Planning an outdoor event is a complex and detailed process with dozens of minute details that must be taken into account. From permits and vendors to security planning to ensure the public’s safety, an event planner must constantly be thinking one step ahead to make sure that the public has an enjoyable time and no incidents occur. In this blog, SecuriWORLD will cover the three greatest risks to your outdoor event and what event planners must do to avoid them.
Knowing the greatest threats to your event and how detailed security plans and trained personnel can mitigate those risks is key to protecting the public’s safety and protecting your company from financial liability. The three threats you must plan for are:
●Crowd Disturbances: This is doubly true if your event serves alcohol. Petty disturbances are the most common threat, and, while most issues can be eliminated rather quickly, a minor disturbance can turn into a major problem at a moment’s notice. If you are planning a concert or public holiday festival, crowd control is a must.
●Medical Emergencies: At a crowded event, it isn’t rare for someone to fall and be the victim of trampling. And, of course, the more people that attend the event, the greater risk of someone experiencing a range of medical issues. Having guards trained in crowd control and rapid response mitigates such risks.
●Catastrophic Events: One needs only to read the news daily to see the worst case scenario. We’d rather not go into detail, but having a catastrophic event such as an attack or major outbreak of violence is more common than any of us would like. Uniformed guards not only deter these threats, they protect the public should the worst happen.
Tip for Event Planners
Whether you are putting on a concert, food festival, or town fair, there are a few things you can do beforehand to be better prepared. SecuriWORLD recommends:
●Researching Past Events: Look to the past to see which kind of disturbances occurred. For example, if town fairs in your area consistently end in arrests or incidents, it could be because certain individuals and their associates regularly attend. It could also be because your event takes place in a high crime area.
●Estimate Attendees: There are plenty of ways to get a ballpark estimate for your event’s attendance. The number of people who attend, the nature of those attendees, and the nature of the event’s guests (a band or public figure, for example) should all be factored into your security decisions.
●The Nature of the Event and Venue: Planning a multi-stage concert is far different than a children’s fair, and an open-air event has different needs than a stadium. SecuriWORLD can help you assess the threat level and proceed accordingly.
When planning a large-scale event, security must be taken seriously. At SecuriWORLD, our world-class security personnel are trained in event security and have the experience needed to handle crowds and high-profile guests. We give you the freedom you need to move forward with planning. Visit us today on the web to learn more about our event security services in Vancouver.