INDIANAPOLIS – Weather is finally cooperating with all of the locally based events this Labor Day weekend.
Many had to be cancelled Saturday and Friday because of rough weather, but, organizers say, doing that was for your protection!
This is the three times before the Symphony on the Prairie in Fishers got going this weekend. We were shown the technology organizers use to prepare for weather, and protect people when it gets bad.
When you have 6,000 people sitting in a wide open prairie, being prepared for severe weather is key, says spokesperson Jessica DiSanto.
“When we start to see lightning enter in to this area…we know we can start timing how long it’s going to take to hit us and how long will that take to then get people out,” says DiSanto.
DiSanto says their severe weather preparedness plan worked like a charm when Saturday nights severe weather rolled through. Their laptop radar allowed them to prepare an hour ahead of time, and the people to safety.
“We need a good 10 minutes per thousand people to evacuate,” says DiSanto.
People like Bridgette DeFalco of Fishers.
“Well, I was sad about it, but, at the same time, there’s a lot of people out here, so it’s more important that everybody get out of here and get home safe,” says DeFalco.
Who could forget the tremendous disaster at the Indiana State Fair two years ago. The stage at the concert came down when fierce winds blew through. Some think had there been more warning, the seven lives lost could have been spared. Since that time, many outdoor event planners have a severe weather plan in place.
The WARMFest was cancelled Saturday because of severe weather in the Broad Ripple neighborhood. There, too, a severe weather plan was in place and enacted to protect event goers.
“Our announcement was more than 30 minutes prior to the engagement of the storm,” says WARMFest manager Dan Ripley.
Thankfully, there were no reports of anyone injured at any events around the area. And, the people at Symphony on the Prairie say they know how to prepare for weather, after all, the event started in 1982.