Security/Emergency Information

Deadline for OHS nonprofit security survey Friday, Jan. 15

We received the following from our good friend, NY OHS Director Tom Donlon:

Thank you once again for your continued assistance in notifying your membership of the New York State Office of Homeland Security’s (OHS) non-profit homeland security preparedness study and online survey available on our website,

I write one final time to ask you to remind your members that the deadline for submitting a completed survey is this Friday, January 15th.  As I stated in my December 28th email, we are making every effort to ensure broad participation in this study through OHS’ online survey and your past  efforts in bringing awareness to this study has been very instrumental in receiving many responses from organizations across the state.

If you have questions regarding the non-profit homeland security preparedness study, or if we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact OHS’ Acting General Counsel, Thomas K. McCarren, at (212) 849-4467

Thomas G. Donlon

If you haven’t already done so please take a few minutes to respond. Thanks.

Get more information to secure your Jewish institution at

Enroll in FDNY’s CPR to Go

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The FDNY has partnered with NYC Service and New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) to launch FDNY CPR to Go, a program that offers free CPR classes at gym locations throughout the five boroughs.

Participants in every class learn basic CPR skills from a member of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service. Volunteers for the class follow along using the CPR Anytime Personal Learning Kit, which features an instructional DVD and an inflatable mannequin. All participants are asked to take home the kit and pledge to show five of their family members and friends how to perform CPR.

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JCRC hosts workshop & webinar on homland security grants

On Monday, January 4, 2010 the JCRC held its first workshop and webinar on “Accessing the 2010 Nonprofit Security Grants Program.” Steve Tierney from the New York State Office of Homeland Security and David Pollock of the JCRC presented. View the presentation here.

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JCRC Testifies at NYS Nonprofit Security Hearing

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.

NY State Nonprofit Security Preparedness Survey

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.

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