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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.

We continue to ask your prayers for the victims and survivors of the East Harlem building explosion. NYDIS has been helping meet the unmet needs of those families - please make a donation to support our work.

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


Rev. Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President


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NYDIS Sandy Recovery Resources

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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 Voluntary Rebuild Capacity Assessment
The report is a comprehensive assessment of the NYC voluntary sector's rebuild capacity in response to SuperStorm Sandy. Produced by a subcommittee of the Volunteer Management and Construction Coordination Committee of NYC VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), this document forecasts the productivity of voluntary rebuild organizations for 2014, and gives information on who is active in the rebuild effort, what services they provide, and background for understanding the voluntary rebuild effort in New York City. Read Report
NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program Form-Set
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
Volunteer Group Housing Program Internship:
The Volunteer Group Housing Program is seeking a summer intern for an 8 week position, starting in June. Selected candidate will receive a $500 weekly stipend, as well as phone and MetroCard. Applicants must have excellent communication and computer skills, intimate knowledge of NYC faith communities, and be well versed in disaster recovery work. All qualified candidates should send letter of intent and resume to office@nydis.org. No Phone Calls. View position description

Save the Date: NYC LTRG Recovery Planning Forum for Board Members
Church World Services, FEMA VAL Group and New York Disaster interfaith Services will be sponsoring a city-wide Long Term Recovery Group Recovery Planning Forum (by invitation only for LTRG Board of Directors Members). It will be held on June 18, 2014 to address the main advocacy and sustainability priorities LTRGs are facing regarding Superstorm Sandy recovery in their communities and boroughs. Topics will include collaborative fundraising, housing recovery and advocacy. Registration and event details are forthcoming. Free Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact info@nydis.org .

New: UNR Monthly Program Statistics & Assistance Reports Online
In an effort to increase transparency, NYDIS is now publishing the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) Program Statistics & Assistance Reports on the NYDIS website. The report will include the number of households and individuals who have received assistance by borough, overall program-to-date assistance, the top unmet needs requested and other statistics. The usage report is posted to view or download on our homepage. To view

NYDIS: NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Training-483 Trained to Date
Since the launch of the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable program, NYDIS has trained 425 Disaster Case Managers and partners. On May 29, NYDIS offered its latest training on the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), as well as a Mock Unmet Needs Roundtable and Case Troubleshooting. Sixty-six (66) 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.

Volunteer Group Housing Capital Grants Updates:
NYDIS has awarded capital grants of up to $10,000 to six houses of worship in New York City. These grants will enable these community partners to begin housing volunteers from around the country to rebuild the homes of Sandy Survivors. By refurbishing destroyed community spaces and purchasing needed infrastructure, NYDIS and its faith partners will add 83 new beds around the city for out-of-town rebuild volunteers. To date, the program has spent $34,707.09 and begun hosting volunteers in 62 new beds. This grant program was funded in partnership with United Way of New York City.

Southern Baptists Donate 200 Cots to NYC Volunteer Housing Sites
A true team efforts! Southern Baptist Disaster Relief donated 200 cots to the NYC volunteer housing effort! Thanks to Bill Johnson of the North American Mission Board-Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Lindsay Einhorn of World Cares Center for assisting with this donation. NYDIS provided the cross-country transportation and city-wide distribution of these cots to volunteer housing sites in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Also a big Thank You to Peter Cavadini of NYDIS and Chris Antczak of New York Cares doing all the deliveries!

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.
AP Unveils 2014 Stylebook with New Chapter on Religion
May 28: The new 2014 Associated Press Stylebook includes a new chapter and 208 entries on religion. AP Religion writer Rachel Zoll spoke with religious leaders from various faiths and from various countries while working on the new edition. Poynter's Kristen Hare detailed some of the new changes in this article. Read more

AP: NYC Minister to Repay $1.2M in 9/11 Aid Funds After AP Probe
May 15: Rev. Carl Keyes, pastor of Glad Tidings Tabernacle, has agreed to pay back $1.2 Million after an investigation by AP over allegation the pastor and his wife misspent Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 charitable funds.  According to the investigation, the minister and his wife misused the congregation's funds to purchase new property, pay their son's college tuition and take trips around the world. AP's David Caruso reports on the details of the investigation and spoke to New York Assemblies of God District Superintendent about the allegations. Continue here  

