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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 - 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
Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants RFP
New York Disaster Interfaith Services is accepting proposals for its Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants. This program will fund reconstruction or equipment purchases, up to $10,000, for nonprofit organizations who wish to house SuperStorm Sandy rebuild volunteers. For more information and to access the application, click here.
NYDIS Releases New Volunteer Group Housing Program Form-Set
In December, NYDIS released a comprehensive culturally and religiously competent form-set to assist potential host sites in housing rebuild volunteers in support of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts. This form-set, includes two handbooks for host sites and volunteer groups and exhaustively covers a wide range of resources for organizations involved in volunteer housing rebuild.

View or download the VGHP Form Set for Host Sites & Volunteer Groups

Wenger to Present Keynote Address at SI Conference for Caregivers on 1/28
Ruth Wenger, Executive Vice President of NYDIS and Director of Training for the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), will give the keynote speech and lead a self-care workshop at the Conference for Caregivers being presented by a coalition of partners from the Staten Island Community and Inter-faith Long Term Recovery Organization.  It will be hosted at the SI University Hospital from 4-8PM. The conference is being held as a special evening of self-care, renewal and professional development for Sandy Recovery workers and volunteers. RSVP to pat.kane@yahoo.com.

Gudaitis Invited to National Summit on Preventing Multiple Casualty Violence
Third in a series, this summit will be held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia, February 3-6, 2014. The summit will focus on community prevention efforts intended to help reduce the frequency of such incidents. NDIN President Peter Gudaitis has been invited to participate as an expert in inter-religious community preparedness as well as religious literacy and competency in crisis settings. Co-sponsors include the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Division of Public Safety Leadership at Johns Hopkins University.

NYDIS Announces Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants RFP
NYDIS is now accepting proposals for its Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants. Grants will fund reconstruction or equipment purchases, up to $10,000, for congregations and other nonprofit organizations who currently house (or will house) SuperStorm Sandy rebuild volunteers. Applications are due by February 3, 2014. For more information and to access the application, click here.

NYDIS to Co-Host Repair & Rebuild in NYC: Sandy Recovery Symposium II
This February 13th Symposium, second in a series of four, will familiarize recovery staff and advocates with best practices of disaster recovery, including New York City successes and challenges. Updates from government programs, VOAD organizations and partner programs and their practical applications will also be presented. The schedule is designed to allow participants to network and collaborate across organizations. The event will be held at the Salvation Army Centennial Memorial Temple on 14th Street. Register here

NYDIS Hosts 2013 Annual Meeting and Partnership Awards Reception
Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Region II, Ken Curtin, gave the keynote address at the NYIDS 2013 Annual Meeting and Partnership Awards Reception on January 9th.  The event was attended by over 200 guests comprising board members, donors and Superstorm Sandy recovery partners and Unmet Needs Roundtable clients. Forty-six honoree individuals and organizations were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in New York City.

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.

IAEM Posts New Compendium of Faith Based Organization (FBO) Resources
This Compendium of Faith-Based resources was put together by the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM).  NYDIS resources, including "The NYDIS Manual for Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response in New York City" are featured in these editions. Access here.

MDS: Far Rockaway Update
Dec 19: The MDS team at Far Rockaway has closed seven jobs in the last two weeks, and started six more! These numbers reflect the nature of our work here. Repairs are often on small homes and only on one floor, or one section of a home. There are many challenges to these jobs, but lots of huge rewards in the gratitude of the homeowners. Stay posted on MDS Superstorm Sandy Recovery work here.  

FINY: Prayer Vigil Held to Rally for Sandy Victims Whose Homes are in Disrepair
Dec 19: Faith-based Faith in New York recently held prayer vigils at the homes of Superstorm Sandy victims whose home haven't been fully repaired. The organization is calling upon the mayor's administration to make recovery a priority. Continue 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. 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.

Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants RFP: Deadline 2/3/14
NYDIS is accepting proposals for its Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants program. Grants will fund reconstruction or equipment purchases, up to $10,000, for nonprofit organizations who currently house (or will house) SuperStorm Sandy rebuild volunteers in 2014. Learn more.

Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training Grants: Deadline 2/13/14
These grants are provided for nonprofit and other eligible entities to recruit, train and place unemployed and under-employed workers. The grant also includes residents who were historically affected by hazardous and solid waste sites and facilities to help them obtain the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in the assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. Learn more.

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, is posted on grants.gov.

Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems: Deadline 3/19/14
The NSF seeks proposals with transformative ideas that will ensure that interdependent critical infrastructure systems are effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe and secure for the Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Processes and Systems Program. Learn more.

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.

NY State, Sandy Disaster Case Management Referral Line: 855-258-0483

Resource Guides and Websites

Brooklyn Recovery Fund: Guide to NYC Hazard Mitigation Plan
As part of the ongoing recovery, it is critical that community voices are heard in the public response to important documents like the Office of Emergency Management's Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Brooklyn Recovery Fund Team created this guide to help navigate how to read, understand, and respond to that plan.  Read here.

Entitlement Manual
A resource document for Disaster Case Managers (DCMs) that lists government entitlements and other resources that may be available to clients. Access here.

HeartShare Energy Assistance Program
Working in partnership with National Grid, Con Edison and Entergy, HeartShare makes grants of up to $200 to those in need or those on the verge of having their services disconnected. Each year, HeartShare helps thousands of low-income individuals and families throughout New York City pay their heating and cooling bills. Click  here for more information.

Insulation Available
For large-scale community-based construction projects in need of insulation, multiple truckloads (approximately 11 tons) of industrial grade wool insulation are available. The product is bonded and requires heavy duty blowing equipment - common blowing machines cannot be used. However, if interested groups have capacity for the volume of insulation, the donor is open to discussing the donated use of proper machinery. This insulation is donated by NYC WasteMatch, and accessible through NYC Center for Materials Reuse. For more information, contact Ben Rose.

IRS Disaster Area Losses
Casualty loss from a federally declared disaster in an area warranting public or individual assistance can be deducted as a loss on tax returns or amended tax returns for the tax year immediately preceding the tax year in which the disaster happened. On the IRS website, visit the IRS Disaster Area Losses Section for special rules that apply to federally declared disaster area losses and information on when you can deduct loss, how to claim loss, and what tax deadlines may be postponed.

Lutheran Social Services of NY Sandy Legal Representation Project
The Sandy Legal Representation Project at Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY) is designed to provide free, needed legal services to immigrant and undocumented survivors of Superstorm Sandy. The agency is currently accepting referrals to this program. Please email Priya Patel or call (212) 265-1826 ext. 3009 for additional information, or to refer a client.

New York City VOAD Volunteer and Construction Committee Resource Guide
This list includes voluntary organizations providing rebuild services in New York City.
Housing Recovery Resource Guide

5 Tips to Consider Before Buying Homeowners Insurance
This blog was created as a forum for discussion on topics relating to recovering from disasters. Current topics feature tips to consider before buying homeowner's insurance. Read here.

The Salvation Army Bed Program
Through the Salvation Army Bed Replacement program, DCMs can request replacement for mattresses /box springs & frames through a partnership with Sleepys for Superstorm Sandy impacted individuals and families. Please e-mail the TSA with any questions.

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.&nb

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
BDE: Red Cross gives Sandy-Related $100,000 Grant to Children's Health Fund
Jan 15: The Children's Health Fund received a $100,000 grant from the American Red Cross to support mental health services for children and families impacted by Superstorm Sandy in Gerritsen Beach. Read more.

BDE: Treyger Says Snowstorm Exposed Lingering Sandy Problems in Coney Island
Jan 14: In a phone interview, Councilman Mark Treyger expressed frustrations about NYCHA buildings still running on temporary boilers since Superstorm Sandy. The councilman has requested a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio's office and NYCHA office to come to a permanent resolution. Read more.

NYT: Despite Renovations after Hurricane, Unease Persists in the Rockaways
Jan 13: Residents at Arverne View complex, renovated and renamed from Ocean View following Superstorm Sandy, are still uneasy about future storm resiliency because of its location. New York Time's Sarah Maslin Nir talks to the developer and residents of Arverne View about the recent renovations. Continue here

NYCHR: CDBG Disaster Recovery Notice of Proposed Action Plan Amendment
Jan 10: The City of New York has completed a proposed amendment to its plan for the $3.22 billion in Federal disaster aid to help with recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The proposed Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan Amendment 5 (Amendment 5) was published on Friday, December 27, 2013. The comment period on the proposed CDBG-DR Action Plan Amendment 5 is open. The Public Hearings regarding the proposed Action Plan Amendment 5, which were initially scheduled for January 14th-16th, have been postponed to a later date. The new dates and locations of the public hearings will be published in a future Notice. Please call 311 or check nyc.gov for the most updated information. Find more information and make comments here

Politicker: Cuomo Recruits Ray Kelly as 'Special Adviser' to New College
Jan 8: During his annual State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo announced plans to establish the nation's first college for "emergency management and homeland security." Although many colleges have "emergency management (EM)" programs, this would be the first college dedicated solely to EM. Read more.

