FEMA IS-15.B Answers

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This web-based course aims to provide public safety agency personnel with information on special event planning, hazard analysis, and incident response. Participants will learn about forming planning teams, conducting hazard analysis, and using the incident command system.

The course is relevant for emergency managers, personnel from emergency operations organizations, and representatives from other community organizations who are not regularly responsible for special event planning. The course includes an extensive job aid manual.


It is recommended that individuals complete IS 700, which is National Incident Management System (NIMS) – An Introduction, and IS 100, which is Introduction to Incident Command System.

FEMA IS-15.B Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies Answers

A multidisciplinary planning team should be composed of the promoter or sponsor and all
Agencies that hold a stake in the event
A special event: Is non-routine. Places a strain on community resources. May involve a large number of people. ___________________________________
Requires special permits or additional planning, preparation, and mitigation.
Because ___________________________ provide a less confrontational security presence, this technique has been effective with young audiences
Peer security personnel
One of the many advantages of using a team approach to planning for special events is
Professional relationships developed during planning translate into better cooperation during emergencies.
Crowds are complex social structures that can assume roles that are different from the personalities of the individuals. Those who provide verbal support for crowd leaders are called
At its initial meeting, the planning team should: Develop a mission statement. Develop the event objectives. ____________________________
Determine the necessary components of the public safety plan
A rock festival has been planned for this weekend. The promoter and sponsor have been advertising the festival for weeks. On the day before the event, large crowds of teens and young adults swarmed into the area. Many spent the night drinking and using drugs. By the morning of the event, several fights had already broken out between competing local gangs. The Mayor and City Council want to cancel the festival, but the sponsor is balking. Which statement below describes the preferable way to deal with such an event?
The Mayor and City Council should have taken control and canceled the event
When assessing food safety measures at a special event, the planning team should consider the vendor compliance with appropriate State and local regulations related to food preparation, handling, distribution, and storing of food
The purpose of public safety special event planning is to:
Ensure a successful event for the promoter or sponsor.
One area of great concern in special events planning is the physical setup of the event. Both temporary and permanents structures must comply with
Local building codes
Planners should assign ___________________ to events that are expected to draw very large crowds and impact mobility throughout the community
A traffic management group
Having a pre-event emergency plan in place will help:
Reduce response times for first-response agencies.
A special events hazard analysis should include analysis of
Special and unique hazards inherent in the event.
A national organization has been issued a permit to demonstrate at the State capitol building. An opposing group has threatened to turn out to disrupt the demonstration. Public safety officials are concerned that the demonstration may turn violent. What should they do?
Develop contingency plans to address the potentially violent situation
If additional response resources are thought to be required for an incident at a special event, a good option for obtaining those resources is to
Develop mutual aid and assistance agreements with neighboring communities.
The use of ___________________________ is/are a good way to protect the bases of temporary structures from damage by vehicular traffic
Buffer zones
To help reunite lost children with their parents or guardians, event planners should:
Designate “meet me” locations throughout the site.
Which position is responsible for establishing incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for managing an incident
Incident Commander
One way for special event planners to gather information about event specifics is to require the promoter or sponsor to
Obtain permits
___________________________ is a main factor in determining stage configuration
Expected crowd behavior
Hampton is a rural community in the Midwest. The local high school football team has just won the State championship. The team has never won a championship in any sport before. The community is sponsoring a parade to celebrate the win. Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the event, including many from surrounding communities. There isn’t much time to plan the parade, and the Mayor is concerned about whether Hampton’s four-person police department can manage traffic and control the anticipated crowd
One reason for developing contingency plans for permit-approved special events is to
Evaluate high-risk, high-impact events more thoroughly
Whether you are handling a routine emergency, organizing for a special event, or managing the response to a major disaster, the five major management functions that must be covered are
Command ___________________ Planning Logistics Finance/Administration A. Operations
The Public Information Officer, the Safety Officer, and the Liaison Officer are all part of the
Command Staff
The placement of launch pads for pyrotechnic displays must anticipate the
Prevailing wind direction and strength
Because each special event is somewhat different from others, a hazard analysis should be conducted prior to each event
Sponsors of organized auto races conducted by professional racing organizations at permanent facilities typically have sophisticated contingency plans available
Spontaneous events present unique difficulties to public safety personnel because they offer no warning.
User Pays policies are intended to
Offset the costs of public services at special events.


  1. IS-15.B: Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies

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