VA Gets Emergency Preparedness Money

Now is the time for non-profit organizations to get their grant applications in. See this article re VA.

 

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Webinar – June 13th

Join the webinar Protecting Your Organization – Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, and others offer numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or human-caused. This webinar will highlight federal resources and partners to help community and faith leaders improve the safety and security of their facilities. To register for the webinar and ensure you receive a recording of the webinar click here

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NYC Has a House of Worship Alert System

From the NYC Disaster Interfaiths Service which is worth considering elsewhere in the U.S.

NYC HOWalert (House of Worship Alert System) – 2000 Subscribers and Growing. Launched in April 2017, In partnership with the NYC Faith Sector Community Preparedness Program Advisory Board, NYDIS is now providing HOWalert, a free emergency notification system for all NYC religious leaders. Only used during emergencies and two optional annual tests/exercises, HOWalert sents emergency information to registrants by text, email or voice messages. That message will notify NYC religious leaders and other Faith Sector communications decision makers, about life threatening or urgent crisis management incidents that should be rapidly shared with their congregants, clients or staff – or, that may impact their facilities and programs. The system may also be used for two-way communication – to send a message and then collect damage assessments or to allow religious leaders to submit requests for help during an unfolding public health emergency or disaster. All information submitted is kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

Because NYDIS receives and distributes Crisis and Risk Communications (CERC) from government and the non-profit (VOAD) sectors, our staff take the time to adapt the information for a faith-based context – addressing how the incident may affect worship and public gatherings. As well as how and what congregants, clients or staff should be informed of the threat and what they should be told to do. Religious Leaders are often critical transmitting trustworthy life saving information.

Any faith-based organization or religious body in NYC may submit their contact lists for bulk upload, and then use HOWalert to send their own messages at their discretion, free of charge.

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Non-Profit Security Grants Available

This info from the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council may be of interest to others.

  1. We now expect FEMA will release the FY 2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program guidelines next Friday, June 2nd to the states. New York’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been working hard and they will have their Request for Applications (RFA) ready ASAP. However, they must have their documents approved through the various channels as required by NY State law.
  2. The application deadline in NY depends on the DHS/FEMA deadline. Remember, they have to score the applications and comply with federal guidelines for submission. That takes time, especially when they must process 200 or so applications. Please don’t contact us to ask about the due date. Expect a quick turnaround. We won’t know any details until after June 2nd.
  3. The New York State Hate Crimes grant applications will be released within the same timeframe. As soon as we see the RFA we will publish additional materials to help qualified groups apply for that grant.
  4. If your Grants Gateway Document Vault is not pre-certified (or well under way) you are running out of time. Organizations that are not pre-certified cannot apply for the grants. Click here for more information.

For the latest information and assistance click to www.jcrcny.org/securitygrants

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“How Social Ties Make Us Resilient to Trauma”

This may be of interest to the faith-based community: https://recoverydiva.com/2017/05/25/how-social-ties-make-us-resilient-to-trauma/

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How to Write an Emergency Plan

This book may be of help to those of you who want to have a written plan for emergencies for your organization. See this review on my other website.

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Crisis and Risk Communications Training in NYC Area

This may be of interest to houses of worship in the NYC area: How Alert Exercise.

 

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Advice re Computer Systems

In light of the recent spate of ransomware attacks, all organizations should check the security of their computer systems. Specific advice from DHS includes:

  • Update your systems to include the latest patches and software updates.
  • Do not click on or download unfamiliar links or files in emails.
  • Back up your data to prevent possible loss, whether you are at a family computer or company data.

Update on May 15th:  From the Jewish Community Relations Center of NYC, this advice about Microsoft efforts to help users avoid ransomware attacks.

 

 

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Reprieve: this site will continue into 2018!

This site has a small but loyal following and I now have the means to continue maintaining it. Thanks to the two readers who generously offered to host it, but I plan to continue with the word Press company. And thanks to recent donors. 

Please send in news items and requests.

 

 

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Notable Report

Final report on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force on Houses of Worship and Charitable Organizations. The 39 page report is here.

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