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Special Events and Tourist Attractions

A selection of references, training, and videos have been compiled below to assist individuals planning for and working at special events and tourist attractions with understanding how to prevent, prepare for and respond to an active assailant incident. These resources may be used as a starting point for planning and risk management of both indoor and outdoor gatherings of large groups of people.


Prevention & Preparedness

InfraGard – Partnership for Protection The InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. The program provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of critical infrastructure.
Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Places

This website link provides a resource guide and a security plan overview for places such as sports venues, shopping venues, schools, and transportation systems. These locations, soft targets and crowded places are ones that are defined as easily accessible to large numbers of people and have limited security or protective measures in place making them vulnerable to attack.

Mass Attacks in Public Spaces 2016-2020

The United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center published a study that analyzed 173 targeted attacks from 2016-2020 that occurred at public or semi-public locations.  The report is intended to help guide prevention efforts of violent attacks by reviewing behavioral threat assessments of the attacks.

Surviving an Active Shooter – What Would You Do?

Video and website created by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that is highly effective showing various types of locations (work, soft targets, educational facilities, etc.) where an active assault could occur. It provides the audience with tools that can assist in how to respond effectively during a rapidly evolving incident.


Training & Exercises

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

Training video and web-based training course created because life-threatening emergencies can happen fast, and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. These injuries can require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying, so those nearest to someone are best positioned to provide first care.

University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)

The NCS4 offers courses for multi-disciplined professionals responsible for the safety and security of sporting and special events. Courses are in the areas of risk management, incident management, communications, evacuation, and protective actions. They have expanded their offerings to include a Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification for individuals who hold leadership positions in the sports security industry and meet the requisite education and experience requirements. There is also a Certified Sports Venue Staff (CSVS) certification that recognizes front line venue and event staff who have completed standardized, role-specific training intended to provide a baseline understanding of safety and security functions.

CISA Tabletop Exercise Packages

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s Tabletop Exercise Packages (CTEPs) are a comprehensive set of resources designed to assist stakeholders in conducting their own exercises. Partners can use CTEPs to initiate discussions within their organizations about their ability to address a variety of threat scenarios.

Stop the Bleed®

One of the best ways to increase a person’s likelihood of survival when severely injured during active assailant incident is to quickly stop severe bleeding. Coworkers can provide initial life-saving measures. The Stop the Bleed® site provides resources on how to organize an in-person training, life-saving strategies and posters, instructional videos, and aid kits to place in common areas.