Please Be Aware
Since Nov 17th there have been multiple Jewish organizations across the country targeted with hoax bomb threats. At least three threats originated from text-to-voice calls to local law enforcement and/or social service suicide hotlines in which the caller stated bombs had been placed in the facilities. The language used has been similar. Law enforcement is investigating. Report any bomb threats to us immediately so we can determine if it is from the hoax caller(s).
PCCD security grant awards to be announced on December 13th!
REMINDER: We are in a heightened threat environment and are working in close collaboration with law enforcement to monitor potential threat activity. There are no known or direct threats related to our Pittsburgh Jewish community. Continue to be vigilant; report suspicious behavior to 911 and then the Jewish Federation via the Incident Report at jewishpgh.org/form/incident-report.
In Pittsburgh, YTD the Jewish Federation has logged 270 incidents in our Virtual Command Center, this compares to 122 incidents for the entire year of 2022.
Security Matters in the News This Week
- Bomb squad called to synagogue in Lakewood, NJ after grenade found nearby (timesofisrael.com)
- Community rallies to erase symbols of hate at Kalamazoo synagogue (wwmt.com)
- Prison sentence upheld for leader of Michigan white supremacist group ‘The Base’ (mlive.com)
- Israel and Hamas have reached a deal on a cease-fire and hostages. What does it look like? (apnews.com)
As we are back-to-school, please review your current contact lists in BluePoint. If changes are needed, please contact Erin Fagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security Resources and/or Training
Harrisburgh, PA 17110 United States
Join PEMA and David Wood from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as they discuss FY2024 NSGP grant applications.
Join Secure Community Network (SCN) and a guest panelist from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as we discuss FY2024 NSGP updates and guidance for this year's grant application.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States + Google Map
Join this 4-part course addressing: The mind of the active shooter-predator vs. prey Situational awareness and survival mindset Basic self-defense techniques and weapons awareness and disarming techniques Reality based training.
Join us for the first quarterly Faith-Based Security and Resilience Training on Thursday, March 28, 2024. This first session will be a case study from the United States District Attorney's Office on the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack: Prosecution, Trial, and Crime Victims' Rights. This will be one of the public presentations on the synagogue shooting. The Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security (OHS), in partnership with DHS, PEMA, Pennsylvania State Police, the three Fusion Centers (PaCIC, WPAHFC...
Please contact Erin Fagan at email@example.com or 412-992-5252 to schedule this training.
Situational Awareness, Active Threat, and Usher/Greeter Training
If you or your organization have not yet had these training modules, please contact Erin Fagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-992-5252. All can be made available in person or via Zoom.
If you need more Emergency Safety Procedures Flip Charts contact Erin Fagan at email@example.com or 412-992-5252.