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

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.

The mass shooting in Orlando remains on our hearts and minds and we wish to express our support for the victim’s families, survivors and first responders - as well as the Orlando LGBTQ and Latino communities. Terrorism and hate-crimes tear at the fabric of a civil society and leave deep wounds – we prayer for healing and sustained recovery.

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.


Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.
Executive Vice President & Chief Response Officer


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NYDIS Sandy Recovery Resources

On-Line NYC Sandy Recovery Guide (with Widgets)

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):
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

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NYDIS Completes NYC DOHMH Faith-based Sector Needs Assessment 
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH) has contracted New York Disaster Interfaith Service's (NYDIS) to help assess and improve the New York City Faith-based Sector's disaster and public health emergency readiness. Over 7,000 organizations and congregations were sent surveys in April. Throughout May, focus groups were also conducted with Catholic, Interfaith, Jewish, Muslim, and Racial and Religious Minority federations and networks. The resulting report and recommendations are now being submitted to DOHMH to help the sector and government better understand the disaster and public health emergency capabilities and needs of NYC congregations, religious bodies/networks and faith-based non-profits. The project took place under the direction of the DOHMH Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response ( OEPR). The report will be publish over the summer.
NYDIS Continues Work on NYC Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force
Since January 2016 the task force has been working with staff from the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency and a research team from Columbia University to document the impact of Sandy on NYC non-profits and houses of worship and to make recommendations on preparedness and resilience strategies and policy in support of whole-community resilience. A report will be issued in June. Peter B. Gudaitis, NYDIS' Chief Response Officer, was appointed to the New York City Hurricane Sandy Charitable Organization and House of Worship Recovery Task Force by NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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:
Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, and Sheepshead Bay
Arverne, Edgemere, Broad Channel, Breezy Pont, Far Rockaway, and Bayswater
Staten Island
Cedar Grove, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, and South Beach.

Email inquiries and/or complete the checklist below and submit to unmetneeds@nydis.org.

FEMA's New Religious Literacy and Competency Course & Tip Sheets by NDIN/CRCC 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a groundbreaking online training course to help disaster and emergency management professionals and volunteers work more effectively with people of faith, congregations and faith communities in times of crisis. The web-based course,  IS-505: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster, is one of the e-learning and certification offerings listed on the Emergency Management Institute website. Its inclusion in the Institute's offerings indicate the critical importance the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA place on religious literacy for all emergency management personnel, at the federal, state, local and tribal levels. The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) developed the course and its companion resource materials, in partnership with the University of Southern California Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE) and under the leadership and partnership of the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
This 3 hour online EMI course was based on an 8 hour classroom course created by NDIN and USC CRCC. 
Resources Related to The Pulse Massacre in Orlando
When he murdered 49 men and woman at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, Omar Mateen carried out the worst single-shooter massacre in US peacetime history. He also perpetrated a hate crime against a group of predominantly LGBT adults exercising their civil liberties. Mateen is known to have had a history of violence, he had been denied admittance to a career in uniformed law enforcement, and it's becoming clearer that he had been caught in his own push-pull with repressed homosexuality and homophobia. Although his links to ISIS are unclear, it seems he may have justified his actions on the basis of ISIS' well-known hatred of the LGBT community.

NDIN's tip sheet "LGBT Needs & Disaster" for Ready Congregations

Equality Florida - Pulse Shooting Information & Recovery Resources

Department of Homeland Security/FEMA resources

Fake Buddhist Monks on NYC's High Line
June 10: CBS New York reports that phony Buddhist monks are continuing to extort "donations from tourists and locals visiting the elevated park." Their " aggressive panhandling" has become a serious problem for park goers and the reputation of legitimate Buddhist monks. Situations like this reflect poorly on faith communities. More here.

Three Things Religious Leaders Can Do in The Wake of the Massacre in Orlando
"In the wake of the events in Orlando, religious leaders must continue to speak out in defense of that freedom and the safety that should accompany that freedom, even as they speak in favor of their own faith commitments." Read more.

ERD Lamplight: Zika in the U.S. and the Role of Episcopal Church
Zika virus has emerged in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. Episcopal Relief & Development has been working with a circle of advisers to consider the threat of Zika virus in the continental United States. Composed of the organization's US Disaster staff, Diocesan Disaster Coordinators and public health experts, the group worked together to create informational materials with tips and recommendations for Episcopal congregations and other church-related institutions. Read the four key prevention messages from the Zika Taskforce  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.

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 are urged 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.

American Red Cross 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.

SBA Reopens Disaster Loan Applications for Sandy-Impacted Residents to December 1, 2016
Effective December 2, 2015, the recently approved Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act of 2015 gives the SBA Administrator the authority to make disaster loans for Superstorm Sandy for a period of one year. The bill authorizes SBA to revise the disaster deadline for major Presidential declarations for Superstorm Sandy in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Additionally, SBA will be accepting applications under its related agency declarations for North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Virginia, West Virginia and certain counties in Maryland. The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is December 1, 2016. Apply online here. Information on the locations of recovery centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or via email.

