Security Updates & Resources

Security Updated and Resources

Through The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), we are working to enhance the safety and security of the Greater Washington Jewish community. Together, we are working to foster a culture of  empowerment, collaboration, and vigilance, ensuring that all  Jewish organizations operate safely and securely.

Below you will find  information on current initiatives, a library of documents and guidance, current recommendations, opportunities for training, threat and vulnerability assessments, security meetings, and additional opportunities and resources. We will update this page with current threat information, as needed.

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Emergency Communications Platform for Local Organizations

Federation, in partnership with Secure Community Network, has implemented and deployed a mass notification system to the Greater Washington Jewish community called SCN Alert. Its purpose is to provide emergency notifications to the community to include credible threats, emergency and crisis incident information, and recommendations for immediate action. From natural disasters and threats to incidents and attacks, the state-of-the-art emergency communications platform SCN Alert allows Federation to provide vital and timely information to staff, community members, and partners.

Safety and security trainings for Jewish organizations

Federation has been and will continue to provide training synagogues, schools, JCCs, and other Jewish organizations on various security topics.  Federation, SCN and JCRC have also facilitated your connection to local law enforcement for training in:

  • Civilian response to active shooter events
  • Threat and vulnerability assessments, offering recommendations for physical security enhancements, adding layers of security, and assisting in protecting against active threats

As we become aware of local law enforcement opportunities for training, we will alert you.

2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program

Federation, in partnership with SCN and JCRC, continues to support Jewish community security through our role in assisting organizations in applying for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). FEMA will release the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the near future. This grant will provide funding support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to eligible nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack. Federation, in partnership with SCN, contributes to the application process by providing threat and vulnerability assessments which are a required part of the application package, innovative and personalized recommendations for training, layers of facility protection, and guidance to ensure organizations are aware of and following security best practices.