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We love attending events – concerts, festivals, sporting events, celebrations, corporate events, tradeshows, and more for entertainment. Our planning includes purchasing tickets, buying a new outfit, arranging for travel and transportation, and making it “an event to remember.” We assume we will be safe.
With the Las Vegas shooting and the Manchester bombing fresh on our minds, we must all do our best to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. “What will I do if something happens?”
Event managers, venue managers, and security and law enforcement personnel continually collaborate to mitigate risks. Event and venue managers regularly work with security and law enforcement personnel to prevent incidents such as active shooters, snipers and bombings when assessing threats. Now more than ever; everyone must figure out ways to be more diligent, including people attending the event.
As each tragedy unfolds we find ourselves recommitting to “doing something this time” to be prepared. Businesses have a responsibility to their customers, schools to their students and employers to their employees. Given the randomness of when and where incidents occur, event/venue management, employers, businesses, schools and other entities should re-consider their overall security posture and mitigation measures to deter, detect, and deny known or possible risks and threats.
Considerations should be given to:
Physical site design and understanding evacuation routes and shelter locations are important to human judgment when it comes to survivability.
Other questions to consider include:
In a crisis moment, clarity of roles and responsibilities can become murky quickly as individuals either assert themselves or recede in panic – it’s important that roles are defined so key decisions can be made quickly.
Once the plan is developed a robust training and awareness program should be used to ensure the emergency plan is understood.