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Ind. State Fair Releases Safety Plan

Posted On June 15, 2012

(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.

 

LINKS:

 

New Outdoor Stage Rules In Place

 

Nettles Gives State Fair Deposition

 

Reports Position Blame For Stage Collapse

 

Sugarland Singer To Give Deposition In April

 

House Approves Regulating Stage Equipment

 

Sugarland Points Finger In Stage Collapse Suit

 

Fines Doled Out For Safety Violations At State Fair

 

State Fair Stage Collapse Report To Be Released

 

64 Claimants Accept State’s Stage Collapse Offer

 

Sugarland Named In New Stage Collapse Lawsuit

 

90 Tort Claims Filed From Stage Collapse

 

Sugarland’s State Fair Benefit Concert Fri.

 

Sugarland To Play Memorial Concert In Indy

 

Documents: Fair Had Vague Evacuation Plan

 

Sugarland Named In Four Lawsuits

 

“Tough Decision” To Make In Stage Compensation

 

State Wants Stage Collapse Lawsuit Dismissed

 

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Stage Disaster

 

Another Lawsuit Possible In Stage Collapse

 

9 Days Later, Seventh Stage Victim Dies

 

Injuries Claim Life of Sixth Stage Collapse Victim