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  • Writer's pictureLucie Tongelová

How to Effectively Deal with Crisis at Your Event

Every event organizer will encounter some form of crisis at least once, whether it's unforeseen weather, technological failure, or even a health emergency. Being prepared for such events and being able to respond effectively are key to ensuring the safety of attendees, and the success of the event and your future organizing. In this post, we'll look at how to prepare for crises and how to deal with them effectively.

Pre-crisis planning

The first step to effective crisis management is thorough planning:

1. Risk identification

Recognizing potential risks specific to your event is essential. This includes everything from weather, location, type of event, and number of attendees, to specific risk factors such as pyrotechnics or water activities. We have an article on identifying risks at outdoor events and preventing them right here.

2. Developing a crisis plan

Your emergency plan should include specific procedures for different types of crises, a list of important contacts (including local authorities, medical services and security teams), and plans for evacuation or shelter.

3. Team training

Everyone involved in organizing the event should be regularly trained on crisis scenarios, know their roles and responsibilities, and be equipped with the necessary skills such as first aid or crowd management.

Responding to crises at the event

When a crisis occurs, a swift and organized response is crucial.

1. Instant communication

Keep your team and participants informed of the situation through all available channels - this could be through microphones, mobile apps, social media or even visual cues.

2. Implementation of the crisis plan

Activate your pre-prepared crisis plan. If it's an evacuation, ensure it is carried out in a calm and organized manner. If it is a medical crisis, ensure that the medical team is called into action immediately.

3. Cooperation with the authorities

In the event of serious crises, such as natural disasters or security incidents, cooperation with local authorities is essential. These institutions can provide the necessary support and resources.

After the crisis

Once the crisis is averted, the important work is not over.

debriefing about crisis management at your event

1. Debriefing

Bring your team together to discuss what happened, how you reacted and what could have been done better. This is key to learning from crises and improving future responses.

2. Communication with participants and the public

Provide transparent and honest feedback to participants and the public. This may include thanking them for their cooperation, explaining the causes of the crisis, and describing the steps you are taking to prevent a similar situation from happening again in the future.

3. Revision and update of the crisis plan

Based on experience and feedback, review and adjust your crisis plan for possible future crises.


Managing crises requires thorough planning, rapid response and continuous learning. Preparedness can be the difference between a successfully managed situation and a disaster. Remember that the safety of your participants is always the key.

Check out other articles on our blog, e.g. about event marketing or sustainability at events.

1 Comment

Oscar Russell
Oscar Russell
Jul 03

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