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Nonprofit Staten Island’s flagship program is the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD) coalition. This coalition assists Staten Island nonprofit organizations in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from large-scale disasters as well as everyday emergencies, whether natural or man-made. Through education, communication, situational awareness, and assessing needs and gaps, the SI COAD serves as a learning exchange and coordinative force for both proactive planning and effective response in Staten Island.

Since 2012, the SI COAD has facilitated learning, networking, and communication among coalition participants representing various service focus areas across the sector. It serves as a key resource for emergency preparedness and disaster response for local community-based organizations. The mission of the SI COAD is to better prepare partners for disasters and emergencies, and facilitate collective action and response in the event of such crises through communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration.

The SI COAD promotes situational awareness, emergency planning, and effective response during disasters, with a focus on the unique needs of Staten Island. The COAD aims to be a sustainable model for other communities, ensuring the availability of essential services and encouraging impartial provision of these services.


  • As we head into cold and flu season please note there has been an unusually high number of flu cases. The NYC Vaccine Finder is a great tool for finding locations that provide vaccinations for COVID-19, MPV, and the flu! Visit to schedule your vaccine!
  • SI COAD continues to distribute PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes) and rapid test kits. While you prepare to gather with loved ones for fall and winter holidays, be sure to take extra precautions to avoid potential spread of COVID. Be sure to test regularly. Email to inquire about free PPE and test kits.

IMPORTANT: Stay Informed – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Nonprofit Staten Island and our Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) coalition have been actively following the updates and information coming out about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our communities.  We are in close communication with our partners at the NYC Department of Health and NYC Emergency Management. Please see our homepage and COVID-19 News & Resources page for the latest information, as well as tips and guidance for preparing, communicating and staying safe and healthy. The best sources of information remain the NYC Department of Health Coronavirus page and Centers for Disease Control(CDC). As the situation is rapidly evolving, you may check those sites frequently for updated guidelines, communications and resources.

We will continue to share information here, in the Nonprofit Staten Island Newsletter Here, as well as via the Staten Island Nonprofit Facebook page and COAD Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please also sign up for our SI COAD listserv to stay informed.

See our News Page for the latest press on our efforts. 

To learn more about the SI COAD’s and its Medical Ecosystem COVID-19 response, see here.

Current Projects

Strengthening Communities Through Recovery (SCTR) 

SI COAD is working on a multi-year project with New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) to develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP), a coalition resource directory, and a resource map to better prepare Staten Island and our communities for emergencies and disasters of all kinds.

SI COAD Test Kit and PPE Distribution

SI COAD has partnered with NYC Health and Hospitals (H+H) and community partner Hope Home Care to launch an improved version of our PPE and test kit distribution program. Our most recent partnership with Hope Home Care has allowed SI COAD to receive PPE and test kits through NYC H+H and store and distribute these vital supplies through Hope Home Care’s office at 26 Dumont Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305. PPE distribution is available every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00AM-4:00PM. We ask that all organizations seeking PPE email ahead of time with a request for supplies. Supplies distributed include rapid self-test kits, KN95 masks, 8 oz hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and relevant handouts/flyers.

Other SI COAD Key Projects / Initiatives


Outreach: Resource Guide, Self-Care, Family Ready Day

Communications: Listserv, Facebook page, Staten Island Nonprofit Newsletter

Future Planning: Member Survey to inform future priorities and programs

Printable brochure available here

The Medical Ecosystem(MES)

The Medical Ecosystem (MES), a subcommittee of the SI COAD, comprises the borough’s medical service providers, who will also provide assistance during a large-scale community disaster. Members include local hospitals, physicians, mental health service providers, EMS providers & senior assisted living centers.


Want to better prepare your organization for disasters and/or emergencies, be it an act of nature or man-made? Learn and exchange resources and ideas at Staten Island Nonprofit COAD coalition meetings. COAD meetings and events are open to Staten Island Nonprofit members and SI nonprofits at no cost. Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD), a coalition managed by the Nonprofit Staten Island (Staten Island Nonprofit), facilitates learning, networking and communication among coalition participants, and serves as a resource in emergency preparedness and/or disaster response for our local community-based organizations. Come to the next monthly meeting and “Like” SI COAD on Facebook. To sign up for COAD listserv communications, complete this form or contact  Also, sign up for NYC Notify, the official source for information about emergency events and important city services.

The SI COAD acknowledges support of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Staten Island Foundation, and Lyrasis, as well as discretionary funding from our Staten Island City Council Members and the Office of the the Staten Island Borough President, for its activities and programming.

What’s Going On With the SI COAD

CBO and MES Partners, please note that our training in partnership with American Red Cross of New York, has been changed from in-person to VIRTUAL. See attached flyer for details and please spread among your networks!

Have you downloaded the Notify NYC App? Notify NYC is NYC’s official emergency alert system. Get notified about severe weather, transit alerts, emergencies and more in your area, in 14 different languages! There are many options to get notified: Follow on Twitter @NotifyNYC, sign up for free email alerts at, or download the free app.

From our Partners at NYC Emergency Management: A winter storm is passing through, bringing up to 2.5 inches of rain 🌧 with a 0.5 inch of snow ❄️ possible through Tuesday evening. Periods of heavy rain overnight tonight may produce nuisance flooding. ⚠️🌊 Wind gusts of 40 mph 🌬 develop tomorrow evening and continue through Wednesday. Coastal Flood Advisories are in effect for Jamaica Bay and the Long Island Sound, with up to 2 feet of above-ground inundation possible. ⚠️🌊⚠️ To learn more about the forecast, visit the National Weather Service at For free local emergency alerts in your language, sign up for Notify NYC at

As part of SI COAD's newly launched Mental Health Campaign (, we share this post from NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: We envision a city where all children, youth, families and communities have equitable access to the conditions, opportunities, resources and care they need for good mental health. Read our new mental health plan for NYC:


As part of SI COAD's Mental Health Campaign (, we share this post from our partners at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Serious mental illness is one or more mental, behavioral or emotional conditions that significantly impairs a person’s ability to function in daily life. If you or someone you know is seeking care for a serious mental illness, reach out to NYC Well:


Are you protecting yourselves from COVID-19? Are you fully aware of the risks involved with infection? What do you know about Long COVID? NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shares... Long COVID refers to a wide range of symptoms that develop during or after COVID-19 illness and continue for several weeks or months. If you think you have long COVID, talk to your health care provider, or find a Post-COVID Care Clinic near you: #SIStayStrongStaySafe

Past Projects

For more information:

Tatiana Arguello

Nonprofit Staten Island

COAD Co-chairs: 

Shirley Dunn, MPA
Director of Quality Assurance & Corporate Compliance Officer, Eden II

Joseph Tornello, LCSW
President/CEO, Meals on Wheels of Staten Island

MES Co-chairs:

Trientina Campbell
Director of Environmental Safety/EPC, Richmond University Medical Center

Ginny Mantello, MD
Director, Health and Wellness, Office of the Staten Island
Borough President



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