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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 Director


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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 - Finance Staff & Paid Internships
NYDIS opened three positions recently, please forward these postings to all qualified candidates.
  • Finance Manager (Full-time) for our mid-town office to assist the CFO with office bookkeeping, maintaining financial records, track grant distributions, and manage PayChex payroll and insurance benefits for a staff of 20-25.
  • Communications Internship (Paid) This paid, Winter and/or Spring internship will assist the executive staff in developing an organization-wide communications plan, increasing social our media presence, newsletter lay-out, with some copy editing.
  • Preparedness Internship (Paid) This paid, Winter and/or Spring internship will assist the executive staff in increasing disaster preparedness in congregations throughout New York City and help develop tools promoting human and faith-based institutional resiliency. Candidates working towards an emergency management degree are encouraged to apply.
NYDIS Marks 4th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy - Commits to Long-term
We pause to celebrate and express gratitude for all that has been accomplished by NYDIS, its members and our partners over this and previous years of Sandy recovery. October 29th marks the 4th Anniversary of SuperStorm Sandy's landfall in NYC. While most NYC and National VOAD relief and recovery agencies have expended all their Sandy recovery funds and moved on to assist survivors of dozens of subsequent disasters across the U.S., thousands of impacted New Yorkers have yet to achieve sustainable recovery. As we look toward the 5th Anniversary, NYDIS commits to remain focused on the years of recovery still ahead. We need you help to do that, please consider making a donation to our Unmet Needs Fund so can we continue to rebuild homes and lives.

NYDIS & SPB Celebrate 20th Homecoming for Sandy Rebuild - Aims for 30.
On Thursday, October 26, NYDIS staff joined SBP-Friends of Rockaway (FoR) and their AmeriCorps staff to celebrate the Homecoming of the Contreras family in Broad Channel, Queens. This marked the 20th home SBP-FoR has rebuild with NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable funding awarded by NYDIS. During the ceremony, NYDIS awarded SBP-FoR an additional $35,000 to complete three more pre-screened homes - totally $200,000 awards to date. We are hopeful our partnership can reach a new goal by year's end - completing 30 homes.

NYDIS Participates in First Lady's NYC Well Roll-out Press Conference
On Monday, October 24, NYDIS' Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, was invited by First Lady Chirlane McCray to be part of the dias leadership during the unveiling of the new NYC Well program. Administered by NYC DOHMH, NYC Well is a free, round-the-clock mental health hotline which is part of the Thrive NYC initiative. NYC Well replaces and enhances the services previously provided by LifeNet. More information can be found here.

NYDIS is now Offering Disaster Case Management
Following the September closing of the New York State Disaster Case Management Program many Sandy impacted New Yorkers remain in crisis and NYDIS is committed to providing DCM until all remaining cash assistance and volunteer rebuild resources are exhausted. As of October, NYDIS is now offering Disaster Case Management services - funded by a grant from the NY State Office of Children and Family Services. Any Sandy impacted New Yorkers still in need of assistance may contact our DCM staff for an unmet needs assessment at 212-669-6100.

NYDIS Commences new $100,000 DOHMH project on NYC Faith-Sector Resilience
NYDIS has embarked on a new 18-month project 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. In partnership with NYC DOHMH, NYDIS is accepting nominations from NYC faith communities and leaders who would like to serve on an advisory committee will help lead a coordinated effort to engage NYC faith communities in building disaster resiliency.

For more information, to get involved, click here to email NYDIS.

Update: NYDIS Training 1000 NYC Religious Leaders in Mental Health First Aid
NYDIS is an ongoing partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 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 five boroughs. NYDIS has pledged to facilitate the training of 1,000 religious leaders through ThriveNYC.

Upcoming FREE trainings held at Emblem Health, 55 Water Street, New York, NY  10041.
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday December 14th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Register here.
NY City Council Passes Anti-Islamophobia Resolution 1230-2016
On September 28th, after 7 months of lobbying council members and re-drafting the resolution based on other anti-Islamophobia resolutions that were passed in other cities, the office of Councilman Miller and Majlis Ash Shura celebrated the introduction of the Resolution to the Council. On October 11, 2016 the Council held a hearing on Resolution 1230-2016 which was passed two days later.
RECOVERY RESOURCES 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.

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.
Mayor Bill de Balsio and FEMA announced on October 17h that the NYC Flood Map will be updated to reflect current flood risk. The Flood Map determines whether homeowners with mortgages are required to have flood insurance. The updated map will reduce insurance costs to New Yorkers, while remaining adaptable to future climate change predictions. Read more here.

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Begins Payments to Group B Claimants
As of Oct. 3, the VCF has issued more than 10,700 awards over the life of the program, including 9,130 awards in Group A and 1,573 awards in Group B. When combined, these awards total approximately $2.05 billion. Please visit the "How to File A Claim" page here.

Nonprofit Resiliency Committee Formed in NYC
"The Committee is charged with identifying, designing and launching solutions to support the sector in the areas of administrative processes, service and program design and organizational infrastructure." Press release located here.
New OpenFEMA website for FEMA Datasets.
The mission of OpenFEMA is to execute federal open data machine readable policies and standards, and to promote a culture and empower open government within FEMA. Data available includes FEMA Datasets and FEMA Library. Find more information 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.

