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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 readiness, response and recovery e-news resource and provides the latest updates on events, news, tools, trainings and other matters of interest to the New York City faith sector, religious leaders and our partners.

NYDIS also distributes NYDISnet ALERTs, emails with urgent information effecting NYC faith communities and notify New York City faith sector leaders and our partners of important news. Also, HOWalert (the NYC House of Worship Alert system) which sends emails, texts and voice alerts to faith sector leaders during local emergencies that threaten life and safety.


Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.
Executive Director


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Register Now: NYDIS Disaster Chaplaincy Training - November 28-29
This two-day (16-hour) Disaster Chaplain Training course will be lead by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network. The training prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide disaster spiritual care and emotional support during deployment to disaster sites as well as within their own congregations. This training is required for anyone seeking to volunteer as a disaster chaplain with NYDIS. Bi-lingual chaplains are needed to support evacuees arriving in NYC.

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.

Register Now: Tuition, $145. FREE for NYC Clergy Active in Puerto Rico & USVI Recovery.
NYDIS Supports 430+ Evacuees at NYC Hurricane Evacuee Services Center
On October 19th, the New York City Emergency Management opened the doors to its Hurricane Evacuee Services Center (HESC), inside the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029. There NYDIS' staff are conducting unmet needs assessments and exit interviews to insure all evacuees are getting the services they need. NYDIS is also providing emergency assistance vouchers, school supply vouchers, emergency MetroCards, human services referrals, and disaster spiritual care to support evacuees arriving from Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To date, over 430 families have visited the HESC, FEMA reports 968 families have arrived in New York State. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates and information on the center. Listen to Lilah Mejia, NYDIS' Evacuee Service Coordinator, describing the first day at the center here.

Evacuees in need of assistance, register
here or call 311.
Please Donate to NYDIS' Hurricane Evacuee Unmet Needs Fund
To date, NYDIS has assisted over 430 evacuee families in NYC. Most families have substantial unmet needs related to food, replacement clothing, school supplies, durable medical goods, local travel, basic home goods and temporary housing. We are spending up to $2,000 a day on emergency assistance to families. We need your support to carry on this work as unmet needs continue to increase. Please donate!
NYDIS Seeks Weekday Volunteers for NYC Hurricane Evacuee Services Center
Evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are arriving in NYC on a daily basis. To date, over 594 families (2,000+ individuals) have arrived in New York City - larger numbers are expected in coming weeks and months as survivors gain access to flights and connect to their families or medical care. Whether they stay a few weeks or months (waiting for electricity to be restored), for extended periods (until homes are rebuilt), or decide to stay permanently, these survivors need assistance. NYDIS is seeking bilingual volunteers to support evacuees at the NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center in Spanish Harlem and support our staff at our main office in Manhattan. Please share the link below with everyone who might be interested in volunteering.

Interested in volunteering? Please fill out our volunteer registration form.
NYDIS hosts Jonathon Soto's Puerto Rico Relief Briefing for VOAD Leaders
On October 11th, Jonathan Soto, Executive Director of the Mayor's NYC Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, spent the evening at NYDIS' office to brief the NYCVOAD and New York State VOAD leadership and government partners on his relief operations observations from the field in Puerto Rico. Soto, who has family in Puerto Rico, was deployed to San Juan for two weeks by the Mayor. The team departed on September 23rd and included Mayor's staff, NYPD, NYFD and NYC Emergency Management specialists to provide technical support to the City of San Juan's emergency operations efforts following the impact of Hurricane Maria. During his briefing Soto stressed the need for a productive conversation about supporting on-the-ground recovery, while also assisting evacuees coming to NYC from Puerto Rico and the USVIs.
Stories of Recovery - Welcome Home
NYDIS' client, a 61-year-old Sandy survivor, his 22-year-old son and his 20-year-old daughter, both in college, had been displaced from their home in Arverne, Queens for 14 months, from 06/2016 to 08/2017. "The financial double burden to help pay for his children's college expenses and the additional costs for the temporary apartment was a heavy burden. Thankfully, in partnership with NYC Build It Back and Center for NYC Neighborhoods NYDIS' Temporary Housing Services program was able to assist him with moving costs and storage reimbursements when the family moved back home on 8/25/17." explains NYDIS Housing Caseworker Boris. Welcome Home! For more client impact stories and daily updates follow us on Facebook.
NYC Faith Sector Crisis Leadership & Training Conference for Religious Leaders
On October 17th, in partnership with the NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response, NYDIS hosted the "NYC Faith Sector Crisis Leadership & Training Conference For Religious Leaders". Some 144 religious leaders, representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim communities from throughout New York City, participated in the conference to discuss the NYC Faith Sector 's readiness based indicators set forth in NYDIS' "Community Needs Assessment of the NYC Faith Sector". Participants engaged in workshops on Community Emergency Risk Communications (CERC), Public Health Responses in Emergencies, the NYCEM Community Emergency Planning Toolkit, and DHS/FEMA Plans and Resources to Protect Houses of Worship.

