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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 email NYDISnet Editor Tameka Sharp.


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 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 (VGHP) & Form-Sets
NYDIS supports and coordinates out-of-state volunteer groups seeking housing and Sandy rebuild organizations to volunteer with during their stay.

To secure housing or find a place to volunteer, call 212-669-6100 or Email the VGHP

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
New NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Rapid Building Supplies Program
The Rapid Building Supplies program is designed to expedite how quickly rebuild organizations get access to needed building supplies. Any current New York City homeowner who is in Superstorm Sandy Disaster Case Management (DCM) qualifies, regardless of FEMA
approval or immigration status. Any non-profit rebuild organization collaborating with a DCM can submit an itemized list of needed building supplies for any rebuild project - the DCMs must si multaneously submit the homeowner's budget demonstrating unmet needs. Applications must be completed within three business days. For more information, email NYDIS here. To download or view poster.
New NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Emergency Heat Program
The Fall/Winter Emergency Heat program is designed to, on an emergency basis, fix Sandy- impacted homeowners' furnace/heating, to prevent utility shut-off and/or to secure fuel deliveries. Any current New York City homeowner who is in Superstorm Sandy Disaster Case Management (DCM) qualifies, regardless of FEMA approval or immigration status. Any DCM can call NYDIS to request assistance with an emergency-heat need, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. A contractor will be dispatched within 12 hours, with the bill to be paid that same day.  DCMs will have three business days to submit the client's data and budget demonstrating Sandy-related unmet needs (budgets do not need to demonstrate sustainability for emergency assistance). For more information, email NYDIS here. To download or view poster.

Upcoming NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Training - 10/27
On Monday, October 27th, NYDIS will offer an Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) Training Day to train Disaster Case Managers (DCM) to present cases for UNR assistance. Sessions will also include a Mock Roundtable & Case Trouble-Shooting for DCMs to see how a Roundtable works, to provide an opportunity for DCMS to bring their most difficult cases to be discussed, and to get advice from donors/Roundtable staff on how to get them funded. Previously trained DCMs are encouraged to attend the Mock Roundtable & Case Trouble-Shooting sessions.  The Roundtable is a source of cash assistance, loans and discounted/tax-free appliances and building supplies for those impacted by Sandy, regardless of immigration status. This training is open to any DCM from any agency. This training is required before a DCM can apply to the Roundtable on behalf of their client's unmet needs. To register, click here.

LTRG Leaders Sustainability & Recovery Phase Marketing Forum -11/11
New York Disaster Interfaith Services, American Red Cross, NYC VOAD, and The Salvation Army are planning the next installment in our 4-part series Sustainability & the Recovery Phase: Planning, Marketing, People & Money on November 11th. This next session will cover "People and Money." The Salvation Army GNY Director of Emergency Services and NYC VOAD Chair, John Berglund will present the "People" session, which will include Peter Drucker's nonprofit management concept that "fund development is people development. " NYDIS Chief Response Officer Peter Gudaitis and a special guest speaker will co-present the "Money" sessions, which will cover grant writing, fundraising and managing recovery grant funds. NYC LTRG board members and subcommittee chairs can RSVP here.

NYDIS & NY Annual Conference Awards Grant to New Volunteer Host Site
NYDIS and the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church have partnered to assist Naomi A.M.E. Zion Church in Coney Island to house Hurricane Sandy rebuild volunteers. NYDIS granted $9,500 to leverage an additional $7,200 and 760 volunteer construction hours by NYAC. Once operational, the church will host up to 25 volunteers a night in the heart of one of the most hard-hit neighborhoods in Brooklyn. NYDIS has provided over $150,000 in grants to six of the City's seven volunteer group host sites.

New NYC Outreach Mailing Campaign for Rebuild Volunteers
On September 4th, NYDIS mailed volunteer outreach flyers to over 5,200 houses of worship all around New York City. We asked for faith leaders to encourage their congregants to become more involved in the Hurricane Sandy rebuild effort. The vast majority of people still suffering have had a hard time providing for themselves, even pre-storm. Our fellow New Yorkers in needs of volunteer rebuild support are the disabled, the elderly, the poor, chronically ill, and veterans, as well as large families with children.  To get more information or to register your congregation as a host site "dorm," or to request volunteer housing for incoming out-of-state groups, email volunteerhousing@nydis.org.

