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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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NYDIS Hosts Annual Meeting & 2016 Partnership Awards 
NYDIS' Annual Meeting & 2016 Partnership Awards was held on June 15th at the Emblem Health Corporate Conference Center, 55 Water Street, New York, NY. We hosted 175 folks at the ceremonies and reception - and everyone got to head home with some freshly made cotton candy. Top honors went to Presbytery of New York & Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as Member of the Year and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods & Build it Back as Partners of the Year - followed by many Partnership Awards in a variety of categories. Additional honors recognized individual achievements, like our Tenacity Awards and Volunteer of the Year - these included the Elder Betty C. Jones Legacy of Service Award, the inaugural Ken C. Curtin Legacy of Public Service Awards, and the Rev. Dr. Ramon Nieves Memorial President's Award.
NYDIS Elects 2017 Board and Passes $6.9M Budget
During NYDIS’ June 15th Annual Meeting & 2016 Partnership Awards, held at the Emblem Health, the NYDIS Members approved a $6.9M Budget for 2017 and elected the following representatives to the Board of Directors.


  • Rev. Tom Vencuss, PRESIDENT - United Methodist Church - NY Annual Conference
  • Ms. Cecilia Aranzamendez, VICE PRESIDENT - Lutheran Social Services of New York        
  • Rev. Que English, SECRETARY - NYC Clergy Roundtable - Project Rebuild
  • Brother Altaj Ilyas, TREASURER - Islamic Circle of North America – Relief
  • Rev. Leslie Foltz-Morrison, RECORDING SECRETARY - Presbytery of New York City
  • Mr.  Shariff Kan - Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  • Mr. Damyn Kelly - Lutheran Social Services of New York        
  • Rev. James Pullings - Church of God in Christ
  • Maninder Singh - United Sikhs
  • Mukei (Willie) Smith - Buddhist Council of New York
  • Elder Betty Jones, LMSW - Past President, Presbytery of New York City

NYDIS Hosts NYC Faith Sector Risk Communication Exercise & Training
On June 12, 2017, the Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program (FSCPP), a partnership between NYDIS and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response hosted a one-day emergency communications training for 30 communications "decision makers" from NYC congregations, religious bodies/networks, faith-based nonprofits, and emergency management partners. The training also included a one-hour virtual exercise of our new HOWalert (House of Worship Alert) system for 187 registrants. During the exercise, participants received 6 messages (Email and Text) with instructions and information regarding a hypothetical Hepatitis A outbreak in NYC. Funded by the NYC DOHMH and UJA-Federation of New York, the exercise was developed to test the NYC Faith Sector's ability to rapidly communicate with congregants, staff, and clients during a life-threatening public health emergency. Our FSCPP team got exceptional feedback and is looking forward to further improving the NYC Faith Sector's communication capabilities.

NYDIS & ICNY Co-Sponsor NYC Interfaith Iftar to CounterACTHate
On June 10th, NYDIS was proud to co-sponsor the NYC Interfaith Iftar for Religious Freedom Against Hate, with The Interfaith Center of New York, and, in partnership with the Muslim Community Network. Around 350 New Yorkers of all faiths joined us at Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn, NY, to break the daily fast during the month of Ramadan. "We are our brother 's and sister's keeper." said Peter Gudaitis, NYDIS' Executive Director, "And we are proud to co-sponsor this Interfaith Iftar to host our Muslim brothers and sisters, to celebrate our religious rights, and reject hate and violence." For pictures from the Interfaith Iftar and more information on NYDIS' Interfaith work visit ourFacebook page and follow us on Twitter.

NYDIS UNR Offers Final Month of SSBG Sandy Debt Relief Funds
Per a federal grant deadline, NYDIS must expend all if its remaining SSBG Sandy debt relief funds by June 30th, unallocated 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.

Stories of Recovery - Welcome Home
This week, NYDIS welcomed home a 73-year-old Sandy survivor and her daughter to their NYC Build it Back rebuilt and elevated Staten Island home. Since May 2016, the family was living in an apartment rented by NYDIS' Temporary Housing Services program. With the help of their Disaster Case Manager from the  JCC of Staten Island, the family received utility arrears assistance from NYDIS' NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable. After living in a damaged home for four years, this family is now living in a resilient home, free from Sandy recovery debts.For more client impact stories and daily updates follow us on Facebook.

