iNET - E-Bulletin Board of News & Resources:
February 2017 Issue
Welcome to iNET, the information network and electronic bulletin board of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN). This national electronic bulletin board and information resource provides U.S. disaster news, reports on the latest best practices, and information on upcoming conferences and trainings of relevance to disaster interfaiths, spiritual care organizations and their government or NGO partners.

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Upcoming 2017 Training(s):

Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster  
The NDIN/USC CRCC course "Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster: Increasing Religious Competency and Literacy" is framed by our field-guide set and tip sheets, this one-day field skills course provides an overview of why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The 90-minute orientation or one-day training focuses on best practices in working with faith communities in crisis settings, religious competency, and literacy, as well as an overview of current resources and how to databank local faith communities. The course prepares government, VOAD/non-profit and religious leaders, and volunteers to conduct outreach to and engage congregations and religious leaders in partnerships or to support disaster human services/mass care needs of religious populations.

• The Beecken Center/School of Theology: Sewanee, TN • June 6 ( Register now)

• Atlanta Airport: Atlanta, GA • July 18 (Invite Only)

• New York Disaster Interfaith Services: NY, NY • October 23 ( Opens in June)

• The Beecken Center/School of Theology: Sewanee, TN • Nov 7 ( Opens in July)

• Philadelphia, PA • November (Invite Only)


Disaster Chaplaincy Certification
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.

• Edward's House UCC Retreat Center: Framingham, MA • May 10-11 (Invite Only)

• The Beecken Center/School of Theology: Sewanee, TN • June 7-8 ( Register now)

• Atlanta Airport: Atlanta, GA • July 19-20 (Invite Only)

• New York Disaster Interfaith Services: NY, NY • October 24-25, (Opens in June)

• The Beecken Center/School of Theology: Sewanee, TN • Nov 8-9 (Opens in July)

• Philadelphia, PA • November (Invite Only)


RWJ Report: Priorities for a Shared Resilience Agenda
In June 2016 NDIN's President & CEO, Peter Gudaitis, participated in a Resilience Roundtable convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and RAND Corporation. The roundtable brought together 80 leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, from different disciplines and sectors to discuss the study and practice of resilience and the capacities of communities in disaster and identified priorities for advancing a shared resilience agenda. This report builds on the findings and implementation strategies the roundtable recommended, and is supplemented with relevant literature. Read the full report here.
Seeking Funding or Partners: Religious Literacy Primer App for First Responders/VOADs
NDIN and USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture are seeking funding to convert our  Religious Literacy Primer for crises, disasters, and public health emergencies into a smart phone app for field use. The tool was created by NDIN and the University of Southern California Center for Religion and Civic Culture as an at-a-glance quick reference on 24 of the largest faith traditions in the United States. Using these tools, government, first responders, chaplains and voluntary organizations active in disaster can enhance their religious literacy and competency when conducting faith community engagement, field operations and mass care operations. If you have a donor to refer or are interested in collaborating to produce the App, email NDIN.

NDIN Offers Consulting & Training for Faith Communities and Partners
NDIN provides consulting and training in disaster human services and faith-based program development to faith communities and faith-based organizations. NDIN also contracts with community-based and government agencies who seek to enhance their mitigation, readiness, response, and recovery capacity in partnership with faith communities. To learn more about our 13 different training courses or areas of expertise in consulting, call us or download our Consulting & Training brochure from the link below.

For more information, contact: (212) 669-6100 or info@n-din.org.

Download our Consulting & Training Brochure.

Special Notices:

9/11 Health Benefits & Victims' Compensation Fund
People exposed to the 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 may be suffering from 9/11-related illnesses have been granted extended deadlines (2016, 2018, or 2020 depending on their situation) to apply for the health care they need and deserve under the World Trade Center Health Program.

For information on deadlines and to apply click here or call 855-4WTC-AID.


NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant Deadline - March 15, 2017
This grant is for regional organizations to conduct projects benefiting coastal communities in becoming resilient to coastal hazards and climate change. Learn more here.

National VOAD is Currently Accepting Nominations for its Board of Directors
This year there are four open positions on the Board. If you wish to nominate yourself or another individual, please fill out the National or State Nomination Form and send it, along with two letters of endorsement and a current CV, via email. All submissions must be received by 5 PM EST Friday, March 3rd, 2017.


Rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf Grows 17 Miles
February 07: NY Times; Since December, a rift in Antarctica's fourth-largest ice shelf has grown by the length of about five football fields each day. Once the crack reaches all the way across the ice shelf, the break will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. Read the full article here.

Flooding Disasters Cost Billions in 2016
February 01: PEW; Floods are the most common and expensive disasters in the US. In 2016 FEMA reported a $4 billion loss related to 36 disasters involving floods or hurricanes and revealed that it had borrowed $1.6 billion from the Federal Treasury to pay National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims. Read the full article here.

The Ongoing Quest to Assess & Measure Preparedness
February 01: DomesticPreparedness.com; Despite the progress FEMA and other institutions have made over the last years to develop systems and frameworks to measure and assess preparedness, there is still room for improvement. While the different dynamics of the various threats and hazards make it is impossible to prepare for everything equally, it is important to develop metrics to assess and measure preparedness effectively. Read the full article here.

Terrorism Research Must Be Driven by Evidence, Not Political Agendas
January 30: Science; Four experts from different fields published an article in the magazine Science calling for theoretically informed field research that is inclusive to all disciplines and linked with policy-making. The approach is meant to protect the integrity of academicresearch from political interference, while protecting policy makers from oversimplifying academic research on terrorism. Read related article here.

Bioterrorism Poses Threat to U.S. Agriculture
January 30: Homeland Security News Wire; The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense published a series of reports in December assessing the threats of Bioterrorism in the U.S. In a recent article the panel experts say, that any bio-chemical attack on the agriculture sector could lead to devastating results for the U.S. economy and the population "We need to use a One Health approach and address animal, environmental and human health simultaneously. The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense believes that a much higher priority must be placed on agro-defense. Our economy and way of life depend on  it." Read more articles related to this topic here.

Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Cost U.S. Communities Over $53 Billion
January 19: Center for American Progress; While not every weather event can be directly linked to climate change, the  National Climate Assessment concludes, "Certain types of extreme weather events with links to climate change have become more frequent and/or intense." Also they seem to have become more expensive. In 2016, there were 15 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each. These costs could be avoided by investing in community preparedness and resilience, as this MMC report on FEMA-Mitigation efforts explains. "A dollar spent from the federal treasury on FEMA mitigation grants potentially saves it about $3.65."  Read the full article.

2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record
January 18: CNN USA; 2016 set a global heat record according to NOAA and NASA. Despite using different methods to compile and analyze the data, both agencies reached the same conclusion: 2016 "continued the long-term trend of warming we have seen since the 1970s." Read the full article.
2016 Disaster Losses Highest in Four Years
January 13: Munich RE; Last year's catastrophic losses totaled $175 billion, two-thirds more than in 2015. Almost 30 percent of the losses, around $50 billion, were insured. "The high percentage of uninsured losses, especially in emerging markets and developing countries, remains a concern. Greater insurance density is important, as it helps to alleviate the financial consequences of a catastrophe for more people. With its risk knowledge, the insurance industry would in fact be able to bear a much greater portion of such unpredictable risks," explains Torsten Jeworrek member of the Board of Management in this press release.

Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Increasing in 2017
February 27: CNN; After 48 Jewish Community Centers (JCC) in 26 States were hit with bomb threats in the first two weeks of January, a next wave of threats followed on Presidents Days. 11 bomb threats were called in, increasing the number of JCCs threatened to 54 in 27 states. No bombs have been found, but the chaos and terror the calls have caused are real. Beyond the threats, synagogues, schools, and two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized, and New York City subway cars have been covered with graffiti swastikas. These recent incidents dramatically showcase that hate crimes are further growing since the elections in 2016. In 2014 and 2015 the FBI reported more than 1,270 hate crime incidents targeting Jews, far more than any other religious groups. Some Jewish leaders and community members say the situation is getting worse since the 2016 elections, and have repeatedly asked for President Trump to condemn racist and anti-Semitic motivated crimes. Finally, a day after the latest threats President Trump responded after a tour at the National Museum of African American Museum and Culture "The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil." Read more related articles here.


