Emergency Technology Breakthroughs and Two ANHD Intensive Workshop Series:

1. NYC Community Organizing Academy - 60 hrs
2. Energy Efficient Heating Operations - 8 workshops  
PLUS more trainings to come!
REGISTER HERE for 7/29 & 9/16 Workshops

Location:  ANHD is at 50 Broad St, Ste 1125 below Wall St., 
near A, C, E, R, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains.
FREE Tuesday, July 29, 10am - noon.  Emergency Technology Takeaways: Tools for Engaging Residents in Preparedness and Response.  
This panel discussion will present free tools that community groups can utilize in disaster preparedness and response. Topics included will be: the use of social media, data collection and standards, use of technology in matching needs with resources, and incorporating technology into disaster preparedness efforts.
July 15 FREE workshop now rescheduled for September 16, 3 - 5pm. 
Disaster Service Centers: Establishing an Disaster Service Center at Your Community Organization: Planning for Logistics with World Cares Center
Community organizations, churches, and businesses across New York City served as collection, distribution, and relief service centers in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. World Cares Center will present on planning for the next emergency, discussing what community groups can do now to ensure a more informed response effort in the future.
FREE CLIMATE CHANGE TRAININGS this summer in flood plain communities with materials in English, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Russian.
Contact Eric Williams, eric.w@anhd.org,  212-747-1117 x19
NYC Organizing Academy 60-hour training
Registration DEADLINE 7/18/14
ANHD’s Center for Neighborhood Leadership offers a 60-hour, 10-month NYC Organizing Academy designed for individuals currently working in community organizing, who are interested in supplemental formal training.  Beginning September 2014, the Academy offers two courses running two Fridays per month September-June:
1. NYC Organizing Academy - Introductory Class:
An overview of community change and organizing, the sessions will focus heavily on specific activities and strategies effective change agents employ to get results, as well as techniques to evaluate prior work to ensure better results in the future. Tuition: $2000 ANHD & NYIC members / $2500 non-members.  CLICK HERE to apply for the Introductory Class.
2. NYC Organizing Academy - Intermediate/Advanced Class:
Advanced program to provide experienced organizers with the opportunity to read, reflect, and engage in dialogue with leading social change practitioners, academic experts, and one another, about their work, the context and significance of their work, and their own professional interests. Sessions focus on more advanced activities and strategies, including media, fundraising, and effective staff supervision. Tuition: $2000 ANHD & NYIC members / $2500 non-members.  CLICK HERE to apply for the Intermediate / Advanced Class.
For details please contact: Ericka Stallings at ericka.s@anhd.org
Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist
8 Workshop Series from AEA & ANHD: 
8 half-day sessions: Sept. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, & Oct. 2, 1pm-5:30pm  
Course Fees: $350
Course Location:  Assn. for Energy Affordability - Energy Mgmt Training Center, 105 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, New York 10454    Click here for map  
This 8 half-day course sponsored by AEA and ANHD helps operations and maintenance (O&M) personnel eliminate the guesswork from managing building performance for energy efficiency. Even the most experienced building operators and facility managers will learn new best practices with immediate benefits and  real cost savings from modules such as: preventative maintenance, water conservation, heating system  operation, and controls. This course is facilitated by industry-leading instructors who bring years of real world professional experience to the classroom. Parts of this course will take place in AEA’s state-of-the-art heating and cooling lab, where students will get practical hands on training with common building systems. Students will learn how to:
  •  Develop and deploy a maintenance schedule and plan
  •  Operate and monitor Energy Management Systems
  •  Identify and mitigate health and safety issues
  •  Eliminate energy and water waste
  •  Identify energy saving upgrades
  •  Prevent costly maintenance problems
  •  Resolve tenant complaints
  •  Run more efficient buildings
This course is right for:
  •  Building Superintendents
  •  Building Management or Operations Staff 
ANHD thanks these generous supporters for ANHD’s training series:
Amalgamated Bank, Astoria Bank, Bank of America, 
BTMU Foundation, Capital One, Citi Foundation, 
Consolidated Edison, HSBC, Mizuho USA Foundation,
NYC Housing & Neighborhood Recovery Donors Collaborative,  
Ridgewood Savings Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation
a community-by-community listing
50 Broad Street, Suite 1125, New York, NY 10004-2376

Call for Community Centers in Need of Repairs

Rebuilding Together NYC is a nonprofit organization that provides free repairs for nonprofit community spaces in New York City. We offer a range of building rehabilitation services, including painting classrooms, community rooms, and offices; repairing walls and flooring; renovating kitchens and bathrooms; landscaping; painting murals; de-cluttering and organizing. 

Currently, we are looking for additional community centers and spaces in the 5 boroughs of NYC that could use our help. While we welcome a broad range of nonprofits in need of our services to apply, we are particularly seeking a space that serves children and mothers for a project in September and a space in Rockaway for an October project commemorating the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

If you are a representative of a nonprofit organization and are interested in our free services, please fill out a brief survey here. Also, please forward this survey to your contacts who have community spaces that might be in need of repairs. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at 718-488-8840 or info@rebuildingtogethernyc.org. You can view our website at www.rebuildingtogethernyc.org.

The Housing Recovery Office will be sharing information about employment opportunities as they become available.

Below is information on how to apply via registered mail to be considered for entry into the apprenticeship program of Electricians Local 3. 

Here is a link to the New York State Department of Labor page. DOL Current Recruitments

Community Flea Market | Kaiser Park

Friends of Kaiser Park

Community Flee Market

Place: Kaiser Park

Oval Area Beside Mark Twain

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM | September 13, 2014

Cost per space is $25 for one table.

Bring your own table.

