The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a $250,000 grant to the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Foundation (www.iaamfoundation.org) to increase emergency preparedness in venues. Through the grant, IAAM will deliver intensive training in in safety and security protocols for emergency preparedness, crises communication, and introduction to a free risk self assessment and benchmarking tool that promote readiness for a broad range of hazard scenarios.
IAAM has been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over the past 6 years in a variety of capacities, but one significant area being the development of the Risk Self Assessment Tool (RSAT), which develops risk information by breaking the data collection and analysis into three distinct areas: Venue Characterization, Threat Ratings, and Vulnerability Assessment. The RSAT provides an effective means to assess their vulnerability to a full range of threats (all-hazards), receive guidance on safety and security enhancements they can consider, and evaluate their preparedness as compared to other public assembly facilities.
Training will be offered regionally, with open invitations extended to facility managers, public safety personnel and industry professionals. Subject matter experts in risk management and emergency response affiliated with the IAAM Academy for Venue Safety and Security, will serve as faculty for the training program. “The faculty of IAAM’s Academy of Venue Safety and Security are not only experts and engaging instructors, they have hands-on experience ranging from routine planning and preparation to involvement in major emergencies.” says Frank Poe, Dean of the IAAM Academy of Venue Safety and Security and Director of the Dallas Convention Center. “They know the critical paths for emergency management—and their experience will be invaluable for students of this training.”