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DHS Provides Resources, Training To Combat Church Active Shooters

In the wake of the Texas church shooting, houses of worship may be wondering how their congregation might prepare for and respond to an “active shooter.” One resource worth exploring is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, specifically “Active Shooter Preparedness.” From that section:

Welcome to the Active Shooter Preparedness Program webpage. Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident…

Visitors can obtain active shooter preparedness resources as a private citizen, human resources or security professional, active shooter workshop participant, and first responder. Key resources available to the “private citzen” include:

-“How to Respond” Resource Materials: “A series of materials to assist businesses, government offices, and schools in preparing for and responding to an active shooter” like a booklet, pamphlet, poster, pocket card, and more (translated into other languages too)
-“Options for Consideration” Active Shooter Preparedness Video: Almost 8-minute video which “demonstrates possible actions that individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter scenario.”
-Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video: 1-hour 36-minute video that “describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario…”

According to TIME magazine, under the Trump Administration DHS has actually been ahead of the curve with training places of worship to deal with active shooter incidents. Elizabeth Dias reported Sunday:

Even before Sunday’s shooting at a small Baptist church in Texas, the Trump Administration was moving ahead with efforts to train houses of worship on emergency security procedures, including active shooter situations.

Now, an Administration official says he’ll be working even harder to train religious leaders on how to secure their members and property.

In the past four months, [director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships office Jamie] Johnson the said his team has collaborated with religious groups on more than a dozen efforts to improve security, but he has plans for more.

“We are going to be a whole lot busier in the months and years to come when it comes to safety and security for houses of worship,” he says. “This issue will now come to the forefront of the religious conversation in America.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Good to know. One more thing. Religious institutions might want to investigate if any local resources are available to help prepare for/respond to an active shooter if they haven’t done so already. I’ve stumbled upon a few articles on the Internet these past few days where local law enforcement are offering assistance to churches and such.

DHS’ Active Shooter Preparedness Program webpage can be accessed here. And readers can keep abreast of what’s new out of the DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships here.

Know of any religious facilities that might benefit from this information? Pass it on!

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Dias, Elizabeth. “Trump Administration Might Ramp Up Security Training for Houses of Worship After Texas Shooting.” TIME. 5 Nov. 2017. (http://time.com/5011069/texas-church-shooting-trump-security-training/). 7 Nov. 2017.

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British Paper: ISIS, Al-Qaeda Call For Donald Trump’s Assassination, Inauguration Day Terror In Washington, D.C.

According to an “exclusive” report published yesterday on the Daily Star (UK) website, jihadist terror groups are urging followers to take out President-elect Donald Trump and Inauguration Day onlookers in Washington D.C. tomorrow. Rachel O’Donoghue reported:

Terrorists living in war-torn zones in the Middle East are calling on believers to target the inauguration ceremony on January 20, which is expected to attract more than a million people…

Al-Qaida – which is active worldwide – said in its propaganda magazine “Inspire” that its followers should use drones containing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to cause devastation in the “target rich” area.

Another edition of the vile publication states wannabe jihadis should look to attack areas “flooded with individuals, e.g. such as sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gatherings [sic]. The important thing is that you target people and not buildings”.

It adds Washington DC is its number one symbolic target.

Fellow Islamic terror group ISIS has also announced its intentions to kill the incoming 70-year-old Republican President.

In an edition of its propaganda magazine “Rumiyeh”, it called on believers to target the inauguration.

It advises that brainwashed jihadis should look to cause carnage at “excellent target” events that attract masses of people by staging a “Nice-style” strike

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Truly disturbing.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this morning as saying:

We know no specific, credible threat directed toward the inauguration…

Earlier this week I blogged about potential threats by jihadists/sympathizers to the event and U.S homeland/interests that I’ve come across in the last couple of weeks.

Head on over to the Daily Star website here to read their full “exclusive” report on this potential terror attack.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Calvert, Scott. “Tight Security Planned For Donald Trump’s Inauguration.” The Wall Street Journal. 19 Jan. 2017. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/tight-security-planned-for-donald-trumps-inauguration-1484842326). 19 Jan. 2017.

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FBI Issues Terrorism Alert Mentioning Washington D.C., Northern Virginia

First it was the Department of Homeland Security issuing a terrorism warning for the upcoming holiday season. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting in on the act. From the CBS News website last night:

The FBI is alerting law enforcement officials across the country that there is concern about a potential terrorist attack around Thanksgiving or the Inauguration, CBS News’ Jeff Pegues reports.

The alert specifically warned of homegrown terrorists and cited shopping malls, special events and other crowded venues as possible targets. Specific locations in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia are described as “target-rich” zones. Potential tactics that could be used include guns, IEDs or drones equipped with IEDs…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

This FBI alert seems somewhat more detailed than other terrorist threat warnings I’ve seen in recent times.

More information about this particular alert can be found over on the CBS News site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Firearms, Government, Public Safety, Terrorism No Comments

DHS Issues Holiday Terrorism Warning

The holidays are fast approaching. So it was only a matter of time before a terrorism warning was issued for the American public. Lee Ferran, Aaron Katersky, Josh Margolin, and Brian Ross reported on the ABC News website Tuesday:

U.S. officials issued a somber warning today that the coming holiday season could mean “opportunities for violent extremists” to strike, especially as terrorist groups are squeezed abroad.

“Though we know of no intelligence that is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by terrorist organizations to attack the homeland, the reality is terrorist-inspired individuals have conducted, or attempted to conduct, attacks in the United States,” reads a bulletin posted online today by the Department of Homeland Security.

The warning says terrorists could attempt to target “public events and places where people congregate.”

