Ind. State Fair Releases Safety Plan
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – They’re calling it the most comprehensive emergency management plan in the country.
A 425-page Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan was adopted and released Thursday by the Indiana State Fair Commission, and new Chief Operating Officer David Shaw said it will be continually updated.
“The fact that the plan covers all gamuts of all aspects of possible emergencies, we’re really proud to have that plan moving forward today,” said Shaw.
The plan was developed in response to the uncertainty of the emergency procedures last August 13 before a storm blew over the stage rigging before a scheduled Sugarland concert. The accident killed seven and injured several dozen.
Decisions like whether or not to cancel events due to weather will rest with Shaw.
“I am absolutely prepared to make those decisions. The decisions are laid out in the standard operating procedures for the cancellation, evacuation and postponement of events,” he said.
Mitigators listed in the plan include requiring all Indiana State Fair employees to pass an online emergency management course and test, and establish an electronic resource management system.
In the event of an emergency – such as a storm – specific responses are laid out in the plan. State fair staff will provide resources to responders as requested in order to save lives and protect property and the environment. The fair will establish situational awareness. Warnings, emergency public information and instructions will be announced to staff, vendors and visitors.
The emergency plan was introduced on the same day that a new memorial marker dedicated to those seven concert-goers who died in the stage collapse was unveiled.