New National Volunteer Group Outreach Campaign
In September, the Volunteer Group Housing Program began a national outreach program to bring more volunteers to the rebuild effort in NYC. A series of five e-posters have been distributed to over 15,000 national and regional volunteer groups, rebuild organizations, colleges, and VOADs across the country. Over the past four weeks these posters have resulted in two NVOAD organizations expressing interest in redeploying volunteer teams in 2015; almost 40 new groups have made reservations to volunteer in NYC in the next several months.  To get more information, email volunteerhousing@nydis.org.
SIL: Episcopal Parishes on Staten Island to Hold Prayer Service for Ebola Victims
Oct 13: Episcopal parishes on Staten Island are planning a memorial prayer service for victims of Ebola on Saturday, November 1. The service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1333 Bay St. in Rosebank, at 11 a.m. Staten Island Live's Eddie DAnna provides more event details in this article. Read more

HP: When Ebola Comes to Church
Oct 11: In this article, George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, shares how their church has responded to their experience with Ebola through one of their member's face-to-face encounter with the virus. Wilshire Baptist Church is a predominantly Anglo congregation supporting a Liberian immigrant. Read more

YouTube: Hurricane Sandy: Two Years Later - Teresa Surillo
Oct 9: Teresa Surillo of Arverne, NY shares her survivor story with Faith in New York, as well as the challenges of rebuilding and unemployment that her family still faces as we approach the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Watch the video here

SIL: Staten Island Clergy Leadership Gathers to Discuss Housing after Sandy
Oct 2: Staten Island Clergy Leadership recently gathered to discuss housing needs two years post-Sandy. According to research conducted by Make the Road New York, median rent in Staten Island has increased by $200 and homeowners are facing increasing flood insurance premiums. Staten Island Live reporter Matea Kulusic talks to the leadership about the causes of these recovery challenges. Read more

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NY1: SI Religious Leaders Say Renters Left Behind in Sandy Rebuilding

ET: Al Gore Wants to Mobilize Faith Leaders for Climate Change
Sept 18: Al Gore delivered the keynote speech at the People's Climate March Interfaith Leaders Breakfast on Thursday, September 17th. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage local faith-based leaders to mobilize their congregations to participate in the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21. Epoch Times' reporter Annie Wu reports on the speech and breakfast 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. You can call the Center for NYC Neighborhoods Call Center at 646-786-0888 or go to the intranet for contact info for additional legal providers.  Additional proof of loss information can be found 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 deadline to return economic injury applications is March 2, 2015. This declaration covers Kings and Queens Counties; and the contiguous counties of Bronx, Nassau, New York and Richmond in the state of New York can apply. For more information, click here.

Workforce 1 Sandy Recovery Opportunities - New
The NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations and  Workforce1 are partnering with local employers to connect job candidates to recovery- and resiliency-related career opportunities. As opportunities become available, candidates who are found to meet job criteria at the time of screening with Workforce1 will be referred to an employer or placed in a pipeline for consideration by an employer. For more information, click here.

Bridge Fund New York - New
The Bridge Fund of New York City welcomes applications for working-poor clients in need of emergency financial assistance (interest-free loans and grants) to pay rental arrears that threaten eviction or for short-term rent subsidies.  They also serve individuals who receive benefits based on a work history, such as Social Security Retirement, workers compensation, disability insurance, unemployment and Veterans. Bridge Fund New York does not accept self-referrals; DCMs must apply on behalf of their clients.

Mental Health Survey - New
The Mental Health and Spiritual Care Committee of the Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Group is currently compiling a referral list for mental health and social service providers working in Sandy-affected areas of Brooklyn. With this in mind, we are asking mental health, emotional care, and social service providers to fill out this survey about their organizations and services (if you would like to be included on the referral list). Once compiled, this referral list will be distributed among Disaster Case Managers and other front line service providers. We will also be putting together a flyer for the public from this information.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Jeff Mathias.

Water Bill Assistance for Build It Back Clients - New
Clients with an active BIB case who have an outstanding water bill are eligible to receive up to $700 in assistance. Clients will need to provide their BiB application number; they should contact their water company and inform them that they are Sandy survivors with a BIB case. All clients are required to submit paperwork to the water companies.

