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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.

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Rev. Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President


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NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable & NYC Unmet Needs Fund
The Unmet Needs Roundtables convene donors, long-term recovery groups and case management agencies to financially assist impacted families with unmet needs beyond those met by all other current programs. Through the advocacy of a case manager, the Roundtables (which are centrally managed and meet in each borough) provide emergency cash assistance, recovery grants, loans and discounted/tax-free building supplies to eligible survivor households. Assistance is targeted to ensure and sustain survivors' long-term recovery. For more information, contact info@nydis.org.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Monthly Stats Report Now Online
In an effort to increase transparency, NYDIS posts the most recent monthly Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) Statistics reports on the NYDIS website. The report includes 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. View or download here.
NYC Housing Recovery Resource Guide - Updated Weekly
The New York City VOAD Volunteer Management and Construction Committee has released the updated version of the NYC Housing Recovery Resource Guide. This guide provides a list of Voluntary Agencies providing rebuild services in New York City, their primary services and service boroughs and neighborhoods. You can access the updated version here.
NYC Volunteer Group Housing Program Form-Set
NYDIS has developed 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
NYDIS Offers Three Paid Fellowships for Post 9/11 Military Veterans
NYDIS is currently partnering with The Mission Continues to host three fellows starting in September. Fellows must have served in the United States Military after September 11, 2001, having attained an honorable discharge after a minimum of 24 months of time in military service (unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service). A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. The fellowships will enrich the lives of veterans through service - helping to facilitate their transition to civilian life, and place these outstanding role models where the NYC community may benefit from their strength and example. Applications are due 10/12/14.
  • Outreach & Training Coordinator - View posting here
  • VGHP Housing Coordinator - View posting here
  • VGHP Construction Site Supervisor - View posting here

Register Now: LTRG Sustainability & Recovery Phase Marketing Session
NYDIS, in partnership with the American Red Cross, NYC VOAD, and the Salvation Army are hosting the second installment in our 4-part series Sustainability & the Recovery Phase: Planning, Marketing, People & Money on September 17th. This session will build on the work done in earlier sessions. These sessions are half-day workshops focused on building and sustaining the long term recovery capacity of New York City's Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRG). (Closed training, for LTRG board members only) RSVP here   
Register Now: Disaster Chaplain Training at MCNY, 9/29-30/2014
Through a training partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) will offer our two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course in NYC at MCNY.  The course will be held on September 29 & 30th at MCNY. This course prepares chaplains and religious leaders to volunteer with NYDIS in mass-care settings or within their houses of worship, religious community or professional institution.  Tuition is $145. For more information and registration click here.

NYDIS Update: Over 500 Providers Trained On NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
Aug. 13: NYDIS offered a monthly training on the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), as well as a Mock Unmet Needs Roundtable and Case Troubleshooting. Twenty (20) Disaster Case Managers and individuals from agencies involved in Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts were in attendance, bringing the total number trained in UNR processes to over 500. A best practice common to all federally declared disasters, UNRs are essential to ensure that emerging and ongoing basic needs of under-resourced survivors or victims' families will be met by providing both emergency assistance grants (early months) or sustainable recovery grants.
NYDIS Co-Hosts LTRG Planning Forum: Report-Out & Goal-Setting Workshop
Aug. 7: NYDIS, Church World Service, NYC VOAD and the American Red Cross co-hosted the first installment in our 4-part series LTRG Sustainability & The Recovery Phase: Planning, Marketing, People & Money, which involves four half-day work sessions on long term recovery sustainability, specifically for board members of Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRG) and community-based organizations. More than 20 leaders from city-wide long-term recovery groups were in attendance. John Berglund, Co-Chair of NYC VOAD and Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Salvation Army was the facilitator. Read Church World Service's article on the workshop here.

