Many communities look to religious leaders and faith-based nonprofits for moral influence and expertise in de-escalating conflict, fostering respect for the inherent dignity of every human being, and pointing communities toward hope and healing. Citygate Network has gathered several links to various toolkits and resources that can help ensure your organization stands prepared for potentially dangerous situations.
The White House Office of Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships has prepared this toolkit to offer practical steps that faith communities can take to prevent acts of hate, discrimination, and bias, and to demonstrate solidarity with targeted communities where such acts tragically occur.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has developed the Protecting Places of Worship: Six Steps to Enhance Security Against Targeted Violence Fact Sheet outlining actions that faith-based organizations and community leaders can take to increase security.
As a companion piece to the CISA/FBI resource listed above, this infographic outlines low- to no-cost solutions that will help your organization implement the suggested practices and highlights ways to identify funding for security improvements.
Additionally, this first responder’s toolbox raises awareness about potential threats to places of worship, faith-based organizations, and faith leaders, and recommends best practices for engagement.
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