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Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) Virtual Training

On Demand


No matter how large or small an airport is, if it has not prepared its employees, stakeholders, and other airport employees to respond to emergencies, disasters, or crises, they will find difficulty in managing these events. Beginning with an understanding of the need to minimize disruption and disseminate information quickly to knowing and implementing the requirements of an AEP and how it addresses essential emergency services and planned actions to ensure the safety of the airport and surrounding communities, through preparing your airport community for these incidents is not only the right thing to do but it is a business imperative as well. How well an airport responds to these disruptive situations is how they will be judged by stakeholders, employees and political authorities not to mention the fines and other regulatory enforcement that can be levied.

In this short course we will provide participants with hands-on knowledge of how to mitigate the inevitable disruptions, planned and unplanned events can have on your airport operations. We will review past disruptive events and participants will have the opportunity to engage in a tabletop exercise to test their level of understanding and see how other airports work. It is worth 6 hours of your time to avoid days if not months of unfavorable scrutiny!

Join us for this live training, led by one of our top instructors Capt. LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick (Ret.), ACE, SHRM-SCP.

Course Agenda

Emergency Response, Disaster Preparedness, and Crisis Management 

An overview of emergency response, disaster preparedness, and crisis management. Provides a foundation for understanding the need to minimize disruption and disseminate information quickly:
Distinguish between an emergency, a disaster, and a crisis
Define the nature of disruptive events in the aviation environment
Understand the impact of a disruptive event beyond the airport community
The history of emergency management (FEMA)
What are the requirements to have an emergency response plan in place
The foundation for responding to a disruptive event
Understand the need for Emotional Intelligence in a crisis situation

Airport Emergency Plan (AEP)

An overview of the requirements of an AEP and how it addresses essential emergency services and planned actions to ensure the safety of the airport and surrounding communities. Discusses assignment of responsibilities and coordination at all levels as well as pre-incident intelligence and risk assessment. We will have a Break Out Group Activity (Mini-Table Top Exercises)

The need for a comprehensive and updated AEP
Federal requirements for an AEP (FAA Advisory Circular and FEMA)
Identify what needs to be contained in the AEP
Mutual Aid Agreements
Training in advance of implementing the provision of the AEP during an event
Assignments and responsibilities

Preparing Your Airport Community for an Emergency
Airport first responders prepare for everyday emergencies. However, during an emergency at an airport, more than the first responders will have a significant role in the incident. The number and scope of incidents and people that have to be managed can overwhelm conventional emergency services. This section provides you with an overview of programs like the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the importance of training your airport community in advance of an emergency. 
•         Responsibility of the Airport Operator
•         How to prepare your community for an emergency, disaster, or crisis
•         How the CERT training can be incorporated into your airport community response plans
•         How to incorporate trained employees into your emergency response


This On Demand training is $225.

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Capt. LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick (Ret.), ACE, SHRM-SCP

Owner/Senior Consultant
LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick, Training and Consulting for the Real World
Canon City, CO

Captain LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick (Retired), owner and senior consultant/instructor for LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick, Training and Consulting for the Real WorldTM, was responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and regulatory compliance of the global gateway known as LAX and its satellite airports for over 30 years, retiring as a commanding officer within the Los Angeles Airport Police Department (LAXPD). After 9-11, LaPonda conceived and implemented the Los Angeles Airport Police Homeland Security Section to ensure multi-agency law enforcement and public safety activities and response was properly coordinated to reduce LAX’s vulnerability to a terrorist event or catastrophic emergency. This included the development of the nation’s largest airport law enforcement bomb detection K-9 unit, expedited multi-agency intelligence sharing, and an on-site tactical response unit tailored to the aviation environment. LaPonda is a nationally recognized aviation security and law enforcement consultant that has developed security systems, methods and procedures, and professional standards that are utilized by a myriad of local, state, federal, and international aviation security and law enforcement agencies that secure the global aviation environment. Understanding the importance of information sharing and training, she modernized and wrote the State of California mandated Aviation Security for Law Enforcement Officers training course as a consultant to the California Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (POST) that certifies law enforcement officers. She created a training curriculum that addressed the multi-cultural and dynamic venue that a global system such as aviation presents with a concentration on terrorism and its global effect on aviation security. Post-9/11, taking this training curriculum nationwide, she has trained over 3500 police officers, TSA and other aviation security personnel, which included the entire law enforcement components for Atlanta-Hartsfield, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Shreveport, and Jackson Evers Airport Police Departments. She created a variety of crisis emergency management and other aviation security-related courses. LaPonda also provides aviation security and public safety consulting services for Birdi & Associates, a systems engineering consulting and contracting firm based in Southern California. Intrigued by the jihadist phenomenon and its ability to influence ordinary people to participate in extraordinary and out-of-character violent acts, LaPonda returned to the classroom as a student to further her education in the field of Sociology as it relates to globalization and the effect on aviation and related workplace safety and security. She had a concentration in diversity, religion, and other issues that affect a global society. She received her B.A. from UCLA. She continues to be a life-long learner. LaPonda is a member of the AAAE Transportation Security, Training, Diversity, and Operations, Safety, Planning, and Emergency Management committees, and ASIS. She received the National Black Police Association Outstanding African American Woman in Law Enforcement “Taking Charge of Change” Award in 2011, and the California National Guard Commendation, Post 911 Operation Safe Passage Training and Military Deployment to Airports in 2002. Having a passion for Human Resources Management with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility (DEIA), non-discrimination, gender equality, and unconscious bias, LaPonda also helps organizations improve their service to both their internal and external customers by understanding that an organization is only as good as its culture, its employees, and its decision making. She helps organizations provide their teams with the essential tools and insights