MDS: Federal Official Calls for Church-State Partnership in Disaster Response
Feb 24: At the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Annual Meeting, David Myers, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security, announced the need for the church and the state to work closely together during disasters. Kathy Heinrichs Wiest for Meetinghouse spoke to Myers about the tension and challenges that church-government partnerships generate. Read more
Health Alert: Second MERS Case Discovered in U.S.
The CDC has confirmed the second Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus (MERS) case in the United States. Both patients are healthcare workers from Saudi Arabia and contracted the virus from taking care of patients. Roughly 539 confirmed cases have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO); 145 have been fatal; 450 of the confirmed cases were in Saudi Arabia. The virus doesn 't transmit easily and presently represent a very low risk to the general public in the United States. Read more

CDC has published guidance for travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula: Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions. We recommend that travelers review this information prior to departure. Please share this information with any people who are traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula (including those who may be there now). Click here for Additional CDC information about MERS
World Trade Center Health Program
The World Trade Center Health Program provides free monitoring and treatment of medical and mental health illnesses related to the September 11th terrorist attacks. The program supports responders, survivors, residents, and students, who worked, volunteered, lived, or attended school at or near the World Trade Center. In addition to traditional first responders, this includes disciplines such as case managers, crisis counselors, faith-based volunteers, and other community based responders who were exposed to the disaster recovery sites in NYC, at the Pentagon in Virginia, or on the field in Shanksville, PA at the time of 9/11. If you or someone you know may be eligible, please visit our website, email, or call 1.888.982.4748. 

SBA Working Capital Loans: Deadline 06/02/14
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in New York that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profits affected by the excessive rain and related flooding, winds and hail that began on May 1, 2013.  Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster and want to apply for low-interest loans from the SBA are urged to do so before the June 2 deadline here or by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing).

CDBG-DR Affordability Study-Multifamily Flood Insurance RFP: Deadline 06/03/14
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), on behalf of the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR), is seeking a consultant or consultant team to determine the current flood insurance landscape for multifamily and mixed-use buildings in the floodplain and in the area potentially at risk of flooding during the 100-year storm in the 2020s. For more information, visit the NYCEDC website.

CDBG-DR Funded Food Supply Study RFP: Deadline 06/09/14
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), on behalf of the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR), is seeking a consultant or consultant team to better understand how food enters the City and is distributed. The chosen consultants will conduct a study resulting in a detailed supply-chain analysis, a risk assessment model that allows manipulation, and scenario development to enable the City to explore possible areas of risk mitigation in the supply chain and accompanying back up data. For more information, visit the NYCEDC website.

FEMA Proof of Loss: Deadline 10/28/14
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Oct. 1 that it has extended the deadline for filing Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) proof-of-loss claims for a second time.

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

Resource Guides and Websites

Food Bank for New York City: Frontline Program
Food Bank is excited to introduce Frontline, a program designed to help Sandy-affected families and seniors in the community recover financially from the storm and begin to rebuild their lives. Program assistance includes SNAP, Virtual Tax Program, and Senior Food Pantry Program. Community Submission Sites are located in Staten Island, South Brooklyn, Sunset Park and Far Rockaway. Call 212-894-8060 for more information.
Hurricane Sandy Fire Safe Program 
This program protect Hurricane Sandy-affected seniors, disabled and Hard of Hearing (HOH) residents by providing in-home safety reviews and installing combination smoke/CO alarms. For an in-home fire-safety review and combination smoke/CO installation, please call 718 281-3872.

MHA-NYC: iHelp Sandy Stress Relief
We are pleased to announce that MHA-NYC has been awarded Social Services Block Grant funds to provide English- and Spanish-speaking survivors of Superstorm Sandy with comprehensive internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ciCBT). This is a service that combines MHA's world-class live support with cognitive behavioral therapy software programs that can be accessed at any time, wherever internet access is available (at home, the library, doctor's office, social services office, etc.). For more information, visit the MHA-NYC website.

NHS Construction Services for South Brooklyn
NHS Construction Services provides estimates, construction advice, work review and assessment. For more information call the Neighborhood Housing Services Canarsie Office located at 9715 Ave. L, Brooklyn, NY 11236 at 718.469.4679.   

