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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.

This 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 Releases "2015 Hurricane Sandy Voluntary Rebuild Environment" Assessment
October 26: The 2015 Hurricane Sandy Voluntary Rebuild Environment: NYC Long Term Recovery Assessment is astatistical and narrative analysis of the historical and current voluntary rebuild environment in New York City since Hurricane Sandy, compiled and written by the NYDIS Volunteer Group Housing Program (VGHP). The report aims to translate the combined contributions of the voluntary rebuilding sector into comprehensive reporting critical to planning and advocacy efforts. This report documents the 2014 completed projects and the 2015 project actuals and projections to date. Released for the Third Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the report provides the first citywide assessment of the voluntary rebuild landscape since the 2014 Rebuild Environment: NYC Voluntary Rebuild Capacity Assessment released by the Voluntary Organization Needs Assessment (VONA) Subcommittee of the New York City Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYC VOAD)in March 2014. That report documented the 2013 completed projects and the 2014 project actuals and projections to date.

Upcoming 2015 NDIN Trainings: Disaster Chaplain 
Sponsored by NYDIS to train NYC Religious Leaders as NYDIS Disaster Chaplains, this two-day (16-hour) NDIN  Disaster Chaplain Training course prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites as well as within their own communities. The course comprises four 4-hour sessions offered over two days, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers. Each registrant must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a professional chaplain and/or credentialed religious leader.
Upcoming 2015 Training: Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster 
Sponsored by NYDIS, this NDIN/USC CRCC course Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster: Increasing Religious Competency and Literacy is framed by their field-guide set and tip sheets.  The one-day field-skills course 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.
NYDIS Chief Response Officer Attends Pope's Interfaith Service at Ground Zero
September 25: Pope Francis selected the Ground Zero museum for an interfaith ceremony during his visit to the U.S. hoping to represent religion as a force for tolerance at a time of disturbing religious violence. NYDIS Chief Response Officer, Peter Gudaitis, was honored to be invited to attend. The ceremony was set against a World Trade Center retaining wall that stayed up despite the attacks. The choice of the spot in the 9/11 Memorial's museum represents a "new urgency" for religious tolerance, said James Massa, a Brooklyn bishop who is a national leader in interfaith work and who designed the ceremony. "I think these leaders with the pope are gathered, like the conscience of our time, that holds back the chaos of war and violence and hatred that afflict segments of humanity." Read Washington Post Article.

NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Passes $11 Million in Assistance to Survivors' Recovery
In October 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.
  • To view or download Monthly UNR Assistance Report as of 10.31.15

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.
The Guardian: Young Americans Shifting U.S. towards Becoming Less Religious
November 3: Declining levels of religious belief and practice among the generation of Americans born in the last two decades of the 20th century is shifting the U.S. towards becoming a less devout nation, a new survey has found. The growing proportion of "millennials" - young adults now in their 20s and 30s - who do not belong to any organized faith is changing America's religious landscape, says a report by the respected Pew Research Center, based on a survey of 35,000 people. The religiously unaffiliated or "nones," who include atheists and those who describe their religion as "nothing in particular," have grown to 23% of the US population, compared to 16% at the time of the last comparable survey in 2007. However, three out of four Americans still have some religious faith and 89% of U.S. adults say they believe in God (including a significant proportion of "nones") which makes America more religiously inclined than other advanced industrial nations. Read more.

NECHAMA Joins Jewish Disaster Response Corps
As of October 2015, NECHAMA joined programs with Jewish Disaster Response Corps, becoming the only Jewish-affiliated organization dedicated to disaster preparedness, response and recovery volunteerism in the U.S. In a joint statement, the organizations stated: "We believe that through merging our complementary programs, we'll have the opportunity to greatly increase our capacity to serve American communities affected by disaster and create an overall more robust, impactful organization. JDRC and NECHAMA share near-identical missions and values, and we know that together, we can have a bigger impact." The combined organization will be called NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster. JDRC will bring 6+ years of disaster recovery expertise to leading all of NECHAMA's future repair and rebuild efforts, which will now be referred to as JDRC initiatives.

