Author Biography

Authors Brian M. Harrell, Konrad Crockford, Pierre Boisrond, Sarah Tharp-Hernandez, and Suzanne Parker are collaborators from the Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies course at Pennsylvania State University. Collectively they have significant critical infrastructure protection, health care, and law enforcement experience.

Brian M. Harrell, CPP, is currently the Manager of Critical Infrastructure Protection for the South East Electric Reliability Corporation (SERC) which monitors the reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES). Brian has spent his career consulting on antiterrorism, physical security, and infrastructure protection.



Subject Area Keywords

Complex emergencies, Health security, Homeland security, Law enforcement, North America, Security policy


This article describes a fictional deadly attack by a lone-wolf terrorist during a high school football event in a small town, here in the United States. The authors begin by describing an attack and then focus on the response from the medical community, city, county, state, and federal government officials. Next, the authors make several recommendations on what actions are needed to develop an effective plan to combat terrorist activities during a small- to mid-size sports event. Among the actions needed, the authors focus on the following: response planning, emergency action plan, incident command, policies and procedures, and security staff training.