A special thank you to the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, for speaking at the conference about the role clergy play in Mental Health wellness and resources available through ThriveNYC -  raising awareness on the importance of mental health resilience within communities of faith.
Register: NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert) System - 2,000 and Growing
In partnership with the NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's 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 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 - New Full-time & Part-time Positions, Immediate Availability.
  • 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. 
  • Disaster Case Manager (Bi-lingual English-Spanish)
    Reporting to the Housing Casework Supervisor, Housing Caseworkers will work at our main office in Manhattan - there they will conduct intake, assessments, and support placement for clients in need of hotel or apartment/house rental leases in the New York City are. Caseworkers are responsible for tracking client data in compliance with contracts and finance office personnel. All applicants must be willing to work in the field Monday-Saturday with occasional weekend and evening duties. Occasional travel within the NYC area will be required.
  • Housing Caseworker
    NYDIS is seeking full-time Disaster Case Managers (DCM). DCM will be based both at the NYDIS offices near Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan and NYC evacuee service centers. DCM will be responsible for helping evacuees of the 2017 Hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in accessing disaster recovery resources, including the NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable. The DCM will report to the Moderator (Director) of the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable (UNR). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

LESReady! : Building Resiliency Workshop
Does your building have a disaster plan? Schedule a workshop with LESReady! for your building or tenant association. LESReady! Is a community-centered disaster response group that focuses on the Lower East Side. When Superstorm Sandy hit NYC nearly five years ago, community members, community-based organizations, block and tenant associations banded together to take care of one another. 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.

NEW SAMHSA Knowledge Network
The Knowledge Network provides a single, searchable portal to SAMHSA's publicly available online training and technical assistance content. The goal is to improve the design and delivery of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The website was built to help health care practitioners find specific tools and resources, such as webinars, white papers, fact sheets, trainings, or videos, more easily. Visit the Knowledge Network here.
STEW-MAP 2017 Survey
The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) is collecting information about civic groups and organizations that work on environmental stewardship in the region. More than 55 citywide agencies and nonprofits worked together with the Mayor's Office of the City of New York and researchers from the US Forest Service to develop this project. Your organization may not primarily focus on the environment, if you may still engage in caring for the environment in some fashion. Take the survey here.
What is CIMS? - New NYC EM 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.

FFEMA 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 (Mosques)
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.

