Could it happen here? | “Experts: Event organizers should improve emergency plans”

“Event organizers should review their emergency plans after the deadly shooting at a California food festival to see if they can make additional safety improvements as the peak of summer and fair season brings open-air environments that are notoriously difficult to secure, law enforcement experts said.” – SOURCE: AP news

could it happen here

The obvious answer is, “YES.”

Critical incidents as the shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California can happen anytime, anywhere.

Emergency Management Coordinators certainly have to have special events on their Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Matrices. “A hazard identification and risk assessment provides the factual basis for activities proposed in the strategy portion of a hazard mitigation plan. An effective risk assessment informs proposed actions by focusing attention and resources on the greatest risks. The four basic components of a risk assessment are: 1) hazard identification, 2) profiling of hazard events, 3) inventory of assets, and 4) estimation of potential human and economic losses based on the exposure and vulnerability of people, buildings, and infrastructure.”

Fairs, car shows and events, as Columbia’s Bridge Bust, certainly qualify as “soft targets” of opportunity for persons who want to gain notoriety or sow discontent. And every jurisdiction and municipality in the United States has pledged to implement Incident Action Planning for all special events and critical incidents.


  1. YES lets spend money on a maybe.Could it happen here. Lets fix the things that are happening and not the ones that may. Lets fix the CRISIS at the Border. How about talking about backing our President who is FIXING this broken country that the democrats have screwed up near DOOM. Lets spend more money on Climate change that is a Hoax.THe world has been warming up since the ICE AGE.

  2. You may be overthinking this a tad, Dan.

    The Incident Action Plan costs nothing but time. It’s been in place for a long time … recently since the period following 9/11/2001. Before that in the Fire Service and in the military.

    All the mega-incident forms are available online a the FEMA Website. The 201 serves as the basic IAP.

    Nobody looks forward to responding to anything without a planning process.

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