Developing a Mass Gathering Event Planning Process for the Iowa City Fire Department [open pdf - 115KB]
"The problem is that the Iowa City Fire Department doesn't have a planning process to direct its response to incidents at specific events involving known mass gatherings that take place within the community. This is a problem because events take place within the community that draw many people into confined areas, restrict roadways, alter traffic patterns, and temporarily store hazardous materials on the streets. The purpose of this applied research project is to develop a mass gathering event response plan process for the community. Action research was accomplished through literature reviews, personal communications, existing departmental planning processes and a developed action plan. Results identified the mass gathering events that take place throughout the community, threats that need consideration during events, resources and considerations needed to combat the threats, planning processes that other agencies are using and techniques to evaluate and exercise the plan. Recommendations include determining a communication element to coordinate existing and future events, determine a planning committee, utilization of an established planning system, procedural and interagency response plan modification, and the development of a means of evaluating and exercising the plan."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/