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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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$700K OCFS SSBG Funding Ends for NYDIS' NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable
On Friday, June 30st, the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable made its final assistance awards using NY State Office of Children and Family Services funding via Social Service Block Grants for Disaster Recovery. NYDIS awarded $700K in OCFS assistance to 117 households (333 inviduals.

Founded in 2001, the UNR uses Disaster Case Management as the assessment and application partner through which the UNR donors can meet the unique emergency and long-term recovery needs of disaster impacted households. To date, the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable has distributed over $13 Million to 4,103 under-resourced survivors and victim's families. Without immediate new sources of charitable, city, or federal funding the UNR will begin to sunset and no their be able to address remaining unmet needs.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact office@nydis.org.

NYDIS THS Welcome Home Surillo Family in Far Rockaway, First of Many
On July 19th, NYDIS staff and our partners were in Far Rockaway, to welcome home one of the very first families supported by our Temporary Housing Services program - a partnership with HRO and CNYNC. The Surillo Family had been displaced for 18 months while their home was rebuilt and elevated by NYC Build It Back. Originally housed by NYDIS' Sandy Temporary Rental Program (STRP) and supported by our caseworkers - they also received over $10,500 in Unmet Needs Roundtable funding to cover Sandy recovery debts and NFIP. Funded by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the American Red Cross in Greater New York, Robin Hood, and the United Methodist Committee On Relief - STRP was the pilot program to design the current HRO Temporary Housing Services program administered by Center for NYC Neighborhoods and NYDIS - now serving almost 900 displaced homeowners. NYDIS' THS program currently houses 25 Queens families in NYDIS leased apartments. We also case manage over 230 families displaced for elevation or rebuild. To date, NYDIS' Unmet Needs Roundtable has awarded over $13M - $4.4M in cash assistance to 753 other Sandy impacted families in Queens. View pictures of the Surillo's homecoming here.
Stories of Recovery - Hurricane Sandy
On June 1st, after a 12 month displacement, NYDIS, the CNYCN and NYC Build It Back welcomed a 72-year-old veteran and his family to their newly elevated and rebuilt home on Staten Island. Due to unforeseen construction delays in April, they had to move from an earlier temporary apartment - then were referred to NYDIS' Temporary Housing Services team, which relocated them to an emergency hotel for the month of May. For more client impact stories and daily updates follow us on Facebook.
Upcoming Registration Mailer: NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert) System
In partnership with the NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response, NYDIS will be mailing HOWalert Registration information to all NYC Congregations, Religious Bodies/Network and Faith-based Non-Profit leaders. Please be on the look-out and sign-up via phone or a new weblink that will be provided in the mailer.
Register: NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert) System - 2000 and growing.
In partnership with the NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response, 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
  • Chaplain & Coordinator, Emotional & Spiritual Care Services
    NYDIS is hiring a Senior Chaplain to serve NYDIS' staff, clients - and, in times of crisis, the public. Duties include, but are not limited to: Respond to house of worship fires, faith-related hate crimes and other crises, as directed. In collaboration with senior staff, provide day-to-day management of all emotional and spiritual care (ESC) programs, including NYDIS' Disaster Chaplain and Mental Health First Aid programs. Develop a chaplain supervisor cadre to manage volunteer chaplains in times of crisis.
    Click to View Job Description

Request a Sandy High Water Mark Sign for Your Community
The High Water Mark Initiative is a program developed by FEMA that increases local communities' awareness of flood risk. Post a sign in a prominent place to raise awareness about flood risk. Learn more about the initiative and request a sign here.
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 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 06.30.2017

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.

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.

Enterprise Design for Resilience Grant Program
The purpose of Enterprise Green Communities new grant program is to better understand and support the needs of affordable housing organizations to protect their properties, residents, and  core assets from extreme climate impacts. Awardees will be provided with $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities and identify and implement meaningful actions in response. Proposals must be submitted by July 21st, 2017. Learn more here.

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 of New York (Islamic Leadership Council) - 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.

