Sunday, March 31, 2019

This is ominous. Dept Of Homeland Security is offering Churches grants to upgrade security....

via Baptist Message.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be accepting requests starting either April 12 or April 16 for grants to be used to upgrade the security of facilities of nonprofits such as churches and religious schools to deal with the continuing threat of violence against such institutions because of their “ideology, beliefs or mission.”

There will be a limited time to apply, only two-three weeks according to state sources, so churches are urged to turn in their write-ups as close to April 16 as possible. If the deadline cannot be met, churches are urged to submit the package as soon as possible, anyway, to be considered for next year.

The U.S. Congress provided $60 million for the FY19 program, which also covers synagogues and mosques, and Louisiana is expected to receive about $200,000 to $300,000 of that allocation. Last year, the state approved four grant requests, a state official told the Baptist Message.

Examples of items that are allowable for the funding include costs related to:

Planning – development of security risk management plans, continuity of operations plans, and response plans.

Equipment – purchase and installation of access control equipment, surveillance equipment, and physical protection such as concrete barriers (

Training – active shooter training, security training for employees, or members/congregation.

Exercises – response exercises.

This is crazy but expected.  Makes me wonder what the threat actually is.  Are they worried about domestic or foreign terrorist?

The lack of clarity is a bit frustrating.  You can better prepare for a threat if that threat is identified.

Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency if you're talking about hardening a society or a certain industry/institution.

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