In Wake of Las Vegas Shooting
Dear IAVM Family and Friends:
Yesterday, we all woke to the devastating news of the tragic attack on fans attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas strip. Nearly 60 people have lost their lives, and more than 520 others are injured. All of the facts regarding the situation are not yet known, and it may be quite some time before they are.
One of the things we do know is this: our venues, and the events we host, will continue to be a source of joy and happiness to the communities and visitors we serve. Many of us have events scheduled on the heel of the horrific act in Las Vegas, and the very first thing we have to do is to reassure the public. It is a normal reaction for our visitors and staff to have apprehension or reluctance to attend events so quickly after such a tragedy, especially those in open spaces. The best way in which we can reassure those we serve of their safety and security is to immediately review our emergency procedures with our staff, and enhance them where necessary.
We each carry the important task of making sure that our venues, events, and the communities we serve are safe. If you are not sure what to do, or need guidance on how to further develop your emergency plans and procedures, don’t hesitate to reach out to your IAVM leadership and staff. We are here to help make sure that you, your staff, and local resources are prepared to respond effectively to any emergency situation.
Our thoughts continue to be with those who lost a loved one at the Route 91 Harvest festival and all who now begin the process of healing from the injuries they suffered. We also send a message of gratitude to each of the medical personnel, law enforcement, and venue/event professionals who rendered aid tirelessly following the tragedy and continue to do so each day after.