NYC Takes the Lead on Community Security

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New Actions on Security by DHS

New 62 page report: HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL Draft Report: Preventing Targeted Violence Against Faith-Based Communities; DRAFT, December 17, 2019.

Update: Useful article describing this new report and its significance. See:
HSAC Outlines Urgent Steps to Secure Faith Community from ‘New Age’ of Domestic Terrorism

Update on Jan.5: Homeland Security chief orders review of protections for religious groups after recent attacks

 

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DHS Video on Protecting Houses of Worship

The Dept. of Homeland Security has provided this YouTube video on Protecting Houses of Worship.

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Active Shooter Guide

Although not aimed at houses of worship, this free guide may be useful. See: Active Shooter Protocol for Facility Managers.

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Frank Talk Re 2020 Threats

From the NY Times:

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Security Framework Document

 

Security Framework document (116 pp.) brought to my attention from the NYC Jewish Community Relations Council, but seemingly of interest to many.

Update: As of 4:30pm today there is news of an attempted attack on a synagogue in Colorado.  Improving security is an urgent matter!

This is a good time to review your facility’s security protocols to ensure that they reflect the current need for heightened vigilance. We suggest that you download JCCA’s Security Readiness:A Framework for Security at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), YM and YWHAs, and Camps. The publication is a valuable tool for all kinds of organizations and the chapter on a “Security Escalation Plan” on pp. 42ff. features six indicators that should cause you to consider escalating security and the included checklist is a helpful template to build an effective response.

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Holiday Season Concern

From HSToday: Potential ISIS Retaliation, Holiday Season Put Houses of Worship on Guard

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Overcoming Extremism

New report on this topic: Overcoming Extremism in the Private and Public Sectors
The Anti-Defamation League has released the final report from the Communities Overcoming Extremism (COE) Public and Private Sector Summits. The After Charlottesville Project Final Report is a compilation of outcomes from the two conferences dealing with domestic terrorism and far-right extremism following the Charlottesville attack in 2017.

 

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Recent DHS Publication

See:  Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence.

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Increase in Attack Plots on Synagogues

Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Reportedly Led To String Of Attack Plots. The Anti-Defamation League said its nationwide count of anti-Semitic incidents remains near record levels.

 

 

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