Sikhs Open Their Temple to Oroville Dam Evacuees
February 14: LA Times; As 180,000 people living in communities downstream of Lake Oroville had to evacuate their homes after warnings of flooding from the rapidly filling Lake Oroville, Sikh temples across the Sacramento area opened their doors to evacuees. "Our temples - all temples - always have a rule of having an open-door policy to house and feed anybody. That's one of the most important teachings of our guru," said Raj Kumar Sood, who is the temple's board secretary. He also hopes, that opening their doors will help to change the public opinion of the often defamed Sikh community in the area. Read the full article here.

Jewish Community Gives Muslims Key to Their Synagogue After Mosque Fire
January 30: NY Times; After a fire burnt down their mosque, the Islamic community in Victoria, Texas received help from their local neighbors and other faith communities. Local churches and the town's only synagogue offered to share their space for members of the mosque to worship. "Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue, Churches came and prayed with us." says Dr. Shahid Hashmi, a surgeon who in 2000 helped found the mosque. Community members raised more than $1 million in four hours to fund a rebuilding. Investigators say an arsonist set fire to the mosque, but as of now they are not labeling the fire a hate crime. Read the full article here.

Caregiving to Muslims: A Guide for Chaplains, Counselors, Healthcare & Social Workers
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; This book assists caregivers in providing culturally competent services to Muslim patients and clients. The book gives the reader a short introduction into the religion of Islam, correlates Islamic theology with psychological theories, and recommends an approach to making spiritual assessments. Additionally, the book provides a Muslim perspective on the spiritual roots of conflict, terrorism, gender issues, homosexuality, and substance abuse. Learn more about the book here.

The Importance of Social Networks for Disaster Recovery
February 13: The Conversation; The usual conversation about preparing for disasters focuses on material things, like building shelters and stockpiling food, water and batteries. But researchers, who studied the 2011 triple disaster in Japan, found that resilience - the ability to recover from shocks - mostly stems from social networks and connections to others, and not from physical infrastructure or disaster kits. Read the full article here.


Gov. Departments Should Use Existing Systems to Improve Pandemic Preparedness
February 11: United States Government Accountability Office; In this report the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns, that "the U.S. Army estimates that if a severe infectious disease pandemic were to occur today, the number of U.S. fatalities could be almost twice the total number of battlefield fatalities in all of America's wars since the American Revolution in 1776." The GAO thus recommends that the Department of Defense (DOD) should work closer with the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS), to combine and improve existing preparedness and response guidelines and frameworks. Read the full report here.

A Refocus on Disaster Recovery
January 30: Emergency Management; This article discusses the challenges and rising costs state and local governments often face when they have not developed recovery plans before a disaster. While organizing resources effectively during and after a disaster is always complicated, this article points out, that planning for disaster - and recovery - ahead of time can help to react faster and more efficiently. Read the full article here.

Studying the Effects of Extreme Climate Events on Aquatic Ecosystems
January 18: Science Advances; Global warming has increased the frequency of extreme climate events, yet the effects of these events on biological systems like the aquatic ecosystem and the consequences of related potential food shortages for humanity are poorly understood. Although they comprise only a small part of today's global economy, fisheries are important for local food security and assessing ecological and social impacts requires long-term monitoring. Retrospective analysis of climate events in the past could help scientists understand the impact of climate change for the future. Read the research paper here.

Climate Change

  • Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science 
    This guide from the United States Global Research Program presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. This resource is available in English and Spanish. 

Community
  • DHS: Bomb Threat Guidance
    What would you do if you received a bomb threat? This Bomb Threat Guidance from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security will help you plan and prepare for an emergency and provide you with guidelines on how to carefully assess the risks a received threat poses to you/ your community. Download here.
  • Disaster Philanthropy:  Community Playbook
    The Center for Disaster Philanthropy developed this playbook to help communities prepare for crises. Read more about the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook here, or download the Playbook Tip-Sheet here.

Faith Community
 Flood
  • Spring Flooding: Risks and Preparedness
    Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.

Influenza

Flu season is underway. Below are a few tips to lower chances of catching the flu in the upcoming weeks:
  • Get plenty of sleep. If you're well rested you're less likely to become infected with the flu virus.
  • Be strict about washing hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Hands covered in germs spread colds and the flu. Make sure to scrub your hands well with soap or alcohol-based hand rub for 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect heavily touched items, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phones.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Get your flu shot. One of the best ways to avoid catching the flu away is to make sure that you get vaccinated against it.

