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HURRICANE SANDY
Impact Timeline: Sunday, October 28-Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dear NYDIS Members and Partners:

In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New York City and in preparation for its impact on FEMA Region I & II, NYDIS has now activated its response staff and is placing its members on alert. The Mayor and the NYC Office of Emergency Management have provided the information and recommendations below to mitigate the impact of this storm on life and property. Please read it and act now if you are in harm's way.

NYDIS and its members are working hard to keep our faith communities, their congregations and social service facilities informed about the storm's progress and to prepare our clients, staff and the public.

Our members will be in constant contact throughout the weekend, and will convene Tuesday to begin the process of assessing impacts and responding to unmet needs of affected individuals and communities.

At this time, we ask for your cooperation in spreading the word about mitigation and preparedness best practices and information. Sandy is being classified as a "perfect storm" of historic proportions; we ask for your prayers to keep our City safe and shield us from all harm to person or property.

Please remember us when the storm passes. Sandy’s recovery costs are projected to be in the billions. We don't know yet what the human costs will be, but NYDIS and its members will need your generous support to meet the unmet needs of impacted families. Please consider making a cash donation.

Ruth Yoder Wenger
Executive Vice-President
On Behalf of the Board of Directors & Members of NYDIS

Be A Ready Congregation:

Faith-Based Resources:

  • NYDIS Disaster Spiritual Care/Mental Health Manual for Religious Leaders: (Click Here)
  • NDIN Disaster Tip Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders: (Click Here)
  • NDIN Disaster Tip Sheets for Faith Community Partners: (Click Here)
  • NDIN iNET - Free e-news for Faith-based Disaster Leaders : (Click Here)

Evacuation & Emergency Updates Resources:

  • Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder: (Click Here) or call 311
  • NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone Map (PDF): (Click Here)
  • Ready New York Hurricanes Guide (11 Different Languages): (Click Here)
  • Sign up for the Notify NYC emergency notification system at:  www.NYC.gov/notify.
  • Check OEM's website for important information at:  www.NYC.gov/oem.

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Resources:

  • American Red Cross "Safe & Well" (Missing Persons): (Click Here)
  • FEMA Disaster Help & Resources - DisasterAssistance.Gov: (Click Here)

EVACUATIONS, CLOSINGS & MASS CARE

Mayor Bloomberg has just announced a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas in Zone A, including areas within Lower Manhattan. Parts of the Lower East Side, West Side and Battery Park City are part of the evacuation zone – check if your home falls within Zone A, and the location of your nearest emergency shelter using this tool.

Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at www.NYC.gov/hurricanezones, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115), or consult the map provided in this brochure to find out if your address is located in an evacuation zone.

Evacuation/Shelter Locator: (Click Here)

Subway, bus, and railroad service will be suspended as of 7pm tonight, including Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad. Public schools will be closed Monday.  All elevators in the 26 NYCHA housing complexes within Zone A will be shut down beginning at 7pm tonight. City parks, beaches and playgrounds are closed beginning at 5pm today. Senior Centers will be closing early on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday.

ALL PATH train service and stations will be shutdown at 12:01am Monday, October 29th until further notice due to Hurricane Sandy.

The NYC Department of Education has closed all Public Schools for tomorrow, 10/29/12.

The NYC Department of Transportation has suspended Alternate Side Parking Regulations and payment at meters citywide on 10/29/12. For more information and updates please visit http://www.nyc.gov or call 311.

SHARE THESE RESOURCES WITH YOUR FAMILY, CONGREGATION & STAFF
  • You can follow Hurricane Sandy’s progress at the National Weather Service.
  • For the latest information about an approaching storm or to find out if you should evacuate, stay tuned to TV and radio broadcasts, access www.NYC.gov,
  • Follow NYC Office of Emergency Management on Facebook, follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter, or call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115).

ACCORDING TO THE NYC Hurricane Readiness Guide, HERE ARE THE STEPS YOU AND YOUR CONGREGATION & STAFF SHOULD TAKE TO BE PREPARED FOR THIS STORM

HAVE A PLAN
Make sure your preparedness plan addresses how your special needs affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, and communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from friends, family, or neighbors if you will need assistance with evacuation. Allow additional time and consider your transportation needs.

IF YOU HAVE PETS
Make sure your disaster plan addresses what you will do with your pet if a hurricane requires you to leave your home.If you cannot shelter your pet at a kennel or with friends or relatives outside the evacuation area, pets are allowed at all City shelters. Please bring supplies to care for your pet, including food, leashes, a cage, and medication.

IF YOU LIVE IN A BASEMENT
Basement apartment residents may face additional risks from hurricanes even if they live outside evacuation zone boundaries. Many areas of the city can experience rainfall flooding. If you live in a basement apartment, be prepared to take shelter above ground.

IF YOU LIVE IN A HIGH-RISE BUILDING
If you live in a high-rise building located in an evacuation zone, follow evacuation orders. If you live in a high-rise building, especially on the 10th floor or above, stay away from windows in case they break or shatter. Or, move to a lower floor.

SECURE YOUR HOME
If a tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued:

  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture and garbage cans.
  • Anchor objects that will be unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close windows and outside doors securely

KEEP A GO BAG READY
Every household member should have a Go Bag - a collection of items you may need during an evacuation packed in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack. Go Bag checklist: use the suggestions below to check off items as you include them in your Go Bag. Blank spaces have been provided for items you may want to add to the list, including medical devices and food for your dietary needs.

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, etc.)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Copies of credit/ATM cards and cash
  • Bottled water and nonperishable food such as energy or granola bars
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio
  • Extra batteries
  • A list of medications you take, why you take them, and their dosages
  • Doctors’ names and phone numbers
  • First aid kit
  • Contact and meeting place information for your household and a small local map
  • Child care, pet care, and other special items
  • Other personal items

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