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During our interactions with colleagues and professionals in the industry we often encounter the adage:
“Our venue is too small.”
This is a popular challenge we face, especially when communicating with facility managers for smaller venues. In case you were wondering…we disagree with this adage quite a bit. The reason why we do, well, that’s the easy part. As you may know, we like to back our viewpoint with real-world events – so let’s get real.
The suspect in the deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City made no secret of his hateful views, but few could have anticipated the attack that claimed three lives on Sunday April 13th. The shooter was identified as Frazier Glenn Miller, a 73-year-old white supremacist. The attack illustrates that bad things happen in venues of any size.
Ok, but what’s the vital lesson you speak of?
It’s definitely vital, but it’s simple. No matter your venue’s size, a public place is a public place. We're not saying the community center in the article didn't have one, but a plan is essential and may mean the difference in casualties and response times from the authorities.
Are you a smaller venue with no plan? Did we get you thinking? I hope we did, but don’t worry. Here are four recommended actions for preparing an incident preparedness plan:
These actions are simple precautions to take in order to provide your patrons and staff with a safe and secure venue. We’ll say it again…no venue is too small.