Physically evacuating people from large events requires a tremendous amount of resources, not to mention the hidden cost of lost productivity. Moreover, such evacuations are planned for and executed using particular procedures to avoid unnecessary panic. However, there seem to be inherent flaws in the notion of using announced drills to measure readiness for a sudden crisis. There is no practical and cost-effective way to perform such a large scale exercise and the response to an announced drill cannot accurately reflect the reaction to an actual emergency situation. These limitations lead to several questions: What, if anything, do we learn from executing announced drills? How can facility managers and security personnel adequately assess their evacuation plans and observe the expected outcomes of that plan on such a grand scale? How will a specific event, within the facility or outside, effect the emergency response plan?
REGAL F20 services are able to answer these questions and offer recommendations in the form of visualizations and analytical reports. Only simulation science provides a practical solution to observing and evaluating the flow of such a large scale of patrons. These REGAL services provide facility managers and emergency responders the opportunity to fully understand the scope of evacuating a large venue in an emergency situation. Having the ability to visualize a possible outcome, upper management would be able to test their recovery and contingency plans to minimize loss of income and restore normalcy as soon as possible.
Additionally, stakeholders have the ability to utilize these results to successfully train new and existing employees, incorporate lessons learned, evaluate the impact of closed exit points, examine security “pat-down” procedures, and facilitate the discussions between all parties involved both inside the facility and out.