The Evolution of SAFETY Act

The Evolution of SAFETY Act

July 30, 2019
SAFETY Act

MooreExpert Matt Nebel and Catalyst Partners' Akmal Ali partnered with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) to deliver industry expertise around new developments in protective design for sports venues and other facilities. 

The SAFETY Act, which stands for Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002, was created by the U.S. Congress in the wake of the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. Their main objective was to create a risk management tool that promotes the fight against terrorism by incentivizing the private sector to take effective measures to prevent, deter, and/or mitigate acts of terrorism here on the homeland. Recipients of the SAFETY Act receive powerful legal protections that limit or shield companies from third-party liability arising out of an act of terrorism. Initial recipients of the SAFETY Act typically received the legal protection through operational security means including security guard forces, security equipment (e.g. CCTV cameras and magnetometers), and K9 units. As the threat environment has evolved and terrorist attacks have occurred at venues, additional protective design measures are being selected by venue operators including vehicle ramming and blast-resistant design. 

Learn Moore about: 

  • What is the SAFETY Act?
  • What types of venues can get the SAFETY Act and why?
  • After SAFETY Act was created, how were venues getting SAFETY Act originally? What are approved SAFETY Act technologies?
  • What has caused venue operators to consider additional protective design measures for protecting their facilities including vehicle ramming and blast-resistant design?
  • How do you design a facility for vehicle ramming and blast-resistant design?
  • Are there hurdles for doing vehicle ramming and blast-resistant design for a venue?
  • How do you see SAFETY Act continuing to develop?

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