SEATTLE – Within moments of the first news reports about Friday’s thwarted terror attack aimed at the United States, Seattle’s Jewish community was being put on alert.
Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets.
Staff at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle was informed at 8:30 a.m. Friday and put Safe Washington into action. Forty-three different Jewish organizations including synagogues, nursing homes and schools were immediately contacted and told to be on heightened alert. There was no recommendation Friday for Jewish organizations to cease worship or other activities.
The Safe Washington system was put in place following the 2006 shooting rampage at the Jewish Federation. A spokeswoman said the office also has improved building safety and has a security process in its mailroom to deal with suspicious packages.