The Security Industry Association (SIA) stands in strong support of the recent bipartisan initiative led by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), urging increased funding to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).
In a world faced with rapidly growing and ever-evolving security threats, this program is more crucial than ever before. The heightened concerns about the safety and security of the American Jewish community following recent attacks on Israel is yet another example in a long line of recent threats and concerns across the U.S. to various groups and communities.
We applaud this bipartisan coalition of senators led by the chair of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Sen. Murphy, and ranking member Sen. Britt for their proactive call to include additional funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) NSGP to be included in any supplement funding packages congress may consider in the coming days and weeks.
What Is the Nonprofit Security Grant Program
The NSGP is a federal grant aimed at enhancing the physical security infrastructure and emergency preparedness of nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorism or other extremist attacks. This FEMA-administered program provides critical financial assistance to nonprofits such as places of worship, community centers and schools, among many others. Through the NSGP, these organizations can improve their physical security presence, training and response capabilities to increase the safety of their members and community they serve.
The NSGP not only provides funding for physical security but also encourages and assists organizations with building their capacity to respond to emergencies effectively, which means that organizations are better prepared and equipped to not only prevent incidents but also respond in case incidents do occur.
Why Is NSGP Now More Important Than Ever?
In today’s world, the need for robust security measures is undeniable. Nonprofit organizations, which are often open and welcoming to the general public, are more vulnerable to threats for many reasons, including limited internal funding, and are usually at a higher risk of being targeted by extremist opposition and terrorist groups.
Recent global events and the surge in extremist-driven violence has further highlighted the need for organizations to remain vigilant and highly prepared. The NSGP, therefore, becomes a critical resource for these institutions and most importantly the communities they serve.
By prioritizing further investment in the NSGP, we can protect our most vulnerable organizations and communities from any potential harm or tragedy. This program helps avoid the unthinkable and ensures that organizations are well-prepared for any security challenges they may face.
SIA’s Strong Support for Increased Funding
SIA recognizes the vital role that the NSGP plays in safeguarding our communities and nonprofit institutions and has been a vocal proponent and strong advocate for expanding the program throughout its history. We wholeheartedly support the bipartisan effort to increase funding for the NSGP, our industry stands committed to the security and well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable and we commend these senators for their dedication to this cause.
SIA will continue to work closely with lawmakers and stakeholders to strengthen the security of our nation’s vital institutions.
In these challenging times, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program stands as a beacon of hope, and we believe that increased funding will only further fortify its effectiveness.