Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Nonprofit Security

New York State (NYS) is fortunate to be the home of thousands of nonprofit institutions that enrich our lives and provide vital services to our residents. These institutions provide the State with valuable and essential medical, religious, educational, social, cultural and recreational services that benefits all New Yorkers. Many of these institutions lack the resources and expertise to adequately protect themselves and those that they serve. NYS is committed to working with the nonprofit community to improve their knowledge base and capabilities so that they can be best equipped to provide for their own security and protection

In March 2010, the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services/Office of Counter Terrorism completed the "New York State Nonprofit Homeland Security Preparedness Study" which examined the security needs of nonprofits facing an increased risk of terrorist attack and the resources available to assist these institutions in protecting their facilities. Listed below are organizations that participated in this study and were identified as having resources available to assist nonprofit organizations in improving security. For additional information on these organizations and their services please visit their websites.

  • American Jewish Committee resources

    Counterterrorism Watch, created by AJC's Division on Middle East and International Terrorism (DMEIT), is a web-based resource designed to inform and educate professionals and the general public about international terrorism and efforts to contain it. DMEIT, established in 1999, focuses on gathering, interpreting, and disseminating open source intelligence.

  • Anti-Defamation League resources

    The ADL provides manuals and guidelines for specific security and counterterrorism practices that can be adopted by any nonprofit organization. Other resources include relevant alerts, updates and analysis.

  • Jewish Community Relations Council of New York resources

    The JCRC-NY provides specific manuals and training to assist with security and emergency planning. Other resources include a security blog, alerting services and assistance with the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice resource

    John Jay College's Counterterrorism Assessment Program provides nonprofit and religious institutions with Vulnerability Assessments and related trainings.

  • NY-ALERT

    Sign up for the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification system to receive warnings and emergency information via the web, your cell phone, email and/or other technologies.  Signing up for NY Alert is free. You can modify what type of information you receive or unsubscribe at any time.  It is a tool to provide you with critical information when you may need it most.

  • NYPD Shield

    NYPD SHIELD is an umbrella program for a series of current and future Police Department initiatives that pertain to private sector security and counterterrorism. This is a public-private partnership based on providing best practices, lessons learned, counterterrorism training opportunities, and information sharing.

  • NYS Aware Prepare

    New York State guidance and information on preparedness for natural disasters and terrorism.

  • NYS Operation Safeguard

    Safeguard New York is an outreach initiative designed to educate individuals, community groups and other public and private sector organizations on how to recognize and report suspicious activity.

  • Secure Community Networks

    SCN provides rapid information sharing in crisis situations and resources and materials to assist in enhancing security awareness to protect against terrorism and other threats.

For additional assistance and information on resources available to assist nonprofits in identifying resources to improve security, please contact the Division's Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator at nfpoutreach@dhses.ny.gov.

For information on available grants for nonprofits (specifically the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, NSGP) and for details on the application process and eligibility requirements please visit our Grants tab.