First High School Risk Management Course Focuses on Athletic Events, After-School Activities

First High School Risk Management Course Focuses on Athletic Events, After-School Activities

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi held its first-everRisk Management for Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activitiescourse on May 11 in Dover, Delaware. The course focuses on developing prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery techniques at interscholastic athletic events, and for after-school activities.

Hosted by the Delaware Comprehensive School Safety Program and sponsored by TRAMEDIC™, more than 30 participants were in attendance including school administrators, resource officers, athletic directors, and state government agencies.

Participants learned and discussed concepts relative to vulnerability and risk assessment, planning and preparedness, hazard mitigation, crisis communication, sustaining efficient safety and security programs and organizational teamwork.

Course participant Sand Hoffman, Risk Manager at Delaware State University, noted: "Working through the scenarios presented at the course uncovered gaps in both planning and training. The diverse group in attendance offered solutions not thought of individually."

Demetrius Stevenson, School Resource Officer at Dover High School also found the course to be beneficial. "The quality of the course is high and also effective," said Stevenson. "It's presented in a manner that is clear and precise."

Developed by NCS4, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the course is intended to complement existing school emergency operations plans and programs and is designed to help prepare school districts for developing and coordinating after-school safety and security management programs.

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