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:: FROM THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
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 have questions or comments about iNET, or if you have news that you want to submit to us, please e-mail info@nydis.org.

Faithfully,

Rev. Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President

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:: NYDIS NEWS
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 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
NYDIS Hosts Annual Meeting and 2013 Partnerships Award Reception
Jan 15: The NYDIS Annual Meeting was held at the NYU Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion on January 15. Rev. David Myers, Director of the Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, gave the keynote address. The 2013 Partnership Awards ceremony honored the work over 90 individual recovery staff and partners. The event was attended by over 250 guests comprising board members, donors, staff, and Superstorm Sandy recovery partners.

Top Awards:

  • Partner of the Year: Catholic Charities Archdiocese of NY
  • Member of the Year: NYAC United Methodist Church & UMCOR

View 2014, Annual "Impact of Partnership" Statistics


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.


NYDIS Receives $100,000 UMCOR Grant for Volunteer Group Housing
In December, NYDIS was awarded a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to Provide a year of funding in support of NYDIS’ Volunteer Group Housing Program (VGHP) through the 2015 building season. The VGHP was funded for the past eighteen months by a $360,000 grant from the American Red Cross of Greater New York. The VGHP and its partners currently house approximately 2000 volunteers a year supporting the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts of 27 NYC agencies.


Update: NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable-Emergency Heat Program
The 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 during the winter months. 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 19 homeowners with $148,00 in repairs.
Year End Reports: NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable.
NYDIS to Transition Sandy News and Recovery Calendar to Recovery Hub
February will mark the final issue of NYDISnet for Sandy Recovery. NYDIS will be partnering with Recovery Hub, a project of the International Center for Disaster Recovery, which connects communities and recovery workers with the resources they need after a crisis or disaster. We look forward to your feedback once the site is launched in March of 2015.
:: FAITH COMMUNITY NEWS
MDS: Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Featured in New Book
For MDS volunteers, serving others reflects deeply upon their historic roots, cultural traditions, and theological belief system. This volume describes and explains how Mennonite Disaster Service organized efforts for the 2005 and 2008 Gulf Coast storms, following a well-established tradition of helping neighbors. Based on deeply-ingrained religious beliefs, Mennonite volunteers went to the coast for weeks, sometimes months, and often returned year after year. The quality of the construction work, coupled with the meaningful relationships they sought to build, generated trusting partnerships with communities struggling back from disaster. Based on five years of volunteer work by Mennonite Disaster Service, this volume demonstrates best practices for those who seek to do the same. To order the book, click here.

BDE: Treyger Wants Task Force to Focus on Sandy Recovery at Churches
Jan 12: Councilmember Mark Treyger is pushing for the creation of a task force to research the impact of Hurricane Sandy on houses of worship and charitable organizations. Due to restrictions on religious organizations receiving federal aid, many who provided critical aid are still struggling to rebuild and repair their own buildings. Brooklyn Daily Eagle's Paula Katina shares explains the task force's responsibilities in this article. Read more

TSC: Reports on New Racial Profiling Guidance Shocking to Sikh Community
Dec 6: The Sikh Coalition is shocked to read recent reports that soon-to-be released federal guidance on racial profiling may allow the Department of Homeland Security and FBI to continue to profile law-abiding Americans solely on the basis of their race, religion, ethnicity, and national origin.  The Sikh Coalition represents hate-crime clients and successfully pushed for policy changes that led to the FBI tracking hate crimes against the Sikh community in 2013.  Read the full press release here.
:: NYC RECOVERY NEWS & RESOURCES
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.

FEMA Recoupment - New
Make the Road New York's Legal Department is working with families in handling their FEMA recoupment. Clients in Staten Island can call the Midland Beach office at (718) 987-5503 or the Port Richmond office at (718) 727-1222.

GRID Alternatives' Solar Affordable Housing Program (SAHP) - New
SAHP offers full service installation of rooftop solar energy for low or fixed income households. They aim to expand the program to Sandy-impacted neighborhoods on Staten Island. For more information, contact GRID by email or calling 212-549-3977.

Northfield Community LDC: Building Violations & Open Permit Consultation - New
Northfield Community LDC works with Staten Island residents impacted by Sandy to resolve obstacles they face in recovering from this devastating storm. In addition to housing counseling, referrals to rehabilitation services, we assist home owners to resolve open permit applications and violations with the NYC Department of Buildings. For more information, please contact the office at 718-442-7351 ext 238.
New Disaster Assistance Resource - New
FEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) has released a new website (DisasterAssistance.gov) to help survivors navigate the disaster recovery process. DAIP helps survivors by shortening the time required to apply for assistance and reducing the number of forms that need to be completed. Survivors can also upload documents, check the status of their application, access information and resources, all through the website.

