10. Event Planning

On Monday morning I gave a one hour American Red Cross Pillowcase Project talk on house fires and tornado preparedness at a Clark County elementary school.  Then I returned to Springfield to help manage an organized Pi Day walk to various Pi-related schools, sororities and fraternities in Springfield.

Our 6.2832 mile walk (that’s 2 Pi) started at 1 PM, and District 3’s first tornado outbreak of 2016 began about a half hour later.  We had dozens of people on the course an hour later when the tornado warning for Clark County was issued.  We don’t let anyone begin a walk during a tornado warning, but what to do about walkers already out?  The participants all had emergency contact information to reach the walk headquarters, but we had no way to contact the walkers out on the route.  And Springfield has no tornado warning sirens.  This has been the way these organized walks have operated for forty years.

Should my walking club change our practices?  Perhaps we don’t need to now.  There are many smart phone apps to warn of impending weather dangers, although not everyone carries a smart phone yet.  This is a question facing anyone who runs any organized outdoor event, and the larger the event the more important event planning becomes.