9/11 Health Benefits
People exposed to the stew of toxins released when the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11 can still apply for health benefits. Tens of thousands of workers, volunteers and residents who fear they are suffering from 9/11 related illnesses have until 2016 to apply for the health care they need and deserve under the World Trade Center Health Program. To apply click here or call 855-4WTC-AID.

FEMA Data Feeds - New
We offer several ways for you to receive automatic updates on press releases, disaster declarations, our latest blog posts, and information from our partners. Click on the icons next to the sources to open the data in your preferred format. Access the feeds 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 these 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 FEMA's website.
NYC.GOV: Mayor Announces Progress on Sandy Recovery, New Build It Back Goals
Oct 20: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced significant progress on the City's Hurricane Sandy recovery as a result of the administration's overhaul, and set new Build it Back goals to further expedite progress by the end of the year. There have been 727 construction starts and 878 reimbursement checks sent to date - compared to zero at the beginning of the year. Mayor de Blasio announced that Build it Back is committed to hitting 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks by December 31st. Read the full press release here.
NYC.GOV: De Blasio Administration Launches Ad Campaign to Spur Volunteering
Oct 20: Spearheaded by NYC Service, the de Blasio administration today launched a volunteer promotion campaign—a series of targeted ads in 1,000 subway cars and 75 bus shelters—to encourage more New Yorkers across the five boroughs to volunteer.  This promotion campaign highlights three areas NYC Service has determined are in high need of volunteers - Supporting Youth Development, Reducing Hunger, and Engaging Seniors. Read the full announcement here.
NYDN: Gov. Cuomo Proposes Creation of State Office of Faith-Based Services
Oct 10: In a recent campaign appearance in Harlem, Governor Cuomo proposed a plan to create a state Office of Faith-Based Services. This office would help communities through food, health, and other social service programs. Daily News reporter Annie Karni reports on Governor Cuomo's plan for the office. Read more
WP: The Ominous Math of the Ebola Epidemic
Oct 9: Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that without swift action, the Ebola virus could become a global calamity on the scale of HIV. According to reports, the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is doubling approximately every three weeks. Washington Post reporters Joel Achenbach, Lena H. Sun and Brady Dennis break down Ebola statistics in this article. Read more
NYC.GOV: Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk
Oct 8: The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) released Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk, a comprehensive guide for New York City homeowners living in new and existing flood zones. The guide supports Mayor Bill de Blasio's commitment to make New York City more resilient in response to global climate change. It is designed to shed light on retrofitting strategies that will enable home and property owners to reduce the risk of damage and disruption from coastal flooding. The manual also highlights the limitations of current Federal regulations for buildings in urban environments like New York City. Read the full press release here.
NY1: Mayor Defends Build it Back Program Amid Security Concerns
Oct 7: Amid claims of threats against Build It Back employees at the Fort Tilden program center in the Rockaways by former employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to downplay security concerns. NY1's Grace Rauh reported on the recent press conference. Read more
Pix11: NYC Hospitals Increase Ebola Preparedness
Oct 3: Although there are no Ebola cases in New York City, local hospitals are preparing for the possibility of Ebola patients. Pix 11 reporter James Ford talks to Dr. Peter Shearer of Mt. Sinai Hospital about the protocol for handling people who have recently traveled to West Africa or have had contact with someone who has. Read more

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GG: Are New York's High-Risk Neighborhoods Climate Safe?
Oct 3: Residents in Red Hook and the Lower East Side express mixed feelings about the city's level of preparedness and their safety during extreme storms like Superstorm Sandy. A 30-plus member news team recently surveyed residents in Red Hook and on the Lower East Side to explore how residents felt two years post-Sandy. Gotham Gazette reporters David Gershgorn, Eric Levitz, Derek Scancarelli and Marguerite Ward share some of the survey results in this article. Read more
HP: Deal Promises To Protect People with Disabilities in NYC During Disasters
Oct 2: Advocates and the City of New York have reached an agreement that will strengthen the City's disaster preparedness plans for residents with disabilities. The deal includes a disability and access and functional needs coordinator and upgraded disaster centers and shelter space. Associated Press' Larry Neumeister speaks to city officials and advocates about the ruling. Read more

