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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.

If you have questions or comments about NYDISnet, 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

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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Register Now: Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster Training at MCNY December 1
This one-day field-skills course "Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster: Increasing Religious Competency and Literacy" provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The training focuses on 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, VOAD/non-profit and religious leaders, and volunteers to conduct outreach to and engage congregations and religious leaders in partnerships or to support disaster human services/mass care needs of religious populations. Tuition is $75; $50 for NYC Disaster/VOAD Volunteers or Active Duty First Responders.
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Register Now: Disaster Chaplain Training at MCNY December 2-3
Through a training partnership with MCNY's (Metropolitan College of New York) Emergency & Disaster Management Program, NDIN and NYDIS will offer a two-day Disaster Chaplain Training course at MCNY (431 Canal Street, Manhattan) on December 2-3, 2015.  This course prepares chaplains and religious leaders to volunteer in mass-care settings - or, within their houses of worship, religious community or professional institution.  Tuition is $145.  A scholarship of $100 is available to Sandy-impacted NYC religious leaders.  Register.

NYDIS Releases Annual Meeting & 2014 Partnership Awards  Video - Check it out!
NYDIS is pleased to release the video of our Annual Meeting & 2014 Partnership Awards hosted by our board of directors at the NYU Kimmel Center in January 2015. Are you in it? Click to view.

Gudaitis to Participate in Pope's Multi-Religious Gathering at 9/11 Memorial
At the invitation of Cardinal Dolan, NYDIS' Chief Response Officer, Peter Gudaitis, will participate in the Interreligious Gathering being hosted by His Holiness Pope Francis. The event will be held at the September 11 Memorial Museum during his NYC visit September 24-26. The Pope's itinerary includes a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, an Evening Prayer Service (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral, an address to the United Nations General Assembly, a visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, and Mass at Madison Square Garden. The Pope's tour will begin in Washington, D.C. and conclude with the World Meeting of Families, September 26-27 in Philadelphia. Read more.

NYDIS Participates in September 11 Attacks Anniversary Events
September 9-10: NYDIS staff and board members participated in several anniversary events. Including, the Voices of September 11 Resilience Symposium "Knowledge to Practice: Pathways to Long-Term Healing" and 14th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum September 10, 2015, which drew together mental health professionals, emergency managers, responders, survivors, and 9/11 family members for the 14th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum. The Forum included presentations on the World Trade Center Health Program and the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act. 

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Passes $11 Million in Assistance Awards
In July 2015, the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable surpassed $11 million in assistance to Hurricane Sandy survivors through emergency cash assistance, recovery grants, loans and discounted/tax-free building supplies to eligible survivor households. The UNR continues to gather 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 Seeks Rental Units for Sandy Temporary Rental Program
The Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP), administered by NYDIS in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), supports the unmet temporary rental housing needs of under-resourced Sandy-impacted homeowners who are being required by Build it Back to vacate for construction or elevation. The STRP is seeking to identify rental units for short-term rental (6-12 months) for clients who need to vacate their homes for construction or elevation. The following neighborhoods are a priority to ensure that even though families are displaced from their homes, they are not displaced from their communities: Brooklyn - Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, and Sheepshead Bay; Queens - Arverne, Edgemere, Broad Channel, Breezy Pont, Far Rockaway - Bayswater; Staten Island - Cedar Grove, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, South Beach. Email inquiries and/or complete the checklist below and submit to unmetneeds@nydis.org.
:: FAITH COMMUNITY NEWS
NDIN: Preparedness Month - Be A READYCongregation Resources
For National Preparedness Month, the National Disaster Interfaith release a comprehensive resources guide of NDIN and FEMA tools, resources and trainings available to U.S. faith communities and their partners. (View Issue)

Greek Orthodox Church Crushed during 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Begins Reconstruction
September 9: During the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that stood at 155 Cedar Street was crushed by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. After deciding a location for the new shrine and selecting an architect, ground has been broken and construction begun in Lower Manhattan on the St. Nicholas National Shrine, a Greek Orthodox Church and nondenominational bereavement center whose dome will be illuminated at night. Read more about the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church's journey to rebuild here.

