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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 Distributes Last of $7.7M in American Red Cross NYC Sandy Recovery Funds
On August 17th, the NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR), administered by NYDIS, awarded its final $25,000 in Red Cross funding to two NYC families impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The UNR, a resource of last resort designed to secure sustainable recovery for the most vulnerable and under-resourced survivors identified by disaster case managers across New York City. NYDIS' Executive Director, Peter Gudaitis, and American Red Cross of Greater New York CEO, Josh Lockwood, visited both families to present the final two allocations. Founded in 2001, ini tially as a 9/11 recovery program, the UNR has been administered by NYDIS as a resource of last resort.

To date, NYDIS' UNR has distributed over $13.6M to 2,356 under-resourced Superstorm Sandy survivor and victim households (6,519 individuals). The American Red Cross provided 40% of all UNR funding for Superstorm Sandy. In total, the American Red Cross awarded $7.7M to support NYDIS' Sandy recovery programs after the storm, the largest recipient of the Sandy recovery grants. Under NYDIS' leadership, the UNR has distributed over $24M since 2001. "The American Red Cross has been proud to support NYDIS' Unmet Needs Roundtable in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Over a multi-year period, the Roundtable has provided critical funding directly to Sandy survivors for needs not addressed by other funding sources. As the Unmet Needs Roundtable completes its final year of Sandy recovery operations, the American Red Cross is gratified that thousands of New Yorkers have received much-needed funds to aid them in their recovery." said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in Greater New York during the event.
See pictures of the event here.

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

Stories of Recovery - SuperStorm Sandy
After nearly six years of living in their Sandy-damaged home in the Seagate community on Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYDIS' Temporary Housing Services (THS) staff assisted a husband and wife, along with their three children with moving into a temporary rental apartment a couple of blocks from their home. The family's home was flooded with four feet of water and  they lost both of their cars. The family used their flood insurance funds to replace their furniture and buy a working car. Recently, NYDIS' THS partner, the Center for NYC Neighborhoods paid the broker's fee, security deposit, pet fee, and first month's rent on this rental apartment. NYDIS' housing caseworker, Eric ( pictured), will continue to work with the family on their monthly rent re-certifications. Given their financial distress, NYDIS' Unmet Needs Roundtable also paid the family's $10,300 Transfer Fee, so that NYC Build It Back could begin construction. They are scheduled to move back home in December - NYDIS and all our partners hope to welcome them home for the holidays. For more client impact stories and daily updates  follow us on Facebook.

NYDIS Announces September National Preparedness Month Campaign
In partnership with our NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program (FSCPP), NYDIS will promote one new initiative or preparedness resource each week during September, which is National Preparedness Month. Each week's resource or initiative is targeted to help build disaster or public health emergency resilience within the New York City faith sector, including:
  • HOWalert Registration Campaign - Each congregation, faith-based non-profit and religious body/network in New York City will receive both an email and mailed postcard reminding recipients to register for the HOWalert, the NYC House of Worship Alert system. Which sends text, email, or voice messages to faith sector leaders during a crisis.
  • Community Needs Assessment of the NYC Faith Sector- NYDIS will release the executive summary and recommendations for building a more resilience faith sector.
  • Training Conference Registration - NYDIS will send out invitations and open registration for our Tuesday, October 17th crisis leadership and training conference for NYC religious leaders, faith-based organizations and our partners.
  • NYC Faith-Sector Preparedness Tools & Resources - NYDIS will release a special National Preparedness Month issue of NYDISnet that includes faith sector preparedness and resilience tools as well as other information that all religious leaders and faith-based organizations should be aware of in order to provide crisis leadership or humanitarian aid.

The FSCPP is a funded by the NYC Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and UJA Federation of New York.