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NYT:  New York City to Alter Preparations for Disabled in Disasters
WNYC: City Revamps Emergency Plan for People with Disabilities

SIL: City Grants $28M to Staten Island University Hospital for Storm Resiliency  
Sept 19: Staten Island University Hospital will receive $28 million to upgrade its resiliency measures. The hospital lost power during Superstorm Sandy and was at significant risk for flooding. SIUH is one of only two hospitals on the island. Staten Island Live's Maura Grunland reported on a visit to the hospital by the mayor and other elected officials.   Continue reading 

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NY.GOV: Governor Cuomo Announces $1.9B in Federal Storm Resiliency Funding
Sept 17: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State expects to receive $1.915 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government. The funding from the Federal Transit A dministration will support the Governor's goal of improving the State's storm resiliency and building back better in the aftermath of major storms.

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HSNW: Mayor de Blasio Facing Criticism for Curbing Counterterrorism Programs
Sept 17: Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing criticism over his decision to curb a number of the counterterrorism programs introduced by former mayor Michael Bloomberg. One of the programs not being reinstated is the special surveillance program which targeted Muslim communities in New York. This Homeland Security News Wire article reports on the other programs being curtailed. Read more

HSNW: The State of New York Launches Disaster Preparedness Initiatives
Sept 16: The State of New York's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is taking a more proactive approach to preparing for disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and terrorism attacks. New initiatives include the expansion of DHSES regional footprint from five planning/response regions to ten. This Homeland Security News Wire reports on more initiative being undertaken. Read more

NJ: FEMA Wants at Least $5.8M in Sandy Aid Repaid
Sept 11: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested approximately 850 aid recipients to return $5.8 million awarded after Superstorm Sandy, with other cases still under review. The agency suspects a number of recipients were ineligible because of factors such as claims for vacation houses or rental properties or other non-primary residences. Read more 
WP: NYC Firefighters are Being Tracked with Military-Developed Radio Tags
Sept 3: The New York City Fire Department is testing technology that tracks firefighters with military-developed radio tags, allowing for firefighters' locations to be tracked and submitted to the City's Operations Center. Washington Post reporter Nancy Scola discusses how the technology can be used to coordinate emergency response. Read more 
DNANY: State Offers $425K to Small Businesses Affected by East Harlem Explosion
Aug 27: New York State is awarding $425,000 to small businesses affected by the East Harlem Explosion. According to the department of Small Businesses Services, 60 ground-level small businesses were impacted by the explosion. DNAinfo NY's Gustavo Solis spoke to business owners and their path to recovery. Continue reading
USA Today: More than Half in U.S. at Greater Risk in Disasters
Sept 27: According to research conducted by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, more than 50% of the US population may need special attention during weather-related disasters. USA Today's Thomas M. Kostigen reports on some of the vulnerabilities facing the disabled, seniors and children. Read more
SWR: PTSD and Respiratory Illness Long-Term Problem Among 9/11 Responders
Sept 13:  Researchers at Stony Brook Medicine's World Trade Center Health Program found that more than 60% of 9/11 responders suffer from long-term PTSD and respiratory illness.  Researchers are evaluating the impact of mental and physical illnesses of 100 responders with the hope of improving long-term monitoring and treatment. In this Science World report, reporter Benita Matilda shares connections research has made between mental and physical illnesses among responders. Read more

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2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Response

NYC Ebola Update

2014 NYC Ebola Response - As of 10.20.14

  • Three U.S. cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were recently diagnosed in Dallas, Texas.
  • There are no confirmed EVD cases in New York City or the surrounding area at this time. However, New York City regularly monitors and responds to disease outbreaks. For more information, visit New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Ebola webpage.
  • Persons reporting travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea in the last 21 days are of concern for EVD. People who travel to other regions in Africa should not be considered at risk.
  • Healthcare facilities should continue to use the EVD Evaluation Algorithm  to identify and isolate persons needing further evaluation.
  • Immediately call the NYC Health Department about patients suspected to have EVD.

2014 National Ebola Response - As of 10.20.14

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports and New Tracking Program for all People Entering U.S. from Ebola-affected Countries
CDC and the Department of Homeland Security's Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Read CDC's press release and factsheet on the new screening process.