NYC Build It Back Applicant Guidebook for 1-4 Unit Homes & Online Portal 
Refer to the Build It Back guidebook for information on priority and eligibility determination, income verification, coordination of benefits and other program guidelines. Additionally, applicants can log onto the Build It Back Portal to track the status of their application, track appointments and other features.  Access the guidebook here. Use the online portal here.
SIL: State Assembly Passes Property Tax Relief Legislation for Sandy Victims
May 19: New York State Assembly passed legislation that will provide tax relief to homeowners who had to rebuild or repair their homes after Superstorm Sandy. The bill will allow for a tax abatement to avoid any increase in real property taxes that would come with an increase in the assessed value of the properties. Staten Island Live's Ryan Lewis reports on the eligibility requirements. Read more
AP: 4 Major Phone Carriers Providing Text-to-911
May 19: U.S. wireless phone companies Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T are providing emergency texting 911 service as of May to any local government that requests it and has the capability to use it. AP's Wilson Ring spoke to Brian Fontes, the chief executive officer of the Virginia-based National Emergency Number Association, about the significance of this new capability. Continue here
UT: Hurricane Hiatus: Will the USA's Luck Run Out This Year?
May 14: It's been nine years since the last major hurricane, a Category 3, 4, 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, hit the United States. The last Category 3 hurricane, Hurricane Wilma, struck in Florida in 2005. USA Today's Doyle Rice speaks to meteorologists regarding the 2014 Hurricane season which begins June 1st. Continue here 
DN: New York and New Jersey's Sandy Aid Request Nixed by Official
May 9: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan rejected a request from delegates to cancel plans to divert remaining Superstorm Sandy aid from New Jersey and New York. Secretary Donovan says that legislation requires him to distribute money to other states. Daily News' Dan Friedman speaks to elected officials about the plan. Read more 
DN: Relatives of Missing WTC Victims Want Remains Removed from 9/11 Museum
May 27: Family members of unidentified 9/11 victims are continuing to protest for the move of unidentified remains of those killed at the World Trade Center to a repository at the site.  The families support the remains being entombed aboveground on the adjacent memorial plaza rather than underground.  Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, recently reiterated the city's commitment to identifying all those who lost their lives during the attack. Daily New's Edgar Sandoval and Corky Siemaszko spoke to the family members about the burial arrangements. Continue here

Related Stories

NYC.GOV: Gov. Cuomo Announces $257M Bridge Scour Program Advances
May 8: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 51 scour-critical bridges have progressed to the next stage for federal action through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). In June 2013, Governor Cuomo announced a call for projects to be funded by the HMGP program to assist local governments and non-profit organizations to rebuild stronger, more sustainable communities. Authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the program aims to increase the State's resiliency, reduce hardship, and mitigate the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters. Read the full press release here.
DN: City Forced to Sit on Sandy Money for Small Businesses, Thanks to Federal Rule
May 7: Only ten small businesses have received assistance, out of the $42 million allocated help them recover from Superstorm Sandy. Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer sites the problem is "that the program requires the city to wait until eligible small businesses have exhausted all of their other avenues for relief." Additionally, many small businesses were not aware the grant and loan program exits. Daily News' Jennifer Fermino spoke to city officials about the recovery process for Small Businesses. Continue here

Related Reports

NYC.GOV: Mayor Announces RFP to Assess Flood Insurance Affordability  
May 7: Following vulnerability exposed by Hurricane Sandy, and in the aftermath of last week's flooding, the de Blasio administration announced that it is launching two key studies, as well as a consumer education campaign, to better understand and communicate the impact that rising flood insurance costs and an expanded floodplain will have on New Yorkers, and to help FEMA keep flood insurance affordable. On Friday, the administration released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to run the consumer education campaign; additionally, RFPs to conduct affordability studies for multifamily and 1-4 family homes were released yesterday and will be issued on May 12, respectively. Read the full press release here
NYP: Cops Who Died from Ground Zero Illnesses Outnumber those Killed on 9/11
May 6: The number of police officers who died from illnesses related to Ground Zero has surpassed the number of officers killed during the attack. Sixty officers were killed in the attack, and 71 have died from health-related consequences. The Associated Press reported on the NY State annual remembrance ceremony recently held in Albany here.
NYT: U.S. to Store Gasoline for Crises in the Northeast
May 2:  The Energy Department plans to build gasoline storage reserves in the New York Harbor area and in New England in an effort to mitigate future energy and gas disruptions.    Following Superstorm Sandy, two New York refineries were shut down and gas stations lost power resulting in gas shortages. The reserves will hold approximately a million barrels of gasoline. New York Times' Coral Davenport speaks to administrative officials about different measures being taken to prepare for the effects of climate change. Read more 

