Emergency Preparedness for Events Certificate Program

Planning the best event means preparing for the worst.

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check    Members: $499 / Non-Member: $699


Program Overview

For your events, you can secure top subject matter experts, cutting-edge multimedia vendors and the tastiest F&B. But are you securing the most important aspect—the safety of your attendees?

Your No. 1 role as a meeting professional is ensuring the security of the people you bring together. How prepared do you feel during a crisis or incident? Do you have the plans in place to successfully navigate an emergency?

MPI’s Emergency Preparedness for Events Certificate Program gives you the tools you need to effectively plan for— and respond to—crisis situations and deliver on your responsibility to both your attendees and your organization. You’ll learn how you can ensure the safety and security of all attendees, limit damage and restore services in the event of an emergency. 

Through this six-hour certificate course, developed in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi, you’ll build and maintain an understanding of risk management and emergency planning process. You’ll learn processes for risk assessment and emergency preparedness, adapted from the best-in-class experts in marathons and World Cups, and take a deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. You’ll also learn techniques to prevent and respond to everything from ordinary incidents such as fights or drunkenness to extraordinary crimes, violence, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Course Details

At the completion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate between events and incidents for managing risk onsite at meetings and events of all kinds.
  • Identify various stakeholders in communication and collaboration for meeting and event emergency preparedness.
  • Apply risk assessment and management techniques to mitigate, transfer, accept and/or avoid risk.
  • Implement and execute the critical components of the emergency planning process.
  • Create post-event reports and lessons learned and implement tactics for continuous improvement.


Course Curriculum Authored by: 
MaryAnne P. Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM, Bobrow Associates, Inc. 
Michael Owen, EventGenuity, LLC

Vicki Thein



"Emergency Preparedness for Events was an excellent class and worth the cost and time!"

- Victoria Thein, CMP

Jessie States

Jessie States, CMP, CMM


Jessie States, CMP, CMM, is the Director of the MPI Academy for Meeting Professionals International, where she leads and advances MPI’s professional development strategy, developing and managing MPI’s portfolio of educational products including live and digital events, educational experiences, professional certificate programs and educational partnerships. Jessie has received the Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council, an honor that recognizes emerging leaders and industry supporters. She has also earned spots on the lists of 25 Most Influential People in Meetings and Events (Successful Meetings magazine) and Trendsetters (Meetings Today magazine).

About the MPI - NCS4 Partnership

Like spectator sports, meetings and events are soft targets. They often take place over several legal jurisdictions and involve transportation, crowd control and multiple indoor/outdoor spaces. NCS4's mission is to conduct innovative research, deliver quality training, and enhance professional development. This dovetails neatly with MPI's vision to lead and empower the meeting and event community to change the world – in this case, that change begins with creating safer and more secure meetings and events.



Course Registration


Course Dates:

9:00 am to 4:00 pm CST 

January 27, 2022 (Live-Online)

April 25, 2022 (Live-Online)

July 14, 2022 (Live-Online)

October 13, 2022 (Live-Online)

Certificate Courses Scholarships 

The MPI Foundation provides MPI members with professional development opportunities through grants and scholarships. We have scholarships available for all of our certificate courses.