Thursday, December 17, 2009
JCRC Associate Executive Director David Pollock appeared at a hearing on December 15th and commented on the Non-Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study currently being conducted by the New York State Office of Homeland Security. He observed that, ". . . creating a culture of security and preparedness at Jewish organizations must be a priority. I must report that the results are decidedly mixed, ranging from indifference and denial on one extreme, to remarkable engagement on the other. Security is sometimes costly and inevitably inconvenient. Institutions with a culture of security and preparedness readily make the sacrifice and take the appropriate measures. Most organizations “get it”, and have taken identifiable steps to safeguard themselves, their constituencies and their physical assets. However, too many have done too little. Everyone need more help." Read the full testimony here.
New York State is committed to working with the not-for-profit community to identify its security needs and developing solutions and strategies for improving security and protecting not-for-profit institutions facing an increased risk of terrorist attack. A new survey is part of this effort. Thanks to Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman Rory Lancman for their sponsorship of this legislation and Tom Donlon, Director of the NY Office of Homeland Security for his leadership. You can view the survey here.
The NY Office of Homeland Security is planning to release the applications for the next round of Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants on Monday, January 4th, 2010. For more information on what your organization should be doing, visit the JCRC Security Grant Webpage.