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It’s no secret that events with large crowds need to be carefully managed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those in attendance. Elements such as crowd control and evacuation planning, security placement and barrier positioning are vital and new tools such as OnePlan now include these features to give event planners greater certainty and control.

However, as events in Boston, Nice, Paris, London, New York and beyond have demonstrated, crowded places, no matter what form they take, are also prominent targets for terrorism. With attacks varying in terms of scale, approach and environment, how do you plan for such incidents?

While there may never be a foolproof anti-terrorism toolkit available to slot into your event plans, progress is being made to strengthen our resilience to terrorism.

In November, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a brand new Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN), comprising strategic leaders, practitioners and academics to inform city-level policies and practices that help build resilience against terrorist threats and keep our cities and communities safe.

OnePlan’s founder, Paul Foster, is a member of CTPN and was an independent reviewer of CTPN’s first report on Protecting Major Events and Crowded Places and OnePlan is committed to improving event safety and security around the world. The report recognised crowd-capacity planning and evaluation assessor capabilities such as those offered by OnePlan as technology innovations that will play a part in this initiative too. Our crowd-capacity planning tool enables you to plot any space on a global mapping system and instantly calculate and provide crowd-density levels, and our evacuation assessor can estimate the time needed to evacuate pedestrians from a site, based on crowd numbers and the position and width of exit gates.

Key points of the report are as follows:  

  • The report found that there is a need to establish a city-level governance board to assess high-risk sites and crowded places on a routine basis. This should include taking a cross-sector approach towards understanding the threat, implementing protective security measures and increasing hostile-reconnaissance awareness. Public-private collaboration needs to be systemic at national, regional (city), and local levels.
  • There is also a need internationally to invest in arrangements, infrastructure and technological solutions to support integrated multi-agency planning and crowd management. This includes training and exercising at all levels and across partners.
  • What’s more, recommendations have been made that strategies for emerging threats should be developed and made applicable for major events and crowded places as part of an appropriate strategic delivery model for cities. This should be coupled with a clear structure for city-to-city sharing
  • By joining forces to learn from the terror attacks of the past, we can aim to improve our resilience against future events by ensuring that major events and crowded places are equipped with sufficient security, operational procedures and scenario planning.

    The Protecting Major Events and Crowded Places report is protectively marked, however, to request a copy or learn more about the CTPN, visit the dedicated page here.

    Does your event consider crowd capacity planning? If not, try a free trial of OnePlan today to see how it could work for you.

    3rd December 2019