ASTM WK20536

    New Guide for Emergency Preparedness of Private-Sector-Owned Public Assembly Venues

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E54.02 | Committee E54 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is to be used for undertaking emergency preparedness of public assembly venues owned and operated by the private sector. Venue preparedness should be designed around specific potential or anticipated emergency situations. 1.2 This guide does not purport to address all of the potential elements necessary to prepare for all emergency situations that could occur on the premises of such a public assembly venue. It is the responsibility of the user of this guide to establish applicable protocols, procedures, systems, and other means to facilitate the health, safety, and wellbeing of attendees, employees, guests, participants, vendors, and others in the operation of such a venue. The user should also determine the applicability of regulatory requirements and other applicable specifications before using this guide, including those found in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Framework (NRF). 1.3 This guide is intended to provide a format for applicable protocols, procedures, systems, and mechanisms that should be incorporated into the private sectors regular researching, planning, designing, engineering, building, furnishing, and operating phases of venue development to enable adequate and timely integration of preparedness and response capability, as delineated in NFPA 1561. 1.4 This guide does not supersede any official federal, tribal, state, or local government policies, regulations, laws, or criteria that may apply. 1.5 This guide is intended to provide governmental agencies and private owners/operators of public assembly venues with the elements to develop emergency preparedness plans for new and existing public assembly venues.

    Public assembly venues in which large numbers of the public are present at any given time provide high-probablility targets for terrorists and have the potential for injury and death of large numbers of people when involved in catestrophic natural and manmade disasters.


    venue preparedness; sports venue; sport complexes; entertainment complexes; stadium; gymnasia, tracks, and public facilities

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Russell Salter

    Draft Under Development