New Book: Father Brian Jordan's 'The Ground Zero Cross'
July 08: NY Daily News; Father Brian Jordan, a Roman Catholic Franciscan priest, recently released a new book on the World Trade Center Cross' journey to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. For 13 years, Jordan served as the chief advocate and defender of the cross which was discovered among the 9/11 ruins and held a special significance for many New Yorkers. The book, titled, "The Ground Zero Cross" follows the cross' path from the debris to the corner of West and Vesey Streets to St. Peter's Church to the museum. Read the full article here. Get the book here.
United Church of Christ Speaks Out on Climate Change
July 04: Boston Globe; On Monday, June 3rd, the United Church of Christ approved an emergency resolution on climate change, denouncing President Trump's plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and urging the church to take action. Even though the resolution, entitled "The Earth is the Lord's, Not Ours to Wreck," has no direct authority over or influence on single congregations within the UCC, it is said to provide moral support to clergy who preach on climate change. "It was important that the church be on record as declaring we are now in a new moral era because of the administration and the ways in which it is compromising truth," says Rev. Jim Antal, the head of the church's Massachusetts conference. Read the full article here.
Opinion: Doctors Must Acknowledge Faith's Impact On Medical Care
June 21: religiousnews.com; Aamir Hussain, a Muslim medical student at the University of Chicago, argues that doctors must educate themselves on the religious practices of their patients in order to better treat them. He speaks from experience with a Muslim woman whose medical problems were influenced by her annual fasting during the month of Ramadan. Hussain advises doctors to ask their patients about their faith to both respect their religious practices and to have a better understanding of their health. Read the full article here.
World Refugee Day Comes During "Worst Refugee Crisis Ever"
June 20: unhcr.org; As the world commemorated World Refugee Day on June 20th, the United Nations Refugee Commission announced that the refugee crisis has surpassed the aftermath of World War 2. The commission reported that 65.6 million people are now forcibly displaced worldwide and of which, 22.5 million are refugees. To see more facts and figures, visit the UN's page here.
Pulse First Responder Who Battled Police Over PTSD Receives Disability Pension
July 13: NY Daily News; After fighting with his Orlando police department for months Gerry Realin, an Orlando Police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after responding to the Pulse massacre was granted a disability pension by the city board Thursday, July 13th. The 37-year-old father of two, was diagnosed with PTSD after working on the hazmat team that removed the bodies of the 49 victims the morning after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in June 2016. Read the full article here.
New Legislation May Provide Green Cards To Undocumented 9/11 Workers
July 13; timesledger.com; On Sunday, July 9th, U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) proposed the 9/11 Immigrant Worker Freedom Act, which would give Ground Zero recovery workers legal, permanent-resident status and allow them to continue living and receiving medical treatment in the U.S., free from threats of deportation. "In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these workers stepped up to provide critical services so our nation could begin to heal and rebuild," Crowley said. "Countless individuals went to work at a long, hazardous and painful job of clearing up the destruction of the attacks. Yet many of them still lack legal immigration options and have lived in fear of deportation from the country they served. It is a great disservice and injustice to these immigrants who call our country home, and that's why I'm announcing legislation to ensure our nation does right by them." Co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan), the bill currently does not have the support of any Republican member of Congress. Read the full article here.
Naomi Klein: How Power Profits From Disaster
July 06: The Guardian; Using the example of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Naomi Klein discusses the dangers of what she calls economics of "shock doctrines" after a crisis or emergency. According to Klein these shock doctrines almost always penalize the victims of the crisis even further, while benefiting the private financial sector. In her article, she describes how New Orleans was taken over by private military contractors who descended on the flooded city not to help the survivors of the hurricane, but to receive billions in "funding for work done badly." Read the full article here.
Social Capital Project Examines "What We Do Together"
June 11: Washington Post; In this article, Robert J. Samuelson reflects on the findings of a recent report released by the Joint Economic Committee which measures social capital in America. The report focuses on four areas: family life, the work place, religion, and community. The author believes the study implies that economic and social trends will dictate how society evolves in the coming years more than Trump's presidency will. Read the full article here. Get the 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.
Could the Rockaways Survive Another Sandy?
July 13: NY Times; After Superstorm Sandy destroyed large parts of the Rockaways in 2012, the coastal neighborhood in Queens underwent major rebuilt and resilience efforts. The federal government replenished more than 3.5 million cubic yards of beach sand, the city planted six miles of sand dunes, and just this year the final layer of concrete was laid on a new five-and-a-half-mile boardwalk. But the most ambitious project is yet to start. The Army Corps of Engineers proposed to build flood walls and levees that would significantly enhance the peninsula's lines of defense against rising sea levels and devastating storms, but would also cost approximately $4 billion. Councilman Donovan Richards, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Rockaway, is worried, that due to the high costs the project might never get approved by the current administration. "With the Trump administration in place, people who don't necessarily even believe in climate change, I'm really worried whether the money will even be there," he says. Read the full article here.
House Defeats Amendment to Strip Climate Study From Defense Bill
July 13: The Hill; The House defeated an amendment to a defense policy bill on Thursday, July 13th, that would have blocked a Department of Defense study into the impacts of climate change on national security. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who wrote the amendment, said it was not meant to debate the existence of climate change, but rather, "my point is that this should not be the priority" for the military. The climate change study was included in the annual defense policy bill after a unanimous voice vote during a committee markup. On Thursday, the House voted 185-234 to defeat Perry's amendment and keep the study in the bill. Read the full article here.

