Academy for Venue Safety & Security 
March 10 - 14, 2019 / San Diego, CA

Severe Weather Preparedness Program
March 15, 2019 / San Diego, CA

The Severe Weather Preparedness Training is an advanced, 1-day training program where participants learn information about all aspects of severe and threatening weather. 

Severe Weather Experts, Professional Meteorologists, and Venue Managers in coordination with Professional Sports Leagues equip attendees with proven practices on identification, messaging, media communication, and how the law imposes a duty of care and how it affects venues.


The 2019 program is being developed now. A sample of the 2018 program follows.


The SWP Program Schedule is still being finalized and sessions are subject to change. All room locations are in the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, Feb 20
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Great Lakes Promenade
8:45 am - 9:00 am
Great Lake A1/A2
Welcome & Introductions
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Great Lake A1/A2
Severe Storms and Radar 101
During this class, Weather Decision Technologies Meteorologist Andrew Thut, will discuss severe weather climatology and identify lessons learned from the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. Additionally, he will take attendees on a brief crash course of radar education.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Great Lake A1/A2
The Nexus: Risk Management, Contingency Plans & Critical Decision Pathways for Severe Weather
The relationship between risk management, organizational critical success factors & risk based decision making.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Lake A3
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Great Lake A1/A2
Event Weather Planning 101
During this class, Weather Decision Technologies Meteorologist Andrew Thut, will discuss the importance of a Severe Weather Action Plan and will provide suggestions. He will also touch on the latest lightning recommendations via NOAA's lightning safety toolkit for outdoor venues.
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Great Lake A1/A2
Legal Considerations for Venue Management in Severe Weather Situations
This presentation will provide venue managers and personnel with real-world examples of various severe weather situations and the legal considerations in preparing for and facing such weather events.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Great Lake A1/A2
Venue and Public Safety Communication and Coordination
Panel Discussion with Venue Professionals


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