SBA Disaster Loan Program in Brooklyn for March 2016 fire
New York businesses and residents affected by a fire that destroyed multiple apartment buildings and damaged several businesses in Brooklyn, on March 29, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA's customer service representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application at SBA's website. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 11, 2016.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 10, 2017.
9/11 Tribute Center Museum Announces Expansion
June 21: The 9/11 Tribute Center is growing its exhibits and programs to accommodate an increase in visitation. New exhibits will place greater emphasis on service and recovery from ordinary people who were inspired to serve others. After 10 years - and almost 15 years after the attacks of September 11, 2001 - the Tribute Center will be moving to a new location in order to expand its mission, exhibits and programs.

FEMA Releases Updated National Planning Frameworks
June 17: Recovery Diva on June 17th, FEMA and its partners released the updated National Planning Frameworks for each mission area: Prevention Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The National Planning Frameworks, which are part of the National Preparedness System, set the strategy and doctrine for building, sustaining, and delivering the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal of building a secure and resilient nation.
The Frameworks present a paradigm shift in the way we approach preparedness through a risk-driven, capabilities-based approach. Historically, preparedness was considered a separate, distinct mission area; but now the Frameworks address national preparedness as a whole, through the core capabilities that compose the five mission areas. Read more.

As Zika Threat Grows in US, Testing Lags for a Vulnerable Group
June 17: New York Times reports that medical professionals in New York City have found that despite Zika being prevelant in Latin America, the city's Latin population is most overlooked by Zika screening and preparedness. The numbers of tested and screened women are disproportionately smaller among populations of low-income Latin American and Caribbean origin when compared with other ethnicities in comparable neighborhoods. Read more.

Testing NYC Subway Biodefenses
June 13: Homeland Security News Wire reports that researchers took to the New York City subway system May 9-13 to study how a surrogate for a biological agent, such as anthrax, might disperse throughout the nation's largest rapid transit system as a result of a terrorist attack or an accidental release. The study is part of a five-year DHS project called Underground Transport Restoration (UTR) and was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Read more

Recovery Road Block: Build It Back Prevents Bus from Taking Special Needs Kid to School
June 9: Brooklyn Daily carries a distressing story about Build It Back construction blocking the neighborhood's narrow streets, making it impossible for the school bus to reach a Gerritsen Beach boy with special needs. The boy is now likely to miss a full week of school in consequence. Read more.

CBO Study - Potential Increase in Hurricane Damages in the United States
June 2: The Congressional Budget Office has released a report which looks in depth at the forecast for the true cost of hurricane impact on the USA. The report finds that significant increases in human and financial costs are likely. Read more.

With Hurricane Season Here, Time to Check Home Insurance
June 1: New York Times has published a good financial advice column on the ins and outs of home insurance. Read more here, and don't forget that home insurance is not flood insurance!

More than 8.8M US Homes at Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge Damage
Jun1: Insurance Journal has a fascinating and data-rich look into the potential insurance and reconstruction costs of storm surge in US cities on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Find the article, maps, and links to sources here.

A Startling Map of How Sea Level Rise Will Affect NYC
June 1: The Atlantic City Lab site has reported on the "Advancing Waters" study, to look at how various rises in NYC sea-level could affect the city. The study looks at education, health care, homes, mass transit, and population. The maps are visually clear, and the study's findings are unsettling. Read more.

Frontline (PBS) and NPR Investigate Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts
Over the span of several articles, radio pieces, and a Frontline TV special documentary, this investigation reveals some uncomfortable findings about the way government, insurance companies, and the National Flood Insurance Program handled response to Sandy and the recovery from it. Read, watch, and listen to more.

Cities Can Prepare for Hurricane Season by Reforming Laws
May 31: According to USA News & World Report natural disasters reveal the ways in which municipalities function poorly, exposing weaknesses in both infrastructure and policy. The report claims that by updating laws, codes, and ordinances, cities on the east coast of the US can prepare better for hurricane season, not just by preparing better for storms but in being better able to affordably and efficiently recover from storm damage. Read more.

Near-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Most Likely This Year
May 27: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a press release stating that despite difficulties with forecasting, in contrast to earlier reports this year's hurricane season will not be far more severe than usual. Read more.

New York City Launches $21M Effort to Combat Zika
April 19: Based on an existing city program to combat West Nile Disease, which is also a mosquito-borne illness, the New York Times says the city's new multi-million-dollar campaign will expand mosquito surveillance to help combat the Zika virus host, and improve testing services for pregnant women who may have been exposed to the virus and are at risk of infection. Read more.