Register Now: Disaster Chaplain Certification, November 28-29, 2017
NYDIS is co-sponsoring this two-day (16-hour) Disaster Chaplain Training course, led by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network. The training prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to NYC disaster sites with NYDIS, as well as within their own communities. The course comprises four, 4-hour sessions offered over two days, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers. Each registrant must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a professional chaplain and/or credentialed religious leaders. Led by a NDIN Instructors, participants learn through lecture and interactive group exercises about disaster response operations, disaster spiritual care, mental health, and self-care. Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency are also covered. The course cost is $145 including meals & training materials. Register now

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
Hurricane Harvey Updates:

Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey continues to affect much of Coastal Texas and Louisiana. This storm and its impact are historic. With response operations ongoing, it is too early to say just what the total human and economic impact will be, let alone future recovery needs.

As of August 30th, Harvey resulted in 32,000 in shelters, 40,000+ homes damaged, 18,0000 rescues, 25 dead, and nearly 1 million registered for FEMA assistance. We're looking at a minimum of 10 years for long-term recovery.

National VOAD Update:
National VOAD website for updates on the Hurricane Harvey response, can be found here.
  • Volunteer registration form here.
  • Donations to Texas VOAD members: here.
  • Donations to National VOAD members: here.
  • Individual In-Kind Donations form: here.

LES Ready! : Building Resiliency Workshop
Does your building have a disaster plan? Schedule a workshop with Lower East Side Ready! for your building or tenant association. Click  here and fill out this short  form.

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.

What is CIMS? - New Animated Video
A new animated awareness video by New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) provides a basic overview of the Citywide Incident Management System (CIMS) and why it is important in coordinating emergency response in New York City. View the video and learn more about how city agencies work together during times of an emergency. Click  here to watch the video.

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.

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

Period for Ground Zero Workers to Seek Compensation Extended to 9/11/2018
September 12: NYT reports that "New York State is extending the period for workers and volunteers to seek medical benefits and lost wages resulting from their involvement in the rescue and recovery operations in Lower Manhattan after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001." Read more here.
Faith in New York: Faith over Fear Campaign
Supported in part by funding from NYDIS, Faith in New York is partnering with faith and justice organizations across the city under its Faith of Fear Campaign. The campaign's protection and resistance platform includes a pre-election legislative agenda and community trainings designed to foster a more inclusive and just community life for all New Yorkers. Click here to learn more about the campaigns seven legislative objectives.

ICNY Launches Interfaith Civic Leadership Academy
The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) is searching for fellows to join a new civic leadership training academy for New York City's grassroots religious leaders. ICNY will admit its first cohort of 20 diverse academy fellows from across New York City. The comprehensive academy program, beginning  November 2017 will support diverse grassroots religious leaders continue to build healthy, supportive, inclusive communities for all New Yorkers, by providing expert training workshops as well as community-based project building. Academy fellows will benefit from a combination of civic engagement, legal literacy, and community organizing workshops  delivered by experts. In addition, participants can expect interfaith dialogue with diverse peer groups and networking opportunities to play a prominent role. Learn more here.

Faith Movement Seeks to Reclaim 9/11
August 09: Townhall.com; A Christian group named "In God We Trust" is hoping to redeem the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks with a new TV special and online petition. "Our message is simple - we want to take back a day that was used for evil and, instead, redeem it for good," says Don Black, President and CEO of Cornerstone Television Network. The group hopes to have September 11 declared an official day of prayer in the U.S. Once they have 100,000 signatures on their online petition, they will present it to President Trump. Read the full article here.

Hundreds Attend Event to Support Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center
August 09: Star Tribune; People of many faiths came together on Tuesday, August 8th, at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington to show their support and denounce the bombing of the center's imam's office Saturday morning. At least 1,000 people gathered on the back lawn of the mosque and listened to more than 20 speakers — imams, priests, rabbis and lay people. They all shared the same message: We are all one Minnesota. We will not let hate win. "An attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church, an attack on all communities of faith," said the Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, head of the Minnesota Council of Churches. "We have to stand up to this kind of hate." Read the full article 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.
Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
August 18: NY 1; The U.S. Department of Justice' Office of the Inspector General has released the final report on the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund. During a five-year study, the office says the fund didn't keep supporting documents for some claims, including proof establishing presence at the World Trade Center. The victim compensation fund released a statement saying it acknowledges the work done by the Inspector General, and has undergone „many positive changes since OIG concluded its substantive review, including new leadership and updated regulations that implement changes as a result of the Dec. 18, 2015, reauthorization of the program by Congress and the President for an additional five years." Read the full article here. Read the report here.

