Concert and Event Safety Tips

With the recent attack in London following the Ariana Grande concert, parents may be hesitant to let their kids go to concerts and events. But at McDowell Security, we believe if that happens – the bad guys win. And, we don’t want that to happen. The following are some of our tips that will help you and your family be prepared in case of an emergency.

  • Check local news and weather for where you are going. Plan ahead for inclement weather and be prepared. The event website and/or social media pages will sometimes post important information for attendees.
  • Be mindful of where you are carrying your valuables. Also, if you leave valuable like your purse in the care, be sure to store them out of sight.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to where the exits are in the venue. When at a new location take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with where the exits are. And, have a ‘what if’ plan in your head, and communicate that with your family.
  • If you’re going with a group, plan a meeting point in-case you become separated. Establish an outside point of contact (someone not attending the event) for all parties to contact as a backup.
  • Memorize or write down important numbers, so when your phone dies, gets broken, lost or service is interrupted you can still get in contact with family and friends.
  • Remember to have the ‘don’t talk to strangers’ talk with your kids.
  • Place an emergency bag in your car with water, snacks, first aid kit, flashlight, etc. Just in-case you get stranded in the parking lot or on the side of the road while traveling to or from the event.
  • Do you have enough gas to sit idle in your car for an hour or more while you wait to get out of the event parking area? Having a full-tank is a good rule to follow. Also, take a moment to ask a security person or police officer if there are any alternative exit routes before getting in the car.
  • If there is a disturbance or incident, stay calm and move away from the commotion as quickly as you can without panicking.
  • If you see something, say something. We are all in this together and security and law enforcement cannot do their job without observant people feeding them information.
  • Listen to your gut or intuition. Research shows that ‘spidy senses’ are a real thing and there have been documented cases where acting on intuition has saved lives.
If you made this far, thanks for reading. At McDowell Security we are a local family owned business. Maintaining a sense of security in our community is very important to us -- we live here to.