Brooklyn Churches Raise Aid for The U.S. Virgin Islands
October 25: Brooklyn News 12; On October 25th, Pastor Gil Monrose gathered NYC Clergy and elected officials to raise awareness and aid for the U.S. Virgin Islands after the islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. "We think the Islands have been overlooked," says Pastor Monrose, who is a St. Croix native. A group of NYC Clergy, including Pastor Monrose, will travel to St. Croix and St. Thomas to deliver some of the aid donated during the event and assess the current situation on the Islands. Watch the news report here.
Interfaith Matters Podcast: From Foster Care to Activism
September 19: Interfaithcenter.org; Onleilove Alston, Executive Director of Faith in New York, an affiliate of the  PICO National Network (People Improving Communities Through Organizing) , talks with Interfaith Matters Podcast's host Maggi Van Dorn about the importance of faith-rooted community organizing and improving life in "The Most Spiritual City in America." During the interview Onleilove, who experienced homelessness as a child explains that "Encountering a God of the orphan and the widow was empowering because I was an orphan.  Reading about a God who preached good news to the poor was good news to me because I was poor.  And I began to think I could do something to change my community and to help other young people like myself." Today, she is a contributing writer and board member of Sojourners magazine, and founder of "Prophetic Whirlwind," an organization - and forthcoming book - about the Black presence in the Bible. Listen to or download the podcast here.
Podcast: Jonathan Soto on the Bilateral Value of Faith and Civic Engagement
August 23rd: Interfaithcenter.org; In the August episode of the podcast "Interfaith Matters," host Maggi Van Dorn talks with Jonathan Soto about why collaboration between faith communities and local government is not a violation of the First Amendment, but is essential to protect freedom, and help citizens in need. Soto, who will be one of the experts working with faith leaders at the Interfaith Center of New York's upcoming " Interfaith Civic, Leadership Academy," is the Executive Director of Mayor Bill de Blasio's newly-formed Center for Faith and Community Partnerships. Listen to the podcast here.
Outdated and Unreliable: FEMA's Faulty Flood Maps Put Homeowners at Risk
October 06: Bloomberg; In Hitchcock, Texas, fewer than one in four households had flood insurance when Hurricane Harvey pummeled into the city. Bloomberg News says the low rate of house owners with flood insurance could be explained by outdated FEMA flood maps for the area. "The local flood maps managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency hadn't been updated since 1983. That made it harder for residents to know if their homes were at risk of flooding." Furthermore, the article criticizes that "even FEMA's newer maps are likely to fall short as an accurate indicator of flood risk because they don't account for rapid rain accumulation, how buildings are constructed, climate change or expected population growth, among other things." Read the full article here.
NYC is Denying 9/11 First Responders Disability Pensions
October 02: New York Post; Fire Department paramedics and EMTs who responded to the 9/11 attacks and now suffer from medical illnesses say the city is forgetting about them. According to the New York Post, sick paramedics and EMTs are denied the more lucrative, three-quarters, tax-free disability pensions at a far higher rate than firefighters, New York City Employees Retirement System. "It's a crime what they're doing to EMTs and paramedics who got sick. It's a game of attrition, " said Gary Smiley, 53, a retired paramedic with asthma and PTSD, whose disability claim was rejected by NYCERS. "They want you to go away and die." Read the full article here.
Best Intentions: When Disaster Relief Brings Anything But Relief
September 09: CBS News; In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Americans showed their generosity and kindness in form of donated goods and cash. While cash donations are always helpful to rebuild a community after a disaster, donated goods sometimes not only get in the way of the recovery process, but can cause a second disaster. "Generally, after a disaster, people with loving intentions donate things that cannot be used in a disaster response, and in fact may actually be harmful," says Juanita Rilling, former director of the Center for International Disaster Information in Washington, D.C. "And they have no idea that they're doing it." While there are times when giving things works. It is important to keep in mind, that not everything is needed, as Tammy Shapiro, one of the organizers of Occupy Sandy, points out. When Hurricane Sandy destroyed more than 650,000 homes in 2012, Occupy Sandy very quickly "just stopped taking clothes," Shapiro explains. Instead, they created a "relief supply" wedding registry. "We put the items that we needed donated on that registry," said Shapiro. "And then people who wanted to donate could buy the items that were needed. I mean, a lot of what we had on the wedding registry was diapers. They needed flashlights." Disaster response worker Rebecca Gustafson says that while "[m]oney sometimes doesn't feel personal enough for people. […] The reality is, it's one of the most compassionate things that people can do." Read the full article here.
PEW and Fiscally Conservative Groups Urge Stronger Flood Standards for Building
September 25: The PEW Charitable Trusts; Following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, about 30 organizations have urged the Trump administration in an open letter to adopt restrictions on building in dangerous flood zones. The diverse group includes environmental, insurance, architecture, emergency management, engineering, and fiscally conservative organizations. "We ask the administration to lead the nation in rebuilding after Harvey and Irma by ensuring our communities and infrastructure are strong enough to withstand the next big flood, and would welcome the opportunity to work with the administration on such a standard," states the coalition's  letter. Read the full press release here.
Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After 2017 Hurricanes
October 03: americanprogress.org; The 2017 hurricane season will not end until November 30st, but the intensity, number, and destructive impacts of this year's storms have already broken records. This year was the first year on record in which three Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States. Combined, the storms have killed approximately 200 people in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As scientists predict that climate change will further amplify these events in the future, this article calls on "all levels of government to take immediate steps to build stronger, more resilient infrastructure and communities and to make smarter and safer decisions about where to build homes and industrial facilities. Every $1 spent on mitigation measures ahead of a disaster saves $4 down the road." Read the full article here.
Future NYC Flooding Will Be Caused by Sea-Level Rise, Not Stronger Storm Surge
October 24: Homeland Security News Wire; Researchers from Penn State's Earth System Science Center have found that rising sea levels caused by a warming climate threaten greater future storm damage to New York City. The researchers first calibrated their sea-level models to simulate the rates of historic sea-level rise. Then they ran simulations for the future, with and without results of a recent study that projects large future Antarctic ice sheet melt. A large Antarctic melt implies large increases in sea level, globally and at New York City. "If we cause large sea-level rise, that dominates future risks, but if we could prevent sea-level rise and just have the storm surge to worry about, our projections show little change in coastal risk from today during most years," said Michael E. Mann, distinguished professor of  meteorology and atmospheric science and director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center. "While those storms that strike New York City might be bigger and stronger, there may be fewer of them as changing storm tracks increasingly steer the storms away from NYC and toward other regions." Read the full article here.
