This Sunday, millions will tune in to watch the 49ers take on the Ravens in the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Like any large event, significant security risks arise when hundreds of thousands of people flock to the game and surrounding festivities. Bringing this many people into a city creates an inevitable disruption that can pop up overnight.
The immense viewership of the Super Bowl makes the game and surrounding area a target for disruptive and even terroristic activity. Protesters for various causes may try to disrupt the proceedings and gain valuable airtime. Terrorists may try to use the world’s stage to make a statement. For this reason, event officials have been working for over a year to prepare and ensure that the big game will go off without a hitch.
If there’s a large event coming to your city (such as a convention, concert, or sporting event) begin planning immediately and stay on track. Below are key steps to take into consideration when creating your plan for a large event:
Make a Crisis Management Plan
Form a special event planning committee and try to use your established Crisis Team as much as possible. You may, however, need to bring in outside personnel for help.
Local and State Involvement
Interact with local resources as soon as possible. These resources may include local security, police officers, firefighters and more to help your office run smoothly, as they are in a better position to offer assistance. They may be able to offer advice on security protocols, road blocks that might occur, and potential safety issues.
The commute will be brutal during the event, as the city will likely experience a high traffic volume from attendees. Address high travel times in your crisis management plan, and outline alternate routes to and from your office, or shift work hours for your employees to make sure that they do not have to travel at peak hours. You may consider having those who are able work from home during the event.
In addition to high traffic on the roads, the internet may slow to a crawling pace around your area while visitors use smartphones and other wireless devices. Work with the appropriate personnel to determine peak and non-peak hours of internet usage during this time to ensure you can stay in communication with essential parties.
To ensure your emergency preparedness plans are ready in the event of a large event, contact us directly or give us a call at 404.662.2950. Also, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates on industry news and events.
Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.