After some recent events were people have died due to stage collapses, and the contributing factor being weather, it seems that somebody may be paying attention. The fact that in this case the event management group actually made the call to evacuate the patrons is a bold but sensible move. Who knows what might have happened.
Lollapalooza, the music festival that is being held in Grant Park in Chicago, was today evacuated do to the threat of severe thunderstorms and winds. The festival was in its second day. People on the scene stated that concert goers were disappointed but calm as they were evacuated. The festival goers were being told to seek shelter in near by multi-story car parks, which were being used as evacuation shelters.
There are also reports of people climbing over fences to get out. Some staff complained that they did not know what the evacuation plan was, it has been rumoured.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in the early afternoon.
“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” said Shelby Meade. Meade is the communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza.
The statement is as follows:
Lollapalooza Suspended Due to Dangerous Weather
Due to an approaching storm and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), Lollapalooza organizers have suspended the festival until further notice. Festival-goers are being evacuated from Grant Park and are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites along Michigan Avenue.
The three emergency evacuation shelters are the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street Garages. All can be entered through vehicle entrances on Michigan Avenue.
Lollapalooza officials are continuing to coordinate with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to monitor weather conditions and determine when the park is safe for festival-goers to return.
“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Lollapalooza. “We regret having to suspend any show, but safety always comes first.”
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This festival has in fact been under scrutiny by one of the local papers and a reporter for not publishing its emergency plan in advance.
So does this mean we are learning, well I hope so. The idea of publishing an evacuation before the event does sound like a potentially good idea. Then event attendees can know what to expect.