LESReady! August Updates

THE NEXT LES READY! MEETING, WILL BE HELD AUGUST 27, 11am – 12pm

LES Ready! has a limited number of PPE (masks and gowns). Please let us know if you would like masks or gowns for your organization, clinic or event by contacting lesreadyinfo@gmail.com 

MEETINGS & RESOURCES

  1. NYC TEST AND TRACE CORPS, AUGUST 14, 2020, 11am – 12pm 

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Join NYC VOAD Unmet Needs Meeting. Ask questions and hear from Dr. Ted Long, MD, MHS, who heads the NYC COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps. Dr. Long is also Sr. Vice President of Ambulatory Care at New York City Health + Hospitals

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81371994039  

Meeting ID: 813 7199 4039 

  1. COASTAL STORM PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR, AUGUST 19, 2020, 1pm 
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This coastal storm season is happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. As New York City recovers from the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias, we know coastal storms, like hurricanes and tropical storms, continue to be a significant hazard to the City. Join this webinar, hosted by NYC Emergency Management Community Preparedness with guest speakers from the NYCEM Response Bureau, and the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, to learn best practices and resources to prepare your community for a coastal storm. Registration & Event Information: https://nycem.webex.com/nycem/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3b6f4f21c1129c1ced49e978cd79646a

  1. “WE THE YOUTH, YOU THE PEOPLE, AUGUST 19, 2020, 3pm – 5pm
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DYCD will host a series of virtual town halls kicking off discussing Structural Racism. One goal is to create a safe space for young people to harness their voice, agenda and power around the uncertainties of the health pandemic, civil unrest, funding priorities, programming and policies that affect their lives. We invite everyone to hear and learn from their voices!

Register below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dycd-virtual-youth-town-hall-tickets-114444632978

  1. COVID-19 NEW YORK DATA PORTALS
  1.  MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS 

New York, the state court system has extended a moratorium through October 1 for residential tenants, allowing thousands of renters at risk of eviction momentary relief. The new directive, mandates that no existing or new residential eviction warrants can be executed until October at the earliest and continues its suspension on proceedings. 

  1. GET FOOD NYC – FREE FOOD FOR NEW YORKERS 

Use the below link to find out about Pandemic EBT, SNAP, WIC, Cooking at home tips, food delivery service, fresh produce and more

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance.shtml

Use the below link/map to find locations that offer free food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC schools, as well as grocery stores and farmer’s markets

https://dsny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=35901167a9d84fb0a2e0672d344f176f

  1. NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SCHOOLS REOPENING PLAN 

New York City Department of Education’s District School Reopening Plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department. The plan is 109 pages and provides a detailed description of the current plans for re-opening. Governor Cuomo announced that schools across New York can reopen for in-person instruction this fall. Under the governor’s announcement, schools can be reopened if they are in a region where the average rate of positive tests for COVID 19 is below 5 percent.  Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have set a higher standard and announced that schools can only open if the rate of positive tests in the city is 3 percent or lower. Currently, New York City’s positivity rate is below 1 percent.   

  • School Reopening Phase 1 plans due: 8/12  
  • Program Models Due: 8/14  
  • District Review Team Decisions: 8/21 

Tropical Storm Isaias Approaching New York City Tuesday, August 4

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning, a flash flood watch and wind advisory for NYC, with sustained winds 40 to 50 mph, and gusts up to 60 mph. The heaviest rain is expected from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. New York City Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory from Tuesday morning through Tuesday night as there the potential for heavy rainfall and strong winds that may reduce visibility and create hazardous travel throughout Tuesday. 

Heavy rains and gusty winds could limit visibility and create difficult travel conditions through Tuesday nightTropical Storm Warning in effect citywide; with heavy rains and strong winds from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the strongest rains and tropical strength winds from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday 

New Yorkers should plan for difficult travel conditions and are advised to exercise caution and consider taking public transportation if they must travelThose who are able to stay home during the storm are advised to stay indoors. Heavy rains may lead to potential flooding in low-lying areas throughout the city, including lower Manhattan. If you are traveling, avoid flooded areas, turn on headlights, drive slowly, and exercise caution. Consider avoiding or delaying travel until flooding and heavy rain stop. 

      Safety Tips

  • If you live in a flood-prone area, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber on hand to help protect your home.
  • If you have a disability or access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses how your needs may affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in place, or communicate with emergency workers. Arrange help from family, friends, or service providers if you will need assistance.
  • When outside, avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. One or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that tree limbs, leaves, or water can cover downed wires from view. Always stay away from downed power lines because they could be live.
  • Report downed wires immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you are in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

Power Outages

  • To prepare for a possible power outage, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting. If you lose power, items that need refrigeration will stay cooler for longer.
  • Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Keep extra batteries.
  • If you lose power and have a disability, access and functional needs or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, dial 911.
  • Do not use generators indoors.
  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities, access and functional needs, or health conditions. Help them to prepare if needed.