World Risk Report 2016
This comprehensive report from the United Nations is recommended reading from NYDIS. The full text can be found here.

Many Families Are Just One Disaster Removed from Poverty
Online tool complements a United Way report that shows hundreds of thousands of people who aren't below the federal poverty line still struggle to make ends meet. Full article here.

The Great NorthEast ShakeOut
On October 20th, 2016, the Great NorthEast ShakeOut occurred with more than 350,000 registrants and 54.9 million people participating worldwide. More information here.

Canarsi Recovery is Indicator of Future Challenges
"Canarsie is a preview of a battle between flood readiness and financial ability, which, as the seas continue to rise, will soon advance to most East Coast communities. It illustrates the unique challenges that new flood risks pose to New York's super-dense building stock. And it reminds us that that both geography and economics are determining who will be the first climate change refugees." Full article located here .

Extreme Weather Prediction
From The New York Times: "Hurricanes like Matthew have laid bare the dirty secret of the National Weather Service: its technologies and methods are woefully behind the times. Read here.

2016 Could Be Record Disaster Year
"The U.S. has already had the second highest number of billion-dollar weather disasters ever, claiming a total of 68 lives and $26.9 billion in damages." Full article here.

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.

UPCOMING DEADLINES Period for Ground Zero Workers to Seek Compensation Extended to 9/11/2018
September 12: NYT reports that "New York State is extending the period for workers and volunteers to seek medical benefits and lost wages resulting from their involvement in the rescue and recovery operations in Lower Manhattan after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001." Read more here.

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.

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Expires in 2017
The flood insurance program is at the center of the climate change storm. And with the authorization of the program set to expire on Sept. 30, 2017, flood insurance could become a hot-button legislative issue next year. The full article can be read here.

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.
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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Strengthening Your Emotional Well-Being Ahead of a 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.

Family Health
  • 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.

Terrorism Preparedness
  • NYC Launces PlanNowNYC
    NYCEM, with NYPD, FDNY, DOHMH, and MTA, has launched a website with resources about what you can do to be ready for terrorist attacks in NYC.
    Full website available here.
  • The Red Guide to Recovery
    Aimed at disaster-impacted households and businesses, and endorsed by fire departments and emergency management agencies, The Red Guide to Recovery website includes links to buy hard copy, download, and preloaded USB forms of the guide, and also has free recovery tips and lists of resources. Find more here.

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:
  • FEMA Information on Grant Resources to Support Zika Preparedness/Response 
    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).

Climate Forum Series: From Hurricanes to Snowstorms
November 1st, 6:o0pm - 8:30pm: Citizen Corps will present at this event, where you can learn how to protect yourself, family, and home from a hurricane or Nor'easter during the transition between seasons. Learn more and register here .
Mental Health First Aid Certification for Religious Leaders
Offered by NYDIS and The Salvation Army in association with EmblemHealth and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. All religious leaders are encouraged to attend these very important trainings!
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday December 14th, 8:30am - 5:00pm
All trainings will be held at Emblem Health, 55 Water Street, New York, NY  10041. Register here.
1st Annual Family Ready Day
November 13th, 10am - 2:30pm: Join the Staten Island COAD and JCC of Staten Island for a day of education resources, and readiness including giveaways, blood drive, CPR demonstrations, and an appearance by Ready Girl. Learn more here.
Winter Weather Community Planning Workshop
November 29, 6pm - 8pm: Learn how NYC plans for winter weather emergencies, and how you can prepare for community for blizzards, ice storms, and extreme cold. Learn more here.
Disability, Access, and Functional Needs Symposium
December 14, 9am - 1:30pm. Save the date!
Campus Resilience Workshop
December 15, 8:30am - 5pm: Led by FEMA Region II. Join this workshop for safety directors and emergency managers of higher education institutions, held at the Student Union Building of New Jersey City University. Register here.
New York State Training(s)
NYC Emergency Management Training(s)
UN 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 .
American Red Cross
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 Emergency Management
NYC Service
NYDIS Is Hiring
  • Finance Manager (Full-time) for our mid-town office to assist the CFO with office bookkeeping, maintaining financial records, track grant distributions, and manage PayChex payroll and insurance benefits for a staff of 20-25.
  • Communications Internship (Paid) This paid, Winter and/or Spring internship will assist the executive staff in developing an organization-wide communications plan, increasing social our media presence, newsletter lay-out, with some copy editing.
  • Preparedness Internship (Paid) This paid, Winter and/or Spring internship will assist the executive staff in increasing disaster preparedness in congregations throughout New York City and help develop tools promoting human and faith-based institutional resiliency. Candidates working towards an emergency management degree are encouraged to apply.
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NYDISnetIf you'd like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services, click here, or send a check to NYDIS at 4 West 43rd Street - Suite 407, New York, NY 10036. NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are 100% tax deductible. It is a great way to honor or memorialize someone and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift.

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