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Safety and Security Summits To Address Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will bring together top safety and security industry leaders representing intercollegiate athletics as well as commercial sport and entertainment facilities during the week of January 15-19, 2018 at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida.  

The National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit will take place on January 15-17 followed by the Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Safety and Security Summit on January 17-19.

For the first time in Summit history, a joint meeting will occur on January 17 including attendees from both events. A highlight of the joint session will be a keynote titled “Five Hard Facts in the Wake of Las Vegas” by Mac Segal, Head of Fixed Site and Hotel Consulting for AS Solution.

“The Las Vegas shooting in October - as well as many other attacks in recent years - raise a host of difficult questions for all of us working in the security industry,” says Segal.

He continues, “How can we prevent, contain and control such unpredictable and vicious crimes? How do we mitigate the threat of terror without shutting down life as we know it?”

In this presentation, security expert Segal argues that before jumping to quick conclusions and adjusting security tactics, we must face up to a handful of hard facts in a clear-eyed way. Only then will we be able to develop the tactical responses that are most likely to succeed.

The target audience for the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit includes athletic administrators and staff from NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions, athletic conference admins, football bowl admins, NCAA representatives, campus/local/state law enforcement, facility managers, emergency managers, fire/hazmat and emergency medical/health services, and governmental representatives.

The target audience for the Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Safety and Security Summit includes personnel responsible for event planning and operations, facility managers, local/state law enforcement, government officials, emergency managers, fire/hazmat and emergency medical/health services. Facilities that host events such as sports, motorcross, wrestling, concerts, etc. will be in attendance.

“We invite you to come network and learn from your peers, participate in engaging discussions around critical issues and holistic best practices,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of NCS4. “A special focus this year will be on a National Exercise where attendees will go through a scenario to help prepare themselves for the aftermath of an incident. They will learn about response and recovery tactics and leave with pertinent ideas to take back to their own organizations.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to dive deeper into designated issues during break out sessions for the following topical areas: Event Day Safety and Security, Crowd Dynamics/Management, Emergency Action Planning, Staff Development and Performance, Facilities Design/Technology, and Risk/Threat Assessment.

A robust line up of speakers, panelists, and subject matter experts will compliment each of the critical issues that will be discussed during each two and half day event. Some of the current safety and security issues in the program will include civil unrest, customer service, new facility construction, and event staff training and retention, among others.

For more information about the National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit, visit http://www.ncs4.com/intercollegiate. Limited seats are available.  

For more information about the Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities Summit, visit http://www.ncs4.com/professional. Limited seats are available.