LPS hosts safety training for sporting events
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – What keeps you up at night?
That’s the question Lincoln Public Schools officials have been asking themselves for the past two days as part of a training session hosted by the National Center for Sports Spectator Safety and Security.
“You always worry about, obviously, the big ones like an active shooter, but, you know, the reality of something happening at our sporting events is probably weather,” LPS security coordinator Kyle Poore said. “What really keeps me up at night is making sure that our staff is ready to respond.”
A big piece of the training is having a general plan in place to respond to an emergency.
“Our goal is to really kind of stay general and give our staff an outline, but train them to be able to respond to multiple scenarios,” Poore said.
Kathi Wieskamp, LPS athletic and activities director, said, “You plan for what you know, and then there’s also some things that you may not know.”
Some examples of things event managers plan for in the training course are active shooter scenarios and weather-related situations.
“For the spring, we had some weather issues,” Wieskamp said. “There was a tornado, there were sirens going off, warning. We were at baseball, we had soccer, we had a lot of different things going on at the same time.”
Poore said, “We’re not meteorologists; we don’t have that background. So we have to make sure that we have the relationships in place.”