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In the wake of Orlando, Syria, Nepal, Italy, Louisiana, and so many other situations and natural disasters all over the world - including the potential for many more to come - how can we respond to disaster? EMA has ideas for you.
Specifically for Louisiana:
Here is a list of suggestions Event Safety Alliance has created for the nightlife and event industry
1. There is a “new normal.” The shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 was, in terms of the number of casualties, the worst in U.S. history. Like the equally senseless death of Christina Grimmie just three miles away the night before, as well as the attacks in Paris last November, incidents like these show that live event venues are no more immune from active shooters than any other public place.
2. It is not actually that new. The Department of Justice counted 160 active shooter incidents in the U.S. from 2000 through 2013. But the trend has gotten dramatically worse. During the first half of that period, there were an average of 6.4 active shooter incidents per year; in the more recent half of that period, there were 16.4 incidents annually. And as shown by the accompanying chart, the incidents have not only gotten more numerous, they are leaving more casualties.
3. No venue or event can claim to be a particularly likely or unlikely target. The Event Safety Alliance firmly believes that no genre of music or entertainment should be blamed when patrons engage in dangerous activities that harm themselves or others. Likewise, regardless of the type of event, no one should go to work thinking they are immune from the threat of a gunman entering their site with deadly intent. The take-away message of active shooter incidents occurring at locations as diverse as a nightclub, movie theater, university, military installation, and elementary school, just to list the five worst, is that none of us has the luxury of complacency.
4. There are things that can be done. The Event Safety Alliance encourages healthy discussion of what should be done to keep people safe. Given the incredible diversity of event spaces around the world, clearly one size does not fit all. Here are a few ideas to consider.
5. When circumstances change, a reasonable person reevaluates his position. The law imposes on each of us the duty to behave as a reasonable person under the circumstances. This means that as circumstances change, we have a legal duty, as well as a moral one, to reevaluate what we do to see if our actions remain reasonable in light of what is now true. The Event Safety Alliance cannot identify a specific moment when it became imperative for event professionals to address public violence – it hardly matters if it was Sandy Hook or Aurora in 2012, Paris last year, or Orlando this weekend. What matters now is that, in addition to expressing our heartfelt condolences for the those who have suffered, we raise our own guard as an industry in order to help protect ourselves, our friends, and our families.
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