Prepare for Strong Winds

Strong winds can bring down trees and power lines and can turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. To protect against the hazard of strong winds, New Yorkers should:

  • Check the area immediately surrounding your home for unsecured objects or potentially dangerous conditions. Tree limbs, garbage cans, yard debris, or other materials that can be moved by the wind are potential projectiles aimed at your home or parked vehicle.
  • Bring inside loose, lightweight objects such as lawn furniture, potted plants, garbage cans, garden tools and toys.
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe outside, such as gas grills or propane tanks.
  • Close up and secure patio furniture.
  • Secure retractable awnings.
  • Remove aerial antennas and satellite television dishes.

Stay Informed about Tropical Storm Isaias

Monitor Notify NYC and local media, the City’s free emergency notification system, though which New Yorkers can receive phone calls, text messages, and/or emails alerts about traffic and transit disruptions and other emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit NYC.gov/NotifyNYC, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

For information on Tropical Storm Isaias’ track

Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at www.nhc.noaa.gov, or the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/nyc.

More Resources

NYC Emergency Management has developed some localized coastal storm preparedness materials for the 2020 hurricane season, including the location of hurricane evacuation zones and evacuation centers by borough. Please be advised that information is subject to change. Check this website or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) for updates.

Coastal Storm Preparedness Information for Manhattan

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Updates, 7.20.20 – Extreme Heat & COVID Resources

  1. EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY
  2. CITYWIDE INSIDE CITYWIDE COOLING CENTERS
  3. LOWER EAST SIDE LOCATED COOLING CENTERS
  4. OUTSIDE NYC PARKS “COOL IT”
  5. FREE COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING
  6. FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS
  7. NYS COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM
  8. HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROVISIONS in the HEROS ACT
  9. CENSUS
  10. RESOURCES
  1. NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVISE NEW YORKERS TO PREPARE FOR EXTREME HEAT
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Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. This website provides helpful tips, information, and resources to help you stay safe in the extreme heat this summer.

What is Extreme Heat?

Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Because some places are hotter than others, this depends on what’s considered average for a particular location at that time of year. Humid and muggy conditions can make it seem hotter than it really is.

What Causes Heat-Related Illness?

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include:

  • High levels of humidity
  • Obesity
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Prescription drug use
  • Heart disease
  • Mental illness
  • Poor circulation
  • Sunburn
  • Alcohol use

Who is Most at Risk?

Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, even young and healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Summertime activity, whether on the playing field or the construction site, must be balanced with actions that help the body cool itself to prevent heat-related illness. Use this website to learn more on how to stay safe in the heat this summer, including how to prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related illness.

  • CITYWIDE INSIDE PUBLIC COOLING CENTER FINDER

https://maps.nyc.gov/cooling-center/

  • LOWER EAST SIDE LOCATED COOLING CENTERS
  • PS 61, 610 E 12 St (B&C)
  • Grand Coalition of Seniors NSC – SENIORS ONLY, 80 Pitt St (at Rivington St)
  • M.S. 131, 100 Hester St (Eldridge & Chrystie)
  • Marta Valle High School, 145 Stanton St (Suffolk & Norfolk)
  • P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold, 293 East Broadway
  • P.S. 124 Yung Wing, 40 Division St (Market & Bowery)
  • OUTSIDE NYC PARKS “COOL IT”

https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/cool-it-nyc

  • Water Fountains
  • Spray Showers
  • Tree Cover
  • FREE COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TESTING

CITYWIDE

MANHATTAN

      6. FOOD PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS

            *Please call in advance to confirm hours/days

Father’s Heart Ministries (pantry and soup kitchen)

545 East 11th Street

212-375-1765

Saturdays 8:30AM to 11AM

The Meatloaf Kitchen (soup kitchen)

137 2nd Street

(347) 850-2230

Doing breakfast from 9am to 11am and lunch from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. (3/20)

St. Joseph House (soup kitchen)

36 East 1st Street

(212) 254-1640

Soup kitchen: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 11:00 am.

