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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.


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


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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.
NYDIS Awarded $2.1M in New Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable Funding
In July, NYDIS was awarded $2.1 Million in new grants and contracts to fund financial assistance and staff to operate the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR) through July 2017. Through applications from disaster case managers, housing advocates and legal aid, the UNR continues to able to provide needy New Yorkers with financial assistance for Sandy-related debts, home repairs, replacing furniture and appliances, and other related unmet needs.
  • Contact a counselor at 646-757-2886 for more information.

NYDIS' Sandy Temporary Rental Assistance Program (STRP) Extended
Until the city funded Temporary Housing Services program starts later this summer, our Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP) continues to provide financial assistance to Build it Back registered households who need to temporarily relocate because of Build it Back work on their home, but who lack the means to do so without assistance. Through NYDIS, the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable will cover broker fees, deposits and insurance paired with monthly rental assistance and a $2,000 moving voucher from Build it Back.
  • Contact a counselor at 646-757-2886 for more information.

NYDIS Seeks Rental Units for Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP)
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, and Bayswater
  • Staten Island
    Cedar Grove, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, and South Beach.
Email inquiries to unmetneeds@nydis.org.
New Sandy Temporary Housing Services (THS) Program funded by Build it Back
We're happy to announce that our THS subcontract with our recovery partners Center for New York City Neighborhoods (CNYCN) has been signed. During August, we are looking forward to staffing up that program to provide casework, lease apartments and emergency housing for households temporarily displaced during elevations and rebuild carried out by NYC's Build it Back program. The program is funded by the NYC Housing Recovery Office - Build it Back. We hope to begin delivering services with our partners at CNYCN in the next 4-6 weeks.
  • Contact a counselor at 646-757-2886 for more information.

NYDIS Awarded $100,000 by DOHMH to build NYC Faith-Sector Resilience
As of July 2016, NYDIS has embarked on an 18-month program funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response to increase the disaster and public health emergency resilience of faith communities in our city. The project focuses on developing free tools and resources, resilience building trainings and events and developing more robust risk communication capabilities and networks.
NYDIS' July Staff Transitions
We are delighted to welcome Pearl Chin as our new Chief Finance and Administration Officer. She comes to us most recently from the New York City Rescue Mission and has an extensive background in non-profit finance and human resources. As well as an impressive resume, Pearl brings a good deal of energy and wit to our office. Welcome aboard, Pearl! We say farewell to our summer Program Associate, Andrew Butler. Andrew has spent the summer working on securing potential rentals for our Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP), we wish him all the best for senior year at the University of Minnesota.
NYDIS' Upcoming "NYC Climate Change & Congregations" Campaign
This summer, Columbia University graduate students, Syed Sayeed and Bo Yan, have been conducting a research project for NYDIS on the potential effects climate-change driven sea level rise will have over the next 50 years on our city and its congregations and the faith sector. In short, what reasonable and strategic resilience building steps faith-based facilities and leaders should begin to take to protect their assets, their congregants and their social services clients in coming years. We will publish their research paper, recommendations and an educational brochure during September, National Preparedness Month.  Be on the lookout. Thanks for all your impressive efforts, Bo and Sayeed!

Update: NYDIS Training 1000 NYC Religious Leaders in Mental Health First Aid
NYDIS is currently partnering with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to NYC congregations and religious leaders under the First Lady's ThriveNYC initiative. Chief Response Officer Peter Gudaitis, a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, has been be co-teaching courses in all boroughs. NYDIS has pledged to facilitate the training of 1000 religious leaders through ThriveNYC.

Please e-mail us to inquire about MHFA trainings
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.
NDIN Training Featured in New York DMH Responder
The Spring 2016 issue of New York DMH Responder carries a story on a training given by NDIN's president, Peter B Gudaitis, exploring the role of spiritual care in disaster response. The article includes a brief summary of the workshop content, and the warm response to it. There may even be a Starbucks joke… A PDF of the newsletter is available online here, but you'll need to manually scroll to page 7 to read the relevant article.

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 hatred of the LGBT community.
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

Fake 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.