Muslims around the World Reflect on Their Lives since 9/11
August 27: In anticipation of the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a thread was created on Reddit to highlight the difference in treatment of Muslims living in the United States. The responses tracked on the website ranged widely, covering voices of both tolerance and hate. Read the actual responses here.
RECOVERY RESOURCES

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 flood risk, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map updates, and flood insurance purchase requirements 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 set up 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, they assist homeowners 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.
:: NYC RECOVERY NEWS & RESOURCES
DEADLINES

FEMA Extends Deadline to Request Hurricane Sandy Claims Review to October 15, 2015
FEMA has extended the deadline for flood insurance policyholders to submit their Hurricane Sandy Claims for review. The last day to submit claims is now Oct. 15, 2015. FEMA has been 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. 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:
- Fact Sheets on Claims Review Process: English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Polish
- Direct inquiries: FEMA HQ Newsdesk at 202-646-3272 or Fema-News-Desk@fema.dhs.gov

National Preparedness Month this September
September is National Preparedness Month, with a series of educational and service events hosted around America's PrepareAthon! leading up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. America's PrepareAthon! is encouraging communities and families to  make a plan on how to stay safe and communicate during disasters. Follow National Preparedness Month events here.

HUD Will Waive Duplication of Benefits for Sandy Survivors Owing Up to $20,000
September 16: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that any additional flood insurance proceeds up to $20,000 will not be treated as duplicative, i.e. counted in the "duplication of benefits." HUD's announcement stated that "this will eliminate the need for HUD grantees to reclaim assistance from these households or to repay those funds through non-federal sources. To date, three out of four National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claimants have received less than $20,000 in additional compensation from FEMA and will not face any possible repayment." The office of Mayor de Blasio announced that the decision "will provide much-needed peace of mind to many New Yorkers. It would have been unacceptable and unfair to ask New Yorkers to clean up a mess they didn't create, and to slow down Build it Back after our overhaul put the program on track. This decision will allow most Sandy impacted homeowners - who have already been through so much - ‎to keep their flood insurance settlements without worrying about potential clawbacks. We appreciate HUD heeding our calls and taking this important step." This summer, the Mayor and Council member Mark Treyger wrote to HUD, urging the agency to waive the "duplication of benefit " requirements that arose after FEMA's decision on flood insurance claims.


New York to Put County and State EOCs on Common Disaster Platform
September 15: Through a NY State program called "NY Responds," all 62 New York state counties will get free access to Buffalo Computer Graphics' (BCG) Crisis Information Management software (CIMS) by the end of the year. DisasterLAN (DLAN), which has been used in the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) EOC since 2004, will be upgraded and rebranded as a component of NY Responds. It will allow county and state EOCs to connect to a common Web-hosted platform, where they can post and track requests for equipment and assistance, report the real-time status of their emergency situations to all NY Responds members at once, and access a centralized source for news, weather and communications among first responder agencies. Read more.

FEMA Expands Call Center Hours for Policyholders' Sandy Claim-Review Requests
September 4: FEMA announced that it has expanded the operating hours of the call center that handles requests from flood insurance policyholders who want their insurance claim from Hurricane Sandy reviewed. Effective immediately, FEMA's National Processing Service Center will expand its weekday hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). To be eligible for the review, policyholders must have experienced flood damage between Oct. 27, 2012 and Nov. 6, 2012 as a result of Hurricane Sandy, and must have had an active NFIP flood policy at the time of the loss. Policyholders should call 866-337-4262 to get started. For more information on FEMA Call Center hours change, read here.