President Announces Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
September 24: President Obama announced appointees to the President's third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Council brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations. The charge for this Council focuses on steps the government should take to reduce poverty and inequality and create opportunity for all, including changes in policies, programs, and practices that affect the delivery of services by faith-based and community organizations and the needs of low-income and other underserved persons. President Obama said, "I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them." Read more.

NYT: Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell
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 Centers. 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.

Resurrection Brooklyn Relief Wraps Up Sandy Work
September 8: On October 30th, 2012, Resurrection Brooklyn church members started a full-time volunteer rebuild program to become known as Resurrection Brooklyn Relief. With the close of the 12-month grant from the American Red Cross and diminished supply of volunteers, the RBRelief officially wrapped up on August 31st, 2015. Since Sandy struck, RBRelief has facilitated 3,183 volunteers, totaling 20,243 volunteer hours, representing to $467,006 worth of labor for Brooklyn homeowners with unmet rebuild needs. If you were hoping to volunteer with RBRelief in the next year, please reach out to their partner, the New York Annual Conference and read more about RBRelief here.

Call to Commitment and Partnership
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in collaboration with several of its global partners participated in the preparation for the United Nations' (UN) World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) by submitting a comprehensive paper on 'the unique and essential role of the evangelical community in humanitarian response and development.' This paper explains who the evangelicals are, why they engage in humanitarian work, and how they work. Read more of the WEA's paper to the UN here.

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.
After Paris ISIS Attacks, Prayers for Peace Worldwide and Heightened Security in NYC
In the wake of the gruesome acts of violence in Paris that killed 130 people and injured 368, our prayers are with the victims of this and other acts of violence. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-ISIS-has claimed responsibility, though investigations continue including a search for accomplices of the seven attackers who were killed. The attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris have led to heightened security in NYC increased travel restrictions, and launched divisive international debates on receiving and vetting refugees, especially from Syria. Recommended readings:
NYC Marks Three Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2015
October 29, 2015 marked three years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall. Recovery partners came together for the third anniversary at a variety of locations in the tristate area to remember the lives and homes lost three years ago. A key message among partners in NYC around the anniversary was that homes and lives remain highly vulnerable to coastal storm and flood events. NYC is only as resilient as its most vulnerable neighborhoods and residents-achieving resilience only as a whole community and remaining compromised as a whole community. During preparations for Hurricane Joaquin, organizations and residents were forcefully reminded of that reality. To learn more about Sandy long-term recovery efforts and advocacy, refer to the "Three Years after SuperStorm Sandy: NYC Residents are Still Vulnerable," a Third Anniversary Joint Statement of NYC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster & NYC Long Term Recovery, found here. Further recommended readings:
New Report and Tools Paint Picture of Disaster-Philanthropy Landscape
November 12: According to a new report published by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Foundation Center, the largest 1,000 foundations in the U.S. made $116.9 million in disaster-related grants in 2013, with the Bill & Melinda Gates, Rockefeller, and Margaret A. Cargill foundations topping the list of contributors. Smaller foundations, charities, and international grant makers contributed another $60.1 million. The 2015 Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report expands on an inaugural report released last year and was published in conjunction with online interactive and mapping tools to help grant-makers track how and where disaster philanthropy dollars are being spent around the globe. Read more.

"Rebuild By Design" Releases New Book
U.S. HUD Secretary Donovan launched Rebuild by Design in response to Hurricane Sandy's devastation in the Northeast United States. The program has launched a new book that tells the story of the approach, research, collaborators, and comprehensive projects that were created from the Rebuild by Design process. Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the book also highlights how "the receding waters of Sandy exposed the great socio-economic disparities of some of our most vulnerable communities- communities who are in need of environmental justice, affordable housing, and living wage employment, among other pressing community issues." Read more.

FBI Delays Release of Interactive Tool to Identify Violent Extremists
November 3: The FBI has decided to delay the release of "Don't Be a Puppet," an interactive program aiming to help teachers and students identify young people who show signs of interest in radicalism and violent extremism. Civil rights advocates and American Muslim leaders, invited by the agency to preview the program, harshly criticized it for focusing almost exclusively on Islamic extremism. They noted that practically all the mass school shootings--and most of the violence perpetrated by extremists--in the U.S. had nothing to do with Islamic militants. Read more.

