Safety and Emergency Tips

General Safety Tips

Collect parental consent forms and emergency contact forms from students. Bring these forms with you to the FFA convention.

Take a digital photo of each student traveling with you to the FFA convention and carry them on a memory stick or flash drive. In the unlikely event that a student becomes lost, the photos will help convention staff and local authorities to locate him or her.

Hotel Safety

Read the emergency instructions on the back of your hotel room door. Familiarize yourself with the fire escape route.

Count the number of doors between your room and the nearest exit.

Do not leave your door open and always use the dead bolt.

Do not open your hotel door to anyone you don’t personally know. Call the front desk to verify hotel staff, security guards and others requesting entrance to your room.

If you encounter questionable individuals, report them to the front desk.

Do not leave valuables out in the open. Many hotels provide lock boxes for your security.

Keep your room key with you at all times.


If you would like to give to those less fortunate, do so by donating directly to Louisville’s “Positive Change” program instead of giving money to panhandlers. There are secure boxes located at various locations around downtown. If you are asked for money, simply them you donated “at the box.”

Parking Safety

Always lock your car and/or bus doors.

Do not leave valuables in view inside the car or bus.

Use an anti-theft device, such as a steering wheel lock.

Do not store an extra key under the car/fender, etc.

Make sure that your parking pass is clearly visible to the parking attendant.

If you must lock valuables in your vehicle, hide them in the vehicle before you arrive at the parking lot/garage.

Travel Safety

15-passenger vans:

If you're traveling to the national FFA convention in a 15-passenger van, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) safety advisory committee recommends the following precautions:

  • Van tires should be checked at list once a week, using the manufacturer’s recommended pressure levels.
  • All occupants should wear safety belts at all times.
  • Drivers should be trained and experienced.
  • No loads should be carried on the roof of the van.
  • For more 15-passenger van safety tips, visit the NHTSA website.