Obama, Visiting Arctic, Pledges Aid to Alaskans Hit by Climate Change
September 2: President Obama has pledged to step up government aid for Arctic communities whose shorelines and infrastructure are crumbling as global warming causes the sea level to rise. He will be the first president to visit Arctic Alaska in Kotzebue. The aid will include new grant programs from the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency for water and waste projects in vulnerable Alaskan villages. The Energy Department will also help remote Alaskan communities and native tribes develop clean-energy programs to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The Obama administration also plans to release new data and mapping tools to track climate change and help communities prepare. Read more about President Obama's visit to Alaska here.

New $100 Million City Commitment to Coastal Resiliency Announced
August 27: Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with elected officials and community leaders representing Lower Manhattan, announced a new City capital commitment of $100 million to help protect Lower Manhattan from flooding. This investment will go towards integrated flood protection around the southern tip of Lower Manhattan, from Montgomery Street in the Two Bridges neighborhood on the Lower East Side, and down and around to the northern end of Battery Park City. The resiliency measures will build on a commitment made in OneNYC earlier this year. This commitment will include coastal protection, storm water management, housing resiliency, and community co-benefits. (View Story)

NYC Emergency Management Launches New Website 
NYC Emergency Management's Communications Team released a new and improved NYC Emergency Management website. The website, designed to provide a more accessible, streamlined, and enhanced user experience, can be accessed by visiting www1.nyc.gov. 

Mayor's Fund Releases Request for Proposals from Community-Based Organizations 
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, with the assistance of the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is releasing a funding opportunity through the Connections to Care Request for Proposals. The Mayor's Fund is seeking proposals from qualified 501(c)(3) community-based organizations, in partnership with licensed mental health providers, to implement the Connections to Care model for at-risk populations. Read more here.  

American Red Cross Launches the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign
The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. Join the campaign as a volunteer by contacting a local Red Cross chapter. Learn more.