AP: Contributions to Red Cross Fall by 32 Percent since Sandy
October 29: The American Red Cross experienced a 32 percent drop in charitable donations in 2014 since Hurricane Sandy. It fell from ninth to 21st place among the nation's best-supported nonprofits, its lowest ranking since The Chronicle of Philanthropy began an annual survey in 1991. The Chronicle's new survey has United Way in the top spot for the ninth consecutive year, with private donations totaling $3.87 billion for the 2014 fiscal year. Just behind was Boston-based Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. Other nonprofits in the Top 10 included The Salvation Army, Feeding America, Task Force for Global Health, and Harvard University. Read more.

The Guardian: Rising Numbers of Americans Believe Climate Science
October 13: Around 70% of Americans believe in the science behind global warming--the highest level of acceptance in the US since 2008--according to a new survey. The level of belief has increased seven percentage points in the past six months, the polling by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College shows. The researchers said the significant rise in acceptance is particularly notable among Republicans and evangelical Christian groups. The swing is largely due to recognition of the role that climate change is playing in changing weather patterns, with respondents citing weather events close to home, according to Professor Barry Rabe, a co-author from the University of Michigan. The report revealed a "strong recognition of recent weather patterns" with a particular emphasis on severe droughts in the US and warmer local temperatures. Read more

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: New Tide Sensors Gather Intel on Storms like Joaquin
October 9: In preparation for possible impact from Hurricane Joaquin, scientists prepared sensors and other wave velocity testing equipment in Delaware's Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to monitor a $38 million coastal restoration project installed post-Sandy. The "Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network" is an effort initiated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to measure wave height, force, speed, and extent during hurricane-induced storm surges. It's just one of a suite of projects supported by Department of Interior Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funding to help natural and human communities weather the storms that are predicted to become increasingly frequent and intense as a result of climate change. The data collected by the sensors will be used to refine storm-surge models, create more accurate flood forecasts, design more effective flood-protection infrastructure, and develop wiser land-use policies. Read more.

NYT: Hurricane Joaquin and Why the U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind
October 2: As Hurricane Joaquin approached the east coast of the U.S., the American weather forecasting model managed by the National Weather Service-Global Forecast System (G.F.S.)-was once again challenged in comparison with the "superior" European model. Meteorologists have been calling for vast and attainable improvements in American weather forecasting for years, especially as faster computers, superior models, and new data have allowed weather forecasting to improve significantly in Europe. The New York Times reports that the U.S. didn't invest in computing power and models that kept up with the potential for better forecasts and that by 2013 the European model had nearly ten times the raw computing capacity of the G.F.S. After Hurricane Sandy, Congress gave funds to the National Weather Service for more powerful computers. Read more.

Sea Level Rise Unevenly, Threatening Some Coastal Regions
August 31: Homeland Security News Wire explains how uneven rises in sea level will threaten certain coastal regions more than others. "When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. This is not the way it works with our rising seas. Tides, winds, and ocean currents play a role in these regional differences, but an increasingly important mover and shaker is the solid Earth itself. Global warming is not just affecting the surface of our world; it is making the Earth move under our feet." These regional differences in sea level change will become even more apparent as ice sheets melt. For instance, when the Amundsen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is gone, the average global sea level will rise four feet. The East Coast of the United States, however, will see an additional fourteen to fifteen inches above that average. Read more.
Congress Must Reauthorize the Zadroga Act
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. 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:
  • House Committee Backs Zadroga Act Extension
    November 18: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is supporting a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) credits the first responders themselves for the change. He says their multiple trips to Washington, D.C. made an impact on lawmakers. He says the goal is to have Congress approve the Zadroga extension by early to mid-December. The last vote before lawmakers leave for the holiday break is scheduled to take place on December 11. Read more.
  • Firefighters Group Shreds Politicians who Denied Zadroga Bill Support
    October 1: The New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation spent hours roasting politicians by sharing their September 11 statuses, and then posting that these same people refused to back the bill. More than 120,000 people are subscribed to the page on Facebook. Read more.
  • 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims
    A 9/11 Group representing both FDNY & civilian family members appealed to Pope Francis in a letter regarding the removal of Human Remains from 9/11 museum basement at Ground Zero. Read more.
  • Hillary Clinton Vows Support for sick 9/11 workers and families
    Hillary Clinton is promising to fight to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act as its provisions expired while her campaign ripped Congress for not doing so already. Read more.

