NSGP Threat, Vulnerability & Risk Assessment (TVRA) Tool


SCN’s NSGP Threat, Vulnerability & Risk Assessment (TVRA) Tool was developed as a result of a recognized need in the Jewish community to have a simple, security-minded tool that any Jewish organization could utilize in order to ascertain a baseline security level for their facility. This easy-to-follow tool should help an organization understand their overall security posture, identify potential vulnerabilities, and then, with the assistance of a security professional, make appropriate security-based recommendations to mitigate those vulnerabilities within the confines of the NSGP grant process.


The TVRA is expressly designed to assist those organizations that do not have a security director, or reasonable access to one, in order to have a security assessment performed on their facility. It is not a replacement for a comprehensive security assessment.


The completion of the SCN NSGP TVRA is the first of three steps designed to provide Jewish organizations an assessment to assist them in their application for NSGP.


Step One


The TVRA is designed to flow from outside/in, following standard physical security practices. This means that the person filling out the form simply follows the questions in the order presented to them in the form and answering the questions accordingly. Once a section is completed, the assessor then totals each column, as well as the total for the entire section. This will result in an overall score which will tell the organization whether that section’s vulnerability level is either low, medium, or high with regard to their facility. This continues throughout the document until the last section is completed. Upon completion of the last section – NOTHING FURTHER NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE ASSESSOR.


Step Two

  • Return to the online TVRA here, and complete the TVRA by mirroring the answers and totals reflected in the printed and filled out TVRA from the actual assessment. For accessibility purposes, it is best to complete the TVRA in Adobe. DO NOT FILL OUT THE RECOMMENDATIONS SECTION – this will be completed through a consultation with an SCN security professional, or a Jewish Community Security Director or Regional Security Advisor in Step Three.


  • Send the TVRA as an attachment in an email requesting an NSGP Consult to nsgpsupport@securecommunitynetwork.org. Within your email identify:
    • Your organization
    • Your name and title
    • Address
    • Your contact information
      • Email & phone


Step Three

SCN will determine if you fall into a catchment area of an existing Community Security Program or Regional Security Program. If so, your request will be forwarded to the appropriate security professional for follow-up or assistance. For those organizations and facilities that fall outside of an existing program catchment area, SCN will contact you to schedule your NSGP assessment consultation. 


During your consultation, the SCN security professional will review your TVRA with you and go over the mitigations recommendation process, including understanding and prioritizing the recommendations for your grant application.


Please note that assessment consultations are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited in number. While SCN will work to accommodate the requests received, and will do our best to inform organizations if we cannot fulfill their request, we will not be able to support every organization given current deadlines and time available.

Threat, Vulnerability & Risk Assessment (TVRA) Tool

For accessibility purposes, Adobe Acrobat is required for completing the TVRA Tool. Download Adobe Acrobat here.