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.
RECOVERY RESOURCES

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

Resource Guides and Websites

2014 Ebola Response
Currently, there are no active adult cases and no cases of Ebola in children in the United States. 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.

U.S. Ebola Treatment Centers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 36 identified and designated hospitals are now equipped as Ebola treatment centers. Ebola treatment centers are staffed, equipped, and have been assessed to have current capabilities, training, and resources to provide the complex treatment necessary to care for a person with Ebola while minimizing risk to health care workers. Click here for a list of the 36 U.S. Ebola treatment centers.

Ebola Workplace Resources
FAQs for Workplace Settings  
Guidance for Daycares & Schools: Receiving Students or Staff from Areas Affected by Ebola  
FAQs for Custodians and Other Professionals Who Clean Body Fluids  
FAQs for New York City Employees  
NYC.GOV: Proposed Action Plan Amendment 8
On October 16, 2014, the City received a third allocation of $994,056,000 of CDBG-DR funding from HUD. Amendment 8 to the City's Action Plan details the allocation of the City's entire $4.21 billion grant award and included updates on issues such as a Temporary Relocation Program to assist homeowners, extension of the Temporary Disaster Assistance Program (TDAP) for affected renters, workforce development initiatives, and grants to homeowners for moderate repair projects. The comment period for proposed Action Plan Amendment 8 ended on January 19, 2015. Read more

NJS: Why Sandy Victims are Frustrated with Their Insurance Companies
Jan 20:  Of the nearly 75,000 claims filed by NJ homeowners following Sandy, 6,532 claims were rejected and roughly 1,500 cases are in litigation. Insurance industry spokespeople say that many homeowners were underinsured or didn't understand their coverage, while policyholder advocates claim that many homeowners were wrongly rejected or underpaid. NJ Spotlight reporter Scott Gurian speaks to many residents about their ordeal. Read more

NJ: 9/11 Fund OKs Payments of $804 Million to 3,000 Claimants
Jan 15: The Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund has approved payments of $804 million to 3,100 claimants. Those affected by 9/11 are eligible to receive monitoring and treatment for 9/11-related health problems. Read more about the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 in this AP article. Continue 

NYDN: City Beats de Blasio's Sandy Reconstruction Goals, Starts on 1,002 Homes
Jan 6: The city's Build It Back Program has exceeded Mayor de Blasio's 2014 Hurricane Sandy reconstruction goals. Rebuild work has started on 1,002 homes and 2,104 reimbursement checks have been sent to homeowners. NY Daily News reporter Erin Durkin speaks to Broad Channel residents about their recovery experience. Continue

HSNW: Major U.S. Cities Brace for Climate Change Impacts
Dec 31: Major coastal cities in the United States are establishing new practices to prepare for the future impact of climate change. New York City's measures include strengthening coastal dunes, upgrading building codes, and protecting electrical infrastructure in flood-prone areas. This Homeland Security Newswire article highlights steps Miami, Chicago and San Francisco are taking to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue

HSNW: Judge Orders Review of Insurance Co. Processing of Sandy Damage Claims
Dec 24: U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown has ordered all Hurricane Sandy insurers involved in lawsuits with homeowners to provide additional documentation in all cases. After presiding over a case in Long Beach, a peer review report concluded the insurer awarded the homeowners less than what they were due. Brown said ""reprehensible gamesmanship by a professional engineering company that unjustly frustrated efforts by two homeowners to get fair consideration of their claims." Read more about the ruling in this Homeland Security Newswire article. Continue

NYP: 9/11 Charity to Help Families of Executed Cops
Dec 23: The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will fund remaining mortgage payments for the families of slain Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The foundation was founded to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who died as a first responder on September 11, 200 as well as military and first responders who continue to serve the country. New York Post's Natalie O'Neil reports on the different foundations supporting the families. Read more

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EM: Cities Adopt Cloud-Based Approaches to Disaster Recovery
Dec 22: New York City and Asheville, North Carolina are utilizing cloud-based disaster recovery applications to maintain services in the event of a local or regional emergency.  These apps show storm impacts, roadway and infrastructure conditions. Emergency Management journalist Justine Brown reports on New York City's newest cloud-based app, is Vision Zero View. Read more

FEMA: President Declares Disaster for New York State
Dec 22:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of New York to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding during the period of November 17-26, 2014. Read the full news release here.  