Religious Leaders Oppose Changes to Johnson Amendment
August 16: Religion News Services; Spearheaded by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the  Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, more than four thousand religious leaders from a wide range of different faiths have signed a letter asking Congress to preserve, in its current form, the Johnson Amendment, a law that effectively bars faith-based organizations from making political statements from the pulpit. Earlier this year, President Trump signed  an executive order that directed the Internal Revenue Service to relax enforcement of rules barring tax-exempt churches from political activity and vowed to "totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear." Read the full article here.

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Climate Report
August 07: The New York Times; Scientists from 13 federal agencies have published a report saying that global warming is already having a large effect on the United States. The report shows that heat waves and droughts have reached record intensities in some parts of the country, and concludes that even if humans immediately stopped emitting greenhouse gases, the world temperature would still rise by an additional 0.50 degrees Fahrenheit over this century. Scientists say, the projected actual rise will be as much as 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Read the full article here. Read the draft of the report 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.

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.
Anger Over Rally Violence Boils Over in Charlottesville
August 21: ABC NEWS; A city council meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted in fury on Monday night, August 21st, over the authorities' handling of the white supremacist rally on Saturday, August 12th, that left one women dead and 19 people injured. Some residents were screaming and cursing at councilors Monday night and calling for their resignations, at one point, the mayor, vice mayor and three council members fled and two people holding a sign that said "blood on your hands" jumped on the chamber's dais. The Protests in Charlottesville turned violent on Saturday as white supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators, and a car ploughed into the crowd of anti-racist and anti-fascist protesters. The "Unite the Right" rally, which was described as one of the largest white supremacists rally's in recent U.S. history, was planned  for Saturday, August 12 to protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate icon General Robert E Lee. The day before, on Friday, August 11th, marchers descended on the University of Virginia carrying torches and yelling slogans "white lives matter" and "blood and soil". Read the full article here. Read more related articles here.

Experts Say Far-Right Extremists are a Greater Threat Than Left-Wing Militants
August 16: Homeland Security News Wire; In regard to President Trumps remarks that left-inspired violence in the United States is as bad as violence generated by the extreme right during his press conference on Tuesday, August 15th, following the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia the Saturday before, experts say that the president's assertion is patently false. "Using the fact that some counterprotesters were, in fact, violent, creates a structural and moral false equivalency," says Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. According to Homeland Security News Wire, the FBI, DHS, state and local law enforcement all consider right-wing extremists to be more dangerous to public safety than left-leaning extremists. Domestic security experts estimate that there are 400,000-500,000 Americans who are affiliated, in one way or another, with various right-wing extremist groups, compared with a few thousand Antifa, Black Box, and other militant left-wing activists.  Read the full article here. Read more related articles here and here.

Physically Uninjured - A Survivor's Perspective
August 16: Domestic Preparedness; A mass casualty incident leaves many victims in its wake. Beyond those who are tragically killed, survivors also suffer from the physical and psychological effects of the incident. Unfortunately, the psychologically injured can sometimes go unnoticed. In this article, Lisa Hamp, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 recounts her story of survival and her journey back to recovery. Read the full article here.

‘Sphere' Sculpture Returns to World Trade Center Plaza
August 11: NY1; Port Authority has approved plans to move back. Fritz Koenig's "Sphere for Plaza Fountain," to the World Trade Center Plaza this year. After 9/11 the damaged sculpture had been recovered from the WTC and moved to Battery Park. As approved by the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the 25-ton piece will be transported from the Battery, hoisted up into the new elevated Liberty Park, and set down near the St. Nicholas National Shrine. Read the full article here.