NYDIS is Seeking NYC Congregations to Host 2014-2015 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.
Thank You & Farewell to the Staten Island Mennonite Disaster Service Team
NYDIS would like to thank one of our members, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), for their support of Superstorm Sandy rebuilding in the Staten Island community. NYDIS and the broader recovery community on Staten Island are very grateful for MDS's 18 months of commitment to survivors, long after the media spotlight has diminished. Some 1166 MDS volunteers were partners in rebuilding 97 homes on Staten Island. Their Rockaway teams will remain in Queens through the New Year. Read more

MDS: Weekly Report for Staten Island - Final Weeks in the Borough
Aug 15: After eighteen months of supporting Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in Staten Island, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has completed its Staten Island Project. The final week of work commenced on August 15th with the help of teams from Canada and Pennsylvania. Read more  

CWS: Emergency Response Specialist Joann Hale Dies
Aug 9: Church World Service Emergency Response Specialist Joann Hale of Grand Island, N.Y., died during the night of Sunday-Monday August 17-18 following a heart attack.  A veteran disaster preparedness and recovery specialist, Hale served CWS for some 27 years, first as a volunteer and since 2002 as paid staff.  Hale trained and guided countless local communities across the United States in how to organize for long-term recovery following hurricanes, tornados, floods, oil spills and other disasters both large and small.  She was deeply involved in recovery work following the terror attacks of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy. Read the full news release here.

NYC.GOV: Mayor Announces Gathering to Bring Faith Community & Police Together
Aug 8: Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that at his request, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will host a gathering of senior religious leaders later this month focused on healing and deepening the r elationship between police and community. The interfaith gathering will bring together faith leaders from across the five boroughs in the wake of the death of Eric Garner. The Mayor and Police C ommissioner William Bratton will join in the important gathering. Read the full press release here.

NYDN: Hurricane Sandy Victims Weigh in on Rebuilding Effort
July 29: Hurricane Sandy survivors and advocates came together on July 29th to dialogue with the de Blasio administration and to advocate for Sandy rebuilding jobs to go to local workers in storm-impacted neighborhoods. The Rebuilding Summit, hosted by Faith in New York, was a revisit of conversations held with elected officials a year ago.  Daily New's Erin Durkin reported from the summit. Read more  
9/11 Recovery News:

World Trade Center Health Program  
July marked the end of the current phase of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) outreach effort around the World Trade Center Health Program in partnership with ICF International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The program provides free monitoring and treatment of medical and mental health illnesses related to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Over the last six months, NDIN worked to inform dozens of local and national faith-based and National VOAD partners who sent volunteers to Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA about the free health benefits offered by the program. In total, NDIN reached over 5,100 through its World Trade Center Health Program webpage, 29,500 via e-newsletter, and more than 2,500 via relationships with partner organizations. While the current phase of NDIN's outreach has ended, the program continues to enroll applicants, and NDIN has developed a proposal with ICF to continue reaching those who may not yet be aware of the program. If you or someone you know may be eligible, please visit our website, email, or call 1.888.982.4748.
SuperStorm Sandy Recovery News:

Project Open House: Deadline 9/15/14
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities ("MOPD") is pleased to announce the open enrollment application process for Project Open House (POH).  The POH mission is to remove " small" readily achievable architectural barriers within an individual's home for qualified applicants with a permanent disability, thereby assisting in gaining greater independence. Types of work covered include widening doorways within non-structural partitions; conversion of steps into ramps no greater than 18" in height; replacing existing plumbing fixtures with accessible fixtures. For more information, click here.

FEMA Proof of Loss: Deadline 10/29/14
Homeowners have until October 29, 2014 to file a Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) proof-of-loss claim for Superstorm Sandy. A Proof of Loss is a federal form used by the policyholder to support the amount they are claiming under their policy, which must then be signed and sworn to, and submitted with supporting documentation to the flood insurance company. For more information, click here.

