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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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Register: NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert System) - 2000 Subscribers and Growing.
Launched in April 2017, In partnership with the NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board, NYDIS is now providing HOWalert, a free emergency notification system for all NYC religious leaders. Only used during emergencies and two optional annual tests/exercises, HOWalert sents emergency information to registrants by text, email or voice messages. That message will notify NYC religious leaders and other Faith Sector communications decision makers, 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.
NYC Faith Sector Risk Communication Exercise for Religious Leaders (Virtual)
  • June 12, 2017 ·  10:00-11:00AM (Via Text and Email)
    Religious Leaders or communications "decision makers" from NYC Congregations, Religious Bodies and Faith-based Non-Profits are strongly encouraged to participate in this one hour 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.

    Click to register your confidential contact information.

    This exercise is funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and UJA Federation of New York.

NYC Faith Sector Risk Communication Exercise & Training (Invitation Only)
  • June 12, 2017 ·  9:00AM-3:00PM
    The Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board and NYDIS, will host a one-day exercise - followed by an overview of emergency communications training content for NYC Religious Leaders or communications "Decision Makers" from congregations, religious bodies/networks and faith-based nonprofits.

    Participants will take part in and evaluate the above-mentioned 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 nonprofit.

    If you have not been previously invited to attending and would like to be, please email us.

    This exercise is funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and 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 UNR Offers Final Month of $200,000 in SSBG Sandy Debt Relief Funds
Per a federal grant deadline, NYDIS must expend all if its remaining $200,000 in SSBG Sandy debt relief funds by June 30th - or, the funds must be returned to the NY State Office of Children and Family Services. NYDIS' NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, will have no more debt assistance funds after July 1st - after that, any remaining funds will be restricted to emergency assistance or appliances and furnishings for families moving home after rebuild.

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.
NYDIS Executive Staff Elected to NVOAD Standing Committees at 2017 Annual Conference
During the National VOAD Annual Conference, after being nominated by New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYVOAD), the State VOAD Caucus convened on Monday, May 18th and elected the following NYDIS staff to a three-year term:
  • Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, to the Emotional & Spiritual Care Committee
  • Chief of Staff, Peter Cavadini, to the International Committee

NYDIS Executive Director, Peter B. Gudaitis, New Chair of New York VOAD
On Friday, April 21st, Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div., became the new Chair of the New York State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYVOAD) Board of Directors. The New York Stat e 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.
Mental Health First Aid Certification for Faith Communities - Fully Enrolled
NYDIS and The Salvation Army, in partnership with EmblemHealth, 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 through June 2017. Our July through December trainings will be posted online in June. NYDIS continues toward our goal of training 1000 NYC faith leaders by 2018.

Stories of Recovery - SuperStorm Sandy 
"While their home is being rebuilt by NYC Build It Back, our client and her daughter have been displaced from their Far Rockaway, Sandy affected home since September 2016. My client suffers from cancer and has chemotherapy 3 days a week. The first month after they were displaced they were able to stay with a friend. When they had to leave this temporary arrangement abruptly, through a partnership with Center for NYC Neighborhoods , NYDIS' Temporary Housing Program was able to place them in a hotel from November 15th to December 13th, until they could move in with family friends from January to March 2017. This April we were able to find and lease an apartment for them. They moved in on April 6th and will be staying there until their home has been rebuilt late this Fall. Through NYDIS' NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, NYDIS was also able to replace their storm damaged family furnishings to use in their apartment and take back home." For more client impact stories and daily updates follow us on Facebook.

NYDIS is Hiring - 5 New Full-time and Part-Time Positions, Immediate Availability.
  • Disaster Response Program Associate: NYDIS is hiring a part-time Disaster Response Program Associate to support city and state-wide planning and response operations - both administrative and programmatic.
  • 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 Ca se Managers are encouraged to apply.
  • Housing Placement Coordinator: NYDIS is hiring a Housing Coordinator for our SuperStorm Sandy Temporary Housing Services program.

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.

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
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NYC 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 Recover y 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.

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, 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.

New Resources on Recovering Family Valuables
When homes are flooded, and lives upended, family heirlooms, photos, and other memorabilia become more valuable for survivors. These valued objects may be saved if untouched by sewage or chemicals. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a coalition of 42 national organizations and federal agencies cosponsored by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, offers some basic rescue and recovery guidelines. Learn more here.

Real-Time Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert and warn the public about serious emergencies. WEAs are send by state, local, and tribal public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States. They can be issued for three alert categories: imminent threat, AMBER, and presidential. They are designed to alert you with a unique sound and vibration, both repeated twice. WEAs will include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, as well as the agency issuing the alert. Users will not be charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe to them. To ensure mobile devices are WEA-capable, check with your service provider. For more information, click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center - Hate Group Tracker
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a U.S. nonprofit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists, the center currently tracks more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. Their hate map project tracks 917 Hate Groups currently operating in the US. This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources, and news reports. Learn more about the map here.