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DN: Cuomo Proposes $1 Billion Housing Plan
Jan 5: During his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced plans to invest $100 million of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds to create 14,300 affordable housing units in Sandy-impacted areas. Daily News' Glenn Blain reports on the Governor's Housing Proposal, including job creation. Read more.

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QC: A Year of Recovery and Reinvestment
Jan 2: Queens Chronicles provides a review of 2013 recovery efforts in South Queens, a community impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Read here.

NYT: Con Ed Agrees Not to Raise Its Residential Electricity Rate for 2 Years
Dec 31: Con Ed recently announced plans to spend approximately $650 million to prepare for storms such as Superstorm Sandy without raising electricity rates for the next two years.  Approximately a million customers were without power for several days after Sandy. Patrick McGeehan with the New York Times reports on the agency's proposal with the Public Service Commission. Read more.

ARC: Red Cross Awards $25K Sandy Grant to NY Cares for Coat Drive
Dec 27: The American Red Cross has awarded a $25,000 grant to New York Cares to support a coat drive for people in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. The funding will be used to buy coats for children and adults throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Read more.

SILIVE: 132 Homeowners in Staten Island's South Beach Section Submit Paperwork for Buyout
Dec 23: Residents in the South Beach Section of Staten Island have applied to New York State's Buyout Program for Supestorm-Sandy impacted homeowners.  Staten Island Live's Judy L. Randall speaks to South Beach Civic Association president Joe McAllister about their proposal for follow-up actions. Read more.

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TL: Queens College Program Helps Post-Sandy Workers
Dec 21: The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (CBNS) at Queens College received a federal grant in the amount of $547,000 to conduct research on improving working conditions for post-disaster reconstruction workers.  Times Ledger's Alex Robinson speaks to Dr. Steven Markowitz, director of the CBNS, about the goals and motivation for the program. Continue here.

USDA: USDA Brings Additional Relief to Landowners Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Dec 18: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the allocation of approximately $19.2 million in funding for floodplain easements to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and prevent future damage in flood-prone areas in the Northeast region. The second round of Conservation Easement Applications to be accepted in 2014. Read the news release here.

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TF: After Sandy's Chaos, Some Welcome Relief at PS 207 
Dec 18: PS 207 in Howard Beach, Queens suffered extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy, inundated by more than 19 feet of flood water. New York elected officials recently announced the allocation of $1.86 million in federal to repair damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy. This funding will, according to the legislators, reimburse 90 percent of the cost of all the repairs needed in the building. Read more.

WNYC: MTA: Flood-proofing South Ferry Station Will Mean Building on Parkland
Dec 18: The MTA is planning several measures to increase the resiliency of the South Ferry Subway Station; however, the biggest challenge is protecting the low-lying room with the electrical relays that control the track signals. WNYC's Jim O'Grady reports on the MTAs plan to fortify the station. Continue here.  

NYT: Truckloads for Hurricane Sandy Victims
Dec 6: The New York Times' analysis of FEMA direct aid is illustrated in a graphic that provides an estimate of uninsured losses of applicants for FEMA assistance in New York and New Jersey. Access the graphic here.

TAC: New York's Looming Food Disaster
Oct 21: The Atlantic City's Siddhartha Mahanta writes about the vulnerability of New York City's food supply chain and potential for food shortages following disasters.  According to reports, following Superstorm Sandy, bridge and tunnel closures resulted in stranded food delivery trucks.  Mahanta speaks with global supply chain managers about what factors they believe are compounding food problems. Read more
SCN: America's Largest Police Force Continues Training on Sikhi
Jan 11: The Sikh Coalition provided trainings to New York Policy Academy's new graduating class of police officers on December 23, 2013. The 90-minute presentations provided information about Sikh beliefs, significance of the turban and other articles of faith, and how to interact and engage with Sikhs in New York City. Read more.

TN: To Help Connect the Two NYCs, Mayor Should Build More Community Broadband
Jan 8: A model program in Red Hook, Brooklyn reveals the importance of redundant community broadband access during and after a disaster in low-income neighborhoods. During the Superstorm Sandy response, Red Hook was one of few communities that didn't lose Wi-Fi connection.  Read more.

