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

NYDISnet provides the latest updates on disaster and public health emergency resources, events, trainings and other matters of interest to New York City faith communities and our government and VOAD partners - including Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 long-term recovery news.

NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs during local emergencies or to notify New York City faith communities and our partners of important news.

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Rev. Ruth Yoder Wenger, Executive Vice President

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NYDIS Sandy Recovery Resources

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.
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NYDIS Welcomes New Staff
We are pleased to announce two arrivals to the NYDIS staff: Alana Tornello as the new Director of the Volunteer Group Housing Program (VGHP) and Darius Alemzadeh as the Manager of the Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP). We said farewell to Biana Lupa, former Director of the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, and to Peter Cavadini, former Director of the VGHP, who will be joining All Hands Volunteers as Director of Recovery and Rebuild. We thank them for their dedicated service to NYDIS and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

NYDIS Pilots Sandy Temporary Rental Program with Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery
To support the temporary rental housing needs of under-resourced Sandy-impacted homeowners who are being required by Build it Back to vacate for construction or elevation, NYDIS is piloting the Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP) as part of the NYC Sandy UNR. The STRP is administered by NYDIS in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), via both the Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and non-DCMP disaster case managers - as well as legal advocates. The STRP will provide assistance with locating and securing temporary housing for eligible under-resourced homeowners, as well as eligible brokers' fees, deposits, initial rental costs, moving costs, and utility costs. Program inquiries should be directed to Darius Alemzadeh at unmetneeds@nydis.orgResources:
  • NYDIS is Seeking Apartments to Rent
    NYDIS is seeking non-profits, homeowners or landlords who are willing to rent apartments or home for 6-12 months. Please view or download the information below if you have a unit to rent.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Passes $10 Million in Assistance Awards
In June, the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable surpassed $10 million in assistance awarded to Hurricane Sandy survivors and victim's families through emergency cash assistance, recovery grants, and contractors, building supplies and replacement furniture to eligible survivor households. The UNR continues to 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.

NYDIS Presents at 2015 Disaster Volunteer Conference Hosted by NYC Citizen Corps
June 30: NYDIS Chief Response Officer Peter Gudaitis presented on Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster at the "Becoming Response Ready - Working with Diverse Populations " 2015 Disaster Volunteer Conference at Baruch College. The Disaster Volunteer Conference is a free annual opportunity for government, nonprofits, and community organizations to come together and support New York City's disaster volunteer community.

The Rev. Dr. Que English Honored as 1 of 25 Most Influential Women in the Bronx
June 30: NYDIS Board Member Rev. Que English was selected by The Bronx Times as one of the most influential women in the Bronx for 2015. Rev. English serves as senior pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship along with her husband, Rev. Tim English, and is the author of "Will the Real Me Please Stand Up!". She chairs the Bronx Clergy Roundtable, a coalition of over 500 clergy partners and community leaders, and the NYC Clergy Roundtable, a network of clergy from all five boroughs working together on critical issues facing New York City.

NYDIS and Build it Back Offer Joint Training with NYS Disaster Case Management Program
June 24: NYDIS partnered with NYC Build it Back (BiB) to offer a training at Metropolitan College of New York to Disaster Case Managers and other partners active in Sandy recovery efforts. Peter Gudaitis, NYDIS Chief Response Officer, presented on Unmet Needs Roundtable assistance for BiB applicants with financial hardship. Other presentations included a guide to helping clients through "Option Selection" and important upcoming deadlines, presented by Emily Ashton, Director of Case Management and Center Operations at BiB.

NYDIS Hosts Faith Community Engagement and Religious Literacy Training at MCNY
June 22: Co-sponsored by NYDIS and MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) offered "Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters: Increasing Religious Competency & Literacy" to 15 New York City VOAD members, CERT members and DOHMH staff. The eight hour training teaches best practices in working with faith communities in crisis settings, religious competency and literacy, as well as an overview of current resources and how to databank local faith communities. The course prepares government, non-profit and religious leaders to conduct outreach to and engage congregations and religious leaders in partnerships or to support disaster human services/mass care needs of religious populations. For more information click here.

