Governor’s Office of Homeland Security hosted a Mass Gathering; Large-scale Event Security Symposium

August 15, 2016

King of Prussia, PA – In a continuing effort to prepare the citizens of the commonwealth from adversarial threats and terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Director Marcus Brown announced today that his office hosted a Mass Gathering; Large-scale Event Security Symposium at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia.

“This event delivered information on preparing for and preventing attacks on mass gatherings and large-scale events, Brown said. “Our training symposia bring together all levels of public safety and the private sector. Just in the last year alone we have seen attacks take place nationally and internationally and this event was very timely for what is going on around the world.”

International and national speakers delivered information on preparing for and preventing attacks on mass gatherings and large-scale events to over 600 registered state and local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, emergency management agencies, universities, schools, minor and major league sports teams, racetracks, festivals, malls, amusement parks and fairgrounds.

“We were very fortunate to have speakers with the experience and institutional knowledge to present on topics such as the impact of terrorism on major events’ security; joint hazardous assessment teams; deployments for mass gatherings and the different protective measures a facility should have in place to counter the effects of deliberate attacks and natural hazards on public places,” he said. “In referencing events from around the world, prevention and protection measures were discussed to reduce the ever present possibility of adversarial threats in mass gathering settings in the commonwealth.”

The Office of Homeland Security hosted twenty-one events in 2015. For more information about Homeland Security’s training and exercise program, visit www.homelandsecurity.pa.gov.


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