SBA Low-Interest Disaster Loans for Flooding in April: Deadline 3/2/15
NYC residents and businesses affected by the significant rain and flooding event on April 29 and 30, 2014 can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 28, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 2, 2015. This declaration covers Kings and Queens Counties; the contiguous counties of Bronx, Nassau, New York and Richmond in the state of New York can apply. For more information, click here.

Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage
If your home or business is damaged by a flood, you may be required to meet certain building requirements in your community to reduce future flood damage before you repair or rebuild. To help you cover the costs of meeting those requirements, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) includes Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage for all new and renewed Standard Flood Insurance Policies.   Flood insurance policyholders in high-risk areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, can get up to $30,000 to help pay the costs to bring their home or business into compliance with their community's floodplain ordinance. For more information, visit FEMAs website.

Guidelines to Building Resiliency for 1-4 Family Homes 
Fifth Avenue Committee has released a "Guidelines to Building Resiliency for 1-4 Family Homes" summary of the variety of resiliency plans, rebuilding guidelines, NYC zoning and code changes. The booklet can be found here.

Neighborhood Revitalization NYC (NRNYC/CNYCN)
Due to the high number of eligible applicants, the NRNYC Home Repair Program will temporarily stop taking referrals for homeowners who are active in Build it Back (BiB). Please refer to this intake form for information on the criteria for homeowners ineligible for BiB. The Program will reopen the intake to homeowners who are active in BiB if it doesn't receive enough applications for BiB-ineligible homeowners.

Free Legal Assistance
Every Tuesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, a representative from Queens Legal Services will be in Councilman Donavan Richard's Far Rockaway office (address 1931 Mott Avenue) to aid anyone dealing with housing issues. Queens Legal Services provides free high-quality legal help in civil matters to low-income people throughout New York City.  Please call (347) 592-2200 or 718-471-7014 to RSVP or  for more information.

Temporary Disaster Assistance Program (TDAP) Extended
New York City has extended TDAP eligibility for renters who have already applied to TDAP, were displaced by Sandy and forced to relocate and signed a year or longer lease, and currently pay 40% or more of their income toward rent.  This is open to Build It Back registrants who were previously denied assistance from TDAP because they were no longer considered displaced.  The City has begun reaching out to previous applicants (about 900 tenants) who were originally deemed ineligible. This is NOT open to those who did not apply to TDAP - there are still no plans to reopen r egistration. TDAP or Build It Back applicants with questions regarding their eligibility for expanded TDAP can call Build It Back Customer Service at 212-615-8329 or visit the NYC Recovery website. This is for NYC only.
ProPublica: Red Cross Reverses Stance on Sandy Spending "Trade Secrets"
Aug 15: After pressure from ProPublica, the American Red Cross has reversed its decision to withhold information on how it spent money after Superstorm Sandy.  According to ProPublica, Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego said "with all of the disasters the American Red Cross responds to and the peak of hurricane season fast approaching, it simply isn't worth our time and resources to continue these efforts over a year-old letter." ProPublica's Justin Elliott reports on the latest developments here

