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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 Is Hiring
We are looking for a fulltime Receptionist & Office Assistant - to assist with a range of administrative duties and to be the friendly, efficient, and effective, first encounter for clients, donors and our partners visiting the office. More details here.
NYDIS' New Staff - August Hires
We are delighted to welcome three new staff this month. Tess Tomasi our new Manager of Housing Placement Services was most recently the Sandy Recovery Program Manager with the Bergen County Long-term Recovery Committee. We also welcomed Dawn Lawrence as Casework Supervisor for Housing Placement Services and Khadijat Oluwo as Senior Housing Caseworker for Brooklyn & Queens - both came to us from the Disaster Case Management staff at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. They will be joined by eleven additional new colleagues in September.
Gudaitis Panelist at Voices of September 11: 15th Anniversary Events
Join us for VOICES 15th Anniversary Events, Downtown Marriott, New York City
  • Friday 9/9 Friday- Pathways to Healing, Knowledge to Practice Resilience Symposium
  • Saturday 9/10 - 15th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum
  • Monday 9/12 - Public Discourse Initiative at Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT

NYDIS' Executive Vice President, Peter Gudaitis will be speaking at the Saturday panel on “The Interfaith Response to 9/11: Personal Reflections on the Role of Spiritual Caregivers in the Long-Term Journey of Recovery”

Click here for more details.

Upcoming 2016 NYDIS Trainings:

Religious Literacy & Competency in Crisis Settings Training
The NDIN/USC CRCC course "Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster: Increasing Religious Competency and Literacy in Crisis Settings" is framed by our field-guide set and tip sheets, this one-day field skills course provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The 90-minute orientation or one-day 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.

Disaster Chaplain Training
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.
Tory Burch Foundation Donates $12,500 for Sandy Recovery
In August, NYDIS was awarded $12,500 from the Tory Burch Foundation to distribute through the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR). 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' 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 or directly of 1000 religious leaders through ThriveNYC.

This past week, we started a new partnership with Emblem Health, to train NYC faith leaders once a month at their Water Street headquarters.
Please e-mail us to inquire about MHFA trainings

Ongoing Sandy Temporary Rental Assistance Program (STRP)
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
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 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. For more information, to get involved, click here to email NYDIS.

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.

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.

Urgent Build it Back Deadlines
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.
Get ready for National Preparedness Month (NPM) with the 2016 NPM Social Media Toolkit!

The toolkit has emergency preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels to spread the word to colleagues, family, and friends throughout the month of September and beyond! Feel free to copy the messages directly or customize them. Find graphics, videos, and other resources you can use to promote preparedness.
The 2016 NPM theme is “Don't Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Each week of the month has a specific focus highlighting ways to get prepared and leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30.
  • Week 1 (August 28-September 3): Promote National Preparedness Month
  • Week 2 (September 4-10): Preparing Family and Friends
  • Week 3 (September 11-17): Preparing Through Service
  • Week 4 (September 18-24): Individual Preparedness
  • Week 5 (September 25-30): Lead-up to National PrepareAthon! Day

September is National Preparedness Month
Emergencies happen. Are you ready? National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder to take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, learn and worship.

Learn more about NYC Emergency Management's plans - and your role in them - here.

Read more about America's Preparathon here.

City's Build-it-Back Program Struggles to Meet Deadline 4 Years After Hurricane Sandy
August 18: NY1 carries a report on Build-it-Back's struggle to meet their Mayorally-imposed deadline of completing all construction by the end of this calendar year. Find text and video here.

Hurricane Forecast Revised Upwards
August 14: A Business Insider article delves into a new Noaa report that suggests we may be heading ontop the peak of the strongest hurricane season since 2012, the year Sandy hit the Northeast. Read more.

Emergency Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs Symposium Report
Read or download the 2016 NYC Emergency Management report on DAFN emergency planning here.

The Great NorthEast ShakeOut
On October 20th, 2016, the Great NorthEast ShakeOut will see folks from our region participate in a worldwide earthquake preparedness drill. Find more on how to participate and Drop, Cover, and Hold On is here.

Is America Any Safer?
The September 2016 issue of The Atlantic carries a lengthy report on the fiscal and emotional ramifications of the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. Having spent over $1 trillion on various forms of security, writer Steven Brill asks how much safer we really are. Read more.

When Disaster-Response Apps Fail
August 10: During the July 14 terrorist truck attack in Nice, France, there was a three hour delay before the local “SAIP” app alerted people to steer clear of the waterfront. The Conversation reports on problems with alert and response communications in general, and smartphone app failure in particular. Read more.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Gets New Master
August 7: According to the New York Post newly appointed Rupa Bhattacharyya is eager to spend the $5.6 billion in the VCF on first responders, and those lived, worked, or went to school near Ground Zero. More here.

Sesso, Palacio Open Dialogue on Serving The Vulnerable After Disasters
August 4: Dan Rosenblum in New York Nonprofit Media reports on the lessons learned by the nonprofit sector during the Sandy recovery effort, and the ways it relates to government programs and expectations. The story draws heavily on interviews with the ED of Human Services Council (HSC), Allison Sesso and Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, Heminia Palacio. Read more.

Researchers Say Zika Cases Are Underreported
August 3: As concerns about a Zika outbreak in the United States intensifies, Homeland Security News Wire reports that since 80 percent of cases are asymptomatic, numbers are likely much higher than is currently believed. More here.

