Disaster Response Program

Disaster Relief Program

This program is currently inactive.
Please contact us with your future interest and please use the resources below. 

When Active, the purpose of this program is to provide:
  • Real time resources and volunteer opportunities – for Members
  • Disaster Mental Health Training - for Members
  • Disaster Mental Health Presentation: “Building Resilience” - for Members to bring to their communities
Volunteer & Register as a Responder

If  you are interested in being involved with this program for activation-preparedness or to register as a future Responder, please email us at the address below with Disaster Relief Program on the subject line: NYMFTnetwork@gmail.com. What better way to give back than during a disaster.

General Disaster Response and Recovery Information
Coping With Grief After Community Violence—This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tip sheet introduces some of the signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about to how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.

Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event—In this tip sheet, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) defines and describes grief, discusses ways of coping with grief, explains complicated grief, and offers relevant resources for additional support.

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress—This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish here. A similar tip sheet is available in Punjabi here.

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event—At this web page, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the importance of coping after a disaster, and getting professional help if needed, with reactions that may be difficult and intense. Links are provided to additional information about managing your emotional health as a survivor, supporting your children in coping, and making time for self-care as a disaster responder. This information is available in Spanish here.

Let's take care of our community together! 

Program History

This program was created in 2012 in response to Hurricane Sandy. At the time, the program focused on sharing real-time resources and volunteer opportunities for our Members to serve our community. The efforts were coordinated by Emma K. Viglucci, with the assistance of Dana Galante. The effort also included coordinating giving Disaster Mental Health Talks in the community. Materials were created to assist in this endeavor. The Program is now part of the Opportunities & Mentoring Division of our Network, directed by Emma K. Viglucci, and it is currently inactive but is to be activated as deemed necessary in the event of a disaster.