Hurricane Relief Center Opens in East Harlem
October 17: pix11; On Thursday, October 19th, New York City opened its Hurricane Service Center. The Center, housed inside the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, will assist residents of Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands who are relocating to the city for short-term or long-term recovery assistance following the recent hurricanes. "The city is here. We're open and we want to be able to help you. The Center here isn't federal resources; it isn't state resources - it's city resources and the purpose of this is to make sure people are getting comfortable here in New York City," said Assistant Commissioner for Community Outreach Herman Schaffer. Read the full article here.
FEMA Releases New National Incident Management System 
October 17: fema.gov; The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a common, nationwide approach to enable the whole community to work together to manage all threats and hazards. FEMA has released a refreshed NIMS to ensure that this important guidance continues to reflect the collective expertise of the whole community. Learn more here.
NYC Mayor Announces Service Center to Support Hurricane Evacuees
October 16: nyc.gov; Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that a service center will open next week to support displaced individuals and families from Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands following recent hurricanes. The center will open on Thursday, October 19th, at the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center located at 1680 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The Mayor said that "New York City will help those affected by recent hurricanes in any way we can. We 've been sending donations and emergency responders to affected areas, and now we're setting up a central location to help displaced people in our city receive essential services and assistance." Read the full press release here.
Chelsea Bomber Found Guilty on All Charges in Terror Trial
October 16: NY Daily News; After an eight-day trial, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 29, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was found guilty on all charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction, in the terror attack on West 23rd and 27th streets on Sept. 17, 2016, as well as in Seaside Park and Elizabeth, New Jersey that wounded dozens of bystanders. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim released a statement immediately following the verdict: "On September 17, 2016, Ahmad Khan Rahimi attacked our country and our way of life.  Inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda, Rahimi planted and detonated bombs on the streets of Chelsea, in the heart of Manhattan, and in New Jersey, hoping to kill and maim as many innocent people as possible. […] Today's verdict is a victory for New York City, a victory for America in its fight against terror, and a victory for all who believe in the cause of justice." Read the article here. Read the full statement here.
Trump Nominates Kirstjen Nielsen For Homeland Security Post
October 10: whitehouse.gov; President Donald Trump nominated White House Deputy Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Nielsen would succeed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who served as head of the Department of Homeland Security for just over six months before replacing Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff July 31st. Read the full press release here.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Unsealing of Charges in 2016 NYC Terror Plot
October 06: justice.gov; On Friday, October 6th, Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the Court's unsealing of federal terrorism charges against three men alleged to have plotted attacks on New York City during the summer of 2016 in support of ISIS, which were thwarted by law enforcement. All three men have been arrested, and one has pled guilty. Learn more about the case and read the full statement here.
The Biggest Domestic Terrorist Threat to Americans: White American Men
October 04: Homeland Security News Wire; This article argues that while radicalized Islamists and Terrorists pose a threat to the United States, the bigger threat is coming from attackers not (necessarily) inspired by religion: white American men. The article shows that since President Trump took office, more Americans have been killed by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners. Read the full article here.
Lone-Wolf Killers - What Drives Them?
October 04: Homeland Security News Wire; Lone offenders, sometimes called "lone wolfs," like the single shooter, Stephen Paddock, who killed dozens and injuring hundreds in Las Vegas, often seem to leave the public and authorities even more puzzled and surprised than bombings or shootings by organized terrorist groups . This article argues that the reason for this is the uncertainty about the attackers' motivations. The missing motive behind the actions of lone-wolf attackers like Stephen Paddock or the Orlando nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, not only makes it harder for people to find closure, it also makes it more difficult for the authorities to detect and prevent such attacks. Read the full article here.
America's Mass Shootings Are Becoming Much More Deadly
October 02: The Washington Post; The mass shooting that  killed at least 50 people  in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1st, was the deadliest in American history. Only 16 months after the previous deadliest mass shooting in modern American history: the Orlando Night Club Shooting. The article shows that casualties during shootings are massively increasing, while the time periods between shootings are rapidly decreasing: "While from 1949 to 1991 the increase in the number of deaths was only nine. The shooting at Virginia Tech was more than double that in Camden in 1949. The killings in Orlando added 17 more deaths to the total." The number of lives lost in Las Vegas will be at least twice the toll of the deadliest shooting in history as of 11 years ago. Read the full article here.
9/11 Fire Commissioner to Lead Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts
October 01: New York Post; Former FDNY commissioner Thomas Von Essen has been named head of the FEMA Region II. As the new leader of the hurricane recovery efforts, Von Essen told The Post "There's a lot of work to do. I'm excited to go down there to continue the work that they've done, that they've started. " Being appointed a little over a week after Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico  and the rest of the Caribbean, Von Essen said during the interview how the devastation that the storm left in its wake ultimately made him take the job as the new head of Region II, which also serves New York, New Jersey and the US Virgin Island. "It's an honor to be asked to come back and work again to help people that really need it, and I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I've seen what FEMA can do. I know how they can help people that really need it. My life was the the FDNY, surrounded by people like that who are able to make a different and help strangers and I'm looking forward to making a difference as soon as I can." Read the full article here.
Interview with NYCEM Commissioner Esposito: Is New York City Hurricane Ready?
September 21: Metro Focus; New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Esposito sat down with PBS to discuss New York City's hurricane preparedness and whether the City could handle a storm on par with Harvey or Irma. Watch the interview here.

