SAFE Louisville is an initiative to create and operate a comprehensive community-wide safety and security plan for the Jewish Community of Louisville to address the growing threats we face as Jewish institutions in America. Created by the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community of Louisville (JCL), SAFE Louisville is committed to fostering a culture where all members of the community can participate fully in Jewish life with a feeling of safety and security.
SAFE Louisville will be comprised of a committee with representatives from the major Jewish institutions in Louisville. Additional members may be added as determined appropriate by the Committee (e.g., from local, regional or federal law enforcement or other governmental agencies).
Committee members are committed to collaborating in the development and operation of a community-wide safety and security plan, prioritizing the best interests of the community as a whole. At the same time, individual Jewish institutions retain the right to develop plans tailored to their own unique circumstances, and SAFE Louisville does not have the authority to dictate what any individual institution must do.
Leverage Community Resources.
SAFE Louisville will collaborate to the maximum extent possible with other non-Jewish organizations in the community also committed to safety and security. These include non-profits (e.g., Red Cross), local authorities (e.g., police), and regional/federal entities (FBI, Department of Homeland Security, etc.).
The SAFE Louisville committee will function on a voluntary basis. However, member institutions are committed to developing a safety and security plan that reflects best practices so that together we can approach funding sources to support implementation of the plan. In addition, wherever possible SAFE Louisville will leverage its collective purchasing power to reduce the costs of plan implementation.
While SAFE Louisville’s focus is on the unique threats faced by Jewish communities, the elements of a comprehensive safety and security plan apply equally to other hazards such as tornadoes, fires, and other risks. Accordingly, SAFE Louisville will take an “all hazards” approach and include these other risks in development of a community safety and security plan.
Safety and Security Plan.
SAFE Louisville will produce a comprehensive, community-wide safety and security plan that reflects best practices to address the risks that face our community as a whole and our individual Jewish institutions. The plan will be a source document that prioritizes the safety and security measures that should be taken over a defined period of time. And the plan will support our collective effort to seek funding for implementation of the plan.
SAFE Louisville in the Future.
SAFE Louisville will become a permanent part of our Jewish Community. The SAFE Louisville Committee will remain in effect, the safety and security plan will be updated periodically, and key elements of the plan will be implemented and re-implemented on an ongoing basis as circumstances dictate.
Please Join Us for a SAFE Louisville Virtual Training
Brad Orsini, Senior National Security Advisor from the Jewish Federation of North America’s Secure Community Network (SCN), will lead two virtual training sessions on Zoom for our Jewish Louisville organizations.
This training will be approximately 60 minutes with Q&A to follow.
Wednesday, July 15
10 a.m. OR 6:30 p.m.
The Countering an Active Threat training will focus on the goal of educating our community on how to “Commit to Action” if encountering any type of active threat.
Participants will learn national best practices and be provided tangible instructive material that can be used at work or in everyday life.
Core objectives that will be covered are:
- Know the definition of an Active Threat.
- Know the difference between security and safety.
- Have a better understanding of Active Threat incidents.
- Be able to identify and explain the three modes of action during an active shooter incident: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.
- Understand how to prepare for an active threat event.
Know how to respond to law enforcement’s arrival.
- Understand the importance of additional training such as “Stop the Bleed” training; and
- Be able to commit to action during an active threat event.
SAFE Louisville is a communal effort of the Jewish Community.