FEMA IS 015.B Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies Test Answers


Correct answers to the Independent Study Course 15.b Special Events Contingency Planning. This course will help introduce you to planning for and conducting a special event. Near the end of the course you should have an understanding of what a special event is, identify the hazards and risk associated with a special event, and listing the key tasks and issues that must be faced during a special event. This course can be completed with two additional courses for a redeemable college credit. If you want to view the study guides to those courses, you can check out our FEMA IS 660 Answer Key, FEMA IS 700.B Answer Key, and our FEMA IS 662 Answer Key.


A multidisciplinary planning team should be composed of the promoter or sponsor and all:
A. Members of nongovernmental organizations that might be interested in the event.
B. Vendors who wish to participate in the event.
C. Agencies that hold a stake in the event.
D. Community groups that may be affected by the event.

A special event:

Is non-routine.
Places a strain on community resources.
May involve a large number of people.

A. Requires special permits or additional planning, preparation, and mitigation.
B. Brings a large amount of revenue to the jurisdiction.
C. Draws participants from outside the jurisdiction.
D. Includes large numbers of vendors.

Because ___________________________ provide a less confrontational security presence, this technique has been effective with young audiences.
A. Peer security personnel
B. Private security guards
C. Younger uniformed police officers
D. Plain-clothes security guards

One of the many advantages of using a team approach to planning for special events is:
A. Response agencies can agree on whether or not the event requires the use of an ICS structure.
B. Professional relationships developed during planning translate into better cooperation during emergencies.
C. Public safety agencies can unite to oppose the event.
D. More people become aware of the promoter’s or sponsor’s intent and can determine whether a bond is necessary.

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:
A. The active core.
B. Observers.
C. Ring leaders.
D. Cheerleaders.

At its initial meeting, the planning team should:

Develop a mission statement.
Develop the event objectives.

A. Determine where the Incident Command Post will be located.
B. Determine whether the event will require that a curfew be imposed.
C. Determine the necessary components of the public safety plan.
D. Determine how many resources will be required to respond to incidents related to the event.

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?
A. Private security guards should have negotiated with the gangs.
B. The Mayor and City Council should have taken control and canceled the event.
C. A barrier should have been erected to separate the gang members.
D. Agreement on who could cancel the event should have been reached during event planning.

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.
A. True
B. False

The purpose of public safety special event planning is to:
A. Increase the budget for public service agencies.
B. Ensure a successful event for the promoter or sponsor.
C. Bring more events to the community.
D. Plan for incidents that might impact or result from the event.

One area of great concern in special events planning is the physical setup of the event. Both temporary and permanents structures must comply with:
A. The planning team’s safety recommendations.
B. Items pointed out during inspection.
C. Local building codes.
D. The Job Aid Manual included in this course.

Planners should assign ___________________ to events that are expected to draw very large crowds and impact mobility throughout the community.
A. A motorcycle squad
B. Public transportation
C. A traffic management group
D. Volunteer traffic controllers

Having a pre-event emergency plan in place will help:
A. Reduce response times for first-response agencies.
B. Sell an unpopular event to the community.
C. Increase revenue to the community by attracting out-of-town spectators.
D. The promoter or sponsor avoid paying for local emergency services.

A special events hazard analysis should include analysis of:
A. Special and unique hazards inherent in the event.
B. Resources available through the State.
C. Police staffing that is typical on that day of the week.
D. Mutual aid agreements that are in place.

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?
A. Develop contingency plans to address the potentially violent situation.
B. Activate the National Guard.
C. Forbid the opposing group from demonstrating.
D. Revoke the organization’s demonstration permit.

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:
A. Purchase the needed resources.
B. Request the resources from the State.
C. Obtain the resources through a DHS grant.
D. 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.
A. Buffer zones
B. Orange snow fencing
C. Variable signs
D. Yellow safety tape

To help reunite lost children with their parents or guardians, event planners should:
A. Announce the names of lost children at the end of the event.
B. Designate “meet me” locations throughout the site.
C. Hire security personnel to look for lost children.
D. Require children to be restrained by hand-holding or in strollers.

Which position is responsible for establishing incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for managing an incident.
A. Event Planning Team
B. Operations Section Chief
C. Incident Commander
D. Planning Section Chief

One way for special event planners to gather information about event specifics is to require the promoter or sponsor to:
A. Provide testimonials from other venues.
B. Post a bond.
C. Survey potential event participants.
D. Obtain permits.

___________________________ is a main factor in determining stage configuration.

A. The necessity to erect temporary platforms
B. Expected crowd behavior
C. Whether temporary seating will be used
D. Whether the venue has a temporary or permanent stage

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.

Is this event a special event?
A. Yes
B. No

One reason for developing contingency plans for permit-approved special events is to:
A. Prepare for events that may not run as planned.
B. Ensure that nothing out of the ordinary occurs.
C. Determine if the event is too risky to approve.
D. 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:


A. Operations
B. Tactics
C. Response
D. Control

The Public Information Officer, the Safety Officer, and the Liaison Officer are all part of the:
A. Operations Section.
B. Command Staff.
C. Logistics Section.
D. General Staff.

The placement of launch pads for pyrotechnic displays must anticipate the:
A. Level of audience control.
B. Prevailing wind direction and strength.
C. Desirability of ground displays.
D. Time of year.

Because each special event is somewhat different from others, a hazard analysis should be conducted prior to each event.
A. True
B. False

Sponsors of organized auto races conducted by professional racing organizations at permanent facilities typically have sophisticated contingency plans available.
A. True
B. False

Spontaneous events present unique difficulties to public safety personnel because they offer no warning.
A. True
B. False

User Pays policies are intended to:
A. Offset the costs of public services at special events.
B. Discourage the promoters from making excessive profits.
C. Cover overtime costs for event staff employed by the promoter or sponsor.
D. Transfer the costs of the event to the public safety agencies.

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

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