NYS recently enacted the “Non-Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study Act,” co-sponsored by Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman of Queens and signed into law by Governor Paterson. As such, the state Office of Homeland Security is required to study the security needs of non-profit institutions and the existing resources and programs available to help non-profits meet those safety needs.
As part of that effort, this week OHS announced the launch of an online survey for the public to submit input, as well as a hearing scheduled for December 15th at which the public may give testimony.
The OU’s Institute for Public Affairs, which has been at the forefront of advocating for increased homeland security resources to vulnerable non-profits such as shuls, day schools and others, strongly encourages all non-profits in the Jewish community to respond to the survey here. Those organizations needing more information or those interested in submitting testimony may contact the OU/IPA if they require assistance.