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W
eather forecasting is one of the most maligned
sciences around. Everybody has a story about the
time they canceled elaborate plans because it was
supposed to storm-and then not a drop of rain fell.
What about when the forecast is right?
" In my time, we've had all kinds of
weather ruin events, " says Mitch Holt,
director of human resources at Industrial
Tent Systems in Houston, Texas. " We had
a microburst that basically exploded
a tent, scattered pieces everywhere. It
looked like a bomb went off.
" But we had evacuated the space
because of the forecast, " explains Holt.
" No one was there. " That's a happy
ending (despite the damage). And as
weather across the U.S. and around the
world gets more volatile, the ability for
companies staging events-and the
tentmakers and other companies that
support them-to properly respond to it
becomes increasingly important.
" There is so much more awareness of
extreme weather because it is happening
more frequently across the country, "
says Jim Foerster, chief meteorologist
for DTN. " The industry is evolving to
address these weather events and event
managers are becoming more proactive
in their weather response planning. "
That includes tools that are growing
more and more sophisticated, especially
from the meteorology side (see sidebar
on page 31). But storm safety still begins
with a few basic tenets.
NOT UNDER A TENT
" First and foremost, everybody
needs to understand, including
people at an actual event, that a
tent is not a permanent structure, "
says Kevin Gern, vice president of
education and risk management for
the American Rental Association, a
trade association based in Moline, Ill.
" It's not a place to go to seek shelter
from severe weather. Right out of the
gate, it's all about communication
and making sure people know that.
" We've all seen the YouTube and the
different snippets of video that are out
there on the internet of people huddling
under tents in severe weather and
standing around the outside trying to
hold it down and in place, " says Gern.
" That's absolutely the last place those
individuals should be at that point.
" It's kind of human nature, " he adds.
" You want to get out of the rain, you
want to get out of the weather, but
the reality is those people need to be
educated in the event that things start to
escalate, and you get to that point where
severe weather is imminent and people
need to be seeking permanent shelter. "
Lightning is another common risk to
tented events, but one that attendees
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