The Electronic Music Alliance, a network of dance music leaders, artists, and fans, has re-released a guide for organizing safe events in the wake of the Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers on Friday night. EMA said in a blog post on Tuesday that the tips are not intended to be a set of standards, but "merely concepts" for organizers to keep in mind when planning small or medium-sized events or festivals.
The guide (found here) covers 10 topics, including water availability, ensuring that there is a liaison on-hand to interact with emergency responders, providing a "cool down" area for overheated revelers and creating open pathways and roads to avoid bottlenecks and blockage for exiting and EMS vehicles. The guide also reminds organizers about providing adequate shade and ventilation, working with local authorities on medical transportation, planning ahead for clean-up, and establishing a chain of command in case of a disaster.
According to CW6 San Diego, several EMA members may have died in the Oakland fire, at a warehouse-turned-art commune known as Ghost Ship. "Every one of the lives that was lost is going to be a big loss for everyone, to the community and their families," commented EMA founding member Tomas Serrano.