Learn more about how to prevent contracting the flu. To stay up to date on the amount of flu cases being reported in the NYC area view the CDC's weekly influenza tracker. 


Mental Health
  • Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services
    The guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a "road map" to find relevant resources. Learn more here. 

Wildfire Preparedness

The recent disaster in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has brought national attention to wildfires. This article outlines "a few ‘just-in-time' tips for congregations threatened by an active wildfire but who still have time to carry out a few essential preparedness activities."


Zika Virus Preparedness
  • 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, lab tests have confirmed Zika virus in travelers returning to the United States. These travelers have gotten the virus from mosquito bites and a few 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.

New Situational Awareness Platform Expands to 100+ Cities
Serving over 650 participants in the NY Metro area for over a year, the new Global Situational Awareness Platform (G-Sit) is being expanded to over 100 cities worldwide. Designed as a global prototype, the platform is comprised of dashboards designed to monitor both the day-to-day operations environment as well as disruptions in real time. For access to the Metropolitan NY/ NJ/ CT Metro-OPS and the MNR, click here. For information on how to participate elsewhere, send a request via email.


Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy
Website; The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Foundation Center present this interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. The data presented illuminates funding trends, imbalances, and is meant to help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters. Learn more here.

Facebook Expands Safety Check
The Facebook safety check feature is a way for people to connect with friends and family during a crisis. Now, instead of Facebook deciding when to activate the safety feature, communities decide. See how it works here. It can also now ask if you need help or would like to provide help during the crisis when you check in. Learn more about that here

Consuming Catastrophe
Book; "Horrified, saddened, and angered: That was the American people's reaction to the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech shootings, and the 2008 financial crisis. In Consuming Catastrophe, Timothy Recuber presents a unique and provocative look at how these four very different disasters took a similar path through public consciousness. He explores the myriad ways we engage with and negotiate our feelings about disasters and tragedies-from omnipresent media broadcasts to relief fund efforts and promises to ‘Never Forget'." Learn more about the book here.  


Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for The United States
Report; "Today, millions of people in the United States already live in areas at risk of coastal flooding, with more moving to the coasts every year." This NOAA report provides results and discussion related to two primary tasks: 1) developing an updated scenario range for possible 21st century Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) rise, and 2) producing Regional Sea Level responses along the U.S. coastline. Read the full report here.

Long-Term Disaster Recovery Plan Coming Together
Article; Funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Natural Resources are working on a comprehensive plan for long-term recovery and redevelopment in the event of a disaster. Read the full article here.

Urban Challenges and Opportunities for FEMA During the Trump Administration
White Paper; In this document FEMA officials address possible challenges and opportunities for the institution under the Trump administration. The document reviews FEMA's historical challenges, and the importance of adjusting the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for social needs in regard to a possible increase of privatization and outsourcing of FEMA services. Read the full document here.

2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference: Science, Policy, and Practice - Call for Presentations

Presenter & Abstract Deadline:
March 2, 2017
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is seeking dynamic presenters. Abstracts need to be emailed no later than Thursday, March 2, 2017. Download submission form here.

Conference:
October 25 -27, 2017
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Atlanta, Georgia
Register now

The conference will bring together people from the disaster safety and resilience movement to share best practices, inspire, collaborate, and create meaningful action.  


Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit 2017: Inspiration. Education. Affirmation
April 2, 2017
National Council for Behavioral Health
Seattle, Washington
Register now

At this year's summit, instructors and those new to Mental Health First Aid will come together to learn from experts on various subjects and share best practices on building a successful program. Learn more.


Psychosocial Response to Pandemic Disasters, Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
April 7, 2017
Institute for Disaster Mental Health
SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Register now

IDMH's 14th annual conference brings together emergency management, health, and mental health personnel. Conference attendees from these fields will learn to address the psychological aspects of complex public health emergencies, which will reduce responder and community stress and increase response efficiency. Continuing Education Credits for New York State Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors are pending review through the University of Albany School of Social Welfare and will be provided at no cost to participants.


