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Welcome to NYDISnet, the e-newsletter of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS).

NYDISnet is New York City's only faith-based Sandy recovery e-news resource, and provides the latest updates on resources, events, trainings and other matters of interest to the recovery community and religious leaders - including 9/11 long-term recovery news. NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs during local emergencies or to notify New York City faith communities and our partners of important news.

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

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


Rev. Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President


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NYDIS Sandy Recovery Resources

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On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Guide (with Widgets)

On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Calendar

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

NYC 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 for them to volunteer with during their stay.

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

A comprehensive culturally and religiously competent form-set to assist potential host sites in housing rebuild volunteers in support of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts 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
Register Now: Disaster Chaplain Training at MCNY, 3/24-25/15
Through a training partnership with NYDIS and MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) will offer their two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course in NYC at MCNY on March 24-25, 2015. 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.

Update: NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable-Rapid Building Supplies Program
The Rapid Building Supplies program is designed to expedite quicker access to needed building supplies. Any current New York City homeowner who is in Superstorm Sandy Disaster Case Management (DCM) can qualify, 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 DCM must simultaneously submit the homeowner's budget demonstrating unmet needs. Applications must be completed within three business days. For more information, email NYDIS here.

In October, the program helped 2 rebuild partners purchase $9,000 in supplies.

Update: 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 systems, 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. For more information, email NYDIS here.

To date, the program has helped 11 homeowners with $90,576 in repairs.

Month Stats Report: NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable. Vie w Report

NYDIS Co-Sponsors Final LTRG Forum - Sustainability & the Recovery
New York Disaster Interfaith Services, American Red Cross, NYC VOAD and The Salvation Army held the final installment in the 4-part series Sustainability & The Recovery Phase: Planning, Marketing, People & Money on November 11th. The series culminated in the development of an “Inter-Borough LTRG” that will focus on collaborative coordination and communication moving forward around targeted projects.

NYDIS Thanks Recovery Diva Blogger Claire Rubin for Her Shout-out
NYDIS thanks Claire Rubin, who blogs under the name Recovery Diva, for sharing the NYDIS website and kind words of support of our work with her subscribers.  NYDIS encourages all of our members and subscribers to check out and subscribe to the blog Disaster and Faith Based Organizations, a blog that provides disaster preparedness, responseand recovery resources for faith-based organizations.

NYDIS Hosts Ebola Preparedness Forum for NYC Religious Leaders
On October 28th, NYDIS partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to provide an Ebola Preparedness Forum for NYC Religious Leaders. Peter Gudaitis, NYDIS Chief Response Officer, and Ruth Wenger, NDIN Director of Training, facilitated sessions, including speakers from NYC DOHMH, NYC Office of Emergency Management, and Metropolitan College of New York. The event was attended by over 90 religious leaders.

In partnership with the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs, NYDIS co-hosted a second forum on Monday, October 10th at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.
BDE: Sandy-scarred Houses of Worship Neglected by Federal Law
Nov 14: Due to federal law prohibiting direct aid to houses of worships, many are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is asking for local financial institutions to develop low-interest loan programs to assist houses of worship rebuild. In this Brooklyn Daily Eagle article, Pastor Connis Mobley of the United Community Baptist Church shares the impact their slow recovery is having on congregations. Read more

Bloomberg: Ebola Funding Needs Religious Leaders' Help to Pass, Biden Says
Nov 13: Vice President Joe Biden has requested that religious leaders and humanitarian groups lobby for emergency aid to fight Ebola. To date, the death toll has surpassed 5,000. The Vice President believes there will be more cases in the United States. Bloomberg's Angela Greiling Keane discusses White House efforts to support the response. Read more