Active Hurricane Season May Get Even Busier
August 09: The New York Times; Government forecasters predict two to five major hurricanes during this year's Atlantic hurricane season, and say it may be the busiest hurricane season since 2010. "There's a possibility that the season could be extremely active," said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with the  Climate Prediction Center. In all, he said, the center was forecasting 14 to 19 named storms, with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher, including five to nine hurricanes. Read the full article here.

Man Killed in 9/11 Attacks is Identified by DNA Testing
August 07: The New York Times; Last month, the remains of a man who was killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center have been positively identified. The man, whose name was withheld by officials at his family's request, was the first Sept. 11 victim to be identified in more than two years. Recent improvements to how DNA is extracted and tested helped identify the man's remains and give hope to families whose loved ones are still missing. "This ongoing work is vital because with each new identification, we are able to bring answers to families affected by tremendous loss," said Dr. Sampson, the City's Chief Medical Examiner. Read the full article here.

U.S. Electrical Grid Still Vulnerable to Attacks
July 21: The National Academies Press; A report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine details increasing threats to the U.S. electrical grid and provides recommendations for improving its resiliency. Specifically, natural disasters and cyberterrorism have the potential to cause loss of life and billions of dollars in damage to the grid. M. Granger Morgan, Professor of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, who led the committee, says, "Outages caused by natural disasters are more common than one might think. While the U.S. (Electrical Grid) has not been subject to a large physical assault or cyberattack, both pose serious and growing risks." Get the report here.

New Research on Flood Technology Improves Forecasting
July 21: Homeland Security News Wire; The Flood Apex Program, run by the Science and Technology Directorate's First Responders Group in conjunction with the Lower Colorado River Authority, is developing new Internet of Things sensor technology and geo-targeting alerts to aid in flood preparedness and recovery. The technology will alert first r esponders, emergency managers, and the public to potential threats in their area and could save lives, money, and property. It is expected that the sensors will be delivered by early 2018 for field evaluation, testing, and evaluation. Read the full article here.

Capitol Police Officer Paints to Cope with 9/11 Trauma
July 20: 911memorial.org; Federico A. Ruiz, a 9/11 first responder at the Pentagon, now has paintings on display in the exhibition, "Land, Sea & Sky: A Minimalist's Caribbean" in Glenn Echo Park, Maryland. The Army search-and-rescue team leader currently resides in Fort Belvoir, VA and works as a Capitol Police officer. He took up painting again as a way to deal with the trauma he experienced. "I started exploring different types of styles of painting and digging into who I am and what made me happy," he commented. Read the full article here.

New Guide for Nonprofits Regarding Immigration Enforcement
July 18: nylpi.org; The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest released a guide for nonprofit leaders to assist and protect immigrant clients in times of heightened immigration enforcement. The guide aims to provide answers to key questions, advice on how to deal with specific scenarios, and give a background on particular legalities nonprofits should know. Read the guide here.  Read the press release here.

Extreme Sea Levels More Likely
July 14: Nature Communications; According to a newly published study in Nature Communications, extreme events due to rising sea levels will occur more frequently than was thought before. When an extreme event collides with continually rising seas, it takes a less intense storm, such as a Category I hurricane, to inflict as much coa stal damage as a Category II or III storm would have had when the seas were lower. The researchers, from the University of Central Florida, analyzed data that examines extreme events to study the impacts of rising sea levels on coastal communities. They predict that by 2050, extreme events, that were expected to happen about once every hun dred years, could occur every decade or even every year due to rising sea levels. Get the study here.

House Defeats Amendment to Strip Climate Study From Defense Bill
July 13: The Hill; U.S. Representative Scott Perry's (R-PA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was defeated on Thursday in a vote of 185 to 234. The amendment targeted the bill's provision which requires the Pentagon to conduct a study on the 20-year impacts of climate change on the military and national security. Rep. Perry didn't gain the support of 46 Republicans who voted to keep the study provision in the bill. Read the full article  here. Read a related article  here.

