Be Educated
Date: October 2, 2017
IAAPA Member Registration: $109 USD
Non-Member Registration Fee: $142 USD
Registration Deadline: September 18, 2017
Registration Fee Includes: most meals and programming.  


Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States

Why Attend

Attend the 2017 IAAPA Operators Forum: Creating a Security Based Culture, for a unique opportunity to learn best practices for securing your guest, team, and facility. This highly immersive one-day program pairs expert-led seminars with unique hands-on experiences. Learn from industry leaders, and gain perspective on challenging security environments. Attendees will visit Six Flags America and discuss trends in guest behavior and social media. Our hands on experience will include a highly engaging Active Shooter response exercise. Attendees will learn how to access a cache of free training and planning resources. You’ll leave this program with a better understanding of the elements that are required to secure your guest, team, and facility.

  • Immersive educational program
  • Participate in an Active Shooter Training Exercise
  • Hear from professional security experts

Designed For

Seasonal and Supervisory, Middle Management.



  • 8:00 - 9:00 am Check-In and Badge Pick Up
  • 9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
  • 9:15–10:00 a.m. Social Medias Impact on Security 

Today facilities need to pay close attention to what happens on the web.  Recent incidents show new trends in how today's teens are using social media to communicate and coordinate.  Flash mobs are just one of many examples of how successful campaigns are deployed.  More complex campaigns include distractions and chaos.  Learn what’s on the horizon, what to look for and how do best deploy your resources.

  • 10:30–10:45 a.m. Security is Everyone's Responsibility
  • 10:45–11 a.m. Networking Break
  • 11–11:45 a.m. Identifying Security Risks

Not all facilities require the same degree of protection. However, the protection of guest and assets must be based on a realistic assessment of risks. In this session, we will discuss some of the fundamentals of risk assessment.  Widely accepted security screening methods will be discussed in order to help you prioritize risks, manage your physical assets and resources and provide cost effective solutions for your facility.  

  • 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. No Cost Training Resources 

With the increased frequency of soft targets attacked by terrorists, businesses need to make sure they have properly trained and knowledgeable employees. A representative from Homeland Security will discuss the ins and outs of some easy to deploy and free training resources.  

  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
  • 1:30–1:45 p.m. In-Park Exercise Briefing
  • 1:45–5:15 p.m. In-Park Active Shooter Exercise

Learn what to do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.  This is an active exercise that will take place in various parts of the facility.  Participants should be prepared to fully participate in a dynamic learning experience. 

  • 5:15–5:45 p.m. Incorporating Success at Your Facility
  • 5:45–6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

You must be 18 years or older to participate.

get certifiedParticipation in the IAAPA Operators' Forum earns you 7 continuing education (CE) hours applicable toward an IAAPA certification.

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