Community Security

A Path To Securing Our Jewish Communities in South Carolina

 

To better protect the 15,000 members of the Jewish community who worship and attend area synagogues, day schools, and other facilities in Charleston and Columbia, the Charleston Jewish Federation and the Columbia Jewish Federation have partnered with Secure Community Network (SCN) to manage security programs in our communities.

Whichever Jewish organizations our community members visit, they should be secure in the knowledge that best practices are in place for all potentialities: fire, medical emergency, weather, and worst-case scenarios, such as violent attacks. Our partnership aims to provide educational and support services, as well as create a network among institutions to ensure best practices when it comes to security at what SCN refers to as "Centers of Jewish Life."

The team consists of a Regional Security Advisor (RSA), supported by Charleston and Columbia Jewish Federation leadership, a vast network of talented employees, and the community-at-large. The Charleston Jewish Federation and Columbia Jewish Federation joint safety and security initiative brings more than 25 years of law enforcement and security expertise to meet the needs of the Jewish community.

It is our goal to identify and assess any potential threats to our community. It is important to report incidents as soon as you witness them. Keep in mind we are collecting all information that affects our community. Please use this form to report all suspicious activity and Anti-Semitic acts. This information will be reviewed and shared with the appropriate local, state, and federal law enforcement for action and resolution.

 

Please note, true emergencies should be reported to police via 911 immediately.

Updates

SCN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TRAINING - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 7-8PM - ZOOM - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
 

Register at www.jewishcharleston.org/scntraining. Instructed by SC Regional Security Advisor Jason Roebuck

A comprehensive training program designed to prepare community members to improve their situational awareness and increase their safety – from school drop off to attending synagogue. This unique training addresses the threats 
facing the Jewish community and for everyday situations.
 
Learning Objectives:
 
Understand what Situational Awareness is;
Understand how Situational Awareness can help protect your family and community;
Be able to identify incidents where Situational Awareness improved the outcome of a bad situation;
Recall and demonstrate the techniques for observing, reporting and reacting to suspicious behavior, and;
Be able to evaluate potential risk situations to identify threats and appropriate safety measures.

SC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION HURRICANE RESOURCES

"The South Carolina Hurricane Guide is updated annually by SCEMD in collaboration with local and state partners of the S.C. Emergency Response Team. All information contained in the Guide is valid at the time of publishing each year, but is subject to change depending on actual storm conditions. [
The guide can be found digitally here.]

 

Printed copies of the Guide are be available at all South Carolina Welcome Centers, at any Walgreens store statewide and at SCDMV offices in Bamberg, Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Conway, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Kingstree, Ladson, Lake City, Little River, Mullins, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, North Charleston, Saint George and Varnville.

 

South Carolina has a new online home for hurricane preparedness. Visit hurricane.sc to know your hurricane evacuation zone and to get started on your hurricane safety plan. Find all of the information in the official South Carolina Hurricane Guide and more at hurricane.sc whenever you need a quick, online resource to prepare for a hurricane in the Palmetto State."

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN A BASIC EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

Hurricane season is well underway, and September is known as its peak.

What supplies have you acquired? For hurricanes and other emergencies, it's recomended to prepare a basic emercy supply kit.

For a list of supplies to include, click here, and for more information contact Jason Roebuck at
JRoebuck@SecureCommunityNetwork.org.

Regional Security Advisor: Jason Roebuck 

Prior to joining SCN as the Regional Security Advisor in 2021, Jason Roebuck served in the Long Branch Police Department in New Jersey for 26 years, ending his career as the Chief of Police in 2021. He was also the tactical commander for the Monmouth County NJ SWAT team, supervising field operations for high-risk incidents and emergency management situations. While Chief, he chaired the School Safety Committee, Active Shooter Response Committee and Firearms/Use of Force Committee for the Monmouth County Chief’s Association and has been a long-time trainer in those and other disciplines.

Some Benefits of the Community Security Program

Security Advice and Consultation

SCN meets with the organization’s leadership to identify needs and to develop a roadmap towards building a strong safety and security posture and culture.

Safety and Security Training

Classes in situational awareness, active threat response, and Greeter-Usher practices, customized to the needs of each organization, build personal confidence, preparedness, and resilience in the face of a crisis or emergency.

Information Sharing

Nationally, SCN maintains a Duty Desk with on call analysts available to the Jewish community leaders and government partners.

Threat, Vulnerability, & Risk Assessments (TVRA)

Provide a physical audit, review of policies & procedures, observations, options for consideration and security recommendations.

SCN Alert Mass Notification System

Access to the SCN Alert Mass Notification System, which notifies facilities of threats in the area in real time.

Security Grant Consultation & Support Guidance

Resources and support for federal and state grant programs.

This initiative is supported, in part, by generous funding by the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.