General Outbreak Information
What's New

Ebola Virus Disease home page in English and Spanish
Questions and Answers on Ebola

New or Updated Guidance Documents
Facts About Ebola in the U.S.
Ebola Contact Tracing, Dallas, Texas 
What You Need To Know About Ebola 

Ebola Outbreak Background Articles

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports and New Tracking Program for all People Entering U.S. from Ebola-affected Countries
CDC and the Department of Homeland Security's Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Read CDC's press release and factsheet on the new screening process.

CDC on First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden stated in an October 8 press briefing: "Today we are deeply saddened by the death of the patient in Dallas.  Despite maximal interventions, we learned today that he passed away and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.  So we think about this and we remember what a deadly enemy Ebola is and how important it is that we take every step possible to both protect Americans and stop the outbreak at its source in Africa." Read CDC's press release and the complete press briefing transcript and audio.
Ready NYC Mobile App
In an effort to encourage more New Yorkers to make an emergency plan before disaster strikes, NYC Emergency Management has launched an enhanced mobile application called Ready NYC. The app, which is currently available for Apple iOS, allows users to store important information they may need in an emergency

NYC OEM's Partner in Preparedness Program
Partners in Preparedness has released a brochure explaining the program, benefits of being a partner, and the steps to partnership.  A second brochure provides a wider explanation of NYC OEM programs for businesses and the unique role each has in supporting the City's resilience. Check out other resources for businesses on OEM's website. 

NYC Service Emergency Preparedness Initiatives
  • EmergeNYC
    As seen with Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, one can never be too prepared. NYC Service partners with Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to recruit New Yorkers who can assist the public and our first responders in case of emergency. Coastal Storm Plan (CSP) volunteers help staff Evacuation Shelters during an emergency activation; Commodity Distribution Points (CDP) volunteers help coordinate the distribution of essential items like food, water, and blankets to the community.
  • Visit NYC Service for more information and to sign up to be an EmergeNYC volunteer.

  • Get Trained in CPR!
    CPR - or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - is a life-saving technique that could potentially help a loved one, friend or co-worker. NYC Service, in partnership with FDNY, is committed to empowering more New Yorkers with the confidence and necessary skills to perform CPR during an emergency.

    Visit NYC Service for more information. To form a group or schedule a training session at your location for groups of 15 or more, please contact the FDNY Mobile CPR Unit at (718) 281-3888 or visit the CPR website.

How to Prepare For Winter Storms
FEMA has released a new guide and video on preparation for winter storms. To view the guide, click  here. To view the video, click here

RCPT Stronger Community, Better Response:
Video: Connecting Community Organizations During Disaster
Regional Catastrophic Planning Team has released a new video on connecting community organizations during disaster. To view this video, click  here.

Disaster Mental Health Newsletter - The Dialogue
The Dialogue is a quarterly e-newsletter that provides practical and down-to-earth information for disaster behavioral health coordinators, local service providers, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, delivered straight to your inbox. You can also contribute an article to an upcoming issue.

Subscribe to The Dialogue | Submit an Article or Feature

Beyond the Go Kit: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters
The New York Academy of Medicine has released a report on how to keep older adults safe during disasters. The report draws from lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and recommends 12 action steps toward community preparedness, including establishing community planning hubs in each neighborhood, supporting landlords with large concentrations of older adults, enacting a pharmacy law for disasters, and consulting with home health care and hospice providers on emergency plans. For more information, click here.

West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Updates for FBO & CBOs in the United States
October 22, 2014
Conference Call
Due to high call volume, please dial in approximately 15 minutes before the call)
USA Toll Free: 1-888-790-1894
International: +1-312-470-0008 
Verbal Passcode: Community

CDC will provide information about the Ebola outbreak, and updates on CDC's activities in the US to address concerns about Ebola. Dr. Abdul R Shaikh, a population health scientist on the Board of Directors for the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), will discuss the potential role of places of worship, community, and family in addressing Ebola concerns for those living in the US.

