Join us in creating a safer more resilient prepared Jewish community


The Department of Homeland Security has labeled white supremacists as the number one security threat to the U.S. Rated much higher than the immediate threat from foreign threats, the homegrown hate is more dangerous. The rise in hate crimes and antisemitic attacks and rhetoric throughout the world has impacted the Jewish community, raising concerns about safety. 


The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has taken the extraordinary steps to enhance our community’s safety, security and preparedness posture by partnering with Secure Community Network (SCN) to hire Community Security Director, Tom Baugher.


Safety and Security Training: One of the most effective, no-cost measures to enhance a Jewish organization’s safety and security posture is the training of its members, staff, and others in situational awareness, Active Threat Response, and Greeter-Usher practices. These classes, and others, customized to the needs of each organization, build personal confidence, preparedness and resilience in the face of a crisis or emergency and begin the development of a safety and security culture in the organization.


Information Sharing: Nationally, SCN maintains a Duty Desk with an on-call analyst available to Jewish community leaders and government partners. The Duty Desk provides 24-hour threat monitoring, intelligence analysis, and liaison with local, state, and federal agencies. Locally, our security team operates SCN Alert, a state-of-the-art emergency communications platform that allows for vital, timely information to be sent to staff, community institutions, and partners through SMS and email notifications to subscribers.


Security Advice and Consultation: The foundation of a security program begins with an assessment of an institution or organization’s current security posture. Our security team can advise and assist the institution through that process. The team will meet with the organization’s leadership to identify needs and to develop a roadmap towards building a strong safety and security posture and culture. Our team also conducts formal Threat, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessments (TVRAs) to support security planning and applications for grant monies from federal, state, and local governments for security enhancements.





Tom Baugher

Phone: 941-552-6301








SCN, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is the official safety and security organization of the Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004 under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN works on behalf of 146 Federations, the 50 largest Jewish non-profit organizations in North America, and over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors to ensure the safety, security and resiliency of the Jewish people.


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If you require immediate assistance, please contact the SCN Operations Center at 844.SCN.DESK or email at **Please note, this is not a replacement for calling 911. For immediate public safety issues, call 911.