Security Updates & 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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HOW IS THE JEWISH FEDERATION SUPPORTING LOCAL SECURITY NEEDS?
Emergency Communications Platform for Local Organizations
As a new initiative, Federation is working to implement and deploy a mass notification system to the Greater Washington Jewish community called SCN Alert. Its purpose will be 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. Once the system is implemented within the next 60 days, we will reach out to you with instructions on how to sign up.
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.
2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program
Federation, in partnership SCN and JCRC, continues to support Jewish community security through our role in assisting organizations in applying for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). In April 2019, FEMA released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This grant provides 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.
Montgomery County Security Operating Grants
Federation will be receiving $100,000 in grant funding from Montgomery County, Maryland from the Faith-based Facilities Security Operating Grants program. The funds are provided to support faith-based institutions which have experienced, or are at high risk of experiencing, hate crimes. Federation, in partnership with JCRC, will be working with the Jewish Community in Montgomery Country to providing operating funds to help develop security plans, conduct training and cover funding for security officers during times of heightened risk and threats. We are currently working with the county to design and launch the application process. We hope to be able to provide that application shortly.