Event Management Security - Why It Matters
Once again, I have to write about the recent mass shooting incident that occurred within the United States, this time in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at EA Madden '18, an e-gaming tournament that was being sponsored and streamed live online. While the investigation is ongoing, I am not going to touch items like motive, etc. What I will discuss is the need for security around events and how proper planning needs to go into event management.
Security for event management varies across the spectrum and that depends on a number of factors, such as event visibility, messaging, location, and ultimately cost. There is no longer any target or area that is off-limits. We have seen mass shootings occur at churches, outdoor festivals, movie theaters, and now video game tournaments. Events like these are considered soft targets because of the fact that there is usually not a lot that can be done to prevent an incident like this to happen, other than increasing the presence and use of active security measures.
Event managers, no matter what is being planned, need to incorporate emergency managers for these types of planning. While security consultants are vital to have, emergency management consultants include security planning but then take the overall picture of a possible incident, the preparedness needed, the cooperation with other agencies, and the recovery process. They also allow the event manager to have someone in charge of the event in case there is an incident that becomes high profile. The emergency manager has the knowledge and understanding to respond and issue orders, resource requests, and update event management.
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