Trinity Church Lower East Side (soup kitchen and food pantry)

602 East 9th Street

(212) 228-5254

Mondays through Fridays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (soup kitchen)

Monday – Friday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Food Pantry) – Appointment Needed

Temple Soup Kitchen

33 East 12th Street

(212) 674-2340

Saturdays from 2:30 pm and 4:00pm

The Bowery Mission (soup kitchen)

227 Bowery

(212) 674-3456

Serving meals 3 times a day. To-go breakfast 9 to 10am, lunch 1 to 2pm and, dinner 6-7pm

Nazareth Housing (food pantry)

206 East 4th St. (blue door)

212-777-1010

Tuesdays at 10AM

Most Holy Redeemer Church (Food pantry)

173 E 3rd St

(212) 673-4224

Every other Wednesday 10a to 11a

Dewitt Church (food pantry)

280 Rivington St

(212) 674-3341

Mondays and Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm

Interfaith Church

325 East 5th St

(352) 213-9020

Middle Collegiate Church (Food pantry and soup kitchen)

50 E 7th Street

(212) 477-0666

Wednesdays 8am to 9:30am (pantry)

Primitive Christian Church (Food Pantry)

207-209 East Broadway

(212)673-7868

Last Thursday of the month 1:30 to 3:30PM

Hetrick Martin (Food Pantry)

2 Astor Place

(212) 674-2400

HMI’s Food distribution:  will be from 1 pm – 3 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, HMI will distribute food bags (and other essentials) to youth who stop by

  • NYS COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM

https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP

Overview & Eligibility

The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.

The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.

Eligible households must meet the following criteria:

  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income must have been below 80% of the area median income, adjusted for household size. You can find your county’s area median income, based on your household size: www.hcr.ny.gov/eligible-income-limits-80-ami-county
  • Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been paying more than 30% of gross monthly income towards rent.  Gross income includes wages as well as any cash grants, child support, social security, unemployment benefits, etc.) 
  • Applicants must have lost income during the period of April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.
  • See our FAQs below for more information.

To apply see the application section of this page below.

HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at covidrentrelief@hcr.ny.gov

  • HOUSING AND HOMELESS PROVISIONS in the HEROS ACT

https://nlihc.org/resource/overview-housing-and-homeless-provisions-heroes-act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released the HEROES Act. The $3 trillion bill proposes almost $200 billion in additional funding for housing and homelessness programs to help communities respond to the coronavirus crisis.

  • CENSUS – PLEASE FILL IT OUT!

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/census/index.page

The 2020 Census is here — and it will shape New York City’s future for years to come. Once every ten years, the United States Census takes a count of every person in the United States. The taking of the census is mandated by the United States Constitution and has occurred every 10 years since 1790. But the census is so much more than just a count. Census information is used to determine New York City’s fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, infrastructure, and more — as well as the number of seats we have in Congress. Because so much is at stake, it’s critical that New Yorkers stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census.In the 2010 Census, the city’s self-response rate was less than 62%, compared to the national average of 76%. We need every New Yorker to get involved to ensure that their community is counted next year.

  1. RESOURCES

LES READY!

Please let us know if your organization is in need of gloves, masks, gowns or have other needs. Contact us at lesready.covid19@gmail.com

NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/about/press-releases/20200718_pr_nycem_advises-new-yorkers-to-prepare-for-extreme-heat.page

NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

January LESReady! Meeting

In January, LES Ready! was pleased to welcome a group of grassroots organizations from across New York City who discussed the critical work they are doing in local communities to prepare for manmade and natural disasters. January 2020. The presenters were:

Wali Abdun-Noor
South Bronx Emergency Network

Alberto Pimentel
Huntspoint/Longwood Community Coalition

Carol Johnson
East Harlem Emergency Network

Richard Johnson
Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organizations 

Laura McKenna
South Brooklyn COAD

From India to the LES:

LESReady! hosts visiting disaster management and resiliency professionals

LESReady! Co-Chair and GOLES Executive Director Damaris Reyes discusses the neighborhood’s experience during Superstorm Sandy.

What can someone living in an informal settlement in Mumbai learn from an Occupy Sandy volunteer? How does the state of Kerala monitor and assist its handicapped and disabled residents during a disaster – and what can New York City learn from that system?

These were just some of the topics of conversation between LESReady! members and the Crisis Management and Resilience in Coastal India project, a group of five resiliency professionals visiting the U.S. at the invitation of the State Department.

From April 1 until April 19, the group is visiting Washington, D.C., New York City, North Carolina, New Orleans, and Seattle, learning about efforts to adapt to rising sea levels and other coastal risks. During their time in NYC, they reached out to LESReady! to learn about the role that community-based and non-governmental groups play before, during, and after disasters.

LESReady! was thrilled to host the group and participate in this discussion. As coastal cities around the world adapt to climate change and rising seas, knowledge-sharing and dialogue like this is increasingly important. We hope the lessons learned in the LES are taken back and applied in Chennai, Mumbai, and Kerala!

Thanks to the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for suggesting the meeting and the New York Community Trust for making LESReady’s work possible.