NY.GOV: Governor Cuomo Directs Flood Damage Assessment in Long Island Areas  
Aug 14: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to coordinate with local officials on flood damage assessments in Long Island following this week's heavy rains and flash flooding. He additionally extended the hours and expanded the locations that the Department of Financial Services' Mobile Command Center will be available to provide insurance help to residents affected by the flooding. Read the full press release here
GB.COM: Michael Berkowitz: Community is the Secret of Urban Resilience
Aug 12: In this article, CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative, Michael Berkowitz, makes the case for community cohesion as the key to resiliency. Specifically, Berkowitz believes cities are the future. The Rockefeller Foundation's Centennial Challenge intends to invest $100 million in helping 100 cities recruit and hire Community Resiliency Officers. Green Biz journalist Heather Clancy shares more of Berkowitz's ideas on resilient cities. Continue reading
DN: Anger Over Exhibit Doubting Health & Toxic Ground Zero Air Link
Aug 10: 9/11 responders and survivors are furious that the 9/11 Exhibit presents the connection between health issues and toxic air at Ground Zero as uncertain.  Committee chairs representing survivors, Kimberly Flynn and James Melius, are pushing for the panels to be rewritten before the 13th anniversary. Daily News reporter Daniel Friedman talks to the committee chairs about their complaint and request to the museum. Read more
PBS: The 9/11 Project: How Visual Storytelling Helped Tell Children's Stories
Aug 8: Rutgers University has produced "9/11 Stories: The Children", an iBook that allows readers to gain an understanding of what happened to the children ten years after 9/11.  The book is a collection of 20 stories, photos of the children today and a decade ago when they were seen with their parents. PBS reporter Meagan Doll spoke with Former Rutgers professor Ron Miskoff about the project. Read more  
NC: Disaster Sociologists Study How Hurricane Sandy Changed Life in New York
Aug 7: The Superstorm Research Lab, comprised of social scientists, have undertaken efforts to study how Hurricane Sandy has changed New York. The most significant effort is the white paper A Tale of Two Sandys, which describes how Sandy created new physical and economic damages while simultaneously exacerbating crises such as low unemployment, poverty, and lack of affordable housing. Next City's Graham T. Beck interviews the social scientists about the project. Continue reading
WP: More Than 1 Million People are Listed in U.S. Terrorism Database
Aug 5: The names of approximately 25,000 Americans or legal residents are contained in a larger US database of known or suspected terrorists. The US government uses the database to create its no-fly list, which contained about 47,000 names at the end of 2013, according to the National Counterterrorism Bureau. In this article, Washington Post reporter Adam Goldman explains how data is obtained and used in this article. Continue here
CM: Ground Zero Death Count is Still Rising
Aug 4: According to recent reports, 2,518 Ground Zero responders have been diagnosed with cancer. Studies reveal a link between rates of cancer and carcinogens at Ground Zero. As of June 30, the September 11 Victim Compensation fund has paid more than $320 million to 1,145 of the more than 15,000 people who have submitted applications. Read more
DN: Habitat for Humanity Takes on Sandy Homes in Brooklyn
Aug 3: Coney Island resident Mildred Davis has moved back into her home after nearly two years, thanks to help from Habitat for Humanity New York. The resident had been staying in an apartment for the past two years. The organization plans to repair another 20 to 35 homes in Coney Island. Daily News's reporter Doyle Murphy interviews Habitat's Brooklyn construction manager and Ms. Davis about the project. Read more
Gizmodo: How New York City Simulates an Anthrax Attack
Aug 1: New York City recently simulated an anthrax attack to test the city's response for "getting life-saving drugs to as many people as possible as quickly as possible."  The RAMPEx (Rapid Activation for Mass Prophylaxis Exercise) drill was co-sponsored by the Department of Health and the Department of Homeland Security. Gizmodo's Leslie Horn spoke to David Starr from the Department of Health about the drill. Continue here

Crain's: Don't Forget About Earthquakes, Feds Tell City
July 18: The latest US Geological seismic maps reveal that earthquakes are less likely to damage NYC skyscrapers, but conversely, the city's older 10-story masonry structures are susceptible to substantial damage. The latest study indicates larger, more dangerous earthquakes are possible along the East Coast. Crain's reporter Mark Fahey shares the implication of the new assessments on building codes requirements. Read more
HP: Will de Blasio and Cuomo Make Sustainability a Higher Priority?
Aug 11: Steven Cohen, executive director of the Earth Institute, asserts Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio should do more to integrate environmental protection and sustainability management into their economic development goals. Read Cohen's blog post here.
US: 6th Annual Sikh Summit Brings Awareness to the Nation's Capital
Aug 8: From July 28-30, 2014, UNITED SIKHS met with congressmen, government agencies, and NGOs in Washington DC to discuss Sikh issues around the world. Dialogue issues included post-9/11 backlash, tenets of the Sikh faith and the rise of hate-crimes.   
Read the full press release here
July 29: Nearly two years after Sandy, many homeowners like Tonyelle Jobity are still waiting for their homes to be repaired or rebuilt. Like many others, Jobity emptied her savings account and maxed out her credit card to start repairs and is waiting for Build It Back to complete the work. At a recent press conference, Mayor de Blasio spoke about the success of the Build It Back program since the beginning of the year. However, City Councilman Mark Treyger, who chairs the Council's Committee on Recovery and Resiliency, says there is much more work to be done. City & Slate's Nick Powell reported from the press conference here.
2014 Ebola Response
On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current Ebola outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with other US government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current outbreak in West Africa. CDC will continue to post new information about the Ebola outbreak on the following websites as it becomes available:

            CDC Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever site
            CDC Travelers' Health site
            World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola virus disease (EVD) site

Updates on cases and deaths can be found at the CDC Website. For general Questions and Answers on Ebola, click here.

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."  During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.
  • Download the NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit
  • For tips and information about NPM visit the Ready.Gov website in English or Spanish
  • Use the hashtag #NatlPrep and encourage your followers to do the same
  • Follow @Readygov and @PrepareAthon on Twitter
  • Like us on Facebook/Readygov

NYC Preparedness Events
To participate in NYC Preparedness events, register to volunteer at any of the sites throughout the five boroughs:

For more information on events in NYC, email Citizen Corp.

America's PrepareAthon
On Tuesday, September 30th, take part in America's PrepareAthon (AP!), a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. America's PrepareAthon! provides a national focus for individuals, organizations and communities to participate through drills, group discussions and exercises to prepare for local hazards.
Take one of the following actions to be better prepared:

1. Get Tech Ready. At 9:30 am on September 30th, ask your community members to download the FEMA mobile application and program In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts into their phones. Download the app here and learn other actions you can take to be tech ready.

2. Make a Plan. Make a public statement and ask your constituents to identify who to contact, where to go, and what to include in a go-kit should a disaster occur. Distribute a family communication plan and ask everyone to complete and share with their loved ones.

3. Practice! Bring your community together and hold a Hurricane Table Top Exercise to practice your community plan.

Click here for additional information on how you can get involved!

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Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life
Drawing on the lessons of Superstorm Sandy, this report from The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), "Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life," presents an innovative set of recommendations to strengthen and connect formal and informal support systems to keep older adults safe during future disasters.  Access the report here
Hair Clip Could Save Your Life In An Emergency
July 28: A student at Israel's Holon Institute of Technology created a multifunctional hairclip that can be used as screwdriver, cutter, wrench, and ruler. Buzz Feed Life reporter Julie Gerstein speaks to Yaakov Goldberg about the inspiration behind his creation.  Read more

Staten Island LTRO: Workshop on Heat Wave & Extreme Weather Preparedness 
September 3, 2014; 5:00pm - 7:00pm
New Dorp Moravian Church
2205 Richmond Rd.
Staten Island, NY

This event hosted with the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development aims to provide tools for identifying vulnerable populations and the role of community leaders in preparing for and responding to heat waves and extreme weather with NYC DOHMH and NYC OEM

EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Free Trainings
September 13 (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.

