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:: FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.

Faithfully,

Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.
Executive Director

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:: NYDIS NEWS
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Register Now: NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert System)
NYDIS now provides this free emergency notification system for all NYC religious leaders. Only used during emergencies and two optional annual tests/exercises, HOWalert will send emergency information to registrants by text, email or voice messages. That message will notify NYC religious leaders about life threatening or urgent crisis management incidents that should be rapidly shared with their congregants, clients or staff - or, that may impact their facilities and programs. The system may also be used for two-way communication - to send a message and then collect damage assessments or to allow religious leaders to submit requests for help during an unfolding public health emergency or disaster. All information submitted is kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Because NYDIS receives and distributes Crisis and Risk Communications (CERC) from government and the non-profit (VOAD) sectors, our staff take the time to adapt the information for a faith-based context - addressing how the incident may affect worship and public gatherings. As well as how and what congregants, clients or staff should be informed of the threat and what they should be told to do. Religious Leaders are often critical transmitting trustworthy life saving information.

Any faith-based organization or religious body in NYC may submit their contact lists for bulk upload, and then use HOWalert to send their own messages at their discretion, free of charge.

To Sign Up: Click to register your confidential contact information.


Save the Date - NYC Faith Sector Risk CommunicationExercise (Virtual)
  • June 12, 2017 ·  10:00-11:00AM
    Religious Leaders or "Decision Makers" from NYC Congregations, Religious Bodies and Faith-based Non-Profits are strongly encouraged to participate in this virtual exercise (Email and Text) to test the NYC Faith Sector's ability to rapidly communicate with congregants, staff and clients during a life threatening public health emergency.
    To participate: Click to register your confidential contact information.

Save the Date - NYC Faith Sector Risk CommunicationExercise & Training

  • June 12, 2017 ·   9:00AM-3:00PM
    The Salvation Army Divisional HQ, 120 14th Street, New York, NY

    NYC Religious Leaders or "Decision Makers" may choose to both participate in the above exercise in a facilitated setting followed by an exercise debriefing, lunch and two-hour workshop on how to write or improve an existing Crisis and Risk Communication plan for their congregation, religious body or faith-based non-profit. Registration Opens in May. This training is funded by NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and the UJA Federation of New York.

Save the Date - NYDIS' 2017 Annual Meeting & Partnership Awards

  • June 15, 2017 ·  6:00-8:30PM
    Emblem Health Corporate Conference Center, 55 Water Street, New York, NY


NYDIS is Hiring - 6 New Full-time Positions, Immediate Availability.

  • Housing Caseworkers:   NYDIS is hiring Housing Caseworkers for our SuperStorm Sandy Temporary Housing Service sites in Brooklyn and Queens. This is a full-time position - Immediate Availability. Former Sandy Disaster Case Managers are encouraged to apply.
  • Housing Placement Coordinator:  NYDIS is hiring a Housing Coordinator for our SuperStorm Sandy Temporary Housing Services program.

NYDIS Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, New Chair of New York VOAD
On Friday, April 21st, Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div., accepted the invitation to serve as the new Chair of the New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYVOAD) Board of Directors. The New York State VOAD, one of fifty state VOADs under the National VOAD movement, is the "forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle-preparation, response and recovery-to help disaster survivors and their communities." Members of the NYVOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.
Gudaitis formerly served on the NYVOAD Board from 2004-2006 and currently serves on the NYC VOAD Board of Directors, representing NYDIS. Click to view the NYVOAD Website.

NYC Releases Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force Report
On Thursday, April 20, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of the Hurricane Sandy Charitable Organizations and Houses of Worship Recovery Task Force's final report. NYDIS' Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, was appointed to the Task Force by NYC Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Task Force, was led by the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) and the New York City Emergency Management Department (NYCEM). The final report offers recommendations for how New York City houses of worship, nonprofits and city agencies can improve operational relationships and implement strategies to better withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats. Download the report here.