New York to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission by 2030
September 14: nyc.gov; On September 14th, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new mandates that will force building owners to make sharp reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The new rules will compel owners to meet fossil fuel caps - requiring deeper upgrades to boilers, water heaters, roofs and windows on an accelerated 2030 timeframe. "Time is not on our side," said de Blasio. "New York will continue to step up and make critical changes to help protect our city and prevent the worst effects of climate change. We must shed our buildings' reliance on fossil fuels here and now. To do this, we are mandating upgrades to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings, helping us continue to honor the goals of the Paris Agreement. No matter what happens in Washington, we will not shirk our responsibility to act on climate in our own backyard." Read the full press release here.


  • NEW: HSC Framework For Serving New Yorkers After Major Disaster
    Coordinated by the Human Services Council (HSC), this Framework was developed by a diverse group of human services providers to provide principles and general guidance on how the sector will ensure a coordinated strategy following a major disaster. The document is especially helpful for disaster professionals who do not regularly provide services in New York City and human services providers in New York City that do not regularly provide disaster-related services. Read or download the framework here.

First Responder Wellness
First responders are often exposed to traumatic and high-stress events. The following resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health focus on first responders' specific needs to help them better assess crisis situations and respond in the safest way for all involved. Also included are resources to recognize the signs of traumatic stress caused by responding to disasters, tips for managing stress, and tips for getting back to daily life after a disaster.
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.

  • 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.

  • Post-Hurricane Safety Tips
    Learn how to stay safe after a Hurricane with these post- hurricane safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
    • Do not drive through flooded areas and standing water . Turn around, don't drown!
    • Avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning . Keep the generator at least 20 feet outside door/window. Don't grill inside. Fumes can kill.
    • Use bottled, boiled, or treated water  for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.
    • Throw away perishable foods , like meat, seafood, milk, and eggs, that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages or have come in contact with floodwater. 
    • If it's hot , move to a cool place, take sips of water, and take cool showers.
    • Throw away any drugs that may have been contaminated with floodwater.   
    • If you are pregnant, drink lots of clean water and get plenty of rest—especially when you are sick.
    • Call SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 if you need counseling support. For assistance in Spanish, you can call or text HABLANOS at 1-212-461-4635.
Hurricane Maria caused dangerous and destructive high winds, flooding, heavy rain, and storm surges. Now, people affected by the storm face risk from  carbon monoxide poisoning , downed power lines, mold, and other threats. Recovering from hurricanes can be difficult mentally and physically. For more tips on how you can stay safe after the hurricane visit:
Slow-Onset Disasters
  • 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.

  • 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.
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 (2 Days)
November 28-29, 2017
National Disaster Interfaiths Network
New York, NY
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This two-day (16-hour) NDIN Disaster Chaplain Training course prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites 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

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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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