NYDIS Presents at Training on NYC Rental Options for Displaced Sandy Homeowners
May 27: NYDIS presented on the Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP) at a Disaster Case Manager training sponsored by the New York State Disaster Case Management Program, administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. The workshop was aimed at providing Disaster Case Managers, Supervisors, and Long Term Recovery partners with a better understanding of existing rental search and rental assistance resources for displaced Sandy homeowners in NYC. The training included presentations on the NYC Build it Back Temporary Relocation Assistance Program, creative rental assistance options, the NYC Human Resources Administration "one shot deal", and resources accessed through Long Term Recovery Groups.
Shooting at Charleston Emanuel AME Church Prompts NYC Congregational Security Efforts
Faith leaders in NYC came together to mourn and assess local congregational security in the aftermath of the mass shooting terrorist attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC on June 17 which killed nine people. NYDIS took part in an emergency meeting convened by Brooklyn Borough President Adams on June 19 with almost 100 local faith leaders and NYPD officials gathered to discuss safety at houses of worship and address the potential for copycat threats. Related resources:
St. Paul's Chapel (Episcopal) in NYC Opens Contest to Give 9/11 Sermon
June 27: Trinity Church, Wall Street (Episcopal) has announced that its St. Paul's Chapel, in downtown NYC, which became a sanctuary of consolation after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is launching two national writing competitions to foster reconciliation. One of the winners will get the opportunity to deliver an original sermon on Sept. 11. The Parish of Trinity Church, which includes the Chapel, will award one prize for preaching and six for storytelling in memory of the tragic day. Read more.

NYT: Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll Than Jihadists in U.S. Since 9/11
June 24: According to a count by New America, a Washington research center, the recent shooting in Charleston, SC adds to a growing number of fatal attacks by homegrown extremists since 9/11. Over the last 15 years, twice as many people have been killed by "white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists" than by radical Muslims. Read more.

Resources Offered in Webinar for Faith Based Engagement in Youth Preparedness Efforts
June 23: The DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division, the Dept. of Education Center for School Preparedness, and Save the Children hosted a "Getting Youth Involved In Emergency Preparedness" webinar to connect faith-based and community organizations to resources for youth preparedness activities. More info here.

Pope Francis Weighs in on Climate Change in New Vatican Encyclical
June 19: Pope Francis released an encyclical, a papal statement of doctrine, urging wealthy nations to take concrete actions to reverse climate change and pay the social debt incurred by over-consumption. The Pope stated that "the foreign debt of poor countries has become a way of controlling them, yet this is not the case where ecological debt is concerned." He urged developed countries to limit consumption of non-renewable energy and assist poorer countries in sustainable development. Read more.

PHIA Welcomes Maggie Jarry as New Executive Director
June 10: Maggie Jarry, M.Div., joined Presbyterian Hope in Action (PHIA) with more than a decade of experience in disaster response, recovery, and preparedness. Ms. Jarry's response and recovery work spans from 9/11 to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, coordinating efforts with NYDIS, World Vision, Lutheran Social Services/Lutheran Disaster Response, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Emergency Operations Center at the NYC Office of Emergency Management.

