The New Terrorism Reality

From HStoday: Halle Shooting: The New Terrorism Reality,

The Yom Kippur shooting in Halle, like Christchurch, represents the confluence of three significant trends in terrorism: a rising far right, the targeting of places of worship, and the use of social media and livestreams.

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Healthy Houses of Worship

Guidance from the EPA: Supporting Healthy Houses of Worship

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The Important Role of Ushers

Since it is the week of the Jewish New Year, it is worth reviewing this document here on this website: Tina Lewis Rowe (2009). Assessing the Safety and Security of Your Place of Worship (pages 1-59), including a section on The Role of Ushers and Greeters (pages 60-84).

The author is a former police officer and was gracious enough to share her materials with me a couple of years ago.

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DHS Announces 2019 Preparedness Grants

DHS ANNOUNCES GRANT ALLOCATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 PREPAREDNESS GRANTS. Learn more about the DHS’s preparedness grant programs at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan today announced final allocations of $350 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations together with the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in April, total more than $1.7 billion in FY 2019 granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.

 

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Non-Profit Helps With Security Matters

From BizTech magazine, How Non-profit is Boosting Security for Houses of Worship. Note that this author is a fan of the newsletter provided by this organization.

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Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters

Some Tip Sheets on Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters by Peter B. Gudaitis and Brie Loskota

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Interfaith Collaboration for Security

For House of Worship Interfaith Collaboration Is the Future of Security.

When I was doing local research on this topic, I did see a few examples. One of the easiest to do is arrange for alternative space for worship if your building is damaged.

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Questioning “Fight”

Run, hide, fight’ has become a mantra for how to act during a mass shooting. Here’s what it really involves

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Non-Profit Security Grants

See this article on non-profit security grants.

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Why So Many Attacks on HOWs?

Here is one explanation, from an article today in the Wash Post: Ancient hatreds, modern methods: How social media and political division feed attacks on sacred spaces.

Here is another from the NY Times: Synagogue Shooting Keeps Religious Leaders on Edge: ‘No One Should Be Gunned Down in Worship’

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