WSJ: Sandy Forced Some to Leave Illegal Units
Dec 26: Laura Kusisto from the Wall Street Journal reports on the post-Sandy housing situation facing thousands of people living in illegal apartments units prior to the storm. The new shortage of apartments in Sandy-impacted neighbors has led to an increase in apartment rentals.  Additionally, homeowners are losing income due to their inability to obtain rebuilding funds for undeclared apartments. Continue here.

CHPC Hurricane Sandy Building Code and Zoning Reform Suggestions
Changes in Code and Zone standards will affect how buildings damaged in Hurricane Sandy may be repaired or reconstructed. The new standards will prepare buildings for future storms. The Citizens Housing Planning Council released recommendations based on the experiences of residents in support of rebuilding efforts.  Read here.

Report: Addressing the Needs of Rockaway Businesses Impacted by Sandy
This report summarizes a six-month effort by a team of planners to assess how
Superstorm Sandy impacted businesses on the Rockaway Peninsula. The report identified issues and made recommendations for short and long-term planning strategies to help businesses recover and plan for the future. Read the report here.

Report: After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience & Adaptability
Leading up to the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, ULI has prepared After Sandy: Advancing Strategies for Long-Term Resilience and Adaptability, which offers guidance on post-disaster rebuilding and building in anticipation of future disasters in a way that helps preserve the environment, boost economic prosperity, and foster a high quality of life.

Report: Hurricane Sandy: Housing Needs One Year Later
This research brief summarizes early findings from a survey commissioned by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. to 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 Housing Needs One Year Laterreport provides crucial insight into the long-term needs of those affected by the storm.

Report: One Year of Sandy Response
One Year of Sandy Response outlines the challenges that face working class immigrant communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Citizenship status limited some immigrants' ability to claim benefits and a lack of multilingual staff at relief sites meant that early help was inaccessible to those with limited English proficiency. Make the Road New York continues to work on multiple fronts, including providing legal assistance and training workers for new jobs and conducting affordable housing advocacy, mold remediation and coalition building.

Report: Protecting Worker & Community Health: Are We Prepared for Next 9/11?
The NYCOSH publication Protecting Worker & Community Health: Are We Prepared for Next 9/11? identifies public policy questions that confront decision-makers who are tasked to protect the health of responders and the health of the public in large-scale emergencies, and offers policy recommendations. It reminds us that the 9/11 attacks were a defining moment in placing emergency preparedness and response in the first tier of our respo nsibilities in occupational safety and health in the 21st Century.

Report: A Tale of Two Sandys
As a framing document, A Tale of Two Sandys selects certain case studies for their exemplary nature, including how different groups identified vulnerable populations,  timelines for aid and recovery, a case study of housing and rebuilding, and finally, urban climate change politics. The primary purpose of A Tale of Two Sandys is to propose a sophisticated, accurate, and useful way of understanding the inequalities entwined with Sandy's aftermath and to enable ways to address them.

Superstorm Research Lab Launches Open Online Research Resource
The Superstorm Research Lab (SRL), a mutual aid research collective, has just launched an online resource for the wider-knowledge community working on issues related to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the tri-state area.
Cold Weather Emergency Preparedness

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guide combines key preparedness, response, and recovery information from the CDC Winter Weather website into an electronic file that can be printed now, and then accessed during power or Internet outages. Download the prevention guide.

Safe Home Heating Tips
Improper use of portable heating equipment can lead to fire or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely. Click here for fire and carbon monoxide safety tips.

What to Do if You Lose Heat or Hot Water at Home
Any New York City tenant without adequate heat or hot water should first speak with the building owner, manager, or superintendent. If the problem is not corrected, tenants should call 311. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will take measures to ensure your heat and hot water is restored.

Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
Ready.gov, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provides information that can help individuals prepare for and respond to winter storms and extreme cold. Access the website here.  

FDNY's Fire Safety Tips
NYC's Fire Department (FDNY) warns that safety measures and precautions should always be taken to ensure a safe, warm home through the winter. Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February. Learn what you need to know about furnaces, space heaters, coal and wood stoves, fireplaces, and smoke detectors.