Mayor de Blasio Visits Staten Island, Highlighting Temporary Housing Services
During the week from April 10th to 15th, Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Staten Island - which included time high lightening the elevation and rebuild progress being made by Build it Back. NYDIS is proud to partner with NYC Build it Back and CNYCN on Temporary Housing Services and to continue to help with the recovery of Staten Islanders impacted by Sandy. To date, NYDIS' NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable has awarded $3,976,623 to 556 Staten Island families - and, in partnership with CNYCN, NYDIS currently houses 10 families displaced for elevation or rebuild in homes rented by NYDIS. NYDIS is also providing 39 Staten Island families with ongoing Disaster Case Management. For more information about our Sandy recovery work follow us on Facebook.

NYDIS' Executive Director Speaks at 2017 Epicenter Summit
Joined by other New York City Sandy recovery leaders, NYDIS' Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div., was a panelist and speaker on long-term recovery challenges and best practices at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management's inaugural Epicenter Summit. Gudaitis spoke on the critical role of the Faith Sector, including congregations and FBOs in relief operations, recovery and building resilience. The event was co-hosted by San Francisco VOAD and The Salvation Army West Division.

Mental Health First Aid Certification for Faith Communities - Fully Enrolled
NYDIS and The Salvation Army, in association with EmblemHealth and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the First Lady's ThriveNYC initiative continues to offer free monthly one-day Mental Health First Aid USA for Faith Communities trainings at Emblem Health.

We are pleased to announce, that all our MHFA trainings are fully enrolled March through June 2017. Our July through December trainings will be posted online in May. NYDIS continues toward our goal of training 1000 NYC faith leaders by 2018.

NYDIS Offering Sandy Debt Relief. Do You Need a Disaster Case Manager?
Because of expense of displacement, home repair and replacing personal property, SuperStorm Sandy left many NYC families and individuals in debt and financial crisis. NYDIS is committed to providing disaster case management to impacted households with remaining unmet needs - and helping them access our remaining $1.1M in financial assistance, if qualified. This work is currently being funded by a SSBG grant from the NY State Office of Children and Family Services.

If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance call 212-669-6100 and ask for Eric, NYDIS' Disaster Case Manager and ask if you qualify for an unmet needs assessment or financial assistance.

Stories of Recovery - SuperStorm Sandy 
When NYDIS' Housing Caseworker, Marie, met her Brighton Beach client in February 2017, "He was living in a 1 bedroom temporary apartment with his wife and 4 adult children - still sleeping on air mattresses, since all their furniture had been destroyed in 2012 during Sandy. Through NYDIS' Temporary Housing Services program, the family was placed into a 3-bedroom apartment NYDIS had leased in Sheepshead Bay. The family moved in on Saturday, March 25, and will stay there for the next year while their home is rebuild by NYC Build it Back. With the help of NYDIS' Unmet Needs Roundtable, the family was awarded $9,000 worth of replacement furniture." For more client impact stories and daily updates follow us on Facebook.
:: RECOVERY RESOURCES
SANDY RECOVERY RESOURCES

NYDIS Offering Sandy Debt Relief. Do You Need a Disaster Case Manager?
Because of expense of displacement, home repair and replacing personal property, SuperStorm Sandy left many NYC families and individuals in debt and financial crisis. NYDIS is committed to providing disaster case management to impacted households with remaining unmet needs - and helping them access our remaining $1.1M in financial assistance, if qualified. This work is currently being funded by a SSBG grant from the NY State Office of Children and Family Services.

If you, or anyone you know, needs assistance call 212-669-6100 and ask for Eric, NYDIS' Disaster Case Manager and ask if you qualify for an unmet needs assessment or financial assistance.

CNYCN: Housing & Legal 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.

Free Home Elevation Assessments Through New CNYCN Program
A new resiliency program by The Center for NYC Neighborhoods is providing free home assessments to residents who live in high-risk flood zones. The program is being funded through the NY Governor's Office of Storm Recovery. Participants can also receive free elevation certificates, which organizers said are valued at about $700. ​Learn more here.

FloodHelpNY Offering Free Audits 
If you own a building with 5 or more units in certain flood-prone neighborhoods in Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan, you may qualify for a free building resiliency audit, counseling, and help creating an emergency plan. Learn more here.

SBP Repair and Elevation Resources for Sandy Impacted Homeowners
SBP's (formerly St. Bernard Project) web page is devoted to resources for homeowners impacted by disasters. Find downloadable PDF guides on topics as varied and essential as mold remediation and contractor fraud. Visit the website here.