Town Hall Meeting: What You Need to Know About Ebola & Enterovirus
October 22, 2014; 6:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Downtown Brooklyn, NY

As Brooklyn is the third densest city in the United States of America, residents need to know the facts about transmission, prevention, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. People with a high risk of getting sick and families with children susceptible to respiratory
illness should attend and become informed about Ebola and Enterovirus.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Training Day
October 27, 2014, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St., 11th FL
New York, NY
Register here

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

Disaster Distress Response Program (DDRP) Public Workshops
October 27th, 2014; 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Far Rockaway Community Library
1637 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) will be conducting public workshops on the free 10-week DDRP program. Clinical staff will cover common reactions to disaster, teach a breathing retraining technique to manage anxiety, talk about the importance of scheduling pleasant activities to combat sadness and depression and discuss the 5 steps of cognitive r estructuring to reframe unhelpful thoughts that cause distress.  For more information about the workshop, please contact the Disaster Distress Response Program at: 718-888-6955 or click here.

Red Hook Opportunity Fair
October 28, 2014; 12:00pm - 4:00pm
October 29, 2014; 5:00pm - 7:00pm
767 Hicks St.
Brooklyn, NY
Please contact Catherine McBride at 718-858-6782 to RSVP

Coordinated by Red Hook Local Leaders and NYCHA REES with support from Red Hook Initiative, Tuesday's event will include a resume building workshop and Wednesday's event will include a job training fair. All are encouraged to participate regardless of work experience or criminal record.

Premier Screening of "Roots of Resilience"
October 28, 2014; 6:00pm
P.S. 329
2929 W30th St.
Brooklyn, NY

A year ago we celebrated the remarkable resilience of the Coney Island community following Hurricane Sandy with the installation of the Resilience mural at PS 329. This year, we are proud to introduce "Roots of Resilience," a documentary short produced and directed by NYU Film School student Brendan Bubion that tells the story behind the effort. For more information, go to the School Murals website.

Light the City: Sandy Two Year Anniversary Observance
October 28, 2014; 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bowling Green Park, Manhattan
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

The Long Term Recovery Groups from all five boroughs are invited to join together in remembrance of our loss, recognition of our ongoing struggles, and in celebration of communities dedicated to a recovered and more resilient NYC.  Bowling Green Park, Manhattan. (Across from the National Museum of the American Indian.)

LES Ready: Hurricane Sandy Anniversary Celebration
October 29, 2014; 6:00pm - 9:00pm
La Plaza Cultural Garden
9th Street and Avenue C (Manhattan)

LES (Lower East Side) READY will be commemorating the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and hope to see you there. For more information, contact Lilah Mejia at 212-358-1231 or via email.  To view event flyer, click here

Light the Shore Superstorm Sandy 2nd Anniversary: Staten Island
October 29, 2014
4:00pm Resiliency Walk on the Boardwalk (Sand Lane & Fr Capadona Blvd) 
5:00pm Community Supper (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave)
6:30pm Service of Remembrance (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave)
7:45pm Light the Shore Vigil (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave or Waterfront Closest to Your Home)

All are welcome as we remember our losses, recognize our ongoing struggles, and honor how our community has come together. For more information, click here.

Commodity Distribution Point Training
October 29, 2014; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
November 19, 2014; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
December 17, 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. 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.

Procession for the Innocents 
Remembering the Victims of Injustice
November 1, 2014, 2:00pm
Union Square

Sponsored by Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, Arab American Association of New York, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, The Interfaith Center of New York.

Brooklyn Clergy Breakfast and Gathering
Gentrification: Barrier to the Beloved Community - Panel Discussion
November 6, 2014; 9:00am - 11:00am
St. Gabriel Episcopal Church
331 Hawthorne Street
Brooklyn, NY 11225

This panel will provide a time for faith leaders, community advocates, and housing policy experts to have an open and frank discussion about the housing crisis in Brooklyn and the moral dilemma of gentrification. At the breakfast, you will also get updates about Faith in New York campaigns and learn more about how to engage your lay leaders in faith-based advocacy. 

Course: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens (AWR-308)
November 6, 2014; 8:00am - 12:00pm

This course is designed to enhance the caregiver's awareness of vulnerability factors associated with senior citizens. Participants will learn how to identify, prepare, and perform a number of support activities that will ensure the safety and security of senior citizens when a natural hazard event occurs. Particular attention is directed toward developing an awareness of the preparedness and response needs of all senior citizens, inclusive of economic, medical, cognitive and mobility determinants. 