Flu Season
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of viruses. It may be difficult to tell if you are suffering from the flu or another illness. Taking a few simple steps, such as getting a flu shot, washing your hands often, and staying home from work or school when feeling ill, can make a huge difference in your health and the health of those around you.  For more information on how to stay safe during flu season, check out these resources: 

Pet Safety Tips
Cold weather is dangerous for pets. Keep them safe by following these guidelines, courtesy of the ASPCA.
World Cares Center Home Repairs Training
January 27, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
February 3, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
274 Colony Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306

RSVP on the web or via email

In collaboration with AYES Corp, World Cares Center is offering targeted, specialized training so that homeowners can be prepared to make a difference in their homes and the lives of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Trainings are open to those impacted by Sandy or those interested in volunteering for Sandy recovery.

Emergency Preparedness & Building Resilient Communities: A Four Part-Series
(For Queens Service Providers Only)

January 27, 2014, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
February 24, 2014, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
March 31, 2014, 9:00am - 3:30pm
April 28, 2014, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
LaGuardia Community College

RSVP here

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, NYC OEM & The Jewish Community Relations Council of NY, in conjunction with The Queens Forum, present this four-part series. The series will take place on January 27, February 24, March 31, and April 28 at LaGuardia Community College. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all four sessions. Sessions are free of charge to the Queens community. For more info, email Hannah Weinerman or call 212.983.4800 X144.

Conference for Caregivers
January 28, 2014, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Staten Island University Hospital
Regina McGinn Education Center
475 Seaview Ave
Staten Island, NY 10305

RSVP via email 

Sandy Recovery workers and volunteers are invited to attend a special evening of self-care, renewal, and professional development.

Lessons from the Field: Small Business Recovery Strategies after Disaster
January 28, 2014, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cost: Free

Register here

This webinar will contrast achievements of small business recovery programs in two communities, both of which have evolved to offer support and resources to local businesses after major disasters.

NYC Sandy UNR Training for Disaster Case Managers (DCMs)
February 5, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St., 11th FL
New York, NY

RSVP here

This training is being presented by NYDIS and is intended to teach New York City DCM Supervisors and DCMs how to present cases to the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.  The Roundtable is a source of cash assistance, loans and discounted/tax-free appliances and building supplies - for those impacted by Sandy and regardless of immigration status. This training is open to any disaster case manager from any agency. This training is required before a DCM can apply to the Roundtable on behalf of their client's unmet needs.

Free Trainings for Disaster Response Volunteers
February 6, 2014, 6:00pm
February 13, 2014, 6:00pm
February 18, 2014, 6:00pm
Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY

To register, contact Debbie Burack at (o) 646-261-6576 or via email

Intensive training for local community volunteers. Receive basic disaster relief and personal preparedness training.

Repair and Rebuild in NYC - Sandy Recovery Symposium II
February 13, 2014
Centennial Memorial Temple
The Salvation Army
120 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Register here

This symposium will familiarize recovery staff and advocates with best practices of disaster recovery, including New York City successes and challenges. Updates from government programs, VOAD organi zations and partner programs and their practical applications will also be presented. The schedule is designed to allow participants to network and collaborate across organizations.

Emergency Preparedness & Building Resilient Communities: A Four-Part Series
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
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

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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.

FEMA's Coastal Flood Risk Reduction  
February 26, 2014, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Peconic Institute
Brooklyn, NY

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This is a one-day performance-level training course that develops the participant's ability to apply coastal risk reduction and opportunity enhancement measures to coastal floodplain management.

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

The Salvation Army:
National Social Services and Disaster Management Conference
March 25-28, 2014
Orlando, Florida

Register here This conference, with the theme of "The Power of One Army: Transforming Our World," is sponsored by the Salvation Army for its staff and stakeholders. Conference participants will include North American and international Salvation Army delegates who work as social service and disaster service managers, case managers, front-line social workers, teachers, and others who serve and advocate for vulnerable and low-income populations. The conference will feature exhibits, workshops, institutes, keynote sessions, and forums on trends in social work and disaster management from macro and micro perspectives.
African Services Committee

Booz, Allen, Hamilton

Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management

CDM Smith

Disaster Distress Helpline-Hurricane Sandy

Episcopal Diocese of New York

Federal Emergency Management Jobs

Make the Road New York

Mennonite Disaster Services

Met Council Disaster Case Management

National Service (CNCS)

New York Cares


NYC Office of Emergency Management

NYC Medical Reserve Corp

NYC Service - EmergeNYC

Red Hook Initiative

URS Corporation


World Cares Center

   Volunteer Opportunities
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