NYT: After Catastrophes, Mennonite Disaster Service Helps to Rebuild
Nov 6: In 2013, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) sent over 4,000 rebuild volunteers within the United States and Canada to support disaster recovery. Their work includes rebuild projects in the Rockaways and Staten Island. Bill and Esther McCoy, MDS. project coordinators, and MDS volunteers helped Broad Channel resident Ann Marie Esposito get back into her home. New York Times reporter Helene Stapinskinovr interviewed the McCoys about their work. Read more

JCC: Hurricane Sandy Anniversary: Rebuilding the Ark
Oct 29: In this Hamodia article, Rabbi Moshe Wiener discusses the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the remarkable progress made since at Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCC-CGI). Read more
FloodHelpNY - New
This map allows users to find out what their flood insurance rate will be when new federal flood maps are available in 2016 and provides links to information on purchasing flood insurance. Access the map 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 was July 28, 2014.) 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.

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.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery

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

Resource Guides and Websites
Project Elf - New
World Cares Center (WCC) in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery will host a fundraiser for hundreds of children left homeless by Superstorm Sandy, providing them with the chance to delight in the holiday season.  In order to ensure the success of this event, donations are still being accepted. Those interested in becoming a part of this great movement are encouraged to visit our donation page at World Cares Center. For more information on World Cares Center and Project Elf, please visit the World Cares Center website or call 212-563-7570.
Ebola Outbreak Response

Currently, there are no active adult cases and no cases of Ebola in children in the United States. And although the risk that a child in the United States could become sick with Ebola is extremely low, children who have traveled within the previous 21 days to countries with widespread transmission could be at risk. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) are taking steps to help keep the risk low for everyone.

Info for Schools, Parents, Healthcare Professionals
Guidance for Daycares & Schools: Receiving Students/Staff from Areas Affected by Ebola
Guidance for Colleges & Universities Receiving Students/Staff from Areas Affected by Ebola
Healthcare Providers: Ebola Information for Health Care Providers
CDC's Ebola Resources for Parents, Schools, and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals

Additional Resources
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Ebola webpage
CDC's Ebola webpage (including list of all Ebola Questions & Answers)
World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) website

NYDIS Ebola Outbreak Resources for Religious Leaders
Ebola Resources Forum for NYC Religious Leaders - PowerPoint-PDF
Manual: Spiritual Care & Mental Health for Disaster Response & Recovery
Disaster Tip Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders
Tzu Chi Foundation News Reel on NYDIS Ebola Forum for NYC Religious Leaders

Multilingual Educational Resources
Stay Informed with these culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials and resources available on the NYC Department of Health website

NYC OEM Ebola Webinar
On Thursday, October 30th, OEM hosted a webinar about Ebola with a presenter from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.

Ebola Webinar Archive
Archived 10/18 West Africa Ebola Outbreak - Faith & CBO Partners Call
(MP3, summary or  transcript) CDC provides information about the Ebola outbreak, and updates on what CDC is doing to help stop it. Reverend Miriam J. Burnett of the Resource and Promotion of Health Alliance, Inc. discusses the potential role of places of worship, community, and family in addressing Ebola concerns of those living in the US.

Archived 10/22 West Africa Ebola Outbreak - Faith & CBO Partners Call
(MP3 or transcript) CDC provides information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and updates on what CDC is doing to help stop it. Dr. Abdul R Shaikh, a population health scientist on the Board of Directors for the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), discusses the potential role of places of worship, community, and family in addressing Ebola concerns for those living in the US.
TG: Are Our Buildings Prepared for Natural Disasters Bigger than Hurricane Sandy?
Nov 19: Following Hurricane Sandy, Urban Green Council created a task force of building experts, property owners and city officials to determine how to stormproof New York City's building infrastructure from various types of extreme weather events. The task force released a report recommending 33 changes, 16 which the city has already passed and implemented.  In this article, Lilah Raptopoulos interviews Urban Green Council executive director Russell Unger about the report. Continue

