· Has the event been run before? If so, what problems arose last time?
· If it has not been run before, who has run one similar?
· Can you phone them, email them or research it on the Net to find out what the risks were?
· Are there any checklists on the Net that would assist you with this event?
These are the 5 factors any event organiser must take into account while planning an event:
- Perils : These are natural causes of disaster – i.e. storms, floods, high winds, hail etc. These are sometimes predictable and preventable. Consult the weather bureau for probable trends
- Hazards: These are predictable and preventable – i.e. loose cables, open manholes etc
- Vulnerabilities: - When the nature of the event opens up the organisers to risk through the nature of the event i.e. mass protest at economic summits or strikes during typical periods
- Threats: - These refer to bombs, specific strikes or other threats against the event – these should be predictable and preventable.
- Political: - Does the event have national or local political impact? Could there be clashes between supporters?
- Economic: - Is this a good time to run such an event? Do supporters have the money to attend? What else could clash?
- Social: - Does the event affect any particular social group?
- Technological: - Does the event rely heavily on technology? Is there guarantee of continual supply of power?
- Legal: - Have all national, provincial and local laws been identified and obeyed?
- Environmental: - What is the impact of the event on the environment? Have adequate plans for waste disposal, water usage and toilets been considered?
We will discuss Risk analysis in our next piece, so stay tuned. Send enquries or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org