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National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies (all-hazards). This September, please consider hosting a congregation or faith community partnership event about disaster preparedness or communicate to your members, clients or community about National Preparedness Month.
National Disaster Interfaith Network (NDIN) Resources

iNET & iNET ALERTS E-newsletters
Free monthly national e-newsletter for U.S. religious leaders and faith community partners -covering national and faith community news, advocacy issues, best practices, the latest resources, and training opportunities. iNET ALERTS are issued to notify U.S. faith communities, religious leaders and faith community partners about actions they should take in response to public health crises, emergencies or disasters.

NDIN: Disaster Tip Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders 
26 Disaster Preparedness Topics.

NDIN: Disaster Tip Sheets for Faith Community Partners
On religious competency in mass care.

NDIN: Religious Literacy Primer & Field Guide Set
For engaging faith communities in crisis settings.

NDIN: Trainings Available - To Arrange a Training Email
    • Disaster Chaplain Certification
    • Disaster Spiritual Care Worker Training
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience)
    • Disaster Preparedness for U.S. Religious Leaders
    • Religious Competency in Mass Care
    • Religious Literacy & Competency in Crisis Settings
    • Faith Community Engagement for Government or Non-Profits
    • Congregation Volunteer Training - Emergency Rest Center
    • Congregation Preparedness

New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Resources

Free monthly e-newsletter sharing disaster news, resources, and training opportunities for NYC religious leaders and the long-term recovery community. NYDISnet ALERTS are issued in em ail format to notify NYC congregations, religious leaders and faith community partners about actions that should take in response to public health crises, emergencies or disasters.

Manual for NYC Religious Leaders: Spiritual Care & Mental Health for Disaster Response & Recovery
This manual is a comprehensive resource tool to enable NYC religious leaders to better serve their congregations and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters.

FEMA Resources for Faith Communities

FEMA: Developing High Quality Emergency Operation Plans for Houses of Worship
The guide not only provides recommendations on the development of plans to respond to an emergency, but also outlines how organizations can plan for preventing, protecting against, mi tigating the impact of and recovering from these emergencies.

FEMA: Wildfire Preparedness Tools and Resources for Houses of Worship

FEMA: Hurricane Preparedness Tools and Resources for Houses of Worship

FEMA: Flood Preparedness Tools and Resources for Houses of Worship

FEMA: Tornado Preparedness Tools and Resources for Houses of Worship

America's PrepareAthon! 
America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.

American Red Cross Resources

American Red Cross: Be Red Cross Ready
The American Red Cross and Operation Hope are teaming up to assist you, your family and your small business to prepare for personal, human-made, or natural disasters.  Check out the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) - materials to assist you in organizing your vital financial information.

American Red Cross Community Partnerships Webinar
The American Red Cross recently conducted a webinar to inform our partners in the community about what we do and how your community can benefit from our services.

American Red Cross: Give Blood
September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages you to take action to plan and prepare for an emergency and to donate blood. Click  here to find an American Red Cross blood drive or donor center near you.

American Red Cross: Mickey and Friends Disaster Preparedness Activity Book
This activity book helps children and families learn how to prepare for disasters through a series of interactive games and activities. The book is available to download in English and Spanish.

Clorox's Family Health & Safety Guide
Learn how Clorox Regular Bleach can be used to disinfect mobile kitchens, sleeping areas, bathrooms, emergency response vehicles and more.

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) Resources

FEMA Corps
FEMA Corp is a full-time residential service program for individuals ages 18-24.  FEMA Corps members focus on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers.

FEMA EMI Courses
The primary audience for the Independent Study Program is national emergency response and recovery personnel of the United States, as well as emergency management personnel of FEMA, and US citizens.
IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
IS-662: Improving Preparedness and Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships

FEMA: Ready Financial Preparedness

FEMA Youth Preparedness Resources
There are tools, resources and a technical assistance portal for communities seeking to engage youth in activities.

New York City Office of Emergency Management Resources

NYC OEM: Know Your Zones
Know Your Zone is your destination for everything you need to know about hurricanes in New York City.

