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​Special Event Contingency Planning

Throughout the United States, at any given time of the year, there are festivals, concerts, fairs, sporting events, and many other large and small events that gather or have the potential to gather large crowds.  Under normal conditions, these events go on with few or no problems.  When something goes wrong, however, either as a result of a natural hazard or a man-made hazard, then local emergency management becomes involved.

For planning purposes, a special event is defined as a non-routine activity within a community that brings together a large number of people.  Emphasis is not placed on the total number of people attending but rather the impact on the community's ability to respond to a large-scale emergency or disaster or the exceptional demands that the activity places on response services.  A community's special event requires additional planning, preparedness, and mitigation efforts of local emergency response and public safety agencies.

Click on any of the links below for additional resources and information pertaining to Special Event Contingency Planning.

FEMA/EMI IS-15.B Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies

FEMA Special Events Contingency Planning Job Aids Manual