Did you know that 50 percent of meeting and event professionals don't have a risk management plan in place? Meeting Professionals International hopes to close this gap by partnering with safety and security experts to provide education that increases the level of security of events worldwide.
Created in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), this 6-hour, intensive course will take a deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. Learners will be introduced to techniques to prevent and respond to extraordinary crimes, violence, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and ordinary incidents such as fights, or drunkenness to ensure the safety and security of all attendees, limit damage and restore services in the event of emergencies.
About the NCS4
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security identified sport venues as soft targets of terrorism. The University of Southern Mississippi took the academic initiative to respond to the nation's emerging security needs by establishing the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) in 2006. The NCS4 is the nation's only research Center focused on spectator sports safety and security. NCS4 serves as a cornerstone in representing The University of Southern Mississippi's innovative approach to research, training, and development. The goal of NCS4 is to address the evolving security challenges of the ever-growing 60 billion dollar U.S. sports industry. New challenges emerge every day that increase the complexity of protecting people, property, and information. Through quality training, research, technology assessments, certifications, and professional development, NCS4 provides the knowledge and expertise needed for professional leagues, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, marathons/endurance events, private sector firms, and governmental agencies to protect spectators and other key assets.
About the MPI - NCS4 Partnership
Like spectator sports, meetings and events are soft targets. They often take place over several legal jurisdictions and involve transportation, crowd control and multiple indoor/outdoor spaces. NCS4's mission is to conduct innovative research, deliver quality training, and enhance professional development. This dovetails neatly with MPI's vision to lead and empower the meeting and event community to change the world – in this case, that change begins with creating safer and more secure meetings and events.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Differentiate between events and incidents for purposes of managing risk
- Examine the roles of various stakeholders in communication and collaboration
- Apply risk Assesment and management techniques to mitigate, transfer, accept and/or avoid risk
- Explain the critical components of the emergency planning process
- Summarize post-event reporting and lessons learned for continuous improvement
Participants of this course receive:
- 6 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain C: Risk Management
- Certificate in Emergency Preparedness for Meetings and Events