Crain's: In a post-Sandy city, Wi-Fi Trumps Pay Phones
May 1: The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications announced RFPs for the creation of a free, citywide Wi-Fi network.  The city plans to retrofit 7,000 of the city 's phone-booths into Wi-Fi connection points. The idea initiated following Superstorm Sandy which highlighted the need for back-up internet systems.  Crain's Thornton Mcenery reports on the announcement and Mayor de Blasio's support for the plan. Read more

Aljazeera.com: 18 months after Sandy, FEMA Aid Ends Without States Stepping Up
Apr 30: Eighteen months post-Sandy, many homeowners are struggling with mortgage payments and paying rent while they wait for assistance to repair, rebuild or elevate their homes. Aljazeera.com's Peter Moskowitz spoke to a Long Island homeowner about the challenges she's facing to sell or move back into her home. Read more
MP: Mystery of the Pandemic Flu Virus of 1918 Solved
Apr 28: Professor Michael Worobey, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, recently published the most convincing reasons on the origin and severity of the 1918 Pandemic Flu Virus which killed 50 million people. The University of Arizona provides more of the research findings here.
NYC.gov: NYC Comptroller Announces Sandy Oversight Unit & Build It Back Unit
Apr 17: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced today the formation of a Sandy Oversight Unit which will draw upon the Comptroller's Audit, Contracts, Budget and Policy Units to hold government accountable in the rebuilding of New York City from Superstorm Sandy.  Read the full press release here and access the Sandy Oversight Unit website here.
NY Rising Final Plans
The completion of a NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan is an important step toward rebuilding a more resilient community. Each NY Rising Plan was locally driven by a Planning Committee that assessed storm damages and current risk, identified community needs and opportunities, and developed recovery and resiliency strategies. Each NY Rising Plan identifies projects and implementation actions to help fulfill those strategies. Each locality is eligible for between $3M and $25M of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars to implement elements of their plans.  The NYC Community plans are below.

Breezy Point
Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach & Sea Gate
Broad Channel
Gerritsen Beach & Sheepshead Bay
Lower Manhattan
Howard Beach
Red Hook
Rockaway East
Rockaway West
Staten Island, East & South Shores

Monument to Honor Responders & Survivors Sickened by Toxins at Ground Zero
May 2:  Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, first responders, local residents, organized labors and elected officials have formed a committee which recently announced plans to establish a 9/11 Monument honoring those who are sickened and dying from their response efforts during and after the 9/11 attack. Read more here 

DFP: Federal Farm Bill's Guideline to Result in Kosher, Halal at Food Banks
Apr 28: During Superstorm Sandy, food banks experienced food shortages for populations whose food must be prepared in accordance with Jewish and Muslim dietary rules.  A philanthropic organization in New York has been successful in proposing legislation that requires food banks to buy food prepared in accordance with the faiths' dietary rules. By law, federal agricultural officials must now implement the measure. Detroit Free Press' Jeff Karoub reports on the reaction to the recent rulings. Read more

Report: Case Studies in Small Business Finance Following a Disaster
The International Economic Development Council released Case Studies in Small Business Finance Following a Disaster, a report of six case studies of effective long-term economic recovery efforts of disaster-affected communities

Report: From the Edge of Disaster
This report briefly discusses the city's emergency plan, review the players who were at work during and after the storm, describe the CBO role in providing relief after the storm as well as their role in the rebuilding. It also lays out a series of recommendations that came from the CBO experience during and after the storm. Access the report here.

Report: Let's Stop Improvising Disaster Recovery
In this report, James W. Fossett discusses the implications of a fragmented and improvised decision-making process and disaster recovery management as characterized by Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Access the report here.

