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State Fair Commission Adopts Emergency Plan

The Indiana state Fair has adopted a plan in response to last year's stage collapse.

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Visitors stroll through the Indiana State Fair in 2011.

The Indiana State Fair Commission Thursday adopted a comprehensive emergency management plan for the Fair and Fairgrounds that comes in response to last year’s stage collapse.

The plan’s development was led by new state fair Chief Operating Officer David Shaw and Director of Safety and Security Jessie Olvera. Recommendations from investigations into the stage collapse and input from eight agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and the State Police were incorporated to produce the more than four hundred page document.

Shaw says it’s one of the most comprehensive plans he has ever seen.

“The plan covers all gamuts of all aspects of possible emergencies,” he says. “We’re really proud to have the plan moving forward today.”

The plan includes detailed checklists and emergency response protocols, pre-approved scripts for public address safety announcements and a strict chain of command in case of emergency with Shaw at the top.

“I’m absolutely prepared to make those decision,” he says. “The decisions are laid out in the standard operating procedures for the cancellation, evacuation and postponement of events.”

All State Fair employees are required to go through extensive online training involving the emergency management plan.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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