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Is Your Jewish Community Prepared for Emergency? The JEPP Grant Could Be Your Answer

Emergency Training
JEPP Emergency Preparedness Training at FELS

In the wake of the recent surge in antisemitism across the United States, safeguarding your Jewish community has become more critical than ever. Since the events of October 7th, as documented by the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations, we've witnessed a 337% increase in antisemitic incidents – a chilling reminder of the constant need for vigilance and preparedness.

This is where JEPP, the Jewish Emergency Preparedness Project, steps in. As JEPP's CEO, Yoni Ari, puts it, "We go beyond security; we build a culture of preparedness." JEPP is about empowering your community to face any crisis with unity, clarity, and resilience.

Here's how JEPP can transform your Jewish space:

  • Expert-led training: JEPP boasts a team of world-renowned crisis management specialists with extensive experience in Israel's Homefront Command. These experts will equip your staff and Emergency Response Team (ERT) with the knowledge and skills needed to handle any emergency, from active shooter scenarios to bomb threats.

  • Customized plan of action: Forget cookie-cutter solutions. JEPP works with you to develop a tailor-made plan that addresses your specific vulnerabilities and needs. This includes establishing clear protocols, procedures, and an ERT structure, ensuring everyone knows their role in times of crisis.

  • On-site drills and exercises: Theory is one thing, but real-world application is another. JEPP puts your plan to the test through realistic simulations, allowing your team to refine their response capabilities under pressure. As JEPP's Director of Operations, Gil Guttman, affirms, "These drills are not just about checking a box; they're about building muscle memory and fostering confidence."

  • Security assessment and resource optimization: JEPP doesn't simply tell you what's missing; it helps you leverage existing resources and identify potential gaps. Their comprehensive assessment provides valuable insights into strengthening your security infrastructure.

But the benefits go beyond immediate crisis response:

  • Peace of mind and trust: Knowing your community is prepared fosters a sense of security and trust among staff, members, and visitors alike. This strengthens bonds and attracts new members. As JEPP President Sherrie Savvet notes, "Investing in preparedness demonstrates your commitment to the well-being of your community, enhancing your public image."

  • Reduced liability: Proactive risk mitigation significantly reduces your organization's potential liability in the event of an emergency.

  • Increased engagement and volunteerism: When your community feels safe and secure, people are more likely to volunteer and participate actively, solidifying your organization's foundation.

And the best part?  JEPP understands the financial pressure facing organizations. To support preparedness efforts, they're offering grants of $3,000-$5,000 to eligible institutions. With only 15 grants available, acting now is crucial.

Ready to build a safer, more resilient Jewish community?

  • Apply for a JEPP grant starting January 5th, 2023. The deadline is January 26th, so don't delay!

Remember, investing in preparedness is an investment in your community's future. Let JEPP be your partner in building a safe haven where your Jewish family can thrive.

Don't wait for an emergency to strike. Take control of your community's safety today.

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