Famous NYC Tattoo Artists to Cover 9/11 Survivors' Scars
July 11: broadwayworld.com; On July 11th and 12th, 9/11 survivors and first responders had the opportunity to receive tattoos from eleven of New York's most famous tattoo artists. The project, organized by Artists 4 Israel's President, Craig Dershowitz, saw eleven survivors get their scars covered with tattoos they themselves helped design. Dershowitz and all the artists involved in the project were in New York City on 9/11. "They are excited by the opportunity to help those still wrestling with their wounds and to remind the world that 9/11 should not lose its significance and become just another day to pay lip service to 'memory'," says Dershowitz. "The survivors of 9/11 carry the pain of that day written upon their bodies. These artists are going to help them write a new story of their own choosing." Read the full article here.

DOD to Regard Climate Change as a Direct Threat to National Security
June 30: Homeland Security News Wire; On June 28th, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) presented an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 which recommends that the Department of Defense (DOD) consider climate change as a threat to U.S. national security. Langevin, who serves as the ranking member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, wrote that the DOD, "must ensure (…) that it is prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on threat assessments, resources, and readiness." The amendment passed by voice vote and was co-sponsored by every Democratic member of the committee. Read the full article here. View the amendment here.
Post Disaster: The Rich Are Migrating Out The Poor Are Migrating In 
June 28: The Conversation;  A new database, developed by The Conversation's science team, sheds light on the impact of disasters on people's decisions to migrate in or out of particular areas in the United States. The database, which combines data from 1920 to 2010 from the American Red Cross as well FEMA and its predecessors, suggests that when a county experiences two natural disasters, migration out of that county usually increases by 1 percent, which equals a loss of around 600 residents. The data also shows that poverty rates increase by 1 percent in areas hit by super-severe disasters, which according to the research team behind the project suggests that the residents migrating out are predominantly not poor, whereas people who are poor are migrating in. Read the full article here.
Rising Seas Could Create 2 Billion Refugees by 2100
June 27: Homeland Security News Wire; Researchers at Cornell University, New York, report that around 2 billion people could become refugees by the year 2100 due to rising sea levels. According to lead author, Charles Geisler, multiple factors including the increasing global population, exhausted natural resources, and land concentration will lead to "more people on less land and sooner than we think." Read the full article here. Get the study here.
Public Reactions Before and After a Terror Attack
June 26: Homeland Security News Wire; Researchers at the University of Greifswald, Germany presented the results of their new study on the public's reaction to terrorism at the conference of the Society for Risk Analysis in Lisbon, Portugal. The team surveyed participants in 2012, before the December 2016 attack on the Berlin Christmas market, and again, four days after the attack. They found that people rated their perceived likelihood of an attack and concern of being affected by a terrorist attack as higher than before the attack. The research paves the way for policy makers to discuss government response measures with the public in mind. Read the full article here.
Giant Inflatable Seal Could Protect Subway Tunnels From Flooding
June 26: Homeland Security News Wire; The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate(S&T) recently unveiled their newest solution to subway flooding caused by natural disasters at an event in Frederica, Delaware. The invention, a giant resilient tunnel plug, was developed with contributions from ILC Dover, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and West Virginia University. It can inflate to seal off subway tunnels in the event of flooding. The plug can be stored in tunnels without disrupting normal traffic and can hold off water leakage for up to 21 days. The invention also spurred the installation of over twenty stairway covers into the New York City subway following Superstorm Sandy. Read the full article here.
Climate Can Rapidly Change from Gradual Rising CO2 Concentrations
