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his magazine focuses on the gorgeous installations
this industry creates, like those seen throughout
this issue, as well as issues like emergency preparedness,
storm safety, proper ballasting, worksite safety and
teamwork. And at this year's Tent Expo in Daytona, Fla., I
had the opportunity to see excellent examples of all those
topics in person.
I arrived on Monday, January 8, and began touring the
hive of activity in the tent exhibit space. I watched crews
wearing hard hats and high-visibility vests carefully pull
panels into place and use mobile elevated work platforms
to position metal beams. Every install was the picture of
organization and planning-truly an impressive sight.
Of course, Mother Nature had other plans. The forecast
for Tuesday, January 9, warned of tornadoes, heavy rain
and winds gusting 70 mph or higher. Meetings were
held and emergency plans activated. Some installations
were postponed while others were disassembled. The
long band of severe storms was forecast to hit Tuesday
afternoon and the decision was made to close the Expo
area to everyone starting at noon.
In other industries, this decision might have been met
with resistance or even anger by exhibitors who had
been working long hours to set up and were scheduled
to open to the public Wednesday morning. But these
were tent people. They knew better than almost anyone
what the codes were surrounding tent occupancy in high
winds and the severe danger that would be incurred by
ignoring them.
Fortunately, the event was spared the worst of the
storms. Although tornadoes touched down throughout
the state as the storm rolled through and there was
plenty of wind and rain, there was no damage to the
Expo site. And perhaps the best part of the entire event
was watching crews from competing companies help
each other get set up hours before sunrise the next
morning, ensuring that everyone's site was ready for the
event to begin. The very best elements of this industry
were on display this year, and I feel so fortunate to have
seen it firsthand.
Jesse Madden, Editor
jesse.madden@textiles.org
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