Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH) believes that preparedness for critical incidents is community-centric where all faiths have a valuable voice and a valuable role. We have developed an educationally based, holistic program, Preparedness Without Paranoia®, which is non-tactical by design, and operates at the intersection of fear and fact.
The Program includes:
- Assessments of threats and vulnerabilities
- Awareness of behavioral indicators
- Development of a culture of preparedness
- Confidence to react without hesitation
- Understanding the role of law enforcement
- Identification of pathways to recovery
In a report published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were 6,121 reported religious based hate crimes from 2015 to 2018; 55.4% of those were Anti-Semitic, and 20.1% were Anti-Islamic (Muslim).
The Hate Crime Statistics Act, 28 U.S.C. § 534, defines a hate crime as "crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender and gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, including where appropriate the crimes of murder, non-negligent manslaughter; forcible rape; aggravated assault, simple assault, intimidation; arson; and destruction, damage or vandalism of property."
The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was targeted by an active shooter on October 27th, 2018 during a morning worship service. 11 people were killed and six were wounded in this incident.
Individuals should feel safe and be safe where they work, where they learn, where they serve, where they heal, where they worship, and even where they play. A community-based approach to shared awareness and preparedness are the cornerstones.
In March of 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand, a gunman, inspired by the active shooter event at the Tree of Life Synagogue, opened fire on two mosques. 51 people were killed and 49 people were wounded.
One month later, in April 2019, in Poway, California a gunman, inspired by both the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the Christchurch mosques, opened fire at Chabad of Poway killing one person and wounding three others.