Mayor's Fund Activates Fallen Heroes Relief Effort
July 7: nyc.gov; The Mayor's Office announced on Friday, July 7th, 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, as well as 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
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Disaster Mental Health Study
    In a study titled, "Helping African American Clergy and Churches Address Minority Disaster Mental Health Disparities: Training Needs, Model, and Example," researchers, led by Jamie D. Aten from Wheaton College Illinois, have conducted 41 qualitative interviews with African American clergy one year after Hurricane Katrina in severely affected areas of south Mississippi. These interviews revealed how mental health professionals can work with African American clergy and their churches by providing training that tar gets minority disaster mental health disparities. Get the study  here.
  • NEW Issue of The Dialogue: Low Socioeconomic Status and Disasters
    A person's socioeconomic status (SES) can shape their everyday life due to factors such as education, occupation, and level of income. Those with low SES have comparatively less access to behavioral health resources and professional treatment in the United States. As a result, these people may be more affected by disasters. This issue of The Dialogue from SAMHSA's Disaster Technical Assistance Center highlights how the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program and other disaster behavioral health efforts can best serve those living in low SES communities. Read the issue here.

Slow-Onset Disasters
  • NEW Review of Surge Practices For Slow-Onset Crises
    This report from the "Transforming Surge Capacity Project," examines the challenges of responding to slow-onset events (e.g. refugee crises, drought, or food shortages), and how resources that are normally deployed in surge events might also be used for progressive disasters. The report suggests a variety of ways governments and humanitarian agencies can craft policies that trigger responses to slow-onset disasters and allow surge capability to be used. Read the full report  here.

Tribal Community
  • NEW Introduction to Tribal Emergency Preparedness Law
    This introduction to tribal emergency preparedness by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an entry into understanding the tribal authority and cross-jurisdictional coordination. First, it outlines tribal emergency preparedness authorities and gives examples of these authorities across tribal law. Then, it discusses federal Indian law and the principles governing the relationships among tribes, states, and the federal government in the context of emergency preparedness. Learn more  here.

  • 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.
National Preparedness Month
September 1-30, 2017
United States
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This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." Everyone is able to help their community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11, 2017
United States
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MyGoodDeed, a 501c3 nonprofit, founded the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, also known as 9/11 Day. "The long-term mission of MyGoodDeed is to transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy and service as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military."

Child Life Specialists (CLS)
September 16, 2017
Child Life Disaster Relief (CDLR)
New York, New York
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Children's Disaster Services established a training with CLDR in 2015 that is specific to child life. This training is a one-day training offered twice a year and includes a post-training assignment to be completed for certification. The assignment focuses on a web and application exercise and a group living questionnaire. Child life specialists receive 7 PDU's for this training. The training begins around 8-9am and ends around 4-5pm. Child life specialists are asked to attend either the full training or the one-day training for CDS certification eligibility. 

NEMA Annual Forum
September 28-October 01, 2017
National Emergency Management Association
Scottsdale, Arizona
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The National Emergency Management Association's 2017 annual meeting will provide the opportunity to continue to advance the profession of emergency management through our collaboration, as well as share the accomplishments and progress made since the Mid-Year Forum by each of the committees.

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 di sasters. 

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. 

Disaster Chaplaincy Certification
November 28-29, 2017
New York Disaster Interfaith Services & NDIN
New York, NY
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NYDIS is co-sponsoring this two-day (16-hour) Disaster Chaplain Training course, lead by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network. The training prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to NYC disaster sites with NYDIS, as well as within their own communities. The course comprises four, 4-hour sessions offered over two days, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers. Each registrant must be endorsed for this training and/or currently serve as a professional chaplain and/or credentialed religious leaders. Led by a NDIN Instructors, participants learn through lecture and interactive group exercises about disaster response operations, disaster spiritual care, mental health, and self-care. Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency are also covered.

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
NYC DOHMH's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
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