In Zika, Echoes of US Rubella Outbreak of 1964-65
August 3: Half a century ago the country was swept by a virus that is most often a mild illness for children and adults, but causes birth defects in the babies of mothers infected during pregnancy. There are believed to have been more than 12 million cases. Now, with Zika virus, we have the potential for a very similar situation, reports Homeland Security News Wire. Read more.

Human Services Sector of NYC: How Ready Are We For Emergencies?
July 2016: Human Services Council (HSC) and Baruch College of Public and International Affairs with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) published their assessment of “: to document the current degree of community preparedness by New York City human services organizations, including umbrella organizations, when faced by disasters; and to put forward recommendations to improve the human services sector's community emergency readiness.” Find a PDF of the report here.

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.
Diagnoses of 9-11 Linked Cancers have Tripled in Less Than 3 Years
August 14: Susan Edelman writes in The New York Post that the WTC Health Program, which tracks the diagnoses of registrants, has seen a huge surge in cancer numbers. “More than 5,400 first responders have come down with 9/11-linked cancers,” “5,441 people enrolled in the WTC Health Program have been diagnosed with 6,378 separate cancers.” Read more.

Sesso, Palacio Open Dialogue on Serving The Vulnerable After Disasters
August 4: Dan Rosenblum in New York Nonprofit Media reports on the lessons learned by the nonprofit sector during the Sandy recovery effort, and the ways it relates to government programs and expectations. The story draws heavily on interviews with the Executive Director of NYC Human Services Council (HSC), Allison Sesso and NYC Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, Heminia Palacio. Read more.
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:
  • 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

Zika Update from Mayor de Blasio
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator and Democratic nominee for NY-13 Adriano Espaillat, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett to update New Yorkers on the City's ongoing efforts to combat the Zika virus and call on the federal government to increase funding to New York to continue to combat the Zika virus. Read the press release here.
Also, read the Dept. of Buildings' guidance for property managers and contractors on how to prevent Zika.

  • 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.
National CERT Conference
September 8-10, 2016
Universal City, CA 
2016 is the 30th Anniversary of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. To celebrate, CaliforniaVolunteers has partnered with FEMA, NBCUniversal Studios, and other CERT partners to hold a National CERT Conference. Join over 850 CERT program managers, instructors, and volunteers at this milestone event! Conference registration is $325.00. CERT volunteers who are attending the conference and are paying their own registration costs (their CERT program is not paying) are eligible for a 50% discount on the conference rate.  Please contact your program manager for a discount code prior to registration. Click here for more information about the conference.
Voices of September 11: 15th Anniversary Events
Click here for more details
Join us for VOICES 15th Anniversary Events, Downtown Marriott, New York City
  • Friday 9/9 Friday- Pathways to Healing, Knowledge to Practice Resilience Symposium
  • Saturday 9/10 - 15th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum
  • Monday 9/12 - Public Discourse Initiative at Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT

New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps
Multiple dates and locations including:
September 20
JCC of Staten Island
4 pm
New York State is offering courses for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Courses will be offered on multiple dates and locations around the state. Preparedness Kit will be passed out (One per Family). The 9/20 date with JCC of Staten Island will include Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Dan Donovan, Borough President James S Oddo, and other elected officials. Register here.
SINFP Association's 3rd Annual Self-Care Conference
September 23,2016
Staten Island NFP Association's 3rd Annual Self-Care Conference. Topics include Recognizing Burnout, Psychological First Aid, yoga, art therapy, pet therapy and networking. Email Ldelprete@sinfa.org or call (718) 355-6229 to RSVP.
DRCD: Operation Volunteer Placement
September 24, 2016
9 AM - 4 PM
Aims to help organizations and communities test their ability to manage the influx of volunteers following a disaster. It is intended for group interaction and are self-paced, taking between 60-90 minutes to complete. Learn more here.
DRCD: Online Course - Workplace Down - An Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise
September 29, 2016 

Aims to help your organization to better understand what to do during an active shooter event. It is intended for group interaction and are self-paced, taking between 60-90 minutes to complete.
Learn more 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.
Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster
Religious Competency & Literacy Training
October 25, 2016
Metropolitan College of New York
New York City

Co-Sponsored by New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) - Emergency and Disaster Management Program. NDIN will offer, "Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters: Increasing Religious Competency & Literacy" - a one-day training course. The training teaches best practices in working with faith communities in crisis settings, religious competency and literacy, as well as an overview of current resources and how to databank local faith communities. The course prepares government, non-profit and religious leaders to conduct outreach to and engage congregations and religious leaders in partnerships or to support disaster human services/mass care needs of religious populations. Tuition is $95 (includes breakfast, lunch & materials).
NDIN Volunteer Disaster Chaplain Training Course 
October 26-27, 2016
Metropolitan College of New York
New York City

Offered by New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) - Emergency and Disaster Management Program, through a training partnership with the National Disaster Interfaith Network (NDIN). 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.
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
We are looking for a fulltime Receptionist & Office Assistant. The person in this new position will assist with a range of administrative duties and to be the friendly, efficient, and effective, first encounter the public and our partners have with the office. More details here.
New York State
Department of Civil Service: Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 1/2/3
Several positions statewide at three levels. Some appointees will work in the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding counties.
Application deadline: September 14th 2016
Details here.
Salvation Army, Greater New York Division

Social Work Supervisor Position as Adjunct Faculty for LMSW Prep Class

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