2024 South Central Mountains Regional Task Force Symposium

  • April 30, 2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • May 01, 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • Blair County Convention Center

Registration information: https://members.scmrtf.org/events/2024-homeland-security-symposium).

Hello Everyone!

We again have the opportunity to partner with PICCC for their yearly Homeland Security Symposium. It is offered to our members at no cost and I was able to apply for 7 SHRM PDCs (pending) for 4 of the sessions:







9:30- 12:00

Regional Panel: Penn State University Football – More Than Just A Game!



1:30 - 3:30

Lessons Learned at Uvalde Elementary School Shooting




Human Trafficking and Victim Assistance



11:00 - 12:00

Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM) Best Practices

 These sessions are framed from a business/HR perspective related to workplace safety and risk management.

The registration Link is included.  Please indicate “HRMABC” when asked for Task Force Affiliation/organization.

Hope you can take advantage of this great opportunity.


The Business Continuity and Preparedness Coalition (BCPC) for South Central Mountains Regional Task Force (Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder) provides information and opportunities for business and community partners to prepare for all types of hazards.

Please join us at the upcoming Homeland Security Symposium – Tuesday and Wednesday April 30 and May 1, 2024 - at the Blair County Convention Center, Convention Center Drive, Altoona, PA. 16602

We have many strong sessions that provide important information to help us be prepared for a potential disaster, before, it happens! Lessons learned from real life events that have occurred in the region or nationally will be featured, to help us enhance our preparation for future events.

This regional event might truly be a “life saver”. 

It is offered at no cost to you.

Please find the Flyer and Agenda for the 2024 Task Force Homeland Security Symposium, attached.  A few sessions are still taking form and we are expecting an interesting and informative two-day event.  You can attend one or both days as your schedule allows, just let us know so we can have an accurate meal count.

Registration information may be found here: https://members.scmrtf.org/events/2024-homeland-security-symposium).

Click on the link, then the registration button on the right.

If you have difficulty registering, please let me know.

Please register soon because seats are limited!

We hope to see you there!  Please forward to others as you find appropriate.


Cheryl Johnson
Executive Director


Tuesday, APRIL 30, 2024

8:00 a.m.


Registration and Continental Breakfast Among the  assets

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome/Agenda Overview/State of the Task Force Phil Lucas, SCMRTF Chair

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

National Weather Service Information and Resources

Jonathan Guseman, NWS State College

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania Animal Response Team (PART) Updates

Jennifer Johnson, Agriculture Working Group Chair, PA Department of Agriculture



9:30 a.m. – Noon


10-minute break in the panel TBD



Regional Panel: Penn State University Football – More Than Just A Game!

Our panel will highlight for the audience the year-long planning and regional assets required to safely prepare for and manage the largest seven annual mass gatherings in the commonwealth.  Subjects: Task force assets at work; intelligence and information sharing; mass notification; mass casualty planning; EMS/Hazmat/Firefighting/Law Enforcement; bomb robot and bomb dogs; armored vehicle; ambu-bus; stadium emergency operations center; security;  airport operations.


Noon – 1:30 p.m.



Dessert – Among our assets

Exhibit Hall




1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Lessons Learned at Uvalde Elementary School Shooting

John Cantarella – ALERRT Center, Texas State University

Mr. Cantarella will discuss the advantages of adopting a multi-layered approach to active attack mitigation and response. Termed the chain of survival, each link represents training and actions that can be taken to achieve the goal of saving as many lives as possible. The presentation will include an in-depth review of the Uvalde incident, presenting the facts of what happened to help our nation’s public safety professionals learn from them. 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


New command vehicle, new water rescue equipment, dogs, technical, drones

4:30 p.m.

Spectacular Door Prizes!!!! – Exhibit Hall

5:00 p.m.


Dinner/Announcements – Ballroom ___



Wednesday, MAY 1, 2024

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast Convention Center Lobby

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Human Trafficking and Victim Assistance

Joyce Bojsza and Alexis Krieger, Victim Specialists – FBI Philadelphia

This presentation will provide definitions of human trafficking with an emphasis on sex trafficking, red flags and what to look for (including in a medical setting), explanations of victimology and offender behavior, how the FBI comes into contact with and assists victims, how the investigative process works, and case examples.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM) Best Practices

Kevin Burd, C3Pathways


Mr. Burd will describe a model ASIM response against the backdrop of today’s threats, ideologies, and weapons.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.



Stop The Bleed; You’re The Help Until Help Arrives/Video Loop



1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Possible cyber-security update and helpful tips by CISA.



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