DHS Webinar – Feb. 13th

The webinar provides faith-based and non-profit leaders – as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers – with an overview of FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guidance changes; the Small Business Administration disaster assistance options for non-profits and houses of worship; and recommendations to ensure applicant organizations retain current insurance policies on their properties. Additionally, this webinar will offer practical preparedness steps you can take now to mitigate future loss or damage.

Title: Help After a Disaster for Private Non-Profits and Houses of Worship: Potential Sources of Financial Assistance

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 3:30p.m. (ET)

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“Five Reasons FEMA Should Not Rebuild Churches”

Here is a dissenting point of view: Five Reasons FEMA Should Not Rebuild Churches.

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FEMA Expands Public Assistance Eligibility to Include Houses of Worship

From FEMA: FEMA today (1/218) announced that private nonprofit houses of worship are eligible for disaster assistance as community centers without regard to their secular or religious nature. These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after August 23, 2017 and for applications for assistance that were pending with FEMA as of August 23, 2017, including applications on first- or second-level appeal, that as of today have not yet been resolved by FEMA.

Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), FEMA provides financial assistance, through its Public Assistance Program, to certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations for the repair or replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed by a major disaster.  FEMA’s changes now make houses of worship owned or operated by PNP organizations eligible applicants for this financial assistance (1) if their facilities suffered damage from an event declared a major disaster on or after August 23, 2017, or (2) if they had applications pending with FEMA as of August 23, 2017 that, as of today, have not yet been resolved by FEMA.

This change will be reflected in the third edition of the Public Assistance Program Policy Guide, which will be available online at www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/111781.

From Politico:  some of the pros and cons of this change.

From WashPost, 1/4, More on the pros and cons.





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Active Shooter Training

Simulator for Active Shooter Incident.

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Safeguarding Houses of Worship

i participated in a webinar today (Dec. 15) featuring a presentation by Lt. Mark Landahl of the Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s office.  Here is the the link to the Safeguarding Houses of Worship presentation. It cites an app that is available for houses of worship. Continue reading

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Legal Ruling

Judge Denies Churches Emergency FEMA Request.

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Dealing with Cold Weather Hazards

Tip sheet with advice, including details about using your facility as a warming center. See: http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/19_NDIN_TS_ColdWeatherHazards.pdf

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Safeguarding Houses of Worship

Safeguarding houses of worship. The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) has compiled a list of resources to help law enforcement agencies and houses of worship prepare for natural and man-made disasters.
 Recent catastrophic events, such as the church shooting in Texas and the hurricanes affecting multiple states, only serve to reinforce the need for emergency planning within every segment of the population. These resources represent a wide variety of viewpoints and roles as they were developed by very different entities including federal agencies, legal libraries, churches and religious organizations, universities, insurance companies and law enforcement associations. This variety provides a broader scope, enabling better
preparedness planning. Resources include:
  •  Active shooter table top training for faith-based organizations.
  • Emergency management planning guides.
  • Programs on preventing crime.
  • Counter terrorism protective security advice.
In addition, the National Institute of Justice created an app to help law enforcement
and houses of worship work through preparedness activities together. Instructions
for accessing the free app are at the top of the JTIC site.
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Safety Advice

From the WashPost, this article: Tips for Church Leaders On How to Deal with a Mass Shooting.

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Key DHS Official Resigns

Sadly, the selection of the DHS office that deals with faith-based organization was an inappropriate choice. See this article in Wash Post: Homeland Security official resigns after comments linking blacks to ‘laziness’ and ‘promiscuity’ come to light


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