SIL: 19 Staten Island Houses Closer to Rebuild in Build it Back Program
Nov 14: Community Board 2's Land Use Committee recently voted and approved waivers on zoning and code requirements for 19 homes in Arrochar, Cedar Grove and Midland Beach.   The homes are in the Build It Back program; Amy Peterson, director of the city Housing Recovery Office, and Deborah Morris, director of resiliency planning at the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development, presented the proposal to the committee. Staten Island Live reporter Rachel Shapiro spoke to Peterson about reducing red tape and helping residents get back into their homes. Read more

NYT: With Persistence and Phone Calls, Defending Against Ebola in New York
Nov 11: In response to the Ebola outbreak, New York City is monitoring nearly 300 people in a 24 hour a day operation. Most of those being monitored recently came back from one of the three hardest hit countries; the others are workers who cared for Dr. Spencer, NYC‘s first Ebola patient.  New York Times' reporter Anemona Hartocollis reports from the health department's operation center in this article. Continue

CRAINS: FEMA Audit Could Lower Flood Insurance Rates
Nov 10: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning an audit of construction in the city's flood zone which could lower flood insurance rates. Crain's Joe Anuta explains the details of the audit. Read more

NYDN: Two NYCHA Community Centers in Brooklyn Remain Closed Since Sandy
Nov 10: Community centers at Gravesend and Surfside Gardens in Coney Island remain closed two years after Superstorm Sandy. City officials site FEMA rules as the reason for the centers' slow repairs and recovery. FEMA requires a resiliency plan before signing off on repairs. Daily News reporter Reuven Blau talks to City Councilman Treyger and local residents about the recovery. Continue 

ABC News: NYC Adult Home Residents Asked to Repay FEMA Aid
Nov 9: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has asked at least a dozen adult home residents to pay back Hurricane Sandy disaster aid.  Some of the residents at Bell Harbor Manor have been retroactively declared ineligible for aid checks received two years ago in the immediate aftermath of Sandy. Associated Press reporters David B. Caruso and Michael Kunzelman interview some of the residents in this article. Read more 

WP: Best Strategies for Disaster-Relief Giving
Nov 9: In the immediate wake of disasters, donors have to quickly decide who to give to and how much to give. With the new phenomenon known as “pop-up organizations”, it can be challenging. In this article, Wall Street Journal reporter Daisy Maxey shares tips for giving that are helpful for organizations. Read more

HP: Hey, New York! People Are Still Recovering From Superstorm Sandy
Oct 28: Two years after Hurricane Sandy, many people have yet to recover. On Staten Island, volunteer team Yellow Boots are helping homeowners repair and rebuild their homes and the Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO), a coalition of faith-based, grassroots, and national recovery organizations, continue to coordinate recovery efforts. Huffington Post reporter Paul Brandeis Raushenbush interviews Staten Island LTRO coordinator Alana Tornello about the ongoing recovery. Read more

DN: Two Years After Being Inundated by Sandy, Red Hook is Rebounding
Oct 26: Red Hook Initiative, a local community organization in Red Hook, helped to mobilize neighbors to support response efforts in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as well as in the community's recovery efforts. Recently, NYCHA residents came together at the Red Hook Initiative to learn how to take care of their community during a crisis. To commemorate the second year anniversary, the leaders are planning a job fair.  In this article, Jill Eisenhard, founder and executive director of the Red Hook Initiative, discusses how Red Hook neighbors caring for one another is making a lasting impact.  Read more

DE: Post Sandy, City & Local leaders Ready to Help Vulnerable in Next Emergency
Oct 23: Nancy Greco Silvestri, spokesperson for the Office of Emergency Management, says the city is better prepared to help special needs population and seniors during emergencies. The city developed 14 additional playbooks to explain operations before, during and after an emergency, particularly for coastal storms.  In this Downtown Express article, read what steps the city has taken to improve response capabilities. Read more

