Summer is fast approaching and events such as parades, busy shopping days, and holiday parties will begin. It is critical that everyone, from the attendees to the event organizers, be aware of the dangers of crowded events and prepare. The best way to keep people and property safe is to be prepared in advance of a crisis.
There are two common threats to security: theft and violence. We all know it’s impossible to monitor what people are thinking when they’re at an event. However, any event that is unable to deal with common issues like theft is a red flag. This will simply highlight the lack of concern the event’s organizers have for the well-being of those in attendance. Event planners should make security a top priority throughout the planning process in order to avoid this common danger.
What happens if the event is completely secured? Is it possible to know for sure that nothing bad will happen? Not at all. Read the following tips on how to be safe in a large crowd below.
1. Think about what you wear.
Even if you’re attending a music festival that’s more about fashion than music, think about what you’d wear in case of an emergency. There are several reasons why layering is important in hot or cold environments. Are you prepared to run if an emergency evacuation or escape is necessary?
2. Establish a secondary means of communication.
Is there anything you can do if your phone dies or there is no service at the event? In the event of an emergency, how will you communicate with others? To save battery life, turn your phone off when not in use or don’t use it at all if you can help it.
Since this is a social event, most likely you will be using your smartphone to take photos and connect with others at a major event. Your battery may be draining faster than usual. You don’t want to be stranded with a dead phone in the event of an emergency. Make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave the house. It’s a good idea to bring along a phone charger in case the venue doesn’t have one.
3. Devise an emergency plan.
Do you have a plan in place in case of an active shooter situation at a gathering? Make a plan before you arrive at the event. Recognize and utilize all available exits in the area. If you’re traveling with others, plan a place to hide in case you lose contact or become separated.