NYC OEM: Partners in Preparedness
One of the most important elements in emergency preparedness is being in the know.  In the event of an emergency, timely information is critical to keeping you, your staff, and your facility safe.  Through NotifyNYC, the city's free, real-time emergency notification system, and CorpNet, an emergency notification system designed specifically for business continuity planners and other safety and security personnel, OEM provides two important tools to help you stay connected to what's happening in the New York City area.

NYC OEM: We Are New York - The Storm
We Are New York is an Emmy Award-winning television show created to help immigrant New Yorkers practice English while informing them of the city's resources.  On November 25, 2013 The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Office of Emergency Management released WANY's 10th episode, "The Storm" in efforts to help New Yorkers plan, prepare and get informed during emergencies.

The Ready New York campaign encourages New Yorkers to be ready for all types of emergencies. Develop a disaster plan and learn how to keep informed about the hazards you may face in New York City.

NYC OEM: Calendar of Events
Be in the know about upcoming events from the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

AMNY: World Trade Center Photographs Show Transformation of Site at a Glance
Sept 3: The new exhibition "World Trade Center: Concrete Abstract" depicts the transition of Ground Zero from a disaster zone to what it has developed into today. Photographer Shai Kremer began taking pictures of the Ground Zero site in 2011. His images are in the form of a mosaic through the technique of digitally layering images on top of one a nother. This allows viewers to see the development of the 16 acres site over the past two years. AM New York's Jordan G. Teicher speaks to gallerist Julie Saul about the exhibition. Read more

SIL: National September 11 Museum Assumes Responsibility of Annual 9/11 Ceremony
Sept 2: The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has assumed responsibility for the annual ceremony commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks after a two year transition of ownership from City Hall. The memorial and museum is also responsible for all costs related to the ceremony. Staten Island Live reporter Anna Sanders about the details of the transitions in this article. Read more

Related Articles
DN: When 9/11 Arrives, Remember the Living
Aug 31: Thirteen years after 9/11, more than 30,000 first responders and survivors are still suffering from illnesses or injuries stemming from the attack. More than 60 types of cancers caused by 9/11 toxins have been identified by medical research. More than 100 first responders have died as a result of their illnesses. Daily News' Richard Alles and James Slevin, members of the 9/11 Health Watch board of directors, report on the ongoing 9/11 health impact. Read more

DN: 'Tribute in Light' Returns to Ground Zero for the 9/11 Memorial, Open to the Public
Aug 30: The World Trade Centers "Tribute in Light" will return this year for the 9/11 Memorial. For the first time since 2011, the memorial plaza will be open to the public from 6pm - midnight. Daily News' Larry McShane reports here.

9/11 Health Watch
As the 13th Anniversary of 9/11 nears, critically needed Health and Compensation Programs passed into law after an almost decade-long fight is set to expire in 2016. On Monday, September 8th, at 11:15 A.M., Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Peter King will announce the introduction of legislation to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The press conference will be held at Silverstein Family Park, 7 World Trade Center, near the PATH Train. For more information and to read the full press release, click here.

World Trade Center Health Program
The WTC Health Program encourages organizations, agencies, and individuals to help us share our message of hope and our call to action to learn more about the Program through our outreach materials on the WTC Social Media page. To make it easier we have written some suggested tweets and Facebook posts, sorted by audience. Please feel free to use them to help us reach people who may be eligible for the WTC Health Program.

Friends of Firefighters
Thursday, September 11, 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of the attacks to the World Trade Center. For some, this anniversary may trigger difficult memories and uncomfortable feelings of grief, sadness, and/or anger. It is important to attend to and respect those feelings and thoughts.  If troubling feelings persist, or you need to reach out, call us. You can reach us at 718-643-0980 or call On the Line, Friends of Firefighters 24/7 hotline at 866-339-7717. You aren't alone.
9/11 Health Watch Press Conference
September 8, 2014; 11:15am
Silverstein Family Park
World Trade Center (Near Path Train)
More Information

As the 13th Anniversary of 9/11 nears, critically needed Health and Compensation Programs passed into law after an almost decade-long fight is set to expire in 2016. On Monday, September 8th at 11:15 A.M., Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Peter King will announce the introduction of legislation to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Social Media and Disaster Preparedness
September 10, 2014; 6pm - 8pm
New York City Office of Emergency Management
165 Cadman Plaza E
Brooklyn, NY 11201

As part of National Preparedness Month, come learn how you can help inform your community before, during, and after a disaster, using social media.

