Minutes before the scheduled start of a concert at the main stage on the Indiana State Fairgrounds last summer, a severe storm caused a temporary structure atop the stage to crash to the ground, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. The incident--and similar others last year--called into question emergency management practices before and during events.
A feature in NFPA Journal examines how the incident is changing the way people are thinking about emergency response and preparation. Highlights from two reports following the collapse are discussed, as are efforts in expanding the use of the Life Safety Evaluation--found in NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®--that addresses more than 100 factors to consider for events at assembly occupancies of various sizes. Also under way is a new project by the Fire Protection Research Foundation/NFPA Code Fund that looks to expand the use of the Life Safety Evaluation for both non-fire emergencies and non-emergency situations.
For a rundown of other tragic events that have shed light on the issues surrounding emergency management and crowd control, read the feature in NFPA Journal. Also, watch the video of NFPA Journal staff writer Fred Durso giving an overview of his feature: