SPRING PREVENTION & PROTECTION EXERCISES CONDUCTED
MAY 20 - FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION EXERCISE
LiveNation’s First Niagara Pavilion located in Burgettstown opens its doors every spring to welcome music headliners such as Jimmy Buffet, Van Halen and Toby Keith. Located in rural Washington County this facility can draw upwards of 23,000 spectators to its open-air facility. Homeland Security hosted a tabletop exercise at the Hanover Township building for federal, state and local first responders along with LiveNation personnel. Multiple scenarios consisting of demonstration/protest, surprise visitor and a manpower issue tested coordination and interoperability issues.
MAY 27 - USGA U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN EXERCISE
Nearly 80,000 fans, volunteers and media will be at the Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster County in July as the club hosts the 2015 USGA U.S. Women’s Open. This mass gathering event will test the planning and protection capabilities of the local first responders and USGA. In May, Homeland Security met with USGA and Lancaster Country Club to conduct a preparation exercise. The multi-scenario, tabletop exercise provided the identification of information sharing, planning and deployment of personnel. Also gathering in the room for the exercise were federal, state and local public safety officials who all collaborated to prepare for scenarios covering all hazards.
JUNE 4 - THE NAVY YARD EXERCISE
On any given day Philadelphia’s Navy Yard is filled with 12,000 people who work and visit the area. At the request of the Navy Yard’s security team, Homeland Security hosted a two-scenario tabletop exercise for building security personnel and federal, state and local public safety officials. The two scenarios covered plausible interdiction and disruption capabilities and operational control capabilities across federal, state and municipal jurisdictions.