As some houses of worship are beginning to return to in person gatherings, it is a good time to help our community partners plan for safety measures that can often be forgotten.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has provided guidance that promotes employee vigilance for critical infrastructure partners tailored to houses of worship. This information empowers individuals to observe and evaluate suspicious behaviors, mitigate potential risk, and obtain help when necessary. The Power of Hello Guide for Houses of Worship is a security-centered resource your department can use to open further dialogue with your local houses of worship and discuss other community risk reduction issues.

CISA also provides access to a multitude of resources in support of risk mitigation. These resources can help decision-makers implement cost-effective security measures to protect people and property. The products are available via the CISA Hometown Security website and on the new CISA Power of Hello website as well as the Faith Based Organizations – Houses of Worship website.