28. Planning for actual vs perceived risk

At a previous training I noted that the first Presidential Debate of 2016 was scheduled for September 26th at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.  Yesterday afternoon Wright State President David Hopkins announced that this debate would no longer take place as scheduled.  Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York will now host this event.

The stated reasons for moving the debate were concerns regarding the safety and security of the Wright State students and that only half of the money needed for event security had been raised.  While the money issue was quite real, let’s take some time to consider the safety and security issues.

President Hopkins specifically mentioned the Nice, France attack in his comments.  But did Nice change the actual safety and security concerns or simply the perceived situation?  If you are asked to help plan a major event, try to resist the urge to modify your security planning based on the current week’s news stories.

On a related note, if you are interested in listening to security at the Republican National Convention, go to the internet site http://www.broadcastify.com/ .  Click on the Ohio map, then the Cuyahoga County map and look for the Republican National Convention links.  I’ve been listening for two days and it’s been an ear opener!