Ernest N Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA,
January 25 - 27, 2019

Safety/Security Sessions

Safety & Security Sessions


You’ve worked all year on the construction, theme, design, actor training and much more, but one of the most important things is keeping your guests and your team safe and secure throughout the season. Join us for classes on security basics, safety training, and the top items to remember when creating a safety plan.

NOTE: You must have a Full Weekend Pass or Sunday One Day Pass to attend these sessions. CLICK HERE to register.


Sunday, January 14

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Events Security- What Needs to Happen in Today’s Environment
by Greg Topalian, Leftfield Media

Join Greg Topalian of Leftfield Media as he describes how Washington DC’s comic con Awesome Con, which draws over 70,000 fans, dealt with planning and implementing a massive security plan just 2 weeks before the event. This session will cover strategy, implementation and budget implications for dealing with today’s security threats at large events.


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Emergency Planning and Preparations for Haunted Attractions
by Deirdre Wells, Caroline Wells, RN, Maria Fradiani, RN, & Sawyer Gunnell, Legends of Fear

Regardless of size, the importance of safety preparedness for a haunted event cannot be overstated. In this important session, Deidre Wells, Caroline Wells, Maria Fradiani, and Sawyer Gunnell present helpful information about emergency situations to be on the look out for and how to keep staff and customers safe. Topics include seizures, panic attacks, basic first aid, and the significance of creating an emergency action plan. Incident reporting and the importance of staff wide safety meetings will also be covered. This session is useful for Professional Haunters as well as Home Haunters interested in running a safe operation.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Catastrophic Events And How to Handle
by Tod Ardoin, Dead of Night Productions

Today’s Haunt owners face more security challenges than ever before. To ensure that customers are protected from everything from security issues such as rowdy guests and weather related conditions to terrorist threat and acts of violence. In this session Tod Ardoin of Dead of Night Productions explains the key areas where owners must focus on and what protocols they can put in place to ensure everyone’s safety while at an event.

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