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Houses of Worship Hometown Security Report Series May 2017

Numerous studies estimate there are between 300,000 and 400,000 religious congregations in the United States. Many people think of a house of worship as a safe area where violence and emergencies cannot affect them. However, violence in a house of worship is not a new phenomenon and many facilities are developing and updating security and emergency plans and procedures to ensure the safety and security of their congregations, visitors, staff, and facilities.

 

CISA Partners with Secure Community Network to Hold Incident Response Exercise

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) hosted a tabletop exercise in collaboration with the Secure Community Network (SCN). The exercise brought together Jewish community leaders from across the nation, along with federal and state law enforcement and interagency partners to examine how they would act in a notional event focused on threats of violence including scenarios based on current events.

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Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Places

Soft targets and crowded places are increasingly appealing to terrorists and other extremist actors because of their relative accessibility and the large number of potential targets. This challenge is complicated by the prevalent use of simple tactics and less sophisticated attacks.

Tools and Resources

DHS provides free tools and resources to communities because the Department recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure.

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Connect, Plan, Train, Report

The Department encourages businesses to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Discusses Public Venue Security at AT&T Park

Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke met with security officials at AT&T Park in San Francisco to discuss how DHS works alongside our private sector partners and local law enforcement on public venue security. Acting Secretary Duke reaffirmed DHS’s commitment to partnering with large venue security teams to ensure the safety of the American public.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitors attacks on public gatherings and public places to constantly enhance the Nation’s security. During both steady state and times of heightened awareness, DHS engages closely with our private sector and community partners to provide expert counsel and recommendations about protective measures they can implement to protect facilities and venues. DHS provides free tools and resources to communities because the Department recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure.

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Hometown Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) most important mission it to protect the American people.  As part of this mission, DHS fosters collaboration between the private sector and the public sector to mitigate risk and enhance the security and resilience of public gathering sites and special events.

Commercial Facilities Resources

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides an array of cross-sector and sector-specific training programs and resources that are available to public and private sector partners.

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