WP: Congressman Demands Climate Study as Scientists Warn of 'Chilling Effect'
November 6: A fight between a senior House Republican, Rep. Lamar Smith, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over a recent climate change study has intensified. The country's chief society of meteorologists weighed in this week with a letter warning the prominent congressional skeptic on climate change that his demands for internal communications and documents from NOAA "can be viewed as a form of intimidation" that could thwart federally funded research. Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, stepped up his pressure on agency Administrator Kathryn Sullivan to divulge its scientists' internal deliberations, demanding in a letter that she turn over the documents requested in a House subpoena. "Your failure to comply with a duly issued subpoena may expose you to civil and/or criminal enforcement mechanisms," the congressman wrote. Read more.

WP: Let's Use These Unspent Federal Dollars to Prepare for Disasters
November 1: Former FEMA Administrator R. David Paulson presents a strong case for reallocating wasted federal dollars allocated to disaster recovery to preparedness. Paulson states: "Looking back on the valuable lessons I've learned throughout my career, the one that stands out is the importance of preparing for and investing in the future. In my line of work, preparation is not an abstract principle. It can determine whether a family's home remains standing or lies in ruin after a disaster. And after the widespread destruction Sandy caused, it is clear to me that our country has yet to fully grasp this lesson." Read more.

GAO: FEMA Made Progress since Katrina and Sandy, but Challenges Remain
October 22: A report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights both the progress and challenges in FEMA's efforts to lead national preparedness efforts, particularly in assessing emergency support capabilities and enhancing logistics capabilities. GAO found in December 2014 that federal departments have identified emergency response capability gaps through national-level exercises and real-world incidents, but the status of agency actions to address these gaps is not collected by or reported to Department of Homeland Security or FEMA. GAO recommended that FEMA-in collaboration with other federal agencies-regularly report on the status of corrective actions. FEMA agreed with GAO's recommendation and is taking action to address it but has not established a timeframe for completion. GAO also found that there was no comprehensive, strategic approach to identifying, prioritizing, and implementing investments for disaster resilience. GAO made recommendations to address these continued challenges and FEMA is taking a range of actions to address them. Read more.
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:
Flu Preparedness
Flu season is underway with the weather starting to become colder. Below are a few tips to follow to lower chances of catching the flu in the upcoming weeks:
  • Get plenty of sleep. If you're well rested you're less likely to become infected with the flu virus.
  • Be strict about washing hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Hands covered in germs spread colds and the flu. Make sure to scrub your hands well with soap or alcohol-based hand rub for 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect heavily touched items, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phones.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Get your flu shot. One of the best ways to avoid catching the flu away is to make sure that you get vaccinated against it.

Learn more about how to prevent contracting the flu at flu.gov. To stay up to date on the amount of flu cases being reported in the NYC area view the CDC's weekly influenza tracker.

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.

How to Prepare for a Financial Emergency
September 21: Organizing a financial first-aid kit is key among emergency preparations-yet probably the most frequently overlooked. A "go" pack should contain a binder or portable file folder in a watertight container with copies of essential documents, including: personal identification (Social Security card, driver's license, birth certificate, passport, marriage or divorce papers), financial 411s (travelers checks, cash,  cred cards, insurance cards, safe deposit box info, mortgage info, and car titles), health care fundamentals (copies of prescriptions, list of medical conditions, and physicians' contact info), legal levers (power of attorneys, living will), a comprehensive list of emergency contacts and passwords/usernames, and a prepaid phone and cell charger. Read more.

NYC Emergency Management's 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. 

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.
Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster, Religious Competency, & Literacy
December 1, 2015
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal Street (between Varick and Hudson)
New York City, NY 10013
Co-sponsored by NYDIS and Metropolitan College of New York's Emergency Management Department, "Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters: Increasing Religious Competency & Literacy" is a one-day training course in best practices for 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. Tuition is $95 (includes breakfast, lunch & materials).

NDIN Volunteer Disaster Chaplain Training Course 
December 2-3, 2015
Metropolitan College of New York
431 Canal Street (between Varick and Hudson)
New York City, NY 10013
Metropolitan College of New York, through a training partnership with NDIN, invites religious leaders and spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this two-day Disaster Chaplain Training. 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.
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