The 2016 concert festival season is still a few months away, but the time to prepare for the unexpected challenges that severe weather can pose to live event organizers and their on-site staffs is at hand, according to Event Safety Alliance President Jim Digby, who announces that the 2016 Severe Weather Summit will take place March 8-9, 2016 at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
“Event and venue professionals work in an environment that requires both careful preparation and the ability to adapt to and apply new information as it becomes available,” Digby says. “Recent history has shown time and again that severe weather can disrupt even the best-laid plans and, when it does, the results can be catastrophic. This upcoming Severe Weather Summit will focus on helping event, sports and venue professionals to prepare for and respond to dangerous weather conditions.”
According to Digby, over the course of the two-day event at the National Weather Center’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, subject matter experts from NOAA and the National Weather Service will introduce participants to short-fused severe weather incidents and that can threaten all types of events and venues, as well as the steps that can be taken to develop a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan.
Reaffirming the importance of the event from an insurance perspective, Take1 Insurance Executive Vice President & Program Director Scott Carroll emphasized that, “Everyone involved in the production and staging of a live event, from the venue owner to the individual band management teams to the on-site managers, have an obligation to take every step possible to plan for the unexpected and have a plan to mitigate against it. Participating in the Severe Weather Summit demonstrates to your insurance carrier that you put health and safety ahead of all other considerations and that’s critically important in today’s environment, where so many entertainment events are staged outside in the elements where Mother Nature can wreak havoc.”
The cost of attending the summit is $750, which includes complimentary breakfast, all materials and an evening reception. ESA members qualify for a 15 percent discount off of the cost of registration. The summit will feature presentations by personnel from NWS, NOAA, the University of Oklahoma and private meteorological companies. Attendees will learn what weather products and services are available to industry professionals to help them on-site. New technologies and mobile applications that simplify safety planning will be demonstrated. Attendees will also learn about the National Weather Service "StormReady" and "Weather Ready Nation" programs for their venue, tour or event.
Registration for the must-attend summit is now open at: eventsafetyalliance.org/severe-weather-summit.