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 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.
NYC's St. Joseph's Chapel near Ground Zero at Risk of Permanent Closure
May 12: Aleteia; St. Joseph's Chapel in Battery Park City, New York, is in danger of being permanently closed. After the 9/11 attacks, the chapel was used as a FEMA command station and was recreated by its parishioners as "a memorial that would look at the terrorist attack from a Catholic perspective, and affirm the belief that life is stronger than death, love is stronger than hate." Today, skyrocketing rental prices in Battery Park City have increased the chapel's rent from $85,000 in 2009 to $264,000 in 2017 and endanger the memorials survival. While a group of parishioners has formed to mediate a compromise on the rent between the Archdiocese of New York and the landlord, the chapel's Pastor says, that they will have to close by the end of June if the owner does not agree to a substantial rent rebate. Read the full article here.

NYC Clergy Parking Permit Application Information
Clergy Parking Permits are issued annually to houses of worship for their clergy to park when conducting ministerial duties at their houses of worship, funeral homes and hospitals. Clergy qualify if they work an average of at least twenty hours per week officiating at or presiding over services of a religious corporation or association of any denomination. One permit is issued to a house of worship with up to three plates on the permit. Permits expire one year after being issued. Download the program brochure here. Apply for a clergy parking permit here.

City Task Force Urges FEMA to Assist Faith Groups in Recovery
April 27: Brooklyn Daily; On April 20th, after six month of work, the Hurricane Sandy Houses of Worship & Charitable Organizations Recovery Task Force released its final report, urging the FEMA to support faith groups and houses of worship in their recovery process after disasters. Councilman Mark Treyger stressed the point that t he separation of church and state should not be a barrier to government aid for houses of worship serving communities and survivors after a disaster. "I fully respect the constitution, but if there is a public benefit being provided then I think the public should be there for houses of worship during their time of need," said Treyger during a press conference following the release of the task force report. "And quite frankly, I think there is a moral imperative to work to reimburse and repay them for their crucial work." The 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. Read the full article here. Download report here.
EPA Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board
May 07: NY Times; Six weeks after the House passed a bill aimed at changing the composition of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) scientific review boards to include more representation from the corporate world, the EPA dismissed at least five members of the Board of Scientific Counselors. "The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community," said EPA spokesman, J. P. Freire. An approach that causes opposition within the scientific community. "This is completely part of a multifaceted effort to get science out of the way of a deregulation agenda," said Ken Kimmell, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "What seems to be premature removals of members of this Board of Science Counselors when the board has come out in favor of the E.P.A. strengthening its climate science, plus the severe cuts to research and development - you have to see all these things as interconnected." Read the full article here.

When Rising Seas Transform Risk Into Certainty
April 18: NY Times; In Larchmont-Edgewater/Norfolk, Virginia, water levels have risen 18 inches since the community was created a century ago, and they are still rising. One of the reasons why relative sea levels there are rising faster than anywhere on the Atlantic coast is that the land in the Hampton Roads area is also sinking. As a result, it is much easier for winds, storms, and tides to push flood water into streets. More flooding also means higher insurance premiums as storm damages become even costlier and the National Flood Insurance Program is struggling with tens of billions of dollars of debt. Read the full article here.

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.
NYC Health Issues Travel Warning for New Yorkers Traveling to ZIKA Affected Areas
May 25: NYC Health; As summer travel season begins, the NYC Health Department urges women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to avoid travel to areas with Zika virus. There is still ongoing transmission of Zika in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. While Zika is not currently circulating in Miami-Dade County, Florida, or Brownsville, Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also issued a travel warning to these areas because transmission has occurred before. Read the full travel alert here.

NYCOEM Announces New Safety Initiatives Ahead of Atlantic Hurricane Season
May 12:NYC Citizen Corps; NYC Emergency Management unveiled new coastal storm evacuation route signs in Howard Beach, Queens, to increase year-round awareness of hurricane risks and direct residents living within hurricane evacuation zones to higher ground. The department also announced the launch of new "Know Your Zone" ads, which feature personal preparedness tips from CERT volunteers who live in hurricane evacuations zones. "The new initiatives encourage New Yorkers to make a plan ahead of a storm," said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. "The coastal evacuation route signs give New Yorkers clear direction toward safety if they are ordered to evacuate during a coastal storm." Learn more about Know Your Zone here. Read the full press release here.

U.S. Experiences Its Sixth Billion-Dollar Weather Disaster of 2017
May 03: Weather.com; During the first three months of 2017, the U.S. had already experienced five separate billion-dollar weather disasters, related damages from flooding and severe storms. During the final weekend of April, high amounts of rain resulted in another disastrous flood across central and southern sections of Missouri. Significant flooding has also occurred in northeast Oklahoma, Arkansas and southern Illinois. "The damage cost will not entirely be to property and automobiles alone. In fact, the flood damage in particular is expected to be costly to the agricultural sector and require governments need to replace local infrastructure such as roads, bridges and weakened levees," said Steven Bowen, Director of impact forecasting at the reinsurance company Aon Benfield. Read the full article here.