NYDN: Sandy Victims Will Get Cash for Rent from City's Build it Back Program
Dec 19:  Up to 4,500 homeowners moving out of their homes for repairs could qualify for rental assistance from the city's Build It Back program. Prior to the recent announcement, homeowners had to cover both mortgage and temporary housing costs with many unable to cover the expenses. New York Daily News' reporter Erin Durkin reports how the program will be funded. Read more

NYC.GOV: Investments to Support Businesses in Sandy-Impacted Neighborhood
Dec 19: Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced new targeted resiliency and infrastructure investments that will support businesses and jobs in neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including Business PREP (Preparedness and Resiliency Program), a new program to help small businesses better prepare for emergencies and enhance the resiliency of their operations, assets, and physical space, and a host of major new investments in neighborhoods that include the Rockaways, Staten Island, Coney Island, and Hunts Point. Read the full announcement here.

SIL: Hurricane Sandy Victims See Some Relief
Dec 11: The Build It Back program recently authorized construction on 903 homes and has sent 1,830 reimbursement checks totaling $33 million. Staten Island homeowners have received 576 of those reimbursement checks totaling $7.7 million, and 342 houses have been authorized to begin construction in the borough. Staten Island Lives' Rachel Shapiro reports on a bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Grimm that would bring additional relief to Sandy survivors. Read more

Related Articles
SIL: Rep. Grimm Bill Would Allow Sandy Victims to Keep FEMA Overpayments


NYC.GOV: New Registry Study Finds Increased Injuries after Hurricanes
Dec 11: Survivors of the World Trade Center disaster who lived in the Tri-State area during Hurricane Sandy experienced multiple types of injuries. Most of the injuries occurred among those who attempted to do clean-up or repair work in a damaged or destroyed home. Of the 8,870 registry enrollees who were sent surveys, 10% of 4,435 respondents who lived in flooded areas had more than one injury. Read more 

Read the study here

RT: Sandy Increased Incidence of Heart Attacks & Stroke in NJ Counties
Dec 11: A study conducted by researchers at the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School show that Hurricane Sandy had a significant effect on cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes. The study found a 22% increase in heart attacks occurred in the hardest hit New Jersey counties as compared with the same time period in the previous five years. In this Rutgers Today article, Jennifer Forbes reports on more of the findings. Continue

HSNW: Obama Calls on Congress to approve $6.18 Billion for Ebola Fight
Dec 8: President Obama has called on Congress to approve $6.18 billion to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and enhance domestic preparedness. Nearly 80% of the funding would be allocated to vaccine development and response efforts in West Africa, and the remaining would be for domestic initiatives. Read more

APP: FEMA Agrees to Major Changes, Sandy Victims May Benefit
Dec 7: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has agreed to flood-insurance reforms that may benefit homeowners. Many homeowners have cited denial of flood insurance claims as a reason for their inability to rebuild post-Sandy. Asbury Park Press' Russ Zimmer spoke to George Kasimos, the realtor who started Stop FEMA Now, about the developments. Read more

NJS: Private Donations Fuel New Jersey Long-term Recovery from Hurricane Sandy
Dec 4: According to a recent report, nearly 600 foundations raised and donated over $380 million to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Although far less than the federal government, the funds raised by organizations such as Robin Hood Foundation have been instrumental in helping survivors recover. NJ Spotlight Scott Gurian reports how these charities were able to raise support.  Read more

Crains: Mayor Names City's First Sustainability Director
Dec 3: Nilda Mesa has been named the first director of the city's Office of Sustainability agency. One of the major priorities of the agency is to cut NYC's greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 from its 2005 levels. Read this Crain's article to learn about Mesa's background and future initiatives for the agency. Continue

HSNW: Experimental Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Prompts Immune Response
Nov 27: The NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all twenty healthy adults who received it in a phase 1 clinical trial. In this Homeland Security Newswire article, read about the results of this first clinical trial. Read more

HSW: Stafford at Twenty-Six
Nov 26: The Stafford Act, the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response activities especially as they pertain to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and FEMA programs, turned 26 years old on November 23. Over the past 26 years, some states haven't been rewarded for pre-storm mitigation efforts for various reasons and other states experienced events in which they did not receive a federal disaster declaration. In this article, Philip J. Palin recommends why the Stafford Act needs to be revisited. Read more