Register: NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert) System - 2000 and growing.
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 sends 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 CONFIDENTIAL.

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 Sign-Up

NYDIS is Hiring - 5 New Full-time and Part-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.

Canarsie Resilient Neighborhoods Report
After three years of work, the Canarsie Resilient Neighborhoods initiative, led by the Department of City Planning, published their final report in May 2017. The initiative was founded to carry out local studies in areas with particularly challenging building types to determine how to make current building regulations work better for the residents of Canarsie. The report includes recommendations for updating specific zoning and land use regulations, as well as investments in coastal infrastructure and other programs. Read the full reporthere.

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.

FloodHelpNY Offering Free Audits - 1 to 4 units
If you own a building with 1 to 4 units in lower Manhattan or coastal Brooklyn, you may qualify for a free building resiliency audit ($1,000 value), counseling, and help to create an emergency plan. Learn more here.

FloodHelpNY Offering Free Audits - 5 units and more
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 to create an emergency plan. Learn 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.

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 05.31.2017
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 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.

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.

Fact Sheet: 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.

Nextdoor - a Private Social Network For Your Neighborhood
Nextdoor's mission is to provide a trusted platform "where neighbors work together to build stronger, safer, and happier communities." The platform requires users to register with proof of both their identity and address. Once accepted, users belong to a neighborhood and can see and speak with any nearby users who have signed up. The platform has been proven to also provide information and a platform to connect acts of kindness and solidarity to people during disasters and emergencies. Learn more about Nextdoor 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 sent 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.
Security Training by Muslim Experts for NYC Masjids & 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.

Find a Community to Share Iftar Dinners With During Ramadan
NYCiftars.com; Ramadan is an important time for Muslims, but it can be hard to find an Iftar, and join the larger community in breaking fast. NYCIftars.com helps people in New York City find a community to share Iftar dinners with during the month of Ramadan. Learn more here.

NYDIS' Interfaith Iftar in Brooklyn Draws 350 From Many Faith Traditions
June 13: Brooklyn Daily Eagle; On June 10th, around 350 people gathered at Cadman Plaza Park to join the Interfaith Center of New York, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, and the Muslim Community Network to "respond to hate with love" and break the daily fast with New Yorker Muslims during the month of Ramadan. "We wanted to stand by our Muslim allies and neighbors, and stand in solidarity with them, and let them know that we value them as members of our community. We value religious freedom; we value our diversity. And we refuse to allow this [hate rallies] to happen. To celebrate the month of Ramadan with our brothers and sisters who are fasting by hosting an Iftar, to break their fast here with fellow brothers and sisters of different faiths and racial backgrounds." said Debbie Almontaser, Ed.D., the Muslim Community Network's president of the board of directors. Read the full article here.

2000 Congregations Join 2nd Annual Weekend of Faith for Mental Health
May 22:Voices of NY; From May 19th to 21st, 2,000 NYC houses of worship joined NYC's First Lady Chirlane McCray at New York's second Annual Weekend of Faith for Mental Health and devoted their services to the issue of substance use. The Weekend of Faith for Mental Health represents the nation's largest effort to engage faith leaders in a single effort around mental health. During the weekend, the First Lady, City Commissioners, and elected representatives visited congregations to reduce the stigma around substance use disorder and encourage people to seek treatment as part of ThriveNYC. "When a person is struggling with mental illness, a trained professional is not always their first contact for help. In fact, it is often their childcare provider, priest or rabbi who is entrusted with this sensitive information before anyone else. ThriveNYC embraces the idea that many New Yorkers find their closest networks of support in the places they live, learn, play and worship." says Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives.  During the Weekend of Faith, the first Lady also encouraged New Yorkers to take advantage of NYC Well, a free and confidential service that connects New York residents to mental health, crisis counseling, and substance misuse services. NYC Well is available 24/7 in over 200 languages. Read the full article here. Learn more about ThriveNYC 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 survival of the memorial. 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.
New York City Launches Anti-Discrimination Campaign
May 23: nyc.gov; On May 23rd, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Commission on Human Rights launched a citywide anti-discrimination campaign affirming New Yorkers' right to live, work, and pray free from discrimination and harassment. The campaign follows a 60 percent increase in reports of discrimination to the NYC Commission on Human Rights in 2016, a trend that continues into 2017. "It is now more important than ever for New Yorkers to stand united as one city and reject hatred and intolerance," said de Blasio. "In New York City, our diversity is our strength. It does not matter where we come from, who we love or who we worship. We are all New Yorkers, and deserve to be treated with dignity. Regardless of the national rhetoric, we have absolutely no tolerance for discrimination in our City." Read the full press release 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.