NYC Emergency Management Releases "The Path Forward" Strategic Plan
NYC Emergency Management showcased the agency's strategic plan, "The Path Forward: A Roadmap for NYC Emergency Management" to keep New York City ready, support its communities, share important information, and continue to support New York City agencies and partners. Highlights from the 2014 calendar year included 2,948 incidents monitored across the five boroughs, 892 emergency responses, over 55 interagency emergency plans and protocols to guide the City's response to incidents, 1,386 Notify NYC messages, and 54,000  New Yorkers reached through the Ready New York program. Read the report here.
:: ADVOCACY
Congress to Consider Reauthorizing Zadroga Act in October
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act established the World Trade Center Health Program to ensure that the thousands of responders and survivors suffering from illnesses related to 9/11 are provided medical treatment and financial compensation. Although these programs are still necessary, they are set to expire in October 2015 unless Congress chooses to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This act is essential for families throughout the United States, as some responders and survivors have moved away from New York and New Jersey. More than 30,000 Americans have illnesses or injuries suffered in the aftermath of the attacks-including chronic diseases like asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, and many cancers affecting different organs. Read more about reauthorizing the Zadroga Act here and in the following articles:
  • NYT: Jon Stewart Joins 9/11 Workers in Pressing Congress to Extend Benefits
    September 16: Jon Stewart, the recently retired host of "The Daily Show," has become a leading advocate for the extension of the Zadroga Act. The bill has long been a favored cause of the comedian, whose shows in 2010 criticizing the law's Republican opponents and showcasing emergency medical workers with health problems helped prompt its passage. "I want to apologize to all the men and women, first responders, that you had to come down here today," said Stewart, "I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed for our country. I'm embarrassed for New York."
  • New Momentum for 9/11 Aid Bill
    September 13: In the last week, 9 U.S. Senators and 28 Members of Congress, from both parties, have co-sponsored the Zadroga Act reauthorization. The advocacy done by the 9/11 responders and survivors is credited to have had a major impact in the reauthorization. "All eyes are on Congress to ensure that desperately-needed medical care and compensation will be there for as long as 9/11 first responders, survivors, and their families need it," said John Feal, 9/11 responder advocate. Read more here.
  • WSJ: Lawmakers Seek Extension to 9/11 Health-Care Act
    September 3: Survivors of 9/11 spoke at a news conference stating the devastating effects the end of the Zadroga Act would cause. Treatment would no longer be accessible for the 70,000 people across the United States who are being monitored for 9/11-related health problems. As Carolyn Maloney, a New York City Democrat said, "They rushed to the scene to save lives, but today their lives need saving." Many recipients are pushing for the extension to be approved this year instead of waiting for 2016. Read more about the survivors' concerns here.
  • 9/11 Survivors Speak to the Urgency of Extending the Zadroga Act
    September 3: In an article released by DNAinfo.com, 9/11 survivor Susan Herr speaks to the trials that she has faced since managing to escape the 68th floor of Tower 2. She says that at the time she thought the toughest day of her life had to be behind her, but she sees now that she was wrong: "The hardest day of my life has been going though chemotherapy and radiation at the same time."
  • 9/11 Families Want Victim Remains Removed from Basement Museum, Fearing Leaks
    August 25: Families of 9/11 firefighters and WTC victims are calling for the immediate removal of remains from the basement of the 9/11 Museum following reports of possible leaks in the slurry wall that holds back the Hudson River at the WTC site. Advocates are asking for the remains to be moved immediately to the above-ground pavilion and placed in a permanent plaza-level tomb. For over ten years, families have begged the city not to house their loved ones remains in such a vulnerable location. Read more.
  • Sen. Gillibrand Calls for Permanent Extension of the Zadroga Act
    August 11: Sen. Kristen Gillibrand joined the bipartisan call for 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. Gillibrand stated that Congress has a moral obligation to continue to provide care and compensation to survivors and their families: "Our first responders answered the call of duty when our nation was under attack, and deserve to be treated by Congress as the veterans they really are. We cannot abandon the men and women who now suffer as a result of their sacrifice, and must pass a permanent extension of the programs they rely upon." Read more.
  • Number of Ground Zero Responders with 9/11-Linked Cancers Hits 3,700
    August 9: The rising toll of Ground Zero responders and others afflicted with 9/11-linked cancers has hit 3,700, including 1,100 firefighters, 2,134 police officers and other Ground Zero responders, and 467 downtown workers and residents. Many survivors show more than one type of cancer. The FDNY's chief medical officer, Dr. David Prezant, said that since 9/11 over 2,100 firefighters and EMS personnel have retired on disability with World Trade Center-related illnesses, mostly lung disease and cancer. Read more.
  • 9/11 Responders/Survivors in WTC Health Program Is Only Partial Population
    July 29: Fourteen years after 9/11, the CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is still working to ameliorate major public health concerns for the thousands of responders and survivors who were exposed to the health hazards in the aftermath of the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. Responders and survivors who were present in the impacted area are still developing illnesses related to their exposures and many have yet to enroll in the NIOSH-administered World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. An EHS Today article suggests that the number of people enrolled in the program does not reflect the full population of responders and survivors exposed to WTC-derived contaminants. Read more.
  • 9/11 Survivors in Every U.S. State Are Still Dying from Attack-Related Illnesses
    July 20: HNGN reports that while the majority of 9/11 respondents and survivors live in New York and New Jersey (4,515 and 379, respectively), every state in the U.S. now has at least one person battling cancer or another illness related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) announced Monday that more than $1.3 billion has been distributed to 5,636 claimants still suffering from an illness resulting from being present at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or the Shanksville, Pa., crash site on the day of the attacks. First responders such as police officers and firefighters account for 91 percent of those battling an illness, VCF said. Eighteen percent who have been awarded compensation have been diagnosed with cancer. Read more.
:: PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVES
Hurricane Preparedness
Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1, but New York City is most at risk between August 1 and November 30. Each year the New York City Emergency Management Department produces updated preparedness materials to help New Yorkers prepare for the effects of coastal storms. 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.

