Protecting Places of Worship - Fall Religious Observance Security Briefing

Date: Tuesday, Aug 29, 2023

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Federal Emergency Management Agency and interagency partners, invites you to a webinar for the faith-based community where you learn about Six Steps to Enhance Security Against Targeted Violence (cisa.gov) and much more!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information on available resources to protect places worship please visit:

This webinar will offer captioning services. For questions or additional information, contact: partnerships@fema.dhs.gov

Protecting Places of Worship Resources

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is committed to supporting efforts to maintain safe and secure houses of worship and related facilities while sustaining an open and welcoming environment. In partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Faith-Based Information Sharing and Analysis Organization, CISA provides resources that assist houses of worship in securing physical and cyber infrastructure.

First Responder’s Toolbox to Improve Outreach to the Religious Community

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Enhanced communication, coordination, and training among federal entities, state, local, tribal, and territorial first responder agencies, religious community groups, and private sector partners can improve security protocols, increase awareness of suspicious activity indicators, and ultimately improve the ability to prevent, detect, deter, and disrupt potential plots. This document provides first responders recommendations on how to engage with religious communities.

Engage in an Upcoming Protecting Places of Worship Forum

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The Protecting Places of Worship forum is a half-day session that provides faith-based leaders and congregations with information about religious hate crimes, state and federal hate crimes laws, law enforcement threat assessments, and ways to protect places of worship from potential hate crimes and other threats of violence. The program encourages the implementation of a security program, offers best practices for security, fosters networking and community outreach, and provides resources such as examples of security plans and community responses. You can learn more at Protecting Places of Worship Forum (justice.gov)