Amendments to Public Assistance & Individual Assistance Program for FY15
FEMA published Federal Register Notices amending several important indicators for the Public Assistance and Individual Assistance program for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Under the Individual Assistance program the maximum grant award was amended to $32,900. Under the Public Assistance program the statewide per capita indicator was amended to $1.41 and the countywide per capita indicator was amended to $3.56. The minimum amount to process a Project Worksheet was amended to $3,040, and the maximum dollar amount for a project to be considered a small project was amended to $121,600. Projects over $121,600 will be processed as a large project. These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after October 1, 2014. Read more

Book: Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts
Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts reviews the coastal risk-reduction strategies and levels of protection that have been used along the United States East and Gulf Coasts to reduce the impacts of coastal flooding associated with storm surges. This report evaluates their effectiveness in terms of economic return, protection of life safety, and minimization of environmental effects.

DHHS: Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response During Superstorm Sandy
This study highlights the challenges and gaps in nursing home emergency preparedness and response. Read the report here.
ProPublica: The Red Cross' Secret Disaster
Oct. 29: ProPublica printed an investigative report on the American Red Cross, which critiqued aspects of their work in response to Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac.  The article focused on the words of disappointed clients, donors, and volunteers, while not providing the perspective of the many clients served faithfully and well by thousands of Red Cross volunteers - and lacking many other facts. The article is a reminder to all disaster human service providers to be transparent in our operations, and to measure our success only by how well we serve survivors and victims' families. Article: The Red Cross' Secret Disaster

Here are a few responses to the ProPublica article.
  • PP: How Crowdsourcing Helped Bring Red Cross Problems to Light
    Nov 6: In this article, ProPublica editor Stephen Engelberg explains how crowdsourcing helped answer specific, direct questions about the American Red Cross' post-Hurricane Sandy spending. ProPublica reports receiving tips from former employees and others with firsthand information. Read more
  • PND: Losing the Red Cross Would Be the Real Disaster
    Nov 5: In this Philanthropy News Digest article, Beth Gazley expresses reasons that the most potentially dangerous outcome of the ProPublica/NPR story on American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy spending would be growing public mistrust of the organization. Read more

BB: Hurricane Sandy Judge in NY Blows Whistle on Insurance Industry Fraud
Nov 11: U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Brown, a former federal prosecutor, discovered that an engineering firm working for Wright National Flood Insurance tried to cover up losses caused by Superstorm Sandy. Bloomberg Businessweek's Paul M. Barrett reports on what Judge Brown found in his investigation. Read more

Philanthropy and Sandy: A Report on the Foundation and Corporate Response
This report documents how philanthropy responded to Hurricane Sandy and intends to point funders continuing to respond to this disaster and those responding to future emergencies to the nonprofit organizations who have been at the center of the relief, recovery and rebuilding. Access the report here.

Study: The Neighbor Effect
A new study conducted by the Associated Press-National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Research showed how a sense of community positivity helped shape disaster recovery for residents of 12 neighborhoods hit by Superstorm Standy. Key findings of the AP NORC study showed that residents reported high levels of recovery two years after Superstorm Sandy due, in part, to neighbors helping neighbors.

Report: Availability of Infrastructure
This case study is the first in a series examining cities around the world to see how they have managed similar circumstances and what lessons can be learned. The studies are not so much interested in how to build physical/technical solutions, but how policy is developed and resilience and adaptation are planned and delivered. Read the report here

Report: Guidelines for Building Resiliency
The Fifth Avenue Committee provides guidance to Hurricane Sandy impacted homeowners, small businesses and nonprofits. Guidelines for Building Resiliency contains a summary of resiliency improvements drawn from the PlaNYC's Special Initiative of Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), Urban Council's Building Resiliency Task Force, and other agencies. Read the report here
National Cyber Security Awareness
While October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), FEMA encourages the continued participation in cyber security awareness. The campaign comprises a series of programs and initiatives put forth by the Department of Homeland Security, to be used year-round to improve the resiliency of cyber security. Active preparation for any disaster is critical to the wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and communities.

