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.
SCN Leads First-Ever Jewish Communal Security Leadership Summit
Leaders from Federations and other Jewish organizations gathered this week at the first-ever Jewish Communal Security Summit in New York to strategize with top experts in the field how best to keep the community safe. Security providers from around the country had a chance to learn about best practices in threat assessment and response in the current climate.
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.
SCN Safe School Initiative
In response to the tragic attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Secure Community Network (SCN) coordinated and hosted two special webinars with the US Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and experts on school security from Margolis, Healy & Associates. The webinar reviewed and discussed lessons learned from past events, best practices and cost effective security recommendations that schools and other organizations should consider as part of their preparedness, crisis management and response planning.
School safety and security information was reviewed to full-capacity webinar/conference calls of over 1,500 participants from institutions and organizations across the nation. While not every emergency and act of violence is 100% preventable, preparedness planning, training, testing and exercising our security plans can prevent and deter many situations and mitigate and lessen the impact of unavoidable events. We encourage you to review the timely and important slides accessed through the link below; and take the time to review and refresh your crisis response plan.Please visit our comprehensive "SCN Safe School Initiative" webpage for access to the January 10th webinar presentation and accompanying audio as well as valuable information on crisis and emergency planning.
Click here to read the press release detailing the School Security Preparedness Webinar hosted by SCN on January 3, 2013.
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.
Security Managers Corner
The Security Managers Corner section of the SCN website, reserved exclusively for security directors, facility managers and other personnel directly responsible for the safety and security of Jewish facilities, is a space dedicated to the sharing of best practices and security information. SCN frequently posts bulletins, reports and security best practices to the Security Managers Corner for sharing information with our network of security directors and facility managers. Be sure to log-in frequently to access newly posted information.
to continue to the updated version and to register for access.
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