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.
UPCCOMING DEADLINES Urgent Build it Back Deadlines: July 2016
NYC Build it Back (BiB) has compliance and submissions deadlines looming, some for the end of this month. NYDIS hears these deadlines are being stringently enforced and failure to comply could lead to being eliminated from the program. It is vital that BiB clients and any agency engaged in client facing work understand the deadlines. Read the PDF.

SBA Reopens Sandy Disaster Loan Applications until 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 was July 11, 2016.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is Feb. 10, 2017.
Coney Island's Continuing Recovery Nearly Four Years After Sandy
July 13: NY1's piece on the ongoing recovery of Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood includes excerpts from an interview with Council Member Mark Treyger, and focuses in part on Build it Back and NYCHA's boiler situation. Read more.

Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming?
July 5: Rolling Stone carries a major article on the flood mitigation plans and problems in New York City. The piece focuses on an interview with Dan Zarrilli, head of NYC's Office of Resilience and Recovery, and on the plans for the so-called "Big U". Read more.

NYC Department of Health and CDC announce new Zika Stats
July 15th: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced that there 309 known cases of Zika virus in NYC. All of the cases involve acquiring the virus while travelling in known Zika-affected regions of the world. Of these, 36 are pregnant women, and one of the cases is the first known instance of female-to-male sexual transmission of the disease (male-to-female transmission has already been medically identified). Read more.

Sandy on Staten Island: Culture, Barriers to Recovery, And The Question of Resilience
July 2: Although it focuses on the borough of Staten Island, a report by the University of Colorado, Boulder's Natural Hazards Center sheds light on some of the obstacles to sustainable recovery across New York City. 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 prevalent in Latin America, the city's Latin population is most overlooked by Zika screening and preparedness. The numbers of tested and screened women is disproportionately smaller among populations of low-income Latin American and Caribbean origin when compared with other ethnicities in comparable neighborhoods. Read more

WHO Recommends Delaying Pregnancy in Zika Areas
June 9: As evidence mounts that there is a connection between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and serious birth defects, the World Health Organization's advises women in areas where Zika is active to delay pregnancy. Zika virus is active in 46 countries, so this advice affects millions of families. The New York Times has more.

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.

CBO Study - Potential Increase in Hurricane Damages in the United States
June 2: The Congressional Budget Office has released a report looking 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.

More than 8.8M US Homes at Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge Damage
June 1: 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.
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.

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:

Harlem Heat Project Enlists Citizen Scientists to Tackle Heat Wave Health Risks.
WNYC Radio and AdaptNY have partnered on an in-depth study into life-threatening hot weather in the urban environment. In their Harlem case study, heat and humidity sensors installed in residents' apartment will track temperature via a mobile app. "More people die of extreme heat in this country every year than in hurricanes and other natural disasters combined. Many heat-death victims are elderly and poor, and their deaths occur behind closed doors, out of the view of public agencies and the media." Read more.

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.

Sphere Project: Online Course on the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS)
The online course was launched in May and covers the history of the CHS, its structure and scope, the principles underpinning it, the links between the CHS and Sphere sectoral standards, and how individuals and organizations can apply the CHS. Read more.
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 phase 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.
  • FEMA Information on Grant Resources to Support Zika Preparedness/Response 
    June 16: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released Information Bulletin #409, Grant Resources Available to Support Preparedness and Response Capabilities for Zika Virus Disease. The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to provide FEMA grant recipients with information about federal grant resources and allowable expenditures to support preparedness and response capabilities for Zika Virus Disease, including grant resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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.
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.

NYC Citizen Corps Ready New York: Beat The Heat
August 4
165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Extreme heat causes more fatalities annually than any other extreme weather event in the United States. With its dense urban environment, New York City is particularly vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat. Community leaders are invited to learn how New York City responds to extreme heat and what you can do to help prevent the adverse effects of heat in your community. Register here.

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 till September 13. Thereafter the fee rises to $705. Register here.

New York State Training(s)
NYC Emergency Management Training(s)
The 2016-2017 NYC City Service Corps 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. Applications are now open including a position serving at NYC Emergency Management
American Red Cross-Greater New York
Federal Emergency Management Jobs
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.
National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
NYC Medical Reserve Corp
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYC Service
Social Work Supervisor Position as Adjunct Faculty for LMSW Prep Class Email: socialworklicensing16@gmail.com
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