Disaster in The Time Of Trump
April 29: BuzzFeed; Following the 100th day of his presidency, Trump and his administration are in a credibility crisis. Only 36% of the public - the  lowest number ever recorded this early in a presidency - view him as " honest and trustworthy," raising questions about his effectiveness in a crisis. "As far as a response to natural disasters, low approval should indeed hurt his authority and ability to get public buy-in for whatever course of action he would choose," says political scientist Ryan Carlin of Georgia State University. This article lays out several hypothetical scenarios of natural and health disasters and threats in the U.S. and how they could play out with a Trump administration in charge. Read the full article here.

Former FEMA Leader: Stop Building Where Hurricanes Hit Hardest
April 20: nola.com; Craig Fugate, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke during the 2017 National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans about the risks and costs of building homes in coastal areas. "I'm not saying people shouldn't live and develop in coastal communities, but I bet you we'd see a very different type of construction, very different standards being applied, if state and local governments didn't have you, the taxpayer, bailing them out every time there was a disaster," Fugate said. "They really have no incentive to change their behavior because you, as a taxpayer, are an enabler." Read the full article here.

Stony Brook's WTC Wellness Program Gets $60M Federal Grant
April 11: Newsday; The federal government is giving Stony Brook University's WTC Wellness Program more than $60 million over the next five years to treat people with health problems caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "This transformational grant will help to expand services for this important patient population and is a testament to the program's long-term commitment and impact in caring for them," says Dr. Benjamin Luft, Director and Principal Investigator of Stony Brook's WTC Wellness Program. Read the full article here.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast
April 07: govtech.com; A new report from scientists at Colorado State University's (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project forecasts a high probability for a weak or moderate El Niño in 2017. El Niño weather patterns generally result in fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, as it increases wind shear - strong winds that can break up hurricanes as they are forming. Nevertheless, scientist say it is not a guarantee that areas like Florida will be unaffected by this year's hurricane season. "You can still certainly have a major hurricane in the deep tropics in an El Niño year, but odds are reduced," says Philip Klotzbach co-author of the report.Read the full article here. Read more forecasts here.
Bomb Threats
  • 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

2017 Disaster Volunteer Conference 
June 05, 2017
NYC Citizen Corps
New York City, New York

Register now
The "2017 Disaster Volunteer Conference: Citywide Volunteer Coordination and Resources" is an annual opportunity for volunteers from government, nonprofits, and other organizations to come together to network, learn new skills, and discuss the many facets of disaster volunteerism in New York City. The event will take place on Monday, June 5th at 6:0 0 PM at NYU's Grand Hall.

Urgent Threats Forum
June 06-07, 2017
New York University
New York City, New York

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 benchmar king, technology enhanced resilience, terrorism abroad & at home, global Infectious disease, and many more. For more information inquire via email.

The 2017 Justice Conference
June 09-10, 2017
The Justice Conference
South Barrington, Chicago, Illinois
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The 2017 JUSTICE Conference theme is "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR." (Mark 12) The conference addresses the complexity and challenges of the present, including global threats like terrorism and environmental challenges, as well as local challenges and their intersectionality like cultural divisions, political exploitation, poverty and systemic injustice.

L489 Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disaster
June 10, 2017
American Red Cross
Oriskany, New York
Email to register

This course, held at the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany,will introduce participants to the skills and planning considerations that are required to manage large numbers of Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers (SUV), who want to help in disasters. Participants will discuss issues and challenges in the management of SUVs, learn about the elements of a spontaneous volunteer management plan, and participate in a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) simulation.

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.
Annual Refugee Roundtable
July 26-28, 2017
Refugee Highway Partnership
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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"The focus of the Roundtable is to serve those devoted to welcoming the nations on our doorstep who come with two suitcases from their former life, but hearts hungering and hopeful for a brand new future. In their first year, a shockingly small percentage will be invited into the home of a North American. Due to color or creed, lack of language or education, most will experience prejudice, suspicion, avoidance, resentment - and, most of all, loneliness. These refugees offer the Church the opportunity to live out the mandate Jesus gave us to welcome the stranger and love our neighbor as ourselves." Learn more here.
65th Annual IAEM Conference
November 10-15, 2017
International Association of Emergency Managers
Long Beach, California
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The 65th annual IAEM conference provides an opportunity for all levels of emergency managers to exchange and discuss lessons learned and best practices, and to connect with colleagues from around the world. 
2018 Disaster Ministry Conference
June 21-23, 2018
Humanitarian Disaster Institute
Naperville, Illinois
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The 2018 Disaster Ministry Conference equips church and lay leaders to serve during disasters domestically and internationally. The event will feature global leaders in disaster ministry, emergency management, humanitarian aid, public health, and mental health fields. Participants will gain new knowledge, skills, and networks for effectively leading their congregations in developing disaster ministries.
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.
NYC Emergency Management Training(s)
New York State Training(s)
UN Sphere Project: Online Course on the Core Humanitarian Standard (CH
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-Greater New York
National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
NYC Medical Reserve Corp 
NYC Office of Emergency Management
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