ERD: Episcopal Diocese of NY Pilots New National Asset Map for Denomination
With limitless applicability to emergency and disaster ministry, Episcopal dioceses across the United States are being invited to establish and expand their digital presence on the Episcopal Asset Map, a joint web-based project of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development. The project began with pilot maps in the  Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana in 2012 and the Diocese of New York in 2013.   Episcopal Relief & Development's US Disaster Program worked with leaders in both dioceses to build an online platform to catalog and celebrate the ministries and facilities in their dioceses.  Now, these maps serve as models for other dioceses to get involved in building their own presence. View more.
NY State, Sandy Disaster Case Management Referral Line: 855-258-0483

Resource Guides and Websites
- Catholic Charities-DCMP Resource Guide
- NYDIS Recovery Resource Guide
- JCC Staten Island Connect to Recovery Resources Guide

National Flood Mitigation Resource List
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Resource List contains links to important information for property owners, notifications on Increased Cost of Compliance, FEMA flood hazard data, outlines of Community Rating System qualifications, and other details. The full resource list can be found here.

Counseling Support for Build it Back Applicants
Build it Back offers counseling referrals to eligible applicants who may need additional assistance moving their application forward. The Build it Back Counseling Partners are experts in housing, financial and legal issues with experience working in affected communities. They can work with clients one-on-one to resolve tough challenges related to their applications. Counseling is provided at no cost to individuals who are eligible and registered. Find out more here.

Free Mental Health Services for Children and Teens in Sandy-Affected Areas
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) offers free mental health services available for children and adolescents living in the Rockaways, South Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Mental health evaluation and treatment will be provided at no cost through the NYC Child and Adolescent Resiliency Enhancement Services (NYC CARES) program. The NYC CARES program is available at Coney Island Hospital, St. John's Episcopal Hospital for residents of the Rockaways and at the Staten Island Mental Health Society for Staten Island residents. To learn more, call 311 or click here.

Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Changes
NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers resources on increasing flood risk, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map updates, and flood insurance purchase requirements in the here. NYC residents can also learn about their flood risk at  floodhelpny.org, a project of the Association of NYC Neighborhoods.

Disaster Assistance Resource
FEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) has released a 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, and access information and resources, all through the website.

FEMA Recoupment
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.

Northfield Community LDC: Building Violations & Open Permit Consultation
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 and 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.

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 believe 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.


7/31 Deadline for Build it Back Applicants' Option Selection Agreement, Other Documents
A June 30 deadline was set for all BiB applicants to submit documents for eligibility determination and applicants waiting for a damage assessment to schedule a visit. Following that deadline, a July 31 deadline has been set for all applicants to select their pathway option by completing both their Option Selection Agreement and their Coordination of Benefits Worksheet.

9/15 Deadline for Flood Insurance Policyholders to Request Review of Sandy Claims
On May 18, FEMA began mailing letters to approximately 142,000 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed claims resulting from Hurricane Sandy, offering them an opportunity to have their files reviewed. While extensions may be granted on a case by case basis, FEMA has set a September 15, 2015 deadline for policyholders to begin the intake process by phone or online. Over 7,000 policy holders have responded to the first round of letters sent on behalf of the National Flood Insurance Program, offering the opportunity to re-open claims that were denied or underpaid. Approximately 15,000 claims involving engineering reports will be addressed first, although FEMA has agreed to review the claims of all Superstorm Sandy victims who suspect they were defrauded on flood insurance settlements. Resources:
WSJ: NYC Government Management of Sandy Recovery Still Under Federal and Local Criticism
July 9: Some 18 months into the de Blasio administration's revamping of the Build it Back Program, federal and local officials say the city is still moving too slowly, lagging behind New Jersey and New York State in helping homeowners. Of the 19,000 initial applicants, the City has completed 779 homes, sent 3,968 reimbursement checks, and spent about $250 million of the $1.7 billion slated for rebuilding single-family homes. In comparison, New York State's Sandy recovery program had cut checks to 10,141 of the 10,958 applicants who remained and spent more than half of the some $798 million allocated. The mayor convened city commissioners in late June to discuss these issues and how to help cut red tape and expedite Sandy-related requests. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo reproved city officials during these sessions, asserting that "the sense of urgency wasn't there." Read more.

