Large Event Preparedness

NCS4 National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security

  • The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at the University of Southern Mississippi recognizes the inherent need for providing effective safety and security measures for sports and special events of all sizes. To promote a consistent methodology for risk management and security planning, the Center hosts annual summits for Intercollegiate Athletics, Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities, Commercial Sport and Entertainment Facilities, and Marathons and Running Events. NCS⁴ Knowledge Portal contains copy of the NCS⁴'s, Safety and Security Best Practice Guides and other publications as well as moderated discussions with security experts during the summits, along with supplemental academic research, contribute to the development of safety and security best practice guidebooks on an annual basis.

CHSAA Crisis Management Guidelines

  • In accordance with the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Constitution and Bylaws (2240.), the host school has the responsibility to ensure that a co-curricular event is governed in a manner which emphasizes the educational values inherent in interscholastic activities. It is the host school's responsibility to remove any individual(s) creating a disturbance which disrupt(s) the educational goals of the event. Likewise, the host school is ultimately responsible for the safety of all participants (players, coaches, officials, spectators, etc.) of interscholastic activities. Therefore, CHSAA recommends that host schools have appointed a site director or administrator for every activity. The host school should be sure that the site director is aware of the school's emergency action plan and how it is adjusted to meet the needs of co-curricular activities. Learn more: CHSAA Crisis Management Guidelines (PDF - 370KB)

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. These guidelines were developed by the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) 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.

  • Managing Large-Scale Security Events: A Planning Primer for Local Law Enforcement Agencies

    • 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.

  • Spectator Violence in Stadiums

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.

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.

  • Large Events Emergency Management at Schools (K-12 population)

    • 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.

  • Large Event Planning

    • The REMS TA center provides these downloadable specialized training packages which feature self-paced emergency management training materials to support high-quality emergency management across a range of special topics. School emergency managers may use these materials to train their colleagues or to brush up on their own knowledge regarding special topics in school emergency management. Each package includes training instructions, a Powerpoint presentation, and supplemental resources. Tabletop exercises are also included with some packages.

Sports Event Security Plan Sample (Modifiable Word Doc.)

  • Created by the Mississippi High School Activities Association in 2013.

  • This event security plan may be used as a sample template.



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