Notify NYC Is Now Multilingual
New York City government's preparedness and early warning tool, Notify NYC, has been expanded to offer common notifications in 13 languages, American Sign Language (ASL), and audio formats. Pre-scripted translations of Notify NYC messages will now be available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Yiddish. Subscribers can receive alerts in seven ways: phone, email, SMS, fax, BlackBerry PIN, Instant Messenger, and Twitter. Non-English speaking subscribers who receive any of the above digital formats will be given an option to follow a link in which the same message is listed in 13 different languages, audio format, and ASL. Learn more here
Note to FEMA: It's Time to Take Action on Needed Reforms
June 19: Recovery Diva's most recent post makes some trenchant criticisms of the federal agency's internal culture, and how that affects its capacity and performance. Author Claire B. Rubini asserts these criticisms are based on her 40 years of working in Emergency Management and observing FEMA from its inception. Agree or not, it's worth reading more.

End the National Flood Insurance Program?
June 4: Eric Holdeman's short piece on the Emergency Management website both mourns the passing of the beat journalist and praises recent, thorough, reporting on the issues bedeviling the NFIP and its implementation. Read more.

Women Disproportionately Affected by Disaster
May 17: Emergency Management website reports on a three day "Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction," which included administrative officials and disaster experts from 22 different countries. The conference found that women and children have a mortality rate 14 times higher than the adult men in the event of a disaster. Seven of the world's 15 most at-risk countries are in the Asia-Pacific region, making it, and the women who live there, the most vulnerable to death by disaster. 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:

Family - NYC Health 10 Individual & Family Response Guides
NYC department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released scenario-specific emergency response guides. These guides are now available to the public in 12 different languages on the department website. There are 10 Individual & Family Response Guides which give individuals and families direct and comprehensive direction on how to respond during specific emergencies.

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.

Zika Virus Preparedness
  • Centers for Disease Control
    Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). To date, Zika has not been spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. However, lab tests have confirmed Zika virus in travelers returning to the United States. These travelers have gotten the virus from mosquito bites and a few through sex. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase. CDC is not able to predict how much Zika virus would spread in the continental United States. Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can become infected with and spread Zika virus. However, recent outbreaks in the continental United States of chikungunya and dengue, which are spread by the same type of mosquito, have been relatively small and limited to a small area. Resources:
  • CDC Releases Draft Interim Zika Response Plan
    CDC released its Draft Interim Zika Response Plan, which includes tiered steps based on Aedes mosquito activity and illness levels in a given state. The 57-page plan spells out how CDC will support and help states with key tasks at different stages of the outbreak, ranging from phase level 0 -signifying preparedness activity for when the vector is present or possible in the state-to level 4, when widespread local Zika infections are occurring is several jurisdictions within a state. The plan details when CDC response teams will deploy and which type of experts will be included on the teams, such as epidemiologists and pregnancy birth defect experts. The document also contains information on how to define and communicate about a transmission area and covers messaging strategies, surveillance, vector control, pregnancy and birth defects, and ensuring blood supply safety.

July 1, Deadline
Sandy Mobilization, Assessment Referral & Treatment for Mental Health (SMART-MH)
If you or someone you know was impacted by Superstorm Sandy and are age 60 or older, contact SMART-MH, a free or low cost treatment program. Learn more .
July 18th, Deadline
Mental Health First Aid Training
This course teaches non-mental health workers how to give first aid to adults experiencing a mental health crisis. Click here to register.
64th Annual IAEM Conference and EMEX
October 14-19, 2016
Savannah, Georgia, is the host city for this year's International Association of Emergency Managers Conference. There's an early bird registration fee of $605 for IAEM members that is good until September 13. Thereafter the fee rises to $705. Register here.
Formidable Footprint - A National Community Exercise Series
July 30, Deadline
This is a nationwide series of exercises designed specifically for neighborhood, community and faith-based organizations to assess their disaster preparedness and response capabilities. Click here to learn more.
New York State Training(s)
NYC Emergency Management Training(s)
American Red Cross-Greater New York
Catholic Charities
City Service Corps: 2016-2017 NYC Application is Now Open
The City Service Corps is a new NYC-based AmeriCorps program that is seeking professionals to serve full-time for 10 months at City agencies and their nonprofit partner organizations. During that time City Service Corps members will be working to address community needs around New York City. The inaugural Corps launched in November 2015

Federal Emergency Management Jobs
Pathways: Summer Internships and Jobs for Recent Graduates

Hostage US is recruiting a Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships Manager. Hostage US is an independent non-profit organization that supports hostages and their families both during and after a kidnapping. Hostage US provides personal support and a range of professional services that are completely free of charge, confidential, and independent of any outside interest.

Lutheran Social Services of New York

National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
NYC Medical Reserve Corp
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYC Service
New York Disaster Interfaith Services
Social Work Supervisor Position as Adjunct Faculty for LMSW Prep Class
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