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Florida International: Alum Anchors Defense for Super Bowl LIV

Mr. Brian Rafky has made public safety his mission – and with the world’s eyes on South Florida for Super Bowl LIV, fans can rest assured that he’s watching out for their security.

Viewed by nearly 100 million people, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched annual sporting events in the world. Preparations are already well underway for Super Bowl LIV, which will be hosted in Miami in February 2020. More than 150,000 guests are expected to visit the weekend of the game, with the stadium holding about 65,000.

Mr. Rafky, who recently graduated with a Masters in Disaster Management from the Academy of International Disaster Preparedness, said that the program helped prepare him for the processes and collaboration structures needed to ensure that all the first responders are Super Bowl ready.

“The master’s program teaches an all-hazards approach that you really need to be able to communicate with all agencies and professions to have ultimate success. That really set me up to be ready to take on an event like the Super Bowl,” Mr. Rafky said.  “The degree really filters into what first responders and people in this field are already doing – but it helps give us different lenses to approach things from perspectives that give us a greater understanding of a situation, which is vital to mitigate a disaster.”

As a major in the Miami-Dade Police Department and director of the South East Florida Fusion Center, Mr. Rafky is heading the joint operations center, intelligence operations center and emergency operations center for the big game.

“We’ve been working on the Super Bowl for well over a year now,” he said.

The inter-agency task force combines all local, state and federal agencies – everything from public works to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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