FHS: US, Canada Seek to Improve Joint Emergency Response Through Simulations
Nov 24: United States and Canada officials recently released the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment, or CAUSE, a series of experiments that test and evaluate technologies and processes that enable cross-border information sharing. Fierce Homeland Security reporter Dibya Sarkar shares past and upcoming joint simulations in this article. Read more

NYT: The Murphy's Don't Know What to Do With Their House
Nov 18: "By the Water" is a new play inspired by Superstorm Sandy. Written by Sharyn Rothstein, the play is about a Staten Island couple trying to put their lives back together after Sandy. New York Times' Charles Isherwood explains the plot and cast. Continue

APP: Rein in Cheating Sandy Insurers
Nov 16: An attorney specializing in hurricane law alleges insurers altered engineering reports to keep from paying out claims to Hurricane Sandy homeowners. Judge Gary R. Brown believes the practice is widespread and ordered insurers to turn over any reports related to claims to the homeowner's counsel in all Sandy cases. In the Asbury Press article, read how insurers often respond to claims. Continue

PFB: Disaster Preparedness - How Does Your State Rank?
June 11: According to this infographic by Prepper Feed Blog, New York State is at high risk for natural disaster with a low level of preparedness and resilience. With 10 being the highest, the state has a 7.7 risk score. The state has a score of only 0.7 in preparedness and resilience. Read more

Getting LES Ready: Learning from Hurricane Sandy
LES Ready! and the Urban Justice Center's Community Development Project has released a Getting LES Ready: Learning from Hurricane Sandy to Create a Community-Based Disaster Plan for the Future report that explored the LES community's experience during and after Hurricane Sandy. The culmination of several focus groups and over 650 surveys of Lower East Side residents and local organizations, the report shared information and resources to help response and preparedness in response to Sandy and future disasters. For more information, please visit the website here.

Book: 'The Resilience Dividend'
In THE RESILIENCE DIVIDEND, Dr. Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, uses a range of stories from around the world to show how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges.

2014 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report
The just-released 2014 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is the most comprehensive analysis available on nonprofit executive compensation practices, and the only large-scale examination based entirely on IRS data.  The 14th annual edition of our report offers: an executive summary showing trends in gender, budget size, program area, and geography; comparisons of year-over-year compensation increases among specific executives; and nonprofits from the entire 501(c) universe.

Report: FEMA Insurance Reviews of Applicants Receiving Public Assistance Grant Funds for 2004 and 2005 Florida Hurricanes Were Not Adequate
The quality of FEMA's insurance reviews in Florida was not adequate to maximize insurance available under applicants' policies and to ensure that duplication of benefits did not occur. FEMA's Florida Recovery Office knew about these deficiencies in its insurance review process but did not correct them. As a result, FEMA may have funded up to $177 million that insurance should have covered. This report highlights the findings in the OIG audit. Read the report here
:: ADVOCACY
LP NYC Calls On Congress To Back 9/11 First Responders
Jan 9: The Zadroga Act, which ensures that those affected by 9/11 continue to receive monitoring and treatment services for 9/11-related health problems, is set to expire next year without reauthorization. Recently, city council members urged the US congress to reauthorize the act. Labor Press reporter Joe Maniscalco spoke with Jake Lemonda, head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, about the looming deadline. Read more

NYP: De Blasio 'Unresponsive' on 9/11 Fund Issue: Rep. King
Dec 28: Representative Peter King fears the unspent $326 million in federal 9/11 funding makes it difficult to secure additional funding for 9/11 workers through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which expires next fall. New York Post's Susan Edelman Read speaks to Mayoral spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick about the fund. Read more

APP: Lawmakers Consider Barring Foreclosures on Sandy Homes
Dec 8: Sen. Jeff Van Drew sponsored a bill that would create a three-year moratorium protecting Sandy-damaged residences from being foreclosed on. In this Asbury Park Press article by Michael Symons, Sen. Drew addresses if the bill will include second homes. Read more

SIL: 2 Years after Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island Finally Gets a Task Force
Nov 21: The borough of Staten Island will be receiving a Hurricane Sandy task force to focus on rebuilding and resiliency planning from future storms. Borough President James Oddo has been advocating for the task force for nearly two years. Read more

Related Stories
SIL: Borough President Oddo Wants More Locals on SI New Sandy Task Force

Report: Who Can You Trust? The Foreclosure Rescue Scam Crisis in New York
This report pulls together quantitative data from national trends on foreclosure rescue scams and qualitative data from New York City, including the results of focus groups held with scam victims, to detail the landscape of harm that these scams bring to homeowners' lives. The body of the report delves into both the real and intangible damages suffered by homeowners across New York State and provides recommendations for new interventions to
protect homeowners at risk of scams. Read the report here.