Mayor de Blasio and NYC Service Launch Volunteer Mobile Application
June 30: Mayor de Blasio and NYC Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin announced the launch of the NYC Service Volunteer App for iPhone users, which allows users to discover NYC service opportunities on the go, according to their interests, skills, and schedules, and apply straight from the app. Every Volunteer Match opportunity will also be available on nyc.gov/service, increasing the number of volunteer opportunities on the city's website by 60 percent.

West Nile Virus Detected in NYC Mosquitoes, No Human Cases Reported in 2015 Season
June 30: The Health Department detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes this summer in Glen Oaks, Queens and New Dorp Beach, Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season. The Health Department will increase mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and carrying out mitigation of mosquito larvae by applying larvicide in the city's catch basins, marshland, and areas with standing water. Read more.

Guardian: Study Links Global Warming to Hurricane Sandy, Other Extreme Weather Events
June 22: Research published in Nature Climate Change outlines two potential ways that a warming climate may lead to weather changes that cause incidents like Hurricane Sandy. The researchers noted that the warming changes the odds that any given extreme event will occur while also making the events more severe: "We have a new normal. The environment in which all weather events occur is not what it used to be. All storms, without exception, are different. Even if most of them look just like the ones we used to have, they are not the same." Read more.

EM: The Odds Are Stacked Against Disaster Resilience
June 11: Eric Holdeman argues that the odds are stacked against disaster resilience because "if people and organizations need to experience a disaster before they start thinking about resilience, we are fighting a losing battle." He addresses poor incentives and disincentives that don't invigorate communities to build "back better, stronger and more resilient " after disasters. Read more.

Mayor Adds $1.3 Billion in Federal Hurricane Sandy Aid to City Budget
June 10: $1.3 Billion was added to the NYC Independent Budget Office's operating and capital budgets, with over $700 million assigned to housing reconstruction through the Build it Back program. The majority of the funds, nearly $813 million, were added to the city's operating budget, while just over $527 million were added to the city's capital budget. The additional funding brings the total federal aid planned for Sandy-relief in the city's budget up to $6.2 billion over the next five years, including both operating and capital support. At least another $689 million in federal funds are expected to be added in future financial plans. Read more.

NY1: Acquisition for Redevelopment Home Buyout Program Not as Effective in NYC
June 8: The Acquisition for Redevelopment program has not been nearly as effective in NYC as similar state-run programs on Long Island. Officials say that the state will take over the home acquisition process on Staten Island as the program has not had much traction since it was created back in 2013. One hundred Staten Island residents are said to be considering it, but there have been only 30 buyout offers and two property sales in the area. Meanwhile outside of NYC the state has bought 226 properties, and 150 of them have already been auctioned off for redevelopment. More here

DisasterNet: Disaster Technology is Built All Wrong
June 8: Disaster response poses a unique challenge for technological platforms due to the quickly shifting landscape of temporary organizational structures that rely on these technologies. Contributing writer Brandon Greenberg notes that many technologies on the market today are
developed for and sold directly to "single organizations for their given missions and responsibilities" but that this is problematic for structures that form during a disaster because they are subject to constantly morphing staff and volunteer roles. Read more.

EM: Emergency Management Becoming More Nationalized
May 1: Eric Pickering, deputy operations section chief for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, reflects that emergency management has become more nationalized (distributed among states) and less federalized (centralized to federal government) because FEMA has "become a tool for the redistribution of federal taxpayer money to states, local jurisdictions and individuals." He argues against this manifestation of the federal government's role in disaster recovery and emergency response. Read more.

