DALLAS, Texas (CelebrityAccess) — In what seems to increasingly be an era of mass shootings, the International Association of Venue Managers, and the American Airlines Center have launched a partnership with Dallas public schools to create an outreach program to help prepare community members for a mass shooting crisis.
See, Say, Do Something is the first program of its kind, which will provide the Dallas Independent School District with tools, training, and resources to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from an active shooter crisis and other similar incidents.
The program will feature speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, DISD Police, IAVM, UNLV and Cheryl Lee Shannon, Dallas County District Judge. Attendees will learn to look beyond physical security and receive the tools necessary to increase a heightened level of awareness of their surroundings.
“As a community, we have the responsibility as a whole to take the lead in providing our school children with a safe and secure learning environment,” stated Mark Herrera, IAVM Director of Education and Representative of DHS Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Coordinating Council. “Our goal is to utilize member venues through IAVM and the voice of the student communities to provide an informative presentation and training to the entire school district(s) and school staff. Our focus is to train our students to look beyond physical security measures and receive the tools necessary on how to increase their level of awareness. We will collectively share and research best practices to protect one of our most valued assets…our students!”
The three participating organizations – American Airlines Center, Dallas ISD, and IAVM – are volunteering their time and resources to the program with hopes of it not only making an impact on the younger generation of the city of Dallas, and are weighing plans to expand the program to other cities.
“With recent tragedies, we feel there is a need to act and offer our support and resources to educate young people on how they can act to prevent similar situations and what to do if these situations occur,” said Dave Brown, American Airlines Center COO & General Manager. “We are proud to be supporting our community in hosting an important event like SEE, SAY, DO SOMETHING and we’re hoping to see other venues and cities take part in the future.”
Sponsors for See, Say, Do Something include Levy, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, All Commercial Floors, American Airlines, Freeman, Frito-Lay, Kelly-Eisenberg, Mary Kay, Pizza Hut and U.S. Concrete.