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Sandy Job Resource and Opportunity Fair 10/15/14

Rapid Building Supplies Now Available


WE NEED YOU… to fill out the Mental Health Survey

The Mental Health and Spiritual Care Committee of the Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Group is currently compiling a referral list for mental health and social service providers working in Sandy-affected areas of Brooklyn. With this in mind, we are asking mental health, emotional care, and social service providers to fill out this survey about their organizations and services (if you would like to be included on the referral list):

Once compiled, this referral list will be distributed amongst Disaster Case Managers and other front line service providers. We will also be putting together a flyer for the public from this information.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jeff Mathias at

Hope all is well,

The Mental Health and Spiritual Committee

Job Opportunities

There are a number of job opportunities available at OEM. Click here to view the listings.


ALL NYC FAC Launches “Guidelines to Building Resiliency”

Announcing the Release of
‘Guidelines to Building Resiliency for 
1-4 Family Homes


Guidlines to Building Resiliency

As part of its post-Sandy Rebuilding in Red Hook and Gowanus Initiative, Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) is committed to helping homeowners, small businesses and nonprofits continue to recover from the storm and be better prepared for future natural disasters.
Guidelines to Building Resiliency is a summary of the variety of resiliency plans, rebuilding guidelines, NYC zoning and code changes. This booklet aims to breakdown the complex issues surrounding post-Sandy resiliency and inform the community on:
  • Broad resiliency terms,
  • Resiliency methods that can be utilized focusing specifically on wet floodproofing, methods for managing basement flooding, and relocating mechanical equipment,
  • Details on flood insurance,
  • Information on how to implement resiliency measures on your property.

NYC Sandy Update:One City, Rebuilding Together

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a series of changes to the Build It Back program. His administration released a report on the City’s recovery process so far and the changes going forward. Please find the report here. Some highlights include:

  • Goal of 500 construction starts and 500 reimbursement checks issued by the end of summer
  • Eliminating priority level requirements for rebuilds, reimbursements, or acquisition.
  • Addressing temporary displacement from homes during construction
  • Variety of interagency streamlining and cooperation (additional staff, working groups, and regional collaboration)
  • Prioritizing workforce development and local hiring in reconstruction
  • Engaging with communities and community organizations with borough Build it Back directors
  • Build a system to track applications online and submit additional paperwork
NYC 4-17-2014 Sandy Report

NYC 4-17-2014 Sandy Report


CANARSIE Sandy Disaster Resource Forum

The Canarsie Coalition Sandy Resource Forum will take place tonight, Monday April 7th at Beraca Baptist Church, 9602 Flatlands Avenue, at 6:30pm.

Were you affected by Super Storm Sandy? Do you own a home? Have flood insurance questions? Need updates about your Build it Back application? Do you still need help?

Then this FREE event is for you!

Please join the Canarsie Coalition on Monday April 7th at 6:30pm at Beraca Baptist Church (9602 Flatlands Avenue Brooklyn,NY 11236) for a Sandy Disaster Resource Forum!

Come and gain access to Sandy Disaster Recovery Resources, including updates to your NYC Build it Back applications and get your concerns addressed.

House Passes Flood Insurance Bill; Key Senators Sign On

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening passed legislation to curb some of the premium increases in the nation’s flood insurance program that have been causing “sticker shock” for property owners.

H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, sponsored by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), passed 306-91 under a “suspension of the rules” requiring a two-thirds vote in favor. The measure reverses some of the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) introduced by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

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