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Dear Mayor,

In light of this weekend’s events, The US Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness have shared the following resources and links.  We are happy to make these available to you.

Michael J. Darcy, CAE
Executive Director

On behalf of Megan H. Mack, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security we wanted to share this message with you along with this list of resources.

Dear Community Partners,

My office is committed to securing our nation while ensuring the protection of our civil rights and civil liberties. Attached are also some fact sheets on our Hometown Security program and Security Assistance for Public Gatherings, which may be helpful resources for local businesses and organizing groups.  Please share this information with your networks of affiliated stakeholders.

I would like to invite you to share your perspectives and concerns by emailing my office at

I would also like to share a list of resources below (see below):

which may be useful for you and members of your community. We will continue to remain in contact with you as the responses to this weekend’s incidents continue. Thank you again for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our country safe from the many threats we face.


DHS Community Engagement and Training Resources:


Protective Security Advisors, DHS Infrastructure Protection:

Contact: to be connected with regional protective security advisors

DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Resources:

FEMA Management Institute - training resources website:

FEMA All-Hazards Emergency Operations Planning website:

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101 website:

DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Guide:

Active Shooter Preparedness to include Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship Webinar:

If You See Something, Say Something™:

Community Preparation through the Hometown Security Program:

DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Community Engagement Section:


DOJ Community Relations Service:

Contact: (202) 305-2935

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Information on Hate Crimes:



Megan H. Mack
Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

On behalf of Christopher Rodriguez, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, we wanted to share this message and resources with you.

Good afternoon,

Beginning on Saturday, September 17, a series of three bomb-related incidents occurred in Seaside Park and Elizabeth, New Jersey, as well as New York City.  A suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was identified and taken into custody in Linden, New Jersey, on Monday morning after a shootout with police—two police officers received non-life-threatening injuries.

Our office is working alongside our state and federal partners, including the New Jersey State
Police and the FBI, to ensure the public remains safe. Security has been enhanced at NJ Transit venues as well as those of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  The investigation of these incidents is ongoing and we will continue to provide you accurate and timely information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity in the State of New Jersey by calling 866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365). 

Additionally, please find information sheets at:

that contain an overview of resources, protective measures, and considerations for our private sector and law enforcement partners.

Thank you,

Dr. Christopher Rodriguez
Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness





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