The Sandy Disaster Awareness Report
The Sandy Disaster Awareness Report (DART) presents a summary of key developments and funding priorities in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, as well as some of Parsons Brinckerhoff 's activities in support of recovery and mitigation efforts. Read the report here.
Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 25 - 31, 2014

2014 National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Digital Engagement Toolkit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend using social media tools as a way to promote National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25th - May 31st, as well as throughout hurricane season. Below are some tips to promote hurricane preparedness:

  • Visit National Hurricanes Center mobile friendly site
  • Download and share the digital engagement toolkit
  • Update your Facebook cover photo promoting Hurricane Preparedness Month
  • Use the hashtag #HurricanePrep & attach a relevant photo
  • Download the FEMA smartphone app
  • Follow and RT Twitter accounts during Hurricane preparedness week for more info: @Readygov; @PrepareAthon; @FEMA; @CitizenCorps; @NHC_Pacific; @NOAA; @NHC_Atlantic; @NWS
  • For additional tips and information about hurricanes click here

National Hurricane Center: Hurricane Preparedness
For a better understanding of tropical cyclones and hurricane hazards and for information to aid in making decisions on your risk and what actions to take, visit the NHC website here.
Mental Health Awareness Month

NYDIS Spiritual Care & Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery Manual
This manual was developed to help leaders of NYC houses of worship to prepare themselves and members of their worshipping community develop disaster plans in advance. It draws from a c ulmination of experiences from many people and reflect the lessons learned from things having gone badly as well as from successes. Access the manual here
NDIN Disaster Tip Sheets on Emotional & Spiritual Care
National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) offer several emotional and spiritual care tip sheets offer with its set of 26 all-hazards set. These include best practices and resource links about U.S. disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery - specifically of relevance to religious leaders, faith communities, and faith-based organizations. Access the tip sheets here.

Disaster Basics for Faith Communities
The Role of Faith Communities in Disasters
The Disaster Lifecycle: Where Do Religious Leaders Fit In?
Continuity of Operations Planning: Ministry & Services Post-Disaster
Disaster Spiritual Care
Self-Care for Religious Leaders
Faith Communities & Disaster Mental Health
Trauma Resilience and Harm Reduction in the Community

NYC Deptartment of Health and Mental Hygiene  
Everyone has ups and downs in their everyday life, but if your feelings are getting in the way of your work or relationships, it's a good idea to speak to someone. If you have a friend or family member who is not quite themselves, you can help them find help. If you're worried that about your child's emotions, behavior or development, there are many free and low-cost services available for New Yorkers.

Crisis and Emergency Services
Mobile Crisis Teams
Parachute NYC  
Childhood Depression
Post Partum Depression
Teen Depression
New York Safe Act
Recovery from Mental Illness
Stressful and Traumatic Events
Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention for Teens
Teen Mental Health
Transitional Health Care Coordination

SAMHSA Disaster Mental Health Resources
Disaster behavioral health professionals know firsthand the importance of addressing mental health and substance abuse before, during, and after an event. To help spread the word on the importance of mental health, several agencies have been dedicating the entire month of May to the topic for many years. The SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) has compiled the following resources for individuals and organizations to help promote awareness of mental health and resilience in preparing for and recovering from a disaster or other traumatic event.

SAMHSA Disaster Response Template Toolkit
The SAMHSA Disaster Response Template Toolkit features public education materials for disaster behavioral health response professionals. The toolkit provides print, website, audio, video, and multimedia materials that can help responders conduct outreach, deliver psycho-education, and share recovery news with disaster survivors across the country.

Introduction to Disaster Behavioral Health
The speakers in this SAMHSA webinar provide information about the mental health, substance abuse, and stress management needs of people who have been exposed to human-caused, natural, or technological disasters.

Building Community Resilience for Children and Families
In this report, the authors discuss community resilience in relation to business leaders; community stakeholders and leaders; cultural and faith-based organizations; and media, mental health, and public health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the emotional well-being of children and families in preparation for a natural or human-caused disaster.

Personal and Community Resilience: Building It and Sustaining It
This slide presentation highlights how faith-based organizations, community leaders, and mental health providers can support individual and community resilience.

Children and Youth Resource Collection
This SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series installment focuses on recognizing signs of stress and the behavioral health needs of children and youth after a disaster. The installment contains resources from both the child trauma and disaster behavioral health fields.

Tips for Talking With & Helping Children & Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
This SAMHSA DTAC podcast can help parents, caregivers, teachers, and other school staff to identify the common reactions of children and youth to disaster and trauma, and discover helpful approaches to support immediate and long-term recovery.

