Safety starts with researching the event: In light of recent events, safety at concerts is on everyone’s minds. One of the best ways to stay safe at any event is to be situation-ally aware of what’s going on around you; that process starts by knowing exactly what you’re getting into.
- How many people are expected at the event?
- Where are the exit points at the venue? This is something you should know ahead of time. Also, take note of all secondary exit points where less people will be likely to head.
- Jump on social media and see what people are saying about the event. Have threats been made towards the event? Is the event controversial in any way?
Scan the area: Once you’re at the event you need to stay aware of your surroundings.
- Take note of emergency exits, restrooms and exit routes.
- Familiarize yourself with the venue’s layout. Pay attention to the location of medical tents or first aid stations.
- Have a plan on where you will head if an emergency happens.
Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. If you get the slightest feeling that something may be wrong, you need to listen to your instincts and act fast.
- Keep an eye on the crowd. If you notice an abnormal increase in the number of people pouring into your area, or if you notice a loner that doesn’t seem to belong in the area, this could be the first sign that something isn’t right. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, it’s probably a good time to make your exit.
- Check out our article on surviving a riot; it will give you some good tips on what to do should violence erupt at or around the event.
Have a meetup plan: Should something happen at the event, everyone in your group should have an evacuation plan and an area to head to when trouble starts.
- Choose a meeting spot for your family, in case anyone gets separated from the group.
- Have a contact outside the event that can be called to coordinate planning should something go wrong at the event.