June 26: Homeland Security News Wire; A recent study conducted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) found that gradually rising carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations have resulted in sudden changes in ocean circulation and climate. The results are based on calculations using a climate model and observations in ice cores which indicate that the atmospheric CO2 levels increased temperatures in Greenland by up to 10 degrees Celsius. Read the full article here. Get the study here.
U.S. Conference of Mayors: Climate Change Policy Cannot Wait For Trump
June 26: NY Times; On June 24th, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, led by New Orleans' Mayor Mitch Landrieu, adopted new environment resolutions to urge the federal government to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, to combat climate change, and commit to renewable energy. "I think most mayors in America don't think we have to wait for a president," said Landrieu. "If the federal government refuses to act or is just paralyzed, the cities themselves, through their mayors, are going to create a new national policy by the accumulation of our individual efforts." Read the full article here. Read more related articles here.
NYPD Launches Public Service Campaign to Increase "Good Samaritan Law" Awareness
June 24: nypdnews.com; In response to the rising number of opioid-related deaths in New York City, the New York Police Department began a paid advertising campaign in an effort to increase awareness about New York's "Good Samaritan Law" which permits overdose victims and witnesses to call 911 without fear of arrest. The campaign, which is funded in part by the New York City Police Foundation, will target 30 precincts where overdoses are most prevalent in the form of advertisements at mass transit transportation hubs and on social media. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill reflects, "This campaign will help New Yorkers understand the protections of the Good Samaritan Law for those suffering from an overdose or calling to help someone in need." Read the full article here. Watch the NYPD's public service announcement here.
Ground Zero Recovery Worker Targeted for Deportation
June 22: NY Daily News; Carlos Humberto Cardona, a construction worker who helped with recovery efforts after 9/11, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in New Jersey in February 2017. Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned Cardona on June 21 after his story went viral on social media. Cardona, who fled Columbia in 1986 after his brother, a police officer, was threatened by local drug cartels, suffers from severe health and mental health problems due to his Ground Zero recovery work. To establish residency in the U.S., he will need an approved application which verifies his marriage to his wife, Liliana, who is a U.S. citizen. Read the full article here. Read a related article here.
Hurricane Decision Support Platform Helps Emergency Managers
June 14: Homeland Security News Wire; With the arrival of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 came the first usage of the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate's HV-X, a hurricane decision support platform created to layout all phases of planning and evacuation. The platform, which was developed through the National Hurricane Program's Technology Modernization Initiative with FEMA, was operational during Matthew. Read the full article here.
Opinion: Congress Should Fully Fund the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program
June 21: The Hill; Linda Burtwistle, President and COO of Coach USA/Megabus.com, urged Congress to fully fund the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program in accordance with the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. She argues that motor-coaches are an increasingly popular form of public transportation and that the additional funding would help private bus companies ensure the security of their coaches in times of high risk. Following recent terror attacks in Europe that involved vehicles, Burtwistle believes that getting this funding during the fiscal year of 2018 would be imperative to safely transporting the public. Read the full article here.
Mayor's Fund Advances NYC Will Activate Fallen Heroes Relief Effort
July 07: nyc.gov; The Mayor's Office announced on Friday that they will activate the Fallen Heroes Relief Effort in response to the killing of Officer Miosotis Familia in the line of duty in the Bronx on July 5th. The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City will donate to local charities working with the families of fallen officers, raise awareness and educate New Yorkers about various volunteer opportunities in their neighborhoods, and support ongoing programs that help bring police and community closer together. Read the full press release here. Donate 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.

