Faith-Based Resources

Ohio Homeland Security Shares
Security Resources for Faith-based Organizations

Ohio Homeland Security has compiled list of security (including cyber security) resources with faith-based organizations to help them with any security issues or concerns (physical security or cyber security). Below are both state and federal resources:

Faith-Based Resources

CyberSecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Faith-Based Community Resources
CISA resources designed to guide houses of worship through building improved security and safety protocols for their specific organization’s congregants and facilities. These tools help houses of worship identify and report suspicious behavior; build positive community relationships; develop partnerships with law enforcement; and implement emergency operations plans and screening procedures while enhancing security awareness.

CISA Houses of Worship Security Self-Assessment
This tool is designed to guide personnel at houses of worship through a security-focused self-assessment to understand potential vulnerabilities and identify options for consideration in mitigating those vulnerabilities.

CISA Mitigating Attacks on Houses of Worship Security Guide
Acts of targeted violence against houses of worship are a real—and potentially growing—problem in the United States and a top priority for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA has prepared this comprehensive security guide based on original analysis to help houses of worship develop a comprehensive security strategy to mitigate future incidents.

CISA Tabletop Exercise Package - Faith-Based Organizations
CISA provides Tabletop Exercise Packages (CTEPs) as a comprehensive resource designed to assist stakeholders in conducting their own exercises. Organizations can use CTEPs to initiate discussions to assess their preparedness and security posture in relation to a variety of threats and incidents.

Houses of Worship: Targeted Disruption Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Toolkit
This Ohio EMA toolkit provides all of the materials and information necessary to easily plan and host a tabletop exercise, focusing on operational coordination, operational communication, and on-scene Security and Protection. All of the materials in the toolkit to plan and facilitate a Houses of Worship: Targeted Disruption scenario tabletop exercise are available to download, free.

CISA The Power of Hello - Guide for Houses of Worship
This guide promotes employee vigilance for our houses of worship stakeholders. Alert personnel can better spot suspicious activity and actively report it. Keeping houses of worship facilities secure while sustaining the open and welcoming environment necessary for peaceful congregation requires a holistic approach to security.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
The DHS Center serves as a clearinghouse for information, connecting and coordinating with faith-based organizations allowing information to be shared in both directions, informing decision-making at DHS by elevating concerns, ground truth and local situational awareness while providing feedback, updates and guidance to the faith community.

Faith-Based Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (FB-ISAO)
The FB-ISAO serves as a trusted partner at the center of a national network of faith-based organizations and associations that have been informed and equipped to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from incidents arising from all-hazards, ensuring the resilience and continuity of these important community assets.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship
This guide provides houses of worship with information regarding emergency operations planning for the spectrum of threats and hazards they may face. It discusses actions that may be taken before, during, and after an incident in order to reduce the impact on property and any loss of life, and it encourages every house of worship to develop and Emergency Operations Plan.

Cyber Security Resources

CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Program
The CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Program is a national public awareness effort aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

Additional Resources

CISA Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop/Webinar and Resources
The CISA Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop was developed to provide the public with guidance on how to prepare for and respond to active shooter crisis situations.

CISA What to Do - Bomb Threat
This resource outlines in-depth procedures for either bomb threats or suspicious items and will help you prepare and react appropriately during these events.

DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)
HSIN is a trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share sensitive but unclassified information.