Monitoring the Wind at Outdoor Events

monitoring weather (wind) at outdoor events

Weather events as a result of wind speed can be a serious threat to the safe operation of an event or an attraction.

Gusts, microburst, straight-line winds, etc. can wreak havoc on most temporary structures and attractions.

As planners, established policies and procedures need to be in place to address the monitoring of weather, announcements, movement of people (shelters or closure), cessation of activities/attractions, removal of equipment and more.

The process of monitoring and alerting of weather related conditions needs to be continuous and proactive.

It does not take much… as an example: Many 10×10 tents need to be collapsed in 15 mph winds and most inflatables (bounce houses, obstacle courses) must be deflated at 20 mph.

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Brian D. Avery has over twenty five years of experience in the events, tourism and attractions industry. His background is comprised of three areas of expertise: risk and safety management, event design and execution, and education. Brian routinely is asked to speak on the topic of event and attraction safety and provide expert testimony.
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