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 30th Annual Meeting
November 6-9, 2014
InterContinental Miami
Miami, Florida USA

The theme of this year's conference is "Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span." Speakers will highlight new developments in the field and synthesize current understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on health and well-being across the life span to consider how families, communities, and culture relate to childhood trauma and its effects.

Sustainability & the Recovery Phase: People & Money Session
November 11, 2014, 9:00am - 1:00pm
The Salvation Army
120 W.14th St.
New York, NY

This next session will cover "People and Money." The Salvation Army GNY Director of Emergency Services and NYC VOAD Chair John Berglund will present the "People" session, which will include Peter Drucker's nonprofit management concept of "fund development is people development." NYDIS Chief Response Officer Peter Gudaitis and a special guest speaker will co-present the "Money" sessions, which will cover grant writing, fundraising and managing recovery grant funds.

Save the Date: JIT: Building Brighter Futures for Children Dealing with Crisis
November 12, 2014
Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, NY

Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn and the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics District II Presents "Just in Time:  Building Brighter Futures for Children Dealing with Crisis" featuring keynote speaker Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH Commissioner New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

2014 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference
November 14-19, 2014
Grand Hyatt & Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas

Stakeholders from all levels of government, the private sector, and public health and related disciplines in the fields of disaster preparedness and homeland security will share tools and technology, and collaborate to develop practical solutions to protect individuals from disasters.

Building Congregational Power
Creating Impactful Congregational Leadership
November 15, 2014; 9:30am - 2:00pm
Mount Olivet Baptist Church
201 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027


Guest Speaker: Rev. Alvin Herring, Deputy Director of the PICO National Network
Rev. Alvin Herring will lead a workshop on the role of race in the New York City housing crisis. Additionally, this training will focus on vision-casting and the building of strong congregational teams in order to grow deeper, more impactful roots in the fight for affordable housing in New York City.

Presbytery-Wide Sandy Relief Mission Day
November 15, 2014; 9:30am - 3:30pm
Presbytery of New York City
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1600
New York, NY 10115
Contact Lisette Robustelli to register via email or 917-282-6413. 

Hurricane Sandy occurred almost two years ago. For many victims of Sandy it seems like only yesterday and many families and businesses are still trying to recover. Join volunteers from across the New York City Presbytery in our continued efforts to help them rebuild. This can be a day of mission for your entire congregation, your youth group, a confirmation class or you can come as one. There are various projects, at various sites, requiring various skill levels. You will be assigned a site upon registration.

November 21, 2014; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

This year's training, developed and delivered by the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz (IDMH), will address the needs of children and families after disasters. This is an important group to focus on as children are recognized as a vulnerable population who not only can suffer short-term reactions to  traumatic experiences but who can experience long-term consequences that disrupt their emotional, social, and academic development if their distress is not adequately addressed.  Direct questions via email or by calling
518 474-2893.

Course: HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities (PER-306)
December 6-7, 2014; 8:00am - 5:00pm
New York, NY

This two-day performance-level course will provide professionals with the training necessary to integrate resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas. In addition to discussing existing regulations, this course will feature best practices that may increase community shelter capacity while addressing design concerns such as sustainability, accessibility, architectural aesthetics, and regional culture.

EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Free Trainings
December 6 (Sp); 8:30am-5:00pm
October 12 (Eng); 8:30am-5:00pm
December 7 (Eng); 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.

2015 APC Annual Conference Connection: Soul Meets Data
June 4-7, 2015
Marriot Hotel
Louisville, KY
More Information

For the past 10 months, the 2015 Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work to put together the conference components. The theme of the conference is Soul Meets Data: Research and Technology in Chaplaincy Care. Our conference goals are to increase research literacy and knowledge, implement technology into professional practice, inspire chaplains to do research, and investigate how technology connects and disconnects in relationships.
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management

Federal Emergency Management Jobs

Met Council Disaster Case Management

National Service (CNCS)

New York Cares

NYC Office of Emergency Management - New Jobs

NYC Medical Reserve Corp

NYC Service   

World Cares Center

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