9/11 Families - 13th Annual Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony
The 13th anniversary commemoration ceremony will take place on the Memorial Plaza. The invitation and/or letter you received in August, as well as P and T case numbers or Memorial Park identification cards will serve as your family's credential for admittance to the ceremony.

13TH Anniversary of 9/11
September 11, 2014; 8:39am - 12:30pm
9/11 Memorial Plaza
World Trade Center Site
Schedule of Events

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum will observe the 13th anniversary by remembering and honoring the 2,983 men, women and children killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, aboard Flight 93, and those who died in the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The ceremony will take place on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at the World Tr ade Center site in lower Manhattan.

Tribute in Light at the 9/11 Memorial
Beginning at 6 p.m. on September 11, the 9/11 Memorial plaza will be open to the public for a special viewing of Tribute in Light from a meaningful vantage point. It will illuminate the New York City sky just south of the Memorial site. The Memorial will remain open until midnight for the anniversary to ensure this meaningful experience is available to all who wish to pay tribute at this sacred site.

Voices of September 11th - 13th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum
September 10, 2014; 8am - 5pm
Marriott Downtown Hotel
85 West Street
New York, NY

Features: World Trade Center Health Program Presentations, Roundtable conversations, panel discussions, and exhibits. For full schedule information, click here.

11th Annual Children of Abraham Interfaith Peace Walk
September 11, 2014; 5pm - 8pm
Kane Street Synagogue: 236 Kane Street; Near Court Street
Saint Paul & Saint Agnes: 234 Congress Street; Near Court St.
Masjid Dawood: 143 State Street; Between Court and Clinton
More Info

Every year the Children of Abraham Peace Walk celebrates community and the role of diverse faith communities in building a better world. The summer of 2014 has been full of challenges to our mutual understanding. But we refuse to be enemies. Though some of us work on social justice issues, this is not a peace march, and there are no signs-- we walk together in solidarity and focus on peace in our local relations. This year we visit three houses of worship along Court Street in Brooklyn.

9/11 Anniversary Reflection and Remembrance Meeting
September 12, 2014; 9am - 11am
NYC-NASW Chapter Office
50 Broadway, 10th floor
RSVP to Madeline Miller here

This meeting is the annual 9/11 Anniversary Reflection and Remembrance Meeting. The global and local context will be included in discussion, along with reflection on the experience of visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum for those who have been there. Conversation will be reflecting back and looking forward in considering not only the context of disaster, distress, trauma, and loss, but also engagement and initiative in promoting the collective well-being and resourcefulness of communities.

Shelter and Special Medical Needs Planning in New York City
September 17, 2014; 6pm - 8pm
New York City Office of Emergency Management
165 Cadman Plaza E
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Find out about the City's disaster sheltering program and how the City plans for people with special medical needs in shelters.

"Ready Kids" at Staten Island Children's Museum
Staten Island, NY
September 21, 2014
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 NYC 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.

Organizing Neighborhoods for Volunteer Response - Training
September 22, 2014; 9am - 5pm
Enterprise Community Partners
1 Whitehall Street, 11th Street
New York, NY 10004

This full day training will address organization and management of volunteers in emergency response, engaging the community, volunteer operations, logistics, communication and records administration.

Commodity Distribution Point Volunteer Training
September 24, 2014; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
New York City Office of Emergency Management
165 Cadman Plaza E
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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. 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.

Volunteer Disaster Chaplain Training Course
September 29, 2014; 9am - 5pm
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal Street (between Varick and Hudson)
NYC 10013
New York, NY

This two-day training prepares faith leaders or institutional chaplains to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care settings or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community or professional institution.

America's PrepareAthon!
September 30, 2014
More Info

On Tuesday, September 30th, take part in America's PrepareAthon (AP!), a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

Building a Prepared Community through Resident Leadership
September 30, 2014; 9:45am - 11:00 am
Enterprise Community Partners
One Whitehall Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10004

A collaboration with the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), this panel of resident and community leaders will discuss strategies to support and cultivate resident leadership for a successful disaster response and recovery.

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