Flood Preparedness
Floods can have a major impact on homes, communities, and regions and can develop over a period of days or occur suddenly. SAMHSA DTAC has compiled a list of tools and resources focused on flood preparedness and response:
  • Disaster-Specific Resources-Flood
    • This SAMHSA DTAC Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) installment provides preparedness and response information for floods. Materials include tip sheets, podcasts, and links to helpful agencies. To access this installment, please visit the website.
  • Stay Safe Before, During, and After a Flood
    • One way that individuals and families can prepare for a flood is to develop their own response and communication plan. The Public Health Emergency website contains materials that can help. Links to these resources are available on the website. 
  • Floods
    • This Federal Emergency Management Agency Ready.gov webpage includes flood-specific preparedness, response, and recovery information. There is also a special section highlighting tools and resources for spring flooding. Visit the website to learn more.
  • Strengthening Your Emotional Well-Being Ahead of the Flood
    • Individuals may experience distress when anticipating and preparing for a flood. This American Psychological Association article offers tips to manage flood-related anxiety and improve overall physical and behavioral health. Access the article here.

Active Shooter Incident Preparedness
There are a multitude of resources available to help prompt discussion on how to increase safety at houses of worship and address the potential for copycat threats. Resources:
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.
Tanenbaum: Resources for Combating Extremism
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is offering free, practical resources that can be used at home or at work, in schools, places of worship and in your community, including a September 11 Fact Sheet and World Religions Fact Sheet. The resources can be utilized for discussion at house of worships, community centers, at the workplace, or at home with friends and family to help learn the facts and counter hate and terror.
:: UPCOMING EVENTS
NYC Citizen Corps hosts Transformative Change: Diversity and Cultural Competency
September 24, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
New York City Emergency Management
165 Cadman Plaza E
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Register.

Imani Henry, Diversity Trainer/Organizational Development Consultant, OD for the People discusses key concepts in cultural competence and their application during a disaster response. Participants in this training will examine their cultural values and learn best practices for working in a culturally diverse environment impacted by language, age, culture, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity.


Preparedness at the Bronx Zoo 
September 27, 2015
10:00am-4:00pm 

NYCEM will be offering family and pet preparedness materials at the Bronx Zoo in the spirit of National Preparedness Month!


Municipal Arts Society's Community Emergency Planning Discussion Session 
September 30, 2015
6:30pm-8:30pm
Register .

Municipal Arts Society will host a discussion about the agency's efforts to strengthen community-based emergency planning in New York City and tools and information communities would find most valuable in their planning efforts. This session is geared towards community stakeholders, residents, and volunteers who would be interested in creating or strengthening their own community's emergency plans. 


Rockaway United Coalition Sponsors the 3rd Annual Service Provider Fair 
October 24, 2015
1:00pm-5:00pm
Beacon 43 - 160 Beach 29TH St.
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Apply.

It will celebrate our resiliency, provide vital information from community providers, health screenings, as well as fun activities for all ages. Please see the Save the Date flyer and apply to have your agency participate.


New York State Training(s)
NYC Emergency Management Training(s)
Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster
December 1, 2015
9:00am-5:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal St
New York, NY 10013
Register

NYDIS and NDIN will host this one-day course to provide an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies, demonstrating how diverse religious and cultural practices increase partner capabilities and build whole community resilience. The course offers tools (tip sheets & a field guide set) and foundational skills to competently engage religious leaders and congregations in the field.


Disaster Chaplaincy Training
December 2-3, 2015
8:15am-5:00pm
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal St
New York, NY 10013
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 regis trant 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.

:: JOBS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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New York Cares
NYC Medical Reserve Corp
NYC Emergency Management - New Jobs
NYC Service
New York Disaster Interfaith Services
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:: MAKE A GIFT TO NYDIS
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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.

To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click Make a Donation
 

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