Increasing Security at Future Events
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As the investigation continues event planners in Wisconsin are re-thinking their security needs.
Public activities like the Bellin Run and the Summer in the Park Concert Series are coming soon. Efforts are underway to make sure the terror in Boston doesn't impact us here at home.
Volunteers for the Bellin Run are expecting close to 20 thousand people to compete in the race and another 10 thousand cheering them on. Now A day after the Boston attack race planners are double checking their security plans.
"Tens of thousands of individuals" will be taking part in the annual Bellin Run. Randy Van Straten says they have a strong disaster plan already, but after the tragedy in Boston, he says changes need to be made.
"We are going to go through our safety program and just evaluate it again," says Van Straten
It may not just be races making changes to security.
"We do have a lot of unique events in our downtown."
100 events to be exact during the summer. Jeff Mirkes of Green Bay Downtown Incorporated says it is all about working with area law enforcement and pre-planning.
"We need to have eyes and ears at special events. One suspicious activity is seen, we can't be afraid to report on that," says Mirkes.
Appleton event planners are also looking into security. The downtown area is home to parades and concerts.
"I think it is going to wake people up a little bit and certainly open our eyes to how were managing our events," says Jennifer Stephany of Downtown Appleton Incorporated.
Event planners and law enforcement may have thought security was good enough before, but "now we have to stop and think are we really doing all we can," to prevent future disasters.
Volunteers with the bellin run plan to discuss security changes to their event at a meeting tomorrow.