NYC Office of the Mayor Releases "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City"
April 22: The de Blasio administration released OneNYC, a comprehensive plan for a sustainable and resilient city for all New Yorkers that addresses the profound social, economic, and environmental challenges ahead. OneNYC builds on prior long-term sustainability plans for New York City, setting measurable goals for tackling resiliency challenges in the coming year . Read more.
Congressional Bipartisan Support Achieved for Extending Benefits to 9/11 First Responders
July 8: Support for a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act, established to aid ailing 9/11 responders and survivors, reached a critical milestone with bipartisan support from 102 Members of the House of Representatives. Advocates have urged Congress to permanently extend the law providing medical monitoring and treatment for 9/11 rescue workers, saying they need reassurance that their healthcare will not be cut. Under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, passed in 2011, about 72,000 first responders and volunteers who worked around Ground Zero after 9/11, and others who lived near the World Trade Center, receive health-care treatment or monitoring for illnesses tied to airborne toxins from the terror attack. Read more:
Task Force to Aid Workers Disabled By World Trade Center Attacks and Cleanup Extended
July 8: New legislation has been passed to extend the "September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act," which provides another five years of support to those afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center. The task force will continue aiding police, fire, correction, sanitation and civilian workers who provided rescue, recovery, and cleanup after the 9/11 attacks. Read more.

New State Bill Provides More Oversight on State Sandy Recovery Spending
July 7: A bill was approved by the NY State Senate and Assembly to provide more oversight and public information on how NY State spends Hurricane Sandy recovery funds. The bill provisions include detailing expenditures on the Division of the Budget website and preparing a quarterly report on total monies received, distribution to recipients, jobs created, and whether funding achieved its purpose. Senator Joseph Addabbo, who co-sponsored the bill, commented on its necessity: "Given the sobering recent news that New York City has spent only 16 percent of the Hurricane Sandy-related funding it has received so far, I think we can all agree that greater transparency and accountability in the use of all Sandy funding is warranted." Read more.

New York Officials Misused Millions in Federal Anti-Terror Grants, Audit Finds
July 4: A Department of Homeland Security audit found that New York City and State failed to adequately manage millions of dollars in federal grants meant to help improve homeland security. The report found that of the $725 million granted by FEMA, New York officials spent $67 million on questionable costs not aligned with homeland security goals or strategies. Read more.

Homeowners Face New Surcharges on Flood Insurance Policies
June 30: The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is leading a campaign to raise awareness on new surcharges placed on homeowners by FEMA when renewing their flood insurance policies. For primary homes, the charge is only $25 per year, but homeowners will be automatically charged $250-the rate for businesses and second homes-unless they prove the home is their primary residence. Many families in New York's coastal neighborhoods are still recovering from the financial impacts of Hurricane Sandy and are unaware that they are being unfairly charged $225.

NYC Submits Appeal of FEMA's Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps
June 26: An appeal of the January 2015 Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) was filed by the City of New York, claiming that several errors were made in the development of the FIRMs that undermine their accuracy. The City claimed that the FIRMs overestimate the height of flood waters during a one-percent-annual-chance flood event, the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), which miscalculates where waters will reach during a flood that has a one percent chance of occurring each year. FEMA's overestimation could wrongly impact roughly 173,000 residents and 26,000 structures. Read more:
State Legislation Passed to Support Sandy-Affected Families Denied Insurance Claims
A June 23 press conference at NY City Hall hosted by NYS Trial Lawyers, NYPIRG, Consumer Federation of America, United Policyholders, ALIGN, and other advocates and recovery service providers was called in support of NY State proposed laws for Sandy-affected families who were unreasonably denied their insurance claims but have had no right of action to sue the insurance company. The legislation grants insurance policy holders a private right of action to seek damages, sets out 11 definitions of an unjustified payment , covers both owners and renters, and prevents costs from being passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums.

Former FEMA Leadership Critical of National Flood Insurance Program
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) welcomed Roy Wright as its new Director following the resignation of Brad Kisserman. Kisserman gave testimony to a House Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance on June 2, where he warned that the program has become increasingly out of touch with its customers and lacks oversight from FEMA, characterizing it as "a melting iceberg." On June 9, Roy Wright, the newly appointed director of the National Flood Insurance Program, stated that the organization needs to refocus on the welfare of disaster victims and address gaps in insurance coverage. Read more:
Judge Upholds NYC MTA Ban on Islamophobic Political Ads
June 23: A Manhattan Federal Court judge ruled that Islamophobic posters will not appear on New York City buses as part of a recent revised policy banning all political advertising in subways and on city buses. The decision rendered moot a previous ruling by a U.S. District Judge in April which ruled that Geller's ads-pro-Israel messages that were deemed anti-Islam-were protected speech. Read more.