Restoring a Sense of Well-Being in Children After a Traumatic Event: Tips for Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals
The authors of this tip sheet discuss how parents and caregivers can communicate effectively and increase a child's sense of safety immediately after and in the days and weeks following a traumatic event.

Apps for Disaster Mental Health Responders
New York DMH Responders recommends a number of free or inexpensive app that may be used for DMH responders. Some are mental health specific and others are focused on emergency preparedness.

Pocket First Aid & CPR
Released by the American Heart Association this guide provides you with
step-by-step information about how to perform CPR and other basic first aid.
From an emergency preparedness perspective this app also provides the
user a place to store medical information for themselves and family members
and can place wallpaper on their phone that tells medical personnel where
to find information about allergies, pre-existing health conditions and
emergency contact numbers. Download available for Android and iPhone.

iOS users can download this app based on NY-Alert notifications. This app
will able you to get information about current alerts, nearby emergency
services. It also gives NY-Alert Authorized Notifiers a platform to create alerts
for distribution. Download available for iPhone.

Disaster Alert
Purely informational this app gives you the opportunity to stay abreast of
any occurring disasters around the globe. Download available for Android.

NYC DOHMH: Bystander Training
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is offering a new course, the Bystander Training, to community groups of 10 or more.  The training is a three hour course designed to educate the average citizen about explosions and actions they may be able to take to save lives. The goal of the course is to help "bystanders" understand their own capabilities and how they may be able to assist during an emergency. Course training can be provided at your organization or at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  If you or your organization is interested in this course, or if you would like to receive more information about it, please contact Danielle Whittaker.

Sustainable & Resilient Disaster Recovery Training
May 31, 2014, 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Disaster Recovery Center at NYIT
West Dining Room
300 Carlton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722

This training provides information for Sandy-impacted homeowners to navigate resilient rebuilding practices. This training will discuss best practices in green resilient and sustainable housing rehabilitation for use in the rehab/restoration process.

Community Day
June 1, 2014, 2:15pm
St Augustine Church
292 Henry St
NYC 10002 (between Montgomery and Jackson St)

Lower East Side Power Partnership presents Community Day, including a special presentation on Home Fire Safety by the Fire Department of New York Fire Safety Education Unit. For information on setting up a resource table or additional event details, visit us on Facebook at LESPowerPartnership.

FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium
June 2-5, 2014
Emergency Management Institute
Emmitsburg, MD
For more information click here

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is hosting the 16th Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium June 2 - 5, 2014, primarily for representatives of colleges and universities which (1) have an existing hazard, disaster, emergency management (EM) program in place or (2) are attempting to develop and implement a hazard, disaster, or EM program on their campus (e.g., a degree, certificate, minor, or concentration).  The symposium will be held at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland - about 75 miles northwest of Washington, DC.

2014 Healthcare Coalition EM Workshop: The Armed Aggressor
June 5, 2014, 7:30am - 4:30pm
Genesee Community College
1 College Rd
Conable Technology Building  
Batavia, NY 14020
Register here

Armed Aggressor/Active shooter events in healthcare, campus and corporate settings have spiked in recent years. The 2014 WNY Healthcare Coalition Emergency Management Workshop agenda is dedicated towards preparing organizations for the unthinkable.

Sandy Technical Assistance Center
June 7, 2014, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Midland Beach Veterans Memorial Park Picnic Area
Please sign up here to attend

Sponsored by the Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization, this event will be attended by several LTRO organizations, NYC Build it Back, and NY Rising community representatives. Great food and refreshments will be provided, and it should be a fun and informative day by the beach.

Plumbers Recruit Apprentices
June 9 - June 20, 2014 (M-F); 8:00am - 3:00pm
Local Union #1 Training Center
37-11 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced that the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Plumbers Local Union #1 will conduct a recruitment for 100 plumber apprentices. Applications must be obtained in person by the applicant at the Local Union #1 Training Center. Applications will be available for 10 business days or until 1,000 applications have been issued, whichever comes first. All applicants are required to bring a form of positive proof of identification. Only one application will be issued per person.
All applications must be returned by hand to the Training Center office. For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Local Union #1 at (718) 752-9630.