The bulletin came days after an ISIS magazine called on the terrorist group’s followers to use vehicles to attack popular outdoor attractions, like a New York parade…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Personally, I believe a terrorist attack on U.S. soil (or that belonging to our allies) during the upcoming holiday season is a real possibility. Considering how deadly that truck proved to be in Nice, France, this past summer, another assault in this manner would no doubt be considered by the bad guys.

Headed out to “public events and places where people congregate”? Maintaining a high degree of situational awareness (head on a swivel) is probably a good idea.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Ferran, Lee, Katersky, Aaron, Margolin, Josh and Ross, Brian. “Holiday Season Could Be Target for Terrorists, DHS Says.” ABC News. 15 Nov. 2016. (http://abcnews.go.com/US/holiday-season-target-terrorists-dhs/story?id=43559766). 17 Nov. 2016.

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Chicago Police Department Manpower Shortage Latest

“Chicago readers take note: The ‘thin blue line’ that exists in the Windy City will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. Carry on accordingly.”

Survival And Prosperity, October 3, 2011

With the help of the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop, I became aware several years ago of the manpower shortage going on in the Chicago Police Department.

Subsequently, I started blogging about the situation from time to time.

As shootings in the city march past 2,300 for the year, attention is being drawn to Chicago’s “cop shortage” again. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website on July 20:

After three shootings this week in a gang-ridden South Side ward that includes Englewood and Back of the Yards, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is demanding that Emanuel finally make good on his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police officers.

In the meantime, Lopez wants Chicago Police officers now working in pairs for their own safety to get reinforcements from the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s office or all of the above

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

No DHS or other federal agencies?

On the subject of paying for more police, Alderman Lopez brought up taxes. Spielman added:

When Lopez was asked where he would find the money to hire 1,000 more police officers, he offered to raise property taxes- again.

That’s on top of the $588 million property tax increase approved last fall for police and fire pensions and school construction and the $250 million increase the Board of Education is about to approve for teacher pensions…

Remember what I’ve been saying for years now about new/higher fees, fines, and taxes for Chicagoans?

With news yesterday that the Fraternal Order of Police is urging its members to turn down all requests for “non-mandatory overtime” over the fast-approaching Labor Day weekend, Second City Cop blogged:

It is most certainly is a message to the administration- “Hire more cops!” seems to be what we’re reading. And that’s a perfectly appropriate message to be sending to the city- the Department is badly understaffed

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Spielman, Fran. “Shooting of 6-year-old girl revives demand for 1,000 more cops.” Chicago Sun-Times. 20 July 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/shooting-of-six-year-old-resurrects-demands-for-1000-more-cops/). 26 July 2016.

SCC. “OT Boycott Gets Media Coverage.” Second City Cop. 26 July 2016. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/07/ot-boycott-gets-media-coverage.html). 26 July 2016.

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Former CIA Deputy Director Warns After Nice: ‘I Think It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before We See Attacks Of This Size Here In The United States’

Here’s a worrisome prediction from a former top “spook” about future terror attacks carried out by Muslim extremists. Former CIA deputy director and current CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell warned viewers on CBS This Morning Friday:

I think things are going to get worse before they get better. As we put more pressure on them in Iraq and Syria, they are going to have a greater incentive to conduct attacks, to inspire attacks because they want to show they’re still relevant. And as we are more successful in Iraq and Syria, all of those thousands and thousands of fighters who went there are going to start coming home. And so you’re going to see more attacks by people who went there, were trained, have military experience, come back home, conduct very serious attacks

I think it’s just a matter of time before we see attacks of this size here in the United States. I have no doubt about that. We’re going to have to adjust to their tactics. The use of a vehicle as a weapon is something that terrorists have talked about for a long time. DHS, FBI put out a report in 2010 warning of this. They’re starting to use it. That’s very difficult to defend against. So, we’re going to have to look at their tactics and respond. We’re going to have to start putting concrete barriers between the flow of vehicles and groups of people.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

CBS News Video

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Chicago’s 2016 Memorial Day Weekend: 7 Killed, 68 Wounded

Regular Survival And Prosperity readers may have noticed I haven’t blogged too much about Chicago recently. Reason being? I’ve grown tired of pointing out the obvious, which is the writing’s on the wall for the “Windy City,” and that scene is bound to get real ugly before conditions can improve. However, this afternoon I feel compelled to make an exception as “Beirut By The Lake” was seriously hopping over the long holiday weekend. The HeyJackass! (“Illustrating Chicago Values”) website breaks down the carnage under a section entitled “Memorial Day Weekend”:

This weekend marks the start of the annual Summer Stupidity & Shooting Season. Between now and Labor Day weekend, we’ll expect to see around 225 homicides and an additional 1,000 shot and wounded.
Final Stupidity Tally: 7 killed, 68 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 8 killed, 24 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 9 killed, 27 wounded

“7 killed, 68 wounded”

It should be noted that last weekend’s shootings weren’t confined to those areas of Chicago one might reasonably expect such violence to take place. Alexandra Chachkevitch, Joe Mahr, Peter Nickeas, and Grace Wong observed on the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

The rest of the weekend shootings were scattered across Chicago. They happened as far north as West Rogers Park and northwest as Jefferson Park and as far south as the West Pullman neighborhood. The violence centered on the West Side, though. Seven of the shooting incidents on the West Side had more than one victim…

Only a matter of time now before there’s renewed talk of bringing in the Illinois National Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or U.S. Army to patrol the streets of Chiraq.

And rounding up all the guns….

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Chachkevitch, Alexandra , Mahr, Joe, Nickeas, Peter, and Wong, Grace. “Memorial Day weekend closes with 69 shot in Chicago, many of them on West Side.” Chicago Tribune. 31 May 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-shootings-memorial-day-20160530-story.html). 31 May 2016.

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