Homeland Security Newswire: FEMA Considers Overhaul of National Flood Insurance Program
May 13: Federal legislators and officials with FEMA are trying to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, which presently relies on 83 insurance companies to sell policies, collection premiums, and calculate damages after disasters from 5.2 million homes and businesses nationwide. Discussions on reform of the program are happening while FEMA continues to settle almost 1,800 lawsuits filed by homeowners claiming they were underpaid on flood insurance claims after Sandy. Read more.
Preparing for Extreme Heat
People living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than people living in rural regions. An increased health problem, especially for those with respiratory difficulties, can occur as a result of stagnant atmospheric conditions that trap pollutants in urban areas, thus adding unhealthy air to excessively hot temperatures. In addition, asphalt and concrete store heat longer, then gradually release it at night, which produces significantly higher nighttime temperatures in urban areas. Check out these links to learn how to keep safe during extreme heat.
Know Your Zone - NYC Hurricane Evacuation Awareness Campaign
New York City Office of Emergency Management "Know Your Zone" hurricane awareness campaign encourages New Yorkers to find out whether they live in one of the city's six hurricane evacuation zones. For hurricane safety preparedness tips and information, or to request a Ready New York hurricane presentation, visit the Know Your Zone  website or call 311.

OCHA Hashtag Standards for Emergencies Manual
The United National Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs has released this resource to encourage proactive standardization of Twitter hashtags, emergency responders may be able to reduce a big-data challenge and better leverage crowdsourced information for operational planning and response.
National Disaster Spiritual Care Summit
August 10-12, 2015
Chicago, IL

This year's Summit aims to bring together voluntary organizational disaster response leadership from local, regional, state and national levels for shared conversations regarding pertinent issues and challenges. Designed for key decision makers in disaster spiritual care, this event is an opportunity to network with leaders on implementation of the Guidelines. Read more here.

2015 Hurricane Sandy Conference: "Translating Research into Practice"
August 10-11, 2015
NYU Kimmel Center in New York City

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will convene a Hurricane Sandy Conference: Translating Research into Practice public meeting. "The purpose of the meeting is to broadly share, with interested stakeholders, outcomes of Hurricane Sandy recovery science research and training projects."

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Workshop:  "A Whole Community Approach to Bolstering Resilience"
August 18-19, 2015
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza - 6th Floor
New York, NY 10278

The Individual and Community Preparedness Workshop will showcase best practices and lessons learned for preparing the whole community with presenters representing the following sectors: Public, Private, Not-for-Profit, Faith-Based, Voluntary Organizations, Citizen Corps, Higher Education, Tribal Nations, Access and Functional Needs, and Youth. This whole community approach ensures that through collaboration, individuals and communities will be better prepared and more resilient.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
September 10, September 18, and October 7, 2015

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will be hosting MHFA trainings, an evidence-based training to empower non-mental health professionals to better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. The one-day, 8-hour training will cover mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use. You only have to attend one session of the dates offered.

NYC Emergency Management Training(s)
Below you will find links to upcoming NYCEM training opportunities.* Please feel free to circulate these to all your partner organizations that you believe could benefit from them.

EmergeNYC - New
Lutheran Social Services of New York
Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management
Federal Emergency Management Jobs
Met Council Disaster Case Management
National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
NYC Medical Reserve Corp
NYC Office of Emergency Management - New Jobs
NYC Service
New York Disaster Interfaith Services

Rebuilding Together NYC - New

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