Large Event Preparedness

New -- Recovery from Large-Scale Crises: Guidelines for Crisis Teams and Administrators

The United States has recently experienced numerous large-scale crises that resulted in high death tolls and extensive property damage. This resource was developed by a number of highly experienced school-based crisis responders with the intent of assisting administrators and crisis teams in crisis response and recovery efforts following a large-scale disaster or crisis.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Law Enforcement Planning for Major Events

  •  When law enforcement executives are tasked with managing a large-scale event, they can maximize their efforts by learning from other agencies and adopting proven practices. Too often, past lessons learned are not documented in a clear and concise manner. To address this information gap, the Bureau of Justice Assistance is working to provide the field with a range of resources and tools.
    • BJA worked in partnership with the CNA Corporation (CNA) to develop this Planning Primer, published in May 2013, which synthesizes model practices pertaining to security planning for a large-scale event, specifically pre-event planning, core event operations, and post-event activities. The guide also includes a comprehensive Appendix including actionable templates, checklists, and key considerations designed to facilitate the planning process.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

  • COPS — the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. 
  • Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement
    • Published in August of 2011
    • For law enforcement executives, command staff, and trainers involved in, or providing training in, managing special events in their communities, the safety and security of the event itself, the people who attend the event, as well as the surrounding community, are of the utmost importance. The guide covers all aspects of pre-event planning, security needs during the event, and post-event activities. Topics covered include threat and risk assessments; intelligence; staffing needs and resources; communications; access control and credentialing; traffic and transportation; logistics, training, and public information; hazardous materials; critical infrastructure; demonstrations; and security management.
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Emergency Planning Guidelines for Local School Systems and Schools, Maryland State Department of Education

  • Published in April 2013 by the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • These guidelines were developed in consultation with the Local School System Emergency Planning contacts, Maryland State Police, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland School Psychologist Association, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment, Johns Hopkins Lab, and Maryland Association of Boards of Education. The guidelines will help Local School Systems and schools in developing new plans and in reviewing and updating existing plans.
  • While these guidelines are specifically tailored to the needs of schools in Maryland, they can provide useful guidance for all schools.

Managing Major Events: Best Practices from the Field

  • Published in June 2011 by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
  • This report aims to explore some of the key issues that have proved important or difficult in the real world of policing. The approach was to bring police practitioners together to discuss the issues they have encountered, the approaches that they have tried and have found either useful or unhelpful, and the lessons they have learned.

Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement

  • Published in August of 2011 by Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
  • For law enforcement executives, command staff, and trainers involved in, or providing training in, managing special events in their communities, the safety and security of the event itself, the people who attend the event, as well as the surrounding community, are of the utmost importance. The guide covers all aspects of pre-event planning, security needs during the event, and post-event activities. Topics covered include threat and risk assessments; intelligence; staffing needs and resources; communications; access control and credentialing; traffic and transportation; logistics, training, and public information; hazardous materials; critical infrastructure; demonstrations; and security management.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center - U.S. Department of Education

  • The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools and school districts in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans. The Center disseminates information about emergency management to help school districts learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.
    • The objective of this course is to expand and enhance emergency management planning efforts throughout districts and schools.
    • Provides guidelines, checklists, and specific action items for school officials to consider. The course also includes case study scenarios on emergency incidents at schools, giving learners an opportunity to practice their emergency management decision-making skills.

Special Events Contingency Planning: Job Aids Manual

  • This manual is intended to provide guidance for the management of risks associated with conducting events that involve mass gatherings of people and assist planners and organizers in making such events safe and successful.

Sports Event Security Plan Sample (modifiable doc)

  • Created by the Mississippi High School Activities Association in 2013.
  • This event security plan may be used as a sample template.

Techniques for Managing Special Events

  • Training provided by the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC)
  • This two-hour training identifies the complex nature of a special event and the need for effective planning, proper management, policy application, and enforcement at the event.  The importance of including all appropriate stakeholders in each phase of the event is emphasized.  The training demonstrates how alcohol at a special event increases the event’s complexity and how implementation of various alcohol policies, and the enforcement of those policies, can be effective in curtailing the alcohol-related problems often associated with such events. The outcomes of poor planning and the effects of zero tolerance are also reviewed.
 
 

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