Comprehensive Flood Insurance Reform Could Enhance Resilience
April 27: gao.gov; The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is $25 billion in debt. In April, the United States Government Accountability Office published a report calling for a comprehensive reform, to improve NFIP's solvency and enhance national resilience to floods. "Congress should consider comprehensive reform covering six areas: (1) outstanding debt, (2) premium rates, (3) affordability, (4) consumer participation, (5) barriers to private-sector involvement, and (6) NFIP flood resilience efforts." The report illustrates the necessity and challenges of balancing the competing programmatic goals of an NFIP reform: preserving affordable flood insurance while keeping the program fiscally solvent. Download or read the full report here.

Protecting the Public Against Misinformation About Climate Change
Yale.edu; In light of the increasing politicization of (climate) science, and the attempts of vested interest groups to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change through organized "disinformation campaigns," identifying ways to effectively engage with the public about the issue has proven difficult. This report, published by researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Yale, and George Mason, explores how people evaluate and process consensus cues in a polarized information environment. The report provides evidence that it is possible to preemptively protect public attitudes about climate change against real-world misinformation. Download or read the report here.

The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters
BasicBooks; In "The Cure for Catastrophe," global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that our natural disasters are in fact human ones: We build in the wrong places and in the wrong way, putting brick buildings in earthquake country, timber ones in fire zones, and coastal cities in the paths of hurricanes. We then blindly trust our flood walls and disaster preparations, and when they fail, catastrophes become even more deadly. Learn more about the book here.
Mayor de Blasio Announces Gains in Build It Back Program
June 13: nyc.gov; Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that out of 5,174 households that still require construction work performed by NYC's Build It Back program, 4,746 have seen construction start. "While we still have a lot of work to do, we are seeing real progress under Build It Back, and more families hurt by Sandy are moving home every week. We will never walk away from the families and communities so badly damaged by this storm," says Mayor Bill de Blasio. As of June 13th, 1,394 homes in the program have finished construction since October 2016. These projects include extensive repairs, ground-up reconstructions, and elevations. As Sandy recovery efforts continue, more and more families are finally moving home to resilient houses and stronger neighborhoods. Read the full press release here.

London and the Mainstreaming of Vehicular Terrorism
June 05: The RAND Blog; The recent terror attack in London shows that international terror no longer just relies on bombs and large scale attacks to scare the public. Terrorists in Quebec, Jerusalem, Nice, Berlin, Columbus, Stockholm, and now London, have discovered a weapon that is far easier to come by than any riffle or bomb: cars. While automobile terrorism is far less sophisticated and less likely to harm as many people as bombings do, their psychological impact is just as powerful, because cars turned to weapon present an omnipresent threat to the public and are forcing those entrusted with security to rethink their paradigms completely. Read the full article here.

NYCEM's Emergency Stockpile Continues to be The Largest in the U.S. 
June 02:Global Trade; The NYC Emergency Management's emergency relief stockpile includes more than one million liters of water and hundreds of thousands of ready-to-eat meals, as well as basic consumable supplies such as first-aid kits, baby formula, diapers, blankets, and other life-sustaining mass care supplies. NYCEM has renewed its contract with the logistics company XPO Logistics for the Logistics Shelter Support and Commodity Distribution programs. The new contract expands XPO's services beyond the primary sheltering operation to include mass feeding and other logistics needs of the Emergency Operation Center task force. "The city's emergency supply stockpile is a key preparedness measure to ensure that needed supplies are available when needed in communities throughout New York City," said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. Read the full article here.

Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Trouble Bioterrorism Experts
May 28: The New York Times; While President Trump says his proposed budget focusses on keeping America safe, Bioterrorism experts say the built-in cuts to agencies  tasked with biosecurity, like the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, or the CDC, will leave the nation vulnerable to deadly man-made or natural pathogens. "The next weapon of mass destruction may not be a bomb," said Lawrence O. Gostin, the director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights. "It may be a tiny pathogen that you can't see, smell or taste, and by the time we discover it, it'll be too late. The closed-border, highly nationalistic, America-first vision is not the world's scientific view of how to keep a population safe and healthy." Read the full article here.

NOAA Predicts Active Atlantic Hurricane Season
May 25: USA Today; The the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an unusually active hurricane season, with 5 to 9 Hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. Overall, 11 to 17 named tropical storms are forecasted to develop in the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the agency announced Thursday. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. Read the full article here.

How Social Ties Make Us Resilient to Trauma
May 23: The Conversation; A recent study by Daniel P. Aldrich, Associate Professor at Purdue University, highlights the importance of social ties and networks during and after traumatic events. The study shows, that while direct social interaction between people allows victims to grieve, and work through the adversity, social ties mediated through social media outlets provide information and platforms to connect acts of kindness and solidarity to people in need.  Facebook's Safety Check feature, for instance, allows users to check in and announce they are safe following a natural disaster or terror attack. In Manchester, residents offered rides, food, water and shelter to all, using social media tags like #roomforManchester. Similarly, after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016, locals offered shelter to stranded survivors with the hashtag #PorteOuverte (open door). Read the full article here. Get the study here.

John F. Kelly Announces Update of National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin
May 16: dhs.gov; In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) replaced the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) with the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), designed to more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the American public through alerts and bulletins. On May 16th, 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced the issuance of an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin pertaining to the homegrown terror threat.Read the updated bulletin here. Learn more about NTAS here.

Mass Trauma Can Disrupt Children's Sense of Competence
August 25: Applied Developmental Science; Traumatic events can have a profound effect on communities. Whether it is a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, the aftermath can have lasting effects, especially on children. This three-year study by scientists from Iowa State University and Louisiana State University examines how children respond in the wake of mass traumatic events in regard to their perceptions of competence - or how they view their ability to control a situation. The study shows, that an overwhelming challenge can disrupt the development of children's sense of well-being deeply. Download the study here.
  • NYC EM 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.
  • 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.

  • National Gender and Emergency Guidelines
    The guidelines, published by the Gender and Disaster Pod, offer a gender-sensitive approach to the planning for and delivery of disaster relief and recovery. Learn more here.

June marks National Pet Preparedness Month - a perfect opportunity to learn how to plan for your pet's safety if you need to evacuate your home for any reason. The Ready Campaign offers guidance and tips with regard to:
Zika Virus
  • Centers for Disease Control Information & Resources
    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, out of 125 Zika cases in the US in 2017, 124 cases were found travelers returning to the United States. These travelers have gotten the virus from mosquito bites, 1 case was confirmed to have gotten the virus 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. Click to view: CDC Information & Resources.
Annual Refugee Roundtable
July 26-28, 2017
Refugee Highway Partnership
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Register now "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
Register now

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
Register now 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 (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-Greater New York
National Service (CNCS)
New York Cares
NYC Medical Reserve Corp 
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYDIS is Hiring - 2 New Full-time and 1 Part-Time Positions, Immediate Availability.
  • Chaplain & Coordinator Emotional & Spiritual Care Services: NYDIS is hiring a part-time emotional and spiritual caregiver for our staff, clients - and, in times of crisis, the public. In collaboration with senior staff, the Chaplain will also provide day-to-day management of all emotional and spiritual care (ESC) programs, including NYDIS’ Disaster Chaplain and Mental Health First Aid programs.

  • 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.
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