LESReady! Hurricane Relief Statement

The hoard of recent hurricanes have set record breaking and unprecedented flooding throughout the Caribbean and United States, leaving many small islands utterly devastated. As a community filled with boriquas of the diaspora, LESReady! deeply feels for our family in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria brought chaos and devastation to Puerto Rico, which was at one of its weakest states having endured Hurricane Irma just days earlier. Coupled with Puerto Rico’s long recession, and its debt crisis– we must rise to support Puerto Rico.

LESReady! Is a community-centered disaster response group that focuses on the Lower East Side. When Superstorm Sandy hit NYC nearly five years ago, community members, community-based organizations, block and tenant associations banded together to take care of one another. Recognizing the need for more coordination across our community groups in the case of a future disaster, we formed LESReady! the March following Superstorm Sandy.

We remember the support that came far and wide when we were recovering from Sandy.

We remember how low-income communities of color, and those which lie at the margins of our society, were the ones most disparately impacted.

As a long-term community-based recovery group, we know very well that community-based organizations are the first to respond, and perhaps more significantly, will be the last to leave.

For these reasons, it is time that we rise in solidarity of our siblings in the Caribbean. Below, please find suggested places to donate monetarily, a list of local drop-off sites for goods, information on how LESReady! is mobilizing, and our commitment to provide up to date information on how to contact loved ones in Puerto Rico as that information becomes available.

For more information, contact Resiliency Training & Policy Coordinator, Ceci Pineda ceci@goles.org. For links to the recommended donation sites and other websites referred, please visit www.lesready.org

In solidarity,

Ayo Harrington and Victoria Lugo
LESReady! Executive Co-Chairs

FINANCIAL DONATIONS

LESReady! would like to highlight two organizations that are currently raising monetary donations to serve those most at the margins:

HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTION DRIVES

LES-WIDE COLLECTION DRIVE
LESReady! is closely monitoring immediate supply needs and assessing shipping logistics to establish an LES-wide collection drive for Puerto Rico and other hurricane-impacted areas if logistics allow. If you are interested in being listed as a drop-off location, please fill out your information here.

LES DROP-OFF SITES FOR PUERTO RICO:
We would like to also highlight on the ground efforts from fellow community members of the Lower East Side that are currently accepting supply donations in the Lower East Side for families in Puerto Rico:

Smith Houses Tenant Association

(Baseball Field – Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between >>South Street & Pearl Street)
Saturday, September 30 (12PM8PM)
Selling food to raise donation funds
Accepting packaged goods / supplies

Good Record

218 E 5th Street
Monday – Friday (12P-8P)
Saturday – Sunday (12P-7P)
For information on contact https://www.sociedad.life/papuertorico

WhyNotCare & Iglesia Evangelica Bautista

Calle 8 Church
393 E 8th Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (4:30P – 8:30P)
Collecting: Toiletries, Diapers, new or clean blankets, water, batteries, dry food, etc.
For more information, contact: 646.783.8123
IEBCALLE8@gmail.com
Lilah@whynotcaremore.org
Whynotcarenyc@gmail.com

Engine 28 / Ladder 11

222 East 2nd St (Between B & C)
Monday – Friday (7AM9PM)
Collecting: Diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products
Organized by NYC Mayor’s Office

Lady Tigers Youth Softball Team

428 E 10th Street
Monday – Thursday (6P-9P)
Collecting: Water, non-perishables, toiletries, diapers, and clothing

Loisaida via Eco-Kit Duffle

Visit https://www.ecokitduffle.org/
Place an order for items on the ‘NEEDS LIST’page. Ship items to our pick up center at Loisaida Center. Sorted items are immediately given to Eco-Kits volunteer travelers. Eco-kits get picked up at airports in Puerto Rico by contacted community coordinators and delivered to grass-roots organizations. (Full list on webpage)

NYC DROP-OFF SITES FOR BARBUDA:
The New York City Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda is currently collecting donations at sites through all boroughs for Barbuda. For more information on the priority items being collected and drop-off sites, visit https://www.abconsulate.nyc/goods

CONTACTING LOVED ONES IN PR:
We are connected to La Red De Apoyo Mutuo a Puerto Rico, a network of individuals and groups throughout the United States that are working on compiling on the ground information. We have expressed the need echoed from fellow community members for information on how to contact loved ones. As we attain more information, we will keep people aware of information on how to contact loved ones as that information emerges.

PUERTO RICO EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS:
For a directory of emergency operation centers in Puerto Rico (in Spanish), please click: http://prfaa.pr.gov/…/uploa…/2017/09/Oficinas-Regionales.pdf

We remember. We rise. We Resist.