips on how to handle holiday stress here.
Holidays, Celebrations and Traumatically Bereaved Children
This archived presentation is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Child Traumatic Grief Speaker Series. The course discusses ways that holidays and anniversaries can serve as trauma reminders and provides tips to help parents, teachers, and other adults support children who have experienced traumatic stress. To access this presentation and download resources on child traumatic grief, visit the NCTSN Holiday Stress website.  

Positive Coping for Disaster Anniversaries
This blog post, located on the Colorado Office of Emergency Management website and authored by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, provides tips that can help survivors cope with emotional reactions during disaster anniversaries and similar events. Access the website here.
Resilience and Stress Management
This SAMHSA DTAC Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series installment provides a knowledge base for understanding the concepts of resilience, stress, and stress management. To access this installment, click here.
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress
This SAMHSA tip sheet provides guidance on stress prevention and management for survivors, including ways to relieve stress and how to know when to seek professional help. Order copies of this tip sheet or download the digital version here.
Building Community Resilience for Children and Families
This report is geared towards individuals interested in learning more about building community resilience. Topics include community resilience in relation to businesses, community leaders, cultural and faith-based organizations, media, mental health, and public health.  

Challenges and Choices: Stress Management-The Challenge of Balance
This website, sponsored by the University of Missouri, includes information on understanding and identifying stressors and stress signals and provides a printable resource that can help track daily stressors. Access the online guide here.
New Ready NYC App 
The Ready NYC app - a mobile application based on OEM's Ready New York campaign and developed in conjunction with Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - is now available for Android and iPhones. This app features a variety of useful emergency preparedness tools.
Project to Enhance the Capacity of EMs to Respond to Latino Communities
The Project to Enhance the Capacity of Emergency Managers to Respond to Latino Communities was funded by the Office of Minority Health to address the systemic disconnect between emergency management systems and some of the most distressed Latino populations.  The Institute for Hispanic Health (IHH) believes that this project will provide new knowledge about Latinos' beliefs and behaviors regarding disaster situations and offer emergency managers materials and training modules to significantly improve their ability to reach Latino communities prior to and in the wake of a major emergency. 
SAMHSA GO2AID App
SAMHSA's GO2AID mobile app makes it easy to provide quality support to survivors during disasters.  Users will be able to navigate pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, post-deployment resources, share resources, like tips for helping survivors cope, find local behavioral health services and more.
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities & Functional Access Needs
Check out this unique instructional video produced by FEMA containing information specific to Americans with disabilities or other access and functional needs regarding emergency preparedness.
Convoy of Hope: Church Preparedness
To minimize the potential for disruption to church ministries and operations, and to strengthen your position from which to minister to others when disaster strikes, you must prepare. In the Church Preparedness Material, you will find important information about building church resilience to disaster:  what is a disaster, why prepare, where to begin, what to do and templates and resources.
:: UPCOMING EVENTS
Buyout Sign Up Meeting
January 5, 2014, Time: TBA
Oakwood Heights Community Church
345 Guyon Avenue
Staten Island, NY

A meeting will be held on January 5th to sign up for State buyouts for Superstorm Sandy-impacted homeowners. It is open to home-owners from any neighborhood in Staten Island.  For more information, email or visit the Crescent Beach Buyout Committee website.
Oculus Book Talk: The Nature of Urban Design: A NYC Perspective on Resilience
January 13, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
NY, NY 10012

Register here

Alexandros E. Washburn, AIA, is the chief urban designer of the City of New York, Department of City Planning. The Nature of Urban Design uses real-life examples, drawing heavily from the New York experience, to show how to design beautiful urban spaces that achieve multiple goals and objectives-such as greater resilience, livability and equity - while addressing the political and financial challenges that can accelerate or slow implementation. Includes examples from the High Line to the post-Sandy recovery of Red Hook, Brooklyn.


Disaster Spiritual Care Worker Training
January 14, 2014, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Hartford Seminary
77 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT

Register here

Hartford Seminary, in partnership with NDIN (National Disaster Interfaiths Network), invites congregation leaders, first responders, chaplains, lay spiritual care providers, mental health professionals, and emergency managers to take this one-day Spiritual Care Worker Training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own faith community - or with NDIN or its partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.
This one-day training provides an overview of best practices for volunteers who would be supervised by a disaster chaplain in a mass-casualty situation or in a mass-care setting.
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.
Training Courses and Webinars - Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network
New York City Coastal Storm Plan - January 15, 2014, 9:30am
Social Media in Emergencies Webinar - February 12, 2014, 9:30am
Continuity of Operations Webinar - March 12, 2014, 9:30am
Psychological First Aid - April 9, 2014, 9:30am
Point of Dispensing Webinar - May 7, 2014, 9:30am
Resource Request and Data Gathering Webinar - June 4, 2014, 9:30am

RSVP here

The Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network (PCEPN) has developed a comprehensive training schedule for New York City's primary care centers. These courses have been designed to develop and enhance staff knowledge around some of the basic core competencies of emergency management. Please note that you do not need to be a PCEPN member to participate.
Core Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: The Essentials
May 15, 2014, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012

RSVP here

This full-day conference is the first in an ongoing workshop series about evidence-based trauma treatments.  The program will expose participants to the essentials of trauma, including: defining trauma and trauma in the recovery process; examining the neurobiological implications of trauma; exploring EBP and emerging interventions; and looking at aspects of evidence-informed care in different populations
:: JOBS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
American Institute of Architects
American Red Cross
Booz, Allen, Hamilton
Brooklyn Community Services
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management
CDM Smith
Disaster Distress Helpline-Hurricane Sandy
Episcopal Diocese of New York
Federal Emergency Management Jobs
IEM
Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Lutheran Social Services
Mennonite Disaster Services
Met Council Disaster Case Management
National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
NORC
NYC DOHMH
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYC Medical Reserve Corp
NYC Service - EmergeNYC
Red Hook Initiative
URS Corporation
World Cares Center
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