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This 200-acre site is designed to facilitate multi-disciplinary preparedness, planning, mitigation, response and recovery from disasters and emergencies. First responders, emergency managers, government officials, non-government organizations, volunteers, and others vested in responding to disasters can hone their skills here through education, training, certification, modeling, simulation, exercise design & rehearsals, consulting, management, research, testing, and evaluation.

Upcoming Training

Register for courses designed and offered by AState, use the facility to offer training you have designed and teach or request specific content be developed for your training needs.

Crisis Communication Course

Crisis Communications Course Registration Link
(to be offered February 27, 2019)

Short Course Description

In an emergency, disaster or crisis situation, communication is essential. Clear, concise messages delivered with comfort, confidence and credibility can be life-saving and impact community and corporate reputations far beyond the critical events themselves.

In the Arena is a one-day workshop designed to prepare participants to anticipate and identify potential crisis situations, frame issues and messages, communicate with and through the media, and address questions and concerns. 

Contemporaneous video examples will be reviewed and analyzed to serve as points of reference for participants when it comes to interviewing skills and projecting command when the stakes are highest. 

In the Arena includes an exercise in which attendees will work together to apply learnings in a mock crisis scenario.

About the Instructor Richard McKeown 


Richard McKeown is counted among leading communications counselors, consultants and trainers. His clients include some of the world’s most familiar corporate brands representing nearly every business sector, as well as local and state agencies, small businesses, higher education and non-profit organizations. Richard’s clients are located throughout the United States as well as in Canada.

Richard’s services include crisis communications strategy, media training, executive communications coaching and reputation management. He also serves as a conference and seminar speaker on issues related to reputation management and crisis communications.

 A graduate of Arkansas State University, where he was named Outstanding Journalism Graduate, Richard and his wife Tracye are the parents of four adult children and six grandchildren. They live in Bryant, Arkansas where Richard serves on the Bryant Parks and Recreation Commission.

Search and Rescue Course

Search & Rescue Tech III Course Registration Link 
(to be offered March 28-29, 2019)