Extreme Heat
  • NEW CDC Extreme Heat Resource Website
    Updated on June 19th, this webpage by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extreme heat preparedness information. There is also a special section highlighting tools and resources for Health Professionals. Learn more here.
  • Extreme Heat Tip Sheet for Religious Leaders
    Keep your congregation and community safe from the hazards of extreme heat. This National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) tip sheet provides information to help congregants cope with the heat hazards and best practices for using a house of worship as a "cooling center." Download the tip sheet here.

Faith Community
  • Active Shooter in a House of Worship
    This National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) tip sheet provides information to help religious and faith leaders take steps to reduce the likelihood and the impact of an active shooter in a house of worship, religious school or other religious events, sites or facilities. Learn more here.
  • Resources to Protect Your 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.

  • NEW Interactive Flood Mapping Tool
    Developed by the NYU Furman Center, this new tool at FloodzoneData.us merges housing and population information with FEMA flood insurance rate maps to produce an interactive map and downloadable data tables at the national, state, county, and Census tract levels. Learn more here.
  • NEW Flood Preparedness Video
    This 90-second animation video from FEMA illustrates what you should do before, during, and after a flood. Watch the video 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.

Gun Violence
  • UPDATED Gun Violence Prevention Congregational Toolkit
    Updated in 2017, this toolkit from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship aims to help congregations, groups, and organizations discuss issues of gun violence. Download the toolkit here.

  • NEW Hurricane Safety Guide
    To learn more about hurricanes and how you can adequately prepare for its effects, check out this hurricane safety guide. The guide notes that New York is one of the most hurricane-prone states. Read the full guide here.

Mental Health
  • Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning Guidance
    In this guidebook, the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services describes the disaster mental health planning process, presents the components of a disaster mental health plan, and presents links to related resources. Appendix A-1 is a checklist that can be used to assess a state disaster mental or behavioral health plan. Read the full report here.

  • NEW Wildfire Preparedness Video "When the Fire Starts"
    This new animation video from FEMA illustrates what you should do before, during, and after a wildfire. Watch the video here.
  • Guide: How to Prepare for A Wildfire
    This wildfire guide provides information on the basics of wildfires, how to protect yourself and your property from them, and what steps to take now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is. Learn more here.
  • America's PrepareAthon Resource Website
    The PrepareAthon website provides information and different materials and resources to prepare for and learn how to react during a wildfire. Learn more here.

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.
Crisis Communication Training
August 02, 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), JCRC, UJA Federation
New York, New York
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Lead by CDC's Crisis and Emergency Risk communications team, the training will cover major concepts of crisis communications and best practices. Participants will acquire the building blocks to develop an individualized crisis communications plan. The training will be held from 9:30AM to 4PM, at the UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, New York, NY.
FLASH 2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference
October 25-27, 2017
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
Atlanta, Georgia
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At this year's National Disaster Resilience Conference keynote presentations, discussion panels, and spotlight topics will focus on the latest in science, policy, and practice to create more resilient buildings and disaster-resilient communities in the face of earthquakes, floods, hail, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, and wildfires, as well as human-caused disasters. 

Featured Panelists - Kathryn Godfrey and Denton Herring
"Join Kathryn Godfrey, Assistant Director, US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Denton Herring, Senior Analyst, GAO to explore opportunities for the federal government to foster stronger national disaster resilience, during the FLASH 2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference."
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 (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
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