CWS Disaster Long-Term Recovery Webinar
June 10-11, 2014, 2:00pm EST

Led by CWS Emergency Response Specialist Ku'ulei Funn, the two-day webinar will cover a wide range of topics designed to help communities rebuild and recover after a disaster.  It will be useful for clergy and lay leaders in disaster-affected communities, the staff of organizations who may provide disaster case management, people concerned about those affected by recent disasters, and anyone planning to mitigate the hazards in their community before a disaster strikes.

Designing for Resiliency
June 11, 2014, 4:30pm- 6:00pm
Schiff Hardin LLP
666 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY, 10103
RSVP here

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, City Council passed a number of building resiliency laws, eight of which are currently in effect. With support from the NYC Department of Buildings, Urban Green Council developed this complementary program to educate building professionals about the new resiliency laws, the resulting code changes, and how they will prepare the city for future extreme weather events.

Canarsie Day
June 14, 2014
Seaview Avenue (Between 84th & 87th St.)
8802 Seaview Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236

On Saturday June 14th, you'll be at Canarsie Park, meeting with community leaders, neighbors and community organizations providing Superstorm Sandy resources.

Emergency Planning for Older Adults & People with Disabilities
June 17, 2014, 1:00pm -5:00pm
The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 2nd Floor
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
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This free half-day emergency preparedness forum features concrete tools to support your organization's emergency planning process, presentation from City agencies on their specific roles & protocols during emergencies, panel discussion from service providers on internal & external preparations, and networking with service providers of older adults & people with disabilities.

NYC City-wide LTRG Board of Directors Meeting - Save the Date!
June 18, 2014; 8:30am - 3:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St.
11th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10031
Registration and Event Details are forthcoming.

Church World Services and New York Disaster interfaith Services are planning a city-wide Long Term Recovery Group Recovery Planning Forum (For Board Members Only) to be held on June 18, 2014 to address the main priorities LTRGs are facing regarding Superstorm Sandy recovery in their communities and boroughs. Topics will include collaborative fundraising, housing recovery and advocacy.

2014 Resilience Speaker Series: Flood Mitigation Solutions for Property Perimeters
June 19 2014, 9:30am - 11:30am
Enterprise Community Partners
1 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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In this installment of Enterprise's Resiliency Speaker Series, we will review preventative measures that can be put in place on a property's perimeter to mitigate flood damage to affordable multifamily properties.

EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Free Trainings
July 12 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
August 16 (Sp); 8:30am-5:00pm
September 13 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
July 13 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
August 17 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
September 14 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
October 11 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
December 6 (Sp); 8:30am-5:00pm
October 12 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm
December 7 (En); 8:30am-5:00pm

Healthy Homes Program
125 Worth St,
3rd FL Boardroom,
New York, NY 10013
For information or to register call 646-632-6094 or 646-632-6023, or email
The RRP training classes are sponsored by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LPPP) for free. The RRP training classes provide information on how to work safely in areas with lead paint and are taught by a knowledgeable, certified trainer. In addition to the RRP curriculum, the requirements for lead-safe work practices under NYC's Local Law 1 are taught. If you successfully complete this class, you will be eligible to become an EPA Certified Renovator! People interested in taking this course must be able to read, write, and speak in the language of the training class.
2014 Resilience Speaker Series: Resident Engagement for Seniors During Disasters
July 18 2014, 9:30am - 11:30am
Enterprise Community Partners
1 Whitehall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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This installment of Enterprise's Resiliency Speaker Series will feature a discussion on how affordable multifamily housing providers that serve seniors can strengthen resident engagement and preparedness for their most vulnerable residents.
SMARMIE: Social Media & Response Management Interface Event - Save the Date!
November 19, 2014
Location: TBD

Digital Humanitarians vs. War, Pestilence, and Disaster, will be held at the United Nations on November 19, 2014, a Wednesday. It is an all-day event with thought leaders on Social Media from around the world. Registration will begin mid-summer.

Build It Back (New)

Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management

Federal Emergency Management Jobs

Habitat NYC


Met Council Disaster Case Management

National Service (CNCS)

Neighborhood Housing Services  

New York Cares

New York City Transit

New York Disaster Interfaith Services


NYC Office of Emergency Management

NYC Medical Reserve Corp

NYC Service   

NYS Dept. of Labor

World Cares Center

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