Report: Social Resiliency & Sandy: Lessons from NYC Community Organizations
The Social Resiliency & Superstorm Sandy: Lessons from NYC Community Organizations report explains why community and social networks were effective in responding to the needs of their local neighborhoods during Superstorm Sandy. Key lessons identified include Networks of Relationships, Community Hubs, Community Based Staff, Communication Networks and Structural and Functional Integrity.

Report: The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: In Brief
This report briefly analyzes the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy (HSRS), which is the key strategic document released by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force established by executive order. The HSRS has 69 different recommendations meant to guide the regions' recovery from the disaster. This report also discusses overarching issues for Congress that may arise in oversight of the Hurricane Sandy recovery process and how lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy can be applied to future disasters. Read the report here
:: PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVES

Winter Weather
Each year, snow, sleet, and storms lead to injuries and even claim lives. Make sure you're prepared for winter weather with the following resources.


NYC Reduce Your Risk
New York City's dense population and geographic location make it especially vulnerable to emergencies caused by natural and human-made hazards. While it is important for you to protect yourself and your family from emergencies, it is also important to protect your property. Learn more

Stormproofing the City
Is New York City ready for future natural disasters? That's the question posed in this series by The Guardian, where experts share their knowledge of what the City is doing to prepare for natural disasters since Hurricane Sandy. The series will interview scientists, emergency practitioners, and others in an effort to paint a complete picture of the many people working to prep the Big Apple for coming storms. Click here for the series.

Lantern Live
Lantern Live allows users to report the operational status of local gas stations, find fuel, and look up power outage maps from local utilities, while also accessing useful tips and guidelines. With the launch of this app, the Energy Department is testing the power of crowdsourcing and open data in disaster and recovery. Learn more

Disasters.Data.Gov
Disasters.data.gov is designed to be a public resource to foster collaboration and the continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower first responders, survivors, and government officials with the information needed in the wake of a disaster. Learn more

Report: Building a Climate-Resilient Great Lakes: Federal Resources and Assistance for State and Local Governments
This Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) report lays out the overarching federal strategy around climate resiliency, the primary forms that federal climate resiliency resources and assistance can take, and the areas of need that federal resources and assistance currently target. In addition, this report makes recommendations for enhancing federal assistance to address climate resiliency needs at the state and local levels in the Great Lakes region. Lastly, this report provides an easy-to-understand spreadsheet for non-federal governmental entities to assess federal resources and assistance to meet their resiliency needs, organized according to adaptation focus areas.  Read here


:: UPCOMING EVENTS
Mental Health First Aid Training
February 9, 2015
February 27, 2015
NYC DOHMH
42-09 28th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Register

This Mental Health First Aid course prepares communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  Identified on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. For more information, click here.

Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning
March 3 - 4, 2015
May 27-28, 2015
September 9-10, 2015
National Emergency Training Center
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
More info

Sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (Emmitsburg, MD), this two-day course will train emergency planners how to include disability-and functional needs--inclusive practices in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans. Lessons will define disabilities and access and functional needs, identify resources to assist in planning for adults and children with disabilities, and raise awareness of the importance of inclusive practices. Continuing health education credits are available. Cost and Registration: Free, if register before January 6, 2015.

Volunteer Disaster Chaplain Training Course 
March 24-25, 2015
Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)
431 Canal St. 
New York, NY
Register

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.

National VOAD Annual Conference   
May 11-14, 2015
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA  70130
More Info

The 2015 National VOAD Conference will be the 23rd annual gathering of representatives from our national organization members, state and territory VOADs, private sector partners and emergency management representatives. The conference will include disaster-related trainings, over 30 educational workshops, and valuable collaboration and networking opportunities for over 500 participants.
:: JOBS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 - New
World Cares Center
:: MAKE A GIFT TO NYDIS
Support NYDIS - Donate Online

NYDISnetIf you'd like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services, click here, or send a check to NYDIS at 4 West 43rd Street - Suite 407, New York, NY 10036. NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are 100% tax deductible. It is a great way to honor or memorialize someone and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift.

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