Safety & Security: Emergency Response
- Can Underwater Surveillance Help Prevent Drownings?
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
The city of Edmonton has recently issued a Request for Proposal for the installation of underwater cameras in response to concern over their growing drowning rates. The cameras, also called an Underwater Drowning Prevention System, are a relatively new technology that aid in surveillance and recognition of emergency situations.
- High School Football Teams Adjust to Bad Weather
by Chris Harlan October 2016
With turf fields replacing most natural grass surfaces, none were rained out — unlike at times in past decades. But last week's rain caught many teams off guard, arriving earlier and heavier than expected. The surprise left little time for last-minute adjustments.
- Storms Extend Prep Football Season
by Post and Courier October 2016
The South Carolina High School League announced Wednesday a second extension of the 2016 football season because of flooding and storm damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The end of the regular season is now scheduled for Nov. 11 with the first round of the state playoffs to begin Nov. 18. The move also pushes back the dates for the state championships a week. The Class A and AA title games will be played Dec. 16 at Benedict College, and the Class AAA, AAAA and AAAAA championships will be played Dec. 17 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
- Florida, LSU Game Likely Won't Be Rescheduled
by Ross Dellenger October 2016
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva continued to strongly insist that the game between LSU and Florida is unlikely to be rescheduled, and he expects to speak with the league office regarding the effect a canceled game will have on the SEC standings.
- SEC Schools Brace for Hurricane Matthew
by David Paschall October 2016
The Southeastern Conference has a lengthy history of national champions, Heisman Trophy winners and All-Americans. Its list of weather-related alterations could be growing as well.
- Baseball Community Shocked by Fernandez Death
by Joe Capozzi and Tom D'Angelo September 2016
At Marlins Park on Sunday, there was no baseball game. Players cried openly in the clubhouse. A No. "16" was painted on the pitcher's mound. And on the giant scoreboard over rows of empty seats was a simple display: "16 Jose Fernandez." Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' infectious star who escaped Cuba on a raft eight years ago and blossomed into one of baseball's most electrifying personalities, was killed early Sunday in a violent boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. "Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish fastest," Marlins President David Samson, surrounded by the entire team, said at an emotional news conference at Marlins Park, where players openly wept. "His personality transcended culture and religion and race. His story will be told forever."
- Panthers Won't Move Home Game Despite Protests
by A.J. Perez September 2016
The Carolina Panthers will not be moving Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings. The team was discussing the status of its Week 3 contest with law enforcement and NFL officials amid the riots that have left the city of Charlotte under a state of emergency but still intends to play at downtown Bank of America Stadium.
- Bomb Blast Forces Marines' Charity Race Cancellation
by Jacqueline L. Urgo and Rob Tornoe September 2016
Police and federal authorities blocked boardwalk and beach access Saturday after a pipe bomb blew up in a plastic garbage can — just minutes before thousands of runners were to pass by in the Seaside Semper Five charity 5k race to benefit U.S. Marines and sailors. No one was injured. The race was canceled and homes were evacuated. The discovery of an unattended backpack just before the race began caused a delay in the competition that may have saved many runners from harm.
- Developing Resiliency in an Emergency Response Team
by Vivian Marinelli September 2016
This article appeared in the October issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
When thinking of resiliency and sports, most people will get a picture of a Major League Baseball team pulling out a win in extra innings when they're down by three, or an NFL team returning to the field after halftime with a score of 21-0 and coming all the way back to victory.
There is an old saying in sports that 90 percent of performance is psychological. Our thinking influences our choice of action. Resiliency is being able to change your thinking in order to believe in a positive outcome. In team sports, it's not just one individual's thinking, it's the combined effort of the team.
There is another team for which resiliency is even more critical — the emergency response team (ERT). This team spends most of the time on the sidelines and is only activated if and when something goes wrong. Although always ready to respond to any type of crisis, the reality is that for the majority of the time, ERT personnel are responding to minor incidents. Yet when a disaster does occur, team members need to bring their A-game and respond with the least negative impact on themselves and the organization. Easier said than done.
How does the ERT — which is made up of individuals whose main responsibilities on any given day run the gamut of guest relations, gameday communications, premium seating concierge or parking attendant — utilize these team members most effectively during an emergency response and remain resilient?
- Police Taser Suspect at HS Football Game
by Daily Herald September 2016
Lincolnshire Police pursued a man considered possibly dangerous through the crowd at the Stevenson High School football game Friday night, using a Taser to take the man into custody as he headed toward the football field, according to a news release issued early Saturday morning.