Hometown Security

School Safety and Security Resources

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) along with many others from across government, law enforcement and communities nationwide has redoubled its efforts and is poised to continue enhancing school safety and security. This page offers a starting place for CISA documents, resources and tools related to school safety and security.

If you have questions about this product, please reach out to CISA’s school safety team at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov.

Houses of Worship Hometown Security Report Series May 2017

Numerous studies estimate there are between 300,000 and 400,000 religious congregations in the United States. Many people think of a house of worship as a safe area where violence and emergencies cannot affect them. However, violence in a house of worship is not a new phenomenon and many facilities are developing and updating security and emergency plans and procedures to ensure the safety and security of their congregations, visitors, staff, and facilities.

 

CISA Partners with Secure Community Network to Hold Incident Response Exercise

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) hosted a tabletop exercise in collaboration with the Secure Community Network (SCN). The exercise brought together Jewish community leaders from across the nation, along with federal and state law enforcement and interagency partners to examine how they would act in a notional event focused on threats of violence including scenarios based on current events.

Last Published Date: February 5, 2021

Securing Public Gatherings

Public gatherings and crowded places are increasingly vulnerable to terrorist attacks and other extremist actors because of their relative accessibility and large number of potential targets. Organizations of all types of sizes, including businesses, critical infrastructure owners and operators, the general public, schools, and houses of worship face a variety of security risks.

Connect, Plan, Train, Report

The Department encourages businesses to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.