The recent attacks in Nice, France, Orland0 and Dallas have event professionals questioning safety where large crowds gather. High profile events with a large amount of people attending are sadly an attractive target for terrorists.
With the attack in Nice, as well as recent attacks in other cites, every event producer is forced to review security measures and develop a plan of action should something occur.
We always plan in case things go wrong. What if the power goes out or the weather is bad? It’s heartbreaking to now sit in a planning meeting and talk about what to do if there is an active shooter. How do we respond if there is an attack? Have we consulted police and first responders for an action plan?
“Expect the unexpected.” said Professor Jason Draper who studies event planning and tourism at the University of Houston.
“We live in a free society and we have to do the best we can to protect ourselves when we travel and go to events an have a plan in place if something should happen, how to help the people who are injured and stop it as quickly as possible.” he said.
For events large and small, event professionals must always plan for the worst case scenario. The problem is that scenario gets worse every day. Every attack, every circumstance teaches us to be even more prepared.
A few years ago one of our clients suffered a shooting at their venue. Security procedures changed from that moment on. Sadly, one of the police officers recently shot and killed in Dallas was part of that security team.
It’s truly a sad day when we can no longer gather to celebrate without concern for the lives of those attending.