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What would you do if an active shooter came through that door in 15 minutes? That was just one of the questions posed during our May 2018 NACE Greater Philadelphia, South Jersey & Delaware meeting at The Commonwealth Chateau at Sugarloaf in Philadelphia. One of our most important educational programs to date, "Event 911 - What To Do When Things Go Wrong," included an expert panel consisting of Tim Boyce, Director of Emergency Services for Delaware County and Domenick Savino, CPCE CEO/General Manager of Drexelbrook. Each brought knowledge and expertise for possible life-saving measures to share with catering and event professionals who attended.

Situations included how to handle an active shooter situation, health related emergencies, weapons possession and more. We learned to utilize our surroundings for protection such as guest chairs and even a fork full of red pepper hummus. Similarly, we found that napkins can double as tourniquets, if needed, while waiting for first responders. Our meeting provided great insight into how to prevent, plan, respond, and recover when emergency situations arise during our events. Please enjoy this clip highlighting our May NACE meeting below:

Special thanks to our speakers, Phyllis Ann Jablonowski and Gene Blum from The Commonwealth Chateau at Sugarloaf for being outstanding hosts and, of course, Scott Goldoor from Signature DJs & Uplighting for sharing your talents with us.