Welcome to the Secure Community Network
Secure Community Network (SCN) is the national homeland security initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations.
SCN was established in 2004 as the first national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to homeland security initiatives on behalf of the American Jewish community and has quickly become a central address for law enforcement, homeland security and community organizations as it relates to the safety and security of Jewish institutions and communities across the United States.
Through information sharing, security awareness, training and security consultation, SCN strives to empower individuals and organizations in establishing a culture of security awareness, preparedness and resiliency throughout our communities.
In 2009, SCN was recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a national model for information sharing and faith-based homeland security initiatives.
ISIS: The Foreign Fighter Threat
September 15, 2013
More than 20 countries assembled in Paris on Monday, September 15, to discuss a global response to confront ISIS. The United States claims that 40 states have agreed to join the anti-ISIS coalition. United States Secretary of State John Kerry stated that certain Muslim-majority states will engage in combat operations in Iraq to combat the growing terrorist threat. In a recent boost to the American-led campaign against ISIS, Australia has authorized the use of 600 soldiers to engage in military operations. The soldiers, comprised of Air Force and Special Operations units, will deploy to the United Arab Emirates until further notice.Dozens of Australians have fought abroad with ISIS and other organizations and have provided support for terrorist activity. Prime Minister Tony Abbot recently stated that although no attack is imminent, some people have an intent and capability to carry out an attack in Australia.
Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Europe
The Secure Community Network has called on Jewish institutions to enhance security because of an escalation in attacks on Jewish targets in Europe during the current Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip. In the United Kingdom, community groups and the police report a 50 percent increase in anti-Semitic acts in the month of July. In Holland, two apartments were targeted with firebombs for hanging the Flag of Israel off the balcony, and the owner of one of the apartments was brutally attacked. A Jewish community near Paris was vandalized and looted, with several Jewish businesses broken into and set on fire. Firebombs were thrown at several synagogues throughout Germany and other countries. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced the rise of anti-Semitism, saying that the current Middle East conflict should not be a precursor to increased attacks against Jewish people.
SCN Hosts International Security Leadership Summit
SCN hosted our 2nd Annual Security Leadership Summit in New York this week with over 80 senior government and law enforcement officials, homeland security and community leaders. The event, coming on the heels of the attacks in Kansas and Brussels, brought together a global network of senior security professionals and leaders from seven European countries to discuss and coordinate best practices and strengthen partnerships to protect Jewish communities. The two-day event featured briefings, panel discussions and presentations by senior officials from the State Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Police Department and others and included a keynote address by NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton.
DHS Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Management Operations
Vice President Biden announced the release of Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship at a White House event in light of issues impacting Faith Based Organizations and Houses of Worship. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with other governmental entities, produced this guide with the knowledge that many incidents occur with little to no warning, requiring individuals and organizations to be prepared to respond. An emergency operation plan is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and security of your congregation, staff, and facilities. This guide provides houses of worship with important information regarding emergency operations planning for the spectrum of threats and hazards they may face. The document also discusses actions that may be taken before, during, and after an incident in order to reduce the impact on property and any loss of life and it encourages every house of worship to develop an EOP. Click here or on the image to download the document.
SCN-DHS Table Top Exercise Program Now Accessible Online
On September 5, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Secure Community Network, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents hosted a national-level tabletop exercise for senior leaders representing dozens of Federations and national Jewish organizations across the U.S. (Read More)
This joint exercise with DHS was the first of its kind with a faith-based community and provided a valuable forum and exercise toward strengthening our existing partnerships with our federal, state and local homeland security and law enforcement partners. Nearly 100 community leaders and government officials, including DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano participated in the event.
One of the stated outcomes of the program was the development of the Sector Specific Tabletop Exercise Program (SSTEP), a packaged version of the tabletop exercise scenarios and discussion materials that would be made available to Jewish organizations and communities across the country to coordinate and facilitate their own tabletop exercises.
To request access to the program, please submit a request to SCN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table Top Exercises: Testing Your Emergency Plans
Many agencies, institutions and organizations have invested heavily in security planning, all-hazards preparedness, and business continuity planning. However, such plans are not complete until they are tested. Expert consensus indicates that the best way to prepare for the worst is by simulating and practicing what the plans call for - which is why the use of table top exercises is on the rise. A table top exercise is a facilitated activity that places participants in a simulated situation requiring them to function in the capacity required for responding to a real-world event. Table top exercises are scenario-based simulations and provide a non-threatening way to work through and discuss all of the considerations of managing an incident. Tabletops raise the level of awareness as to the actual state of preparedness without the cost and disruption of a full scale live exercise while empowering all participants to become informed, active contributors to the safety, security, and resiliency of their organization. To access more information on table top exercises, view the attached presentation or download the informational article.
For crisis or emergency situations please call your local law enforcement. To reach SCN after normal business hours or to report an incident please call: 1-877-265-3337. Please direct all other inquiries via email to Scandesk@scnus.org or call 212-284-6940