Advance Warning System: Air Quality Health Advisory

The heat indices for today, July 8th are expected to reach mid-90s in some parts of the city. Tomorrow, July 9th temperatures are expected in the upper 80’s with heat indices reaching low 90’s. As of now the City’s Heat Emergency Plan is not active, however the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for today, July 8, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Tips for Dealing with the Heat:

  • Check in on vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbors.
  • Make a special effort to support seniors, young children, and people with special needs to get to a cool place or medical attention if they need it.
  • Drink plenty of water and use an air conditioner if they have it.
  • Make sure pets have access to water and shade, keep pets indoors and never leave them unattended in a parked vehicle.
  • Recommend to agencies and clients to sign up for Notify NYC to receive OEM notifications (call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/notifynyc).

For the Air Quality Advisory, it is recommended:

  • Everyone should consider limiting strenuous outdoor activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.
  • Sensitive people including children and people with pre-existing respiratory problems such asthma or lung disease should be monitored. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician.

Below is additional information about heat-related illnesses and heat-beating tips that you should share with your clients and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to OEM’s Human Services Unit by emailinghumanservices@oem.nyc.gov.


 Quick Heat-Beating Tips

• Use an air conditioner if you have one. Set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.

• If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a place where you can keep cool such as an air-conditioned store, mall, movie theater, or a public pool.

• Make a special effort to check on vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors and people with special needs. Help them get to a cool place if needed. Many older New Yorkers live alone and could suffer unnecessarily in the heat because they are isolated from friends and family.

• Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors, or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave to let them know they are okay.

• When it’s very hot outside, fans alone don’t provide sufficient cooling. If you use a fan, use it ONLY when the air conditioner is on or when the windows are open.

• Drink fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar. People with heart, kidney or liver disease, or on fluid restricted diets should check with their doctors before increasing fluid intake.

• If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.

• Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.

• Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must engage in strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

• Cool showers or baths may be helpful, but avoid extreme temperature changes. Never take a shower immediately after becoming overheated – extreme temperature changes may make you ill, nauseated, or dizzy.

• During heat emergencies, the City may open cooling centers. If cooling centers are open, call 311 (TTY:212-504-4115) or locate a center online.

Heat-Related Illnesses

Seek help if you feel symptoms of heat-related illness.

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms, usually in the leg or stomach muscles, resulting from heavy exertion during extreme heat. Heat cramps usually occur when the heat index is between 90 and 105 degrees. Although heat cramps are the least severe of all heat-related health problems, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble coping with the heat and should be treated immediately with rest and fluids. Stretching, gentle massaging of the spasms, or direct, firm pressure on cramps can reduce pain. Seek medical attention if pain is severe or nausea occurs.

Heat exhaustion occurs when body fluids are lost through heavy sweating due to vigorous exercise or working in a hot, humid place. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease. Symptoms include: sweating, pale and clammy skin, fatigue, headache, dizziness, shallow breaths, and a weak pulse.

Heat exhaustion should be treated with rest in a cool area, sipping water or electrolyte solutions, applying cool and wet cloths, elevating the feet 12 inches, and further medical treatment in severe cases. If not treated, the victim’s condition may escalate to heat stroke. If the victim does not respond to basic treatment, seek medical attention. Heat exhaustion usually occurs when the heat index is between 90 and 105 degrees.

Heat stroke — also called “sunstroke” — occurs when the victim’s temperature control system, which produces perspiration to cool the body, stops working. The skin is flushed, hot and dry, and body temperature may be elevated. In fact, body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly. The victim may also be confused, develop seizures, breathe shallowly, and have a weak, rapid pulse.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and people exhibiting its symptoms should seek emergency medical attention. Heat stroke usually occurs when the heat index is 130 degrees or higher, but can occur when the heat index surpasses 105 degrees.

Ozone Levels and Your Health

Ozone, a major component of smog, is created in the presence of sunlight by reactions of chemicals found in gasoline vapors and emissions from cars and industrial smoke stacks. Hot summer weather can increase ozone levels.

The Environmental Protection Agency monitors ozone levels and issues air quality forecasts. When ozone levels in the unhealthy range are expected, New Yorkers are advised to limit vigorous outdoor physical activity during the afternoon and early evening hours when ozone levels are at their highest. If you have asthma or other respiratory problems, stay in an area where it is cool and the air is filtered or air-conditioned. Outdoor exercise should be scheduled for the morning hours whenever possible.

Children are generally more at risk to the effects of ozone, especially in the summer as children tend to spend more time outdoors. People who exercise moderately (such as jogging) are also at risk, because breathing rate increases with exercise and the amount of ozone delivered into the lung per minute increases. Additionally, ozone can have a dramatic effect on people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or those sensitive to ozone.

Symptoms associated with unhealthy levels of ozone include:

• Chest pain

• Coughing & wheezing

• Lung & nasal congestion

• Labored breathing

• Nausea

• Eye & nose irritation

• Faster breathing

• Sore throat

High ozone levels can also decrease lung function, increase susceptibility to respiratory infection, and aggravate asthma and other chronic lung diseases. Schedule outdoor exercise and children’s outdoor activities for the morning hours. Individuals who experience respiratory symptoms or chest pain should consult their doctors.

 To help reduce ozone levels:

 • Avoid driving, especially on hot summer days. Use mass transit, walk, or carpool instead. 

 • Be careful not to spill gasoline and fill your gas tank during the cooler evening hours. 

 • Keep your car properly tuned and maintained. 

 • Seal containers of household cleaners, solvents, and chemicals to prevent evaporation of chemicals that can contribute to ozone formation.


For more information about heat safety and how you can prepare for emergencies call 311 or visitwww.nyc.gov/oem.