Religious Facilities-Terrorist Activity, Vulnerabilities & Protective Measures
This report is one of a series of documents that address how our nation can better protect its critical infrastructures and key resources.  This report presents the following information related to religious facilities: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activity; Common Vulnerabilities; Protective Measures; Useful References. Read the report here.

Notify NYC Introduces Sign Language Video Format for Emergency Notifications
Notify NYC, the City of New York's free, official source of information about emergency events and important City services, now offers subscribers the option to sign up to receive sign language video messages by certified sign language interpreters. This new feature format is designed to give hearing impaired New Yorkers an additional resource to be better prepared for various emergencies. The videos are also available for viewing on Notify NYC's new YouTube channel. New Yorkers can sign up for emergency alerts by visiting NYC.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311. To read the press release, please click here

Winterize Your Home In the "KNICK" of Time!
As basketball season starts to "heat" up, our thermometers are traveling in the opposite direction. The ball is in your court for winterizing your home to prepare it for cold weather. Check your home's insulation by walking around the perimeter with an incense stick or small smoke pen: if the rising smoke starts to travel horizontally, you may have discovered a leak.

Read more tips on preparing your home for winter weather  
Read The Tip of the Week online

Ready NYC Mobile App
NYC Emergency Management developed a mobile application called Ready NYC that allows users to store emergency preparedness information, including emergency contacts, meeting places, health information, and supply lists for disaster go-kits. The application is available for Apple iOS. Learn more

BNET New Business Enrollment Tier for Corporate Emergency Access System
The Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNET) has created a new cost-effective program geared to improve small business preparedness. The new small business enrollment "tier" targets businesses with 20 or fewer employees, at a significantly reduced cost to participate. The Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS), a disaster re-entry program for businesses, provides credentials recognized by local law enforcement to critical business employees allowing access to their work sites in restricted areas following an emergency.

Seasonal Flu Guide for Faith-based and Community Organizations
Thus guide provides information for community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs) that know their communities well and can help keep communities healthy during the flu season. Access here

Faith and Communities Fight Flu
Five tips for faith and community organizations to play an important role in keeping families and communities healthy. Access here

Training: Overcoming Barriers to Case Closing

November 25, 2014; 9:30am - 5:00pm
LTRG Disaster Recovery Center
NYIT's Central Islip Campus/West Dining Hall
300 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722

December 1, 2014; 9:30am - 5:00pm
American Red Cross
West 49th Street (Between 10th and 11th Aves)
New York, NY 10019

The purpose of this training is to help DCMs and Supervisors (non-DCMP and DCMP agencies alike) through the case closing process at this stage of recovery.  We will discuss how personality and emotions affect the person's view of closings, offer strategies to foster positive emotions and confidence around closings, discuss boundaries and supervision with regard to the closing process, and engage in role playing activities.

NYS DHSES Preparedness Trainings

December 3, 2014; 12:00pm - 2:00pm
York College
Academic Core Building Atrium
94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, New York 11422

December 4, 2014; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Island Park Public Library
176 Long Beach Road
Island Park, New York 11558

January 27, 2015; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Bonaventure University
Doyle Dining Hall
St. Bonaventure, New York 14778

New York State is offering two-hour training sessions for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. For more information and registration, visit http://prepare.ny.gov/training-events

Rebuilding Our Neighborhoods: The Koch Plan 25 Years Later
December 4, 2014; 1:00pm - 5:30pm
JPMorgan Chase
383 Madison Ave
New York, NY

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development and JPMorgan Chase, with special speakers for a policy conference on the 25th anniversary of the historic Koch affordable housing plan and the lessons it holds for today's NYC housing policy. The conference will honor the very first affordable housing financed with the LIHTC program - Equality House - built on the Lower East Side by Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE).

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 (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.

Volunteer Disaster Chaplain Training Course 
March 24-25, 2015
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). 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.
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