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.

            Visit UnmetNeedsRoundtable.org
            Assistance & Statistics Reports - 2016 Annual Report
            Assistance & Statistics Reports - Inception-to-Date Report as of 03.31.2017
9/11 RECOVERY RESOURCES

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.

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Begins Payments to Group B Claimants
As of Oct. 3, 2016, the VCF 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.
OTHER RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance Resource
FEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) has set up a website 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.
OpenFEMA
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.
UPCOMING DEADLINES

2017 UASI (House of Worship) Nonprofit Security Grant 
Nonprofits can now prequalify for a NY DHSES grant, which helps protect 501(C)3 nonprofits in NYC that have a demonstrated high risk of being the targets of terrorism due to historical or religious reasons. The award has not been finalized for this year, but due to a short application window it is important to prequalify. For further information visit the DHSES grant page here. Click here for a helpful guide from the Jewish Community Relations Council about how to apply.

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 this year. The full article can be read here.

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.
:: FAITH COMMUNITY NEWS
NYC Releases Hurricane Sandy House of Worship Recovery Task Force Report
On Thursday, April 20, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of the Hurricane Sandy Charitable Organizations and Houses of Worship Recovery Task Force's final report. NYDIS' Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, was appointed to the Task Force by NYC Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Task Force, was led by the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) and the New York City Emergency Management Department (NYCEM). The final report offers recommendations for how New York City houses of worship, nonprofits and city agencies can improve operational relationships and implement strategies to better withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats. Download report here. 

The 712-Page Google Doc That Proves Muslims do Condemn Terrorism
March 26: The Guardian; Heraa Hashmi, a 19-year-old American Muslim student at the University of Colorado, put together a 712-page list of Muslims condemning terror attacks, including sources, which she tweeted. The list includes everything from acts of domestic violence to 9/11. "I wanted to show people how weak the argument [that Muslims don't care about terrorism] is," she explained. Within 24 hours, Hashmi's tweet had been retweeted 15,000 times and within a week of the tweet, Hashmi and a couple of volunteers had built the website muslimscondemn.com  where all condemnations are carefully recorded. Read the full article here.

Jamie Johnson New Director of DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
March 20: FEMA; President Trump appointed Rev. Jamie Johnson as the new Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The DHS Center is one of 13 such centers in the federal government affiliated with the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Its staff of five work to prepare faith-based institutions and community organizations to effectively respond to emergencies and natural disasters, as well as to help combat human trafficking and the exploitation of the poor and vulnerable. Read the press release here.

Study on Spiritual Meaning Making and PTSD 
psycnet.apa.org; Religious and spiritual beliefs serve a number of functions, including promoting mental health in the wake of negative life events. This study explores the "meaning as a buffer" hypothesis, which argues that (spiritual) meaning will shield individuals from the negative psychological consequences associated with disaster. "Building on Park's (2010) meaning making model, the study investigates whether spiritual meaning can buffer the effect of disaster-related resource loss on posttraumatic stress." Get the study here.
:: ADVOCACY
Rising Flood Insurance Costs are a Growing Burden to NYC Homeowners
April 03: Homeland Security News Wire; Flood insurance is already difficult to afford for many homeowners in New York City. As flood maps are revised to reflect current risk and the federal government continues to move toward risk-based rates, it will become even harder for many NYC citizens to insure their homes, says a new study by the RAND Corporation. Read the full article here. Download the report here.

The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City
March 27: RAND; Flood insurance is an important part of New York Cities resilience strategy, but as in other parts of the country, coverage is inconsistent among one- to four-family properties and is already too expensive to afford for a quarter of these households. Numbers that are projected to worsen with increasing risk from flooding due to climate change and the resultant ongoing efforts to update the city's flood maps, which will likely result in higher flood insurance premiums for many households. "Premium increases are projected to reduce property values and property tax revenue from what they would have been had premiums not increased; conversely, premium increases are projected to increase loan defaults and the percentage of households for which flood insurance is burdensome from what they would have been otherwise." Read the full article here.

Managed Retreat as a Solution to Combat Climate Change
March 29: Homeland Security News Wire; More frequent extreme weather events put certain regions at risk of coastal flooding, heavy rain, and/or erosion. Managed retreat could be a potentially important climate change adaptation option, but it is also controversial. Relocating communities from vulnerable to safer areas, could provide an alternative to structural protection or accommodation measures to manage natural hazard risk. However, its application faces challenges given the projected scale of climate-induced displacement and the difficulties of resettlement. A new study by the University of Stanford, California, establishes a foundation for understanding and anticipating case-specific complexities. Read the full article here.

FDNY to Keep Honoring 9/11-Related Deaths on Separate Memorial
March 26: New York Post; The FDNY will not change its controversial practice of honoring those who die of 9/11-related illnesses on a different memorial wall than those killed while on duty.
The FDNY has two separate walls in the lobby of its Brooklyn headquarters: while firefighters who died "in the line of duty," including those who perished on 9/11 are honored on one display, a separate wall near the security desk names those who have succumbed to cancer and other WTC-related illnesses. Read the full article here.

Trump's Unbalanced Homeland Security Budget
March 23: The Atlantic; President Trump's broad outlines of his budget blueprint for the Department of Homeland Security request a $54 billion increase in defense spending, while making reductions to other vital agency budgets. An approach that has been criticized as over-focusing on a single threat vector, while leading to vulnerabilities that expose the country to significant harm. The blueprint would slash the budgets of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard and the Airport Security (TSA). The spending plan sees a potential cut of $361 million from FEMA's $3.5 billion budget. These cuts could lead to a reduced federal commitment to helping states and local governments prepare for natural disasters through training, salaries and benefits for staff, coordination and state-of the-art equipment. Read the full article here. Read more related articles here.

American Views on Climate Change
March 21: The New York Times; While many Americans believe that climate change is happening, and agree it is harming people in the United States, most don't believe it will harm them personally. The article argues, that this lack of risk perception stems mostly from an absence of visible signs of climate change. "Global warming is precisely the kind of threat humans are awful at dealing with: a problem with enormous consequences over the long-term, but little that is sharply visible on a personal level in the short term."Read the full article here.

Women Suffer More From the Effects of Climate Change and Natural Disasters
March 06: ReliefWeb.int; This report by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation shows that, especially in rural areas, women tend to suffer more than men from climate change and natural disasters. Because women in these areas are more likely to attend to household duties, their dependence on access to natural resources is greater than men's. When these resources become scarce, many women lose the little financial independence they had gained and their means of survival. Read the full article here.
:: OTHER NEWS
Mayor de Blasio Announces IDNYC Reaches 1 Million Cardholders
March 31: Mayor's Press Office; Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced that since its creation, IDNYC - the City of New York's municipal ID program - has reached over 1 million cardholders across the five boroughs. IDNYC was created to give New Yorkers, and especially vulnerable communities like seniors, veterans, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers, and immigrants, an easier way to access City government and to have an ID recognized by local law enforcement. Read the full press release here.

U.S. to Build Wireless Emergency Network
March 30: The Wall Street Journal; Sixteen years after communications breakdowns on 9/11 obstructed the work of police and firefighters at Ground Zero, the U.S. government awarded valuable airwaves and a $6.5 billion contract to AT&T to start building a nationwide broadband network for first responders. The idea was born out of the 9/11 Commission, and is so far the only one of the bipartisan report's recommendations that will be implemented. Read the full article here.

Preventing Zika from Entering the U.S. Blood Supply
March 28: Homeland Security News Wire; Investigators have shown that certain screening methods that detect the genetic material of the Zika virus can be used to ensure that donated blood supplies remain virus free. "Given the sensitivity of these assays, the FDA approved clinical trials using individual donation screening and rescinded earlier policies precluding transfusion of blood collected in Puerto Rico and deferral from donation by donors who had travelled to Zika risk countries throughout the  U.S. This screening has detected over 350 infected blood donations in Puerto Rico and dozens of infected donations in the continental U.S." Read the full article here.

Predicting Zika Hot Spots in the U.S.
March 28: Homeland Security News Wire; Researchers from the Saint Louis University, Missouri, published an article in the American Journal of Public Health saying Zika transmission in the continental United States is most likely in the Mississippi delta. The researchers also predicted the virus is likely to be transmitted in southern states extending northward along the Atlantic coast and in southern California. "The purpose of this study was not to create unwarranted alarm, but rather to enhance Zika prevention methods," says Enbal Shacham, Ph.D., M.Ed., lead author of the article. "We need significant planning and prevention in areas and populations most likely to experience the highest burdens from Zika infection. Timely strategies to communicate risk, control mosquito populations, and prevent disease transmission are imperative to preventing a large-scale Zika epidemic in the United States." Read the full article here.

WTC-Related Cancer Claims the Life of Another 9/11 Responder
March 22: FOX5 NY; On Monday, March 22nd, family and friends said goodbye to state trooper and 9/11 responder Brian S. Falb, who passed away from cancer. He was assigned to New York City to aid in the search and recovery efforts after the terror attacks brought down the twin towers at the World Trade Center. Like many other rescue workers, Falb developed cancer from exposure to toxic materials at the scene. Read the full article here.

The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease
March 23: NY Times Opinion Pages; President Trump's administration seems to have lost sight of the fight against infectious disease. The proposed budget would cut funding for the National Institutes of Health by 18 percent and the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development by 28 percent. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would also end the billion-dollar Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  to fight outbreaks of infectious disease. Read the full article here.

The Old U.S. Electrical Grid Would Cost $5 Trillion to Replace
March 20: Homeland Security News Wire; The National Academy of Engineering has called the electrical grid one of the greatest engineering achievements of the twentieth century. But it is also expensive. The estimated value of the U.S. electric grid, comprising power plants, wires, transformers and poles, is roughly $1.5 to $2 trillion. Even though replacing it will cost almost $5 trillion, experts are convinced that given the condition of the grid it is the best option. Read the full article here.

Computer Model Simulates New Yorkers Response to a Nuclear Attack
March 15: The Atlantic; Financed by a grant from the   nuclear-focused Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), scientist from the Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University have developed a computer model to study the immediate social aftermath of a nuclear blast in New York City. The model can run simulations on the reactions of up to 20 million individuals during the first 30 days after a nuclear attack in the City. Read the full article here.
:: PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVES
Disability, Access and Functional Needs (DAFN)
  • NYC EM: Emergency Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs
    Read or Download the 2016 NYC Emergency management report on DAFN emergency planning here.
  • NYC EM: Emergency Shelter Training
    Learn how to assist people with disabilities, access and functional needs and help out at a DAFN Shelter in this video.

Climate Change
  • Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science 
    This guide from the United States Global Research Program presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. This resource is available in English and Spanish. 

Community
  • Bomb Threat Guidance
    What would you do if you received a bomb threat? This Bomb Threat Guidance from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security will help you plan and prepare for an emergency and assess received threats carefully. Click to read or download here.
  • Community Emergency Planning Toolkit
    This toolkit, provided by the NYC Citizen Corps, includes New York specific guidance for emergency planning. Learn about how New York City plans for hazards and how your community can create its own emergency plan. Download your toolkit here.
  • Disaster Philanthropy Playbook
    The Center for Disaster Philanthropy developed this playbook to help communities prepare for crises. Read more about the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook here, or download the Playbook Tip-Sheet here.

Faith Community
  •  Active Shooter in a House of Worship
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers faith-based organizations a comprehensive program focused on active shooter preparedness in order to position public and private sector stakeholders to more effectively plan and prepare against this threat. Following the "run, hide, fight" concept, the program delivers online and in-person training.Learn more here.
  • Arson Prevention for Houses of Worship
    Arson Awareness Week will be from May 7-13, 2017. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is providing shareable content about how to help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship. Learn more here.
  • Helping Your Congregation Become Healthier and More Resilient 
    Disasters happen every day and no matter what scale, they all have the potential to threaten the health of communities affected. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports congregations to create stronger, healthier residents and a more resilient community. Learn more here.
  • Security Guidance For Houses of Worship
    The Secure Community Network provides an overview of specific terrorist threats of concern to synagogues and offers multiple resources for prevention strategies for houses of worship. Learn more here.

Flooding Tips and Resources on Mental Health for Flood-Affected Communities
  • Help for Families with Children
    This website from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information about the impact of floods on children and families as well as information on preparing, responding to, and recovering from floods. Materials include tip sheets, fact sheets, and online information. Learn more here.
  • Resources for Older Adults Living Alone
    Experiencing a natural disaster such as a flood can leave one anxious and afraid. Even after the floods have subsided, an older adult may still have much about which to worry. Understanding the issues that cause worry and developing strategies to reduce stress can help with the recovery. Learn more here.
  • Stress Management and Self-Care After a Flood
    This issue of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center's newsletter The Dialogue includes stories about how teams managed stress after catastrophic flooding in Texas and South Carolina in 2015. Learn more here.

Tools for Flood Planning, Response, and Recovery
Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
Immigrants
  • Engage Immigrant Communities - We Are New York: The Storm
    In partnership with City University of New York and the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, NYC Citizen Corps produced a 25-minute episode as part of the "We Are New York" series geared towards English-language learners (ELL). Learn more here. View the video here.

Mental Health
  • Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services
    This guide is intended as an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a "road map" to find relevant resources. Learn more.
:: UPCOMING EVENTS
Improving Fire Safety and Arson Awareness for Faith-Based and Community Organizations
May 09, 2017
FEMA, DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Register now For this year's Arson Awareness WeekFEMA, the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 9th at 2 p.m. to raise awareness of arson and provide faith-based and community organizations with strategies to combat this problem.
Disaster Chaplaincy Training
May 10-11, 2017
MACUCC
Framingham, Massachusetts
Register now

NDIN partners with the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ to invite clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training at the Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center, MACUCC in Framingham, MA, May 10-11, 2017. The training will consist of three parts. 1) Operations & Spiritual Care, 2) Introduction to Mental Health, and 3)Self-Care.  The training is a religious literacy and competency course focused on why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies.


National VOAD 25th Annual Conference
May 15-18, 2017
National VOAD
Houston, Texas
Register now

NVOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.


ThriveNYC Mental Health Weekend of Faith
May 19-21, 2017
NYC First Lady, Chirlane McCray, DOHMH and the Mayor's CAU
New York City, New York
Register now

The 2nd annual Mental Health Weekend of Faith will take place from May 19th - 21st. 
Last year, faith leaders from more than 1,000 houses of worship participated in the event. Participants teach or speak about mental health at their house of worship on the weekend of May 19th. The ThriveNYC Mental Health Weekend of Faith is a partnership between First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit, the Center for Faith and Community Partnerships and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Urgent Threats Forum
June 06-07, 2017
New York University
New York City, New York
Send email to register

Since 2006 the Urgent Threat Forums bring together public and private sector leaders from around the globe to share their insights and strategies on topics like corporate risk benchmarking, technology enhanced resilience, terrorism abroad & at home, global Infectious disease, and many more. For more information inquire via email.


Save the Date
DOHMH/NYDIS NYC Faith Sector Risk Communications Exercise (Virtual)
June 12, 2017 ·  10:00-11:00AM
Virtual - Via Text and Email
To participate: Click to register your confidential contact information.

Religious Leaders or "Decision Makers" from NYC Congregations, Religious Bodies and Faith-based Non-Profits are strongly encouraged to participate in this virtual exercise (Email and Text) to test the NYC Faith Sector's ability to rapidly communicate with congregants, staff and clients during a life threatening public health emergency.


Save the Date
DOHMH/NYDIS NYC Faith Sector Risk Communications Exercise & Training
June 12, 2017 ·  9:00AM-3:00PM
The Salvation Army Divisional HQ, 120 14th Street, New York, NY
Registration opens in May

NYC Religious Leaders or "Decision Makers" may choose to both participate in the above exercise in a facilitated setting followed by an exercise debriefing, lunch and two-hour workshop on how to write or improve an existing Crisis and Risk Communication plan for their congregation, religious body or faith-based non-profit. This training is funded by NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and the UJA Federation of New York.


Get a Security Training by Muslim Experts for your Masjid & Community
The Majlis Ashura - Islamic Leadership Council of New York - provides security trainings for Imams, members of mosque administrations, and the Muslim public.
If you are interested in a training inquire via email, or call 857-222-6582.
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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 .
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