Emergency preparedness for special events goes well beyond stationing security guards at various locations to manage risk exposure and potential consequence of a crisis. Emergency preparedness is a complex process that must be integrated into the operational elements of event security so that readiness is maintained. Large special events serve as economic drivers for many communities; however, event organizers must also consider that in today’s world there are an increasing number of security concerns they must be prepared to handle.
Emergency Preparedness for Special Events
Across the nation, communities and venue owners are responsible for managing thousands of special events for sporting events, festivals, concerts, conventions, tourist attractions, and other public and private mass gatherings. These events not only draw hundreds of thousands of people into a community or speciﬁc venue, magnifying the potential of a crisis or the consequences of a natural emergency or disease outbreak, but some events may be a potential target for terrorism or civil unrest.
Whether these events are designated as a National Special Security Event, past special event crises have demonstrated that communities and venue owners must be well prepared. Pre-incident emergency planning and crisis management strategies will help manage the crisis response operations and identify strategies to successfully manage communication, reputational risk, and recovery.
According to the FBI, over the past 20 years there have been over 300 active shooter incidents resulting in almost 3,000 casualties and 1,000 fatalities.
In 2020, the United States had a record number of public demonstrations that grew into civil disturbances resulting in over $2 billion in damages according to the Verisk Property Claims Services.
According to the Center for Strategic & International Studies, over the past 25 years there have been over 900 terrorist attacks and foiled plots in the United States. These terrorist plots were made by religious, left-wing, right-wing, and ethnonationalist groups.
Research indicates that disease outbreaks have been increasing significantly since 1980 and this risk will continue beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and into the decades to come.
According to the International Disaster Database, natural disasters and large-scale emergencies are on the rise, globally and in the United States. Although deaths from natural disasters are down, the cost and economic loss from natural disasters has risen exponentially.
Our Expertise & Experience
ISC has obtained the recognition of providing exceptional, client-focused services and is celebrated for its integrated best-practices approach to Special Event Crisis Management and Preparedness Services. Our continued success has served to strengthen our belief that our team must be coordinated and well-versed in both the practical application of crisis and emergency management and possess extensive knowledge of managing large-scale special events.