Hurricane Virtual Tabletop Exercise
April 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Application deadline is March 14.
Emergency Management Institute
Send email to register

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer six hurricane scenario sessions. The VTTX helps communities prepare for the hurricane season using historical events and recovery actions. Content is the same each day, and participants would attend only one session. 
All trainings will be held from 12pm - 4pm EST. To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn or call 301-447-7645. Also, send a courtesy copy email to the Integrated Emergency Management Branch or call 301-447-1381. Additional information is available here.


Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma
April 20, 2017
Voices of September 11th
Union, New Jersey
Register now

Hosted by Voices of September 11th, the symposium will feature presentations by experts and clinicians working in the field of trauma, grief and disaster mental health. The symposium invites Mental health and public health providers, emergency managers and law enforcement professionals working with victims' families, responders and survivors are encouraged to attend.


Preparedness Summit
April 25 - 28, 2017
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Atlanta, Georgia
Register now

The Preparedness Summit is a national conference organized by NACCHO, providing cross-disciplinary learning to the public health and disaster preparedness communities. The four-day annual event delivers opportunities to connect with other professionals, share research, and learn how to implement model practices to enhance capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Learn more.


National VOAD 25th Annual Conference
May 15 - 18, 2017
National VOAD
Houston, Texas
Register now

NVOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation,  communication, coordination, and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster. Learn more.


Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training
June 6-8, 2017
The Beecken Center/School of Theology
Sewanee, Tennessee
Register now

NDIN partners with the Beecken Center to invite clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training. The training consists of two parts. The first, Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters, is a religious literacy and competency course focused on why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The second part prepares participants to volunteer as disaster chaplains in mass-care settings, or to serve as disaster chaplains within their house of worship, religious community, or professional institution. Led by a team from the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, participants learn about disaster response operations, spiritual care, mental health, and self-care. Strategies to promote recovery and resiliency are also covered.


FEMA EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise - Campus Active Shooter
June 6, 7 & 8, 2017
FEMA/EMI
Send email to register

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) program will offer a campus active shooter scenario on  June 6, 7 & 8 from 12pm - 4pm EST. To participate, send an email to Doug Kahn or call 301-447-7645. Learn more here.


Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
July 9 - 12, 2017
Natural Hazards Center
Broomfield, Colorado

Register now

This year's Workshop theme is Knowledge to Action: Reducing Hazards Losses and Promoting Disaster Resilience.  Participants will exchange ideas about how knowledge can be transformed into action, including in households, businesses, classrooms, communities, and everywhere policy is made and implemented. Learn more.


Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Available
Recipients will receive financial support allowing them to attend the 2017 Natural Hazards Center Research and Applications Workshop. Learn more here.

Department of Homeland Security Counter-IED Training
DHS offers training in recognizing terrorist threats, particularly bomb threats. Among others the training is offered to law enforcement agencies and infrastructure stakeholders. Read more here.

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC)
The NDPTC develops and delivers training and educational programs related to homeland security and disaster management, with a specific focus on natural hazards, coastal communities, and the special needs and opportunities of islands and territories. The NDPTC actively engages internally with FEMA and the University of Hawai`i, as well as with external partners across the region to integrate the delivery of its trainings, products, and services. For a list of nationwide trainings, click here.

FEMA and other Federal Jobs


International Assoc. of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
A resource for IAEM members to search for internship and career opportunities in emergency management.
Islamic Relief USA (IR USA)

NDIN Volunteer Positions
Please contact info@ndin.org for more information.


National Service
New York Disaster Interfaith Services

Welcome to iNET, the e-newsletter of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN).

Eleven federal Major Disaster Declarations have been declared in ten states/tribal governments in 2017 to date. There were four declarations in February for severe winter storms in South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Hoopa Valley Tribe. There were also two declaration for severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Nevada and California and one for severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds in Louisiana. 

As always, please keep all communities who are in long-term recovery, and their caregivers, in your prayers - and give generously to National VOAD agencies, established disaster interfaith and long-term recovery committees. Please donate or lend a volunteer hand in recovery efforts; if we can be helpful, contact our office for suggestions or reach out to your National VOAD partners!

If you have questions or comments about iNET, or if you have news that you want to submit to us, please e-mail info@n-din.org.

Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.
President