Security/Emergency Information

Cash Donations are Best for Haiti Earthquake Relief

NYC OEM encourages anyone wishing to contribute to relief efforts for the recent earthquake in Haiti to give cash to disaster relief organizations (like through Network for Good). You may also make donations through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which will be directing contributions to organizations working in the affected areas. Why cash? Cash donations allow relief agencies to purchase goods that meet victims’ needs and help support the local economy.

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Relief for Haiti earthquake victims

UPDATED Jan. 26, 2010

  • Cash donations avoid the complicated, costly, and time-consuming process of collecting, sorting, packing, transporting, unloading, resorting, storing, repackaging, and distributing donated goods and cash donations also help get the local economy back on its feet. According to NYC OEM, New York City government operations will not be able to support efforts to gather and distribute donated goods. Links to many credible channels are listed below.
  • Learn about new IRS regulations about Haiti-related contributions here.
  • Beware of fraud. Some fraudsters have already come forward to take advantage of people’s generosity, see the FBI alert here.
  • Credible responding agencies. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security donors to visit to obtain a list of credible responding agencies for international emergencies and to get valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting charities

Click on the following links to find out more and to donate to these worthy causes:

  • The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (an arm of the JDC) is the lead agency for the Jewish Federations of North America (including our own UJA-Federation of New York). JDC is currently supporting Heart to Heart International to support search-and-rescue efforts; food, water and clothing; temporary shelters; medical aid, equipment, and psycho-trauma services to victims of the earthquake. JDC is also working with the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces and has purchased critical medical equipment for its field hospital, including infant incubators for its neonatal unit and orthopedic devices. Further partnerships are being explored for the next phase of JDC’s support for Haiti’s victims. Click here to donate through UJA-Federation. Find out more about their efforts.
  • American Jewish Committee.
  • American Jewish World Service
  • American Red Cross has an extensive partnership with the Haitian Red Cross. To help immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.  Read Terry Bischoff’s moving description of ARC’s activities here.
  • B’nai B’rith International.
  • K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations)
  • Magen David Adom
  • Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
  • Mazon
  • National Council of Young Israel.
  • Orthodox Union.
  • Samuel Dalembert Foundation
  • UJA-Federation of New York
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • UNICEF. 
  • United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
  • Workmen’s Circle.
  • World ORT.
  • ZAKA
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Deadline for OHS nonprofit security survey Friday, Jan. 15

We received the following from our good friend, NY OHS Director Tom Donlon:

Thank you once again for your continued assistance in notifying your membership of the New York State Office of Homeland Security’s (OHS) non-profit homeland security preparedness study and online survey available on our website,

I write one final time to ask you to remind your members that the deadline for submitting a completed survey is this Friday, January 15th.  As I stated in my December 28th email, we are making every effort to ensure broad participation in this study through OHS’ online survey and your past  efforts in bringing awareness to this study has been very instrumental in receiving many responses from organizations across the state.

If you have questions regarding the non-profit homeland security preparedness study, or if we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact OHS’ Acting General Counsel, Thomas K. McCarren, at (212) 849-4467

Thomas G. Donlon

If you haven’t already done so please take a few minutes to respond. Thanks.

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Enroll in FDNY’s CPR to Go

Learning CPR just got a little easier.

The FDNY has partnered with NYC Service and New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) to launch FDNY CPR to Go, a program that offers free CPR classes at gym locations throughout the five boroughs.

Participants in every class learn basic CPR skills from a member of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Volunteers for the class follow along using the CPR Anytime Personal Learning Kit, which features an instructional DVD and an inflatable mannequin. All participants are asked to take home the kit and pledge to show five of their family members and friends how to perform CPR.

Register online at:

Learn more about the FDNY at:

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JCRC hosts workshop & webinar on homland security grants

On Monday, January 4, 2010 the JCRC held its first workshop and webinar on “Accessing the 2010 Nonprofit Security Grants Program.” Steve Tierney from the New York State Office of Homeland Security and David Pollock of the JCRC presented. View the presentation here.

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