James Podlucky, Industry Solutions Manager, Everbridge

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Higher educational institutions (IHEs) face different types of threats, vulnerabilities, and risks within their unique campus environment. When it comes to keeping the community safe, IHEs work to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of hazards that can affect daily operations, students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Large crowd events, such as sporting events, bring many people together in a single venue. In the 2019 college football season, a total of 3,777 Division I, II, and III games were attended by a total of 47.54 million spectators. Many capabilities are required when hosting events on campus that attract hundreds of thousands of attendees. From pre-planning and collaborating with various campus departments and external stakeholders to identifying threats and hazards. A strong communications plan will provide knowledge to the community and the ability to assess critical situations will help empower your teams in preparing for and responding to special events on campus.

James Podlucky, Industry Solutions Manager, Everbridge discussed:

  • Ways to identify the types of threats and hazards that can potentially impact an event.
  • How to collect essential elements of information for effective planning.
  • Rethinking ways to communicate throughout the event.
  • Automating workflows and standard operating procedures.
  • Creating and utilizing after-action reports to identify gaps.

About the speaker


James Podlucky joined Everbridge in April 2020 as an Industry Solutions Manager. James started his career in the emergency management field after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Throughout his public safety career, he has worked at the city, county, and state level. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and a graduate of the Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP), as well as the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Throughout his career, he has served in many roles within various Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) for flooding events, the United States presidential inauguration, tropical storms, winter storms, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Dorian, the World Rowing Championship and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. James has innovated emergency management business processes and data analytics to provide situational awareness and a common operating picture when managing critical events.

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