LTRG Sustainability & The Recovery Phase: Marketing Session
(Closed to NYC LTRG Board Members)
September 17, 2014, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal St, 11th Fl Conference Room
New York, NY

This is the second installment of the Sustainability & The Recovery Phase: Planning, Marketing, People, & Money series.  These workshops are half-day work sessions on long term recovery sustainability, specifically for Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRG) and community-based organizations, and are a continuation of the LTRG Sandy Strategic Recovery Planning Forum held in June.
Equitable Resiliency in New York City
September 18, 2014; 2:00pm - 5:00pm
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

The event will cover how rising flood insurance costs are threatening housing affordability in NYC's flood-prone neighborhoods, present the launch of a website for homeowners looking for information about how flood insurance changes impact them, and show demos of social good technology solutions.
Preventing Financial Exploitation Post-Disaster Conference
September 19, 2014; 8:00am - 4:00pm
Rutgers Busch Campus Center
604 Bartholomew Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

At this one-day conference, participants will learn from nationally recognized disaster response professionals and legal experts on how best to prevent, identify, and address post-disaster financial exploitation following disasters. The conference will focus on incorporating lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy to help prevent vulnerable adults from falling prey to financial exploitation in the future. Whether you are a professional or a community member, this conference will help educate and prepare you to address post-disaster financial exploitation.

"Ready Kids" at Staten Island Children's Museum
September 21, 2014
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

As part of National Preparedness Month, the Staten Island Children's Museum is hosting a "Ready Kids" day filled with preparedness activities for families and featuring a variety of public safety agencies.  Free admission for all. Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. Phone: (718) 273-2060 

People's Climate March
September 21, 2014
New York, NY
Schedule of Events

In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history. In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilization - in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media.

2014 Rising Seas Summit
September 24-26, 2014
Crowne Plaza Times Square
New York, NY

The inaugural Rising Seas Summit brought together more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate env ironmental and social degradation induced by climate change.

Volunteer Disaster Chaplain Training Course 
September 29, 2014
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St.  
New York, NY

The Metropolitan College of New York, Emergency & Disaster Management Program, through a training partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network invites religious leaders and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this two-day Disaster Chaplain Training. This training is being co-sponsored by NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) and Brooklyn Center for Quality Life. Each registrant must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a chaplain, congregation staff and/or credentialed religious caregiver or leader. Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may register using their agency affiliation. To download our training brochure  click here.

Commodity Distribution Point Training
September 29, 2014
November 19, 2014
December 17, 2014
NYC Citizen Corps
Brooklyn, NY

The Commodity Distribution Point (CDP) Program is a coordinated, City-led operation to distribute temporarily unavailable life-sustaining commodities such as food, water, ice, and baby formula to the public following an emergency or disaster that disrupts access to traditional supply chains. Primary CDP sites have been identified throughout the five boroughs, one in each community district, to use as points of distribution.  OEM is looking to build a team of trained individuals who may be called upon to volunteer at one of these CDP sites during an emergency response. NYC OEM will be hosting monthly CDP trainings for interested volunteers.

America's PrepareAthon!
September 30, 2014

On Tuesday, September 30th, take part in America's PrepareAthon (AP!), a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. America's PrepareAthon! provides a national focus for individuals, organizations and communities to participate through drills, group discussions and exercises to prepare for local  hazards. Click here for more information about how you can get involved!
Save the Date - 2nd Year Anniversary "Light the Shore"  
October 29, 2014
Staten Island, NY

The Staten Island LTRO will host a Light the Shore event this year on October 29 for the second year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. The anniversary will be a time to reflect on the struggle that is still a daily reality for Staten Island residents while also recognizing the accomplishments of those active in Sandy recovery for the last two years. Save the date, details to follow!
Hurricane Sandy Recovery Interfaith Clinical Pastoral Education Half Unit
JTS is offering a unique Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program which will enable chaplain interns to work directly with people who are still recovering from the hurricane, attending to their spiritual needs as part of a multi-disciplinary team located in three different social service agencies. This unit of CPE is open to seminarians, clergy and religious lay people of all faiths. Applications are available at the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS website and are due ASAP. Submit applications via email.  If you have any questions, please contact Allison Kestenbaum via email or 212-280-6033.
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management
Federal Emergency Management Jobs
Habitat NYC
Met Council Disaster Case Management
National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
New York Disaster Recovery Program
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYC Medical Reserve Corp
NYC Service   
World Cares Center
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