Balloon Fiesta officials explain the emergency alert process at the event

Balloon Fiesta officials explain the emergency alert process at the event



THE BALLOON FIESTA CLOUDY WITH RAIN FOR MOST OF THE TEN DAY EVENT FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY RODEO, A SMALL STORM SHOWN IN THIS VIDEO COMPLETELY DRAINED BALLOON, FIESTA PARK. A FIESTA PARTICIPANT DESCRIBED IT AS CHAOS. 15 OR 20 MINUTES PEOPLE PANIC AND RUN. SHE SAID THE STORM CAME FROM NOWHERE, TOOK THE BALL UP AND THEN ALL FROM THE SOUTH IT STARTED TO FLOW. I WANT THAT, LITERALLY FROM A LITTLE WATERING TAKEN GLORY, ACCORDING TO FIASCO SPOKESPERSON TOM GARRITY, THE ALERT IS SOMETHING THAT WAS HANDLED AS BEST AS THEY COULD. HE SAYS THE FIREWORKS WHICH WENT HAVE ALREADY BEEN LOADED AND MUST BE USED TO CLEAR THE TOWERS. THE CALENDAR WAS REALLY BAD BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT SAVED INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT IT ALSO CREATED A LOT OF CONFUSION IN THE PROCESS. BALLOON FIESTA ORGANIZERS CREATED A WEATHER EVACUATION PLAN OVER YEARS AGO, AND GARRITY SAYS IT’S A PART OF PUBLIC SAFETY. HE SAYS THIS OPPORTUNITY IS ONE OF THE LEARN FIESTA. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WE HOPE TO NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN, YOU KNOW. BUT IF FOR SOME REASON HE KNOWS THAT NEXT TIME WE WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER HIM A LITTLE EASIER. IT HAPPENED AGAIN ON SATURDAY. BUT GARRITY SAYS ONCE THE STORM WAS FIVE MILES AWAY AND GAVE FIESTA MORE TIME TO SHELTER FROM THE STORM. ACCORDING TO GARRITY, THEY WILL REVIEW SOME OF THESE PROTOCOLS TO ENSURE THAT IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN, THEY HAVE THINGS IN PLACE LIKE KEEPING THE BALLOON FIESTA PARK CLEAR FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES REPORTING LIVE. STEPHANIE WE USE KOAT. ACTION 7 NEWS. STEPHANIE, THANK YOU. ACCORDING TO BALLOON FIESTA OFFICIALS DURING THE EVENT THEY GET

Balloon Fiesta officials explain the emergency alert process at the event

Rain and storms were common throughout Balloon Fiesta, canceling many events. A single storm on October 7 was more than some could handle. One person attending Balloon Fiesta described it as chaos, with some people panicking and running for 15-20 minutes. They say the storm started as a sprinkler and then the rain just started falling. Due to the storm, Balloon Fiesta officials issued an emergency alert calling for evacuation and then shelter-in-place as the storm developed over the park. During the alert, fireworks from the pyrotechnic show were set off, causing further confusion. Officials say these had to be fired as they were already loaded and needed to be emptied. “The timing was really bad because it saved the infrastructure, but it also created a lot of confusion in the process,” Balloon Fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity said. Balloon Fiesta organizers created a weather evacuation plan over five years ago as part of the overall public safety plan. The events that unfolded on October 7 are those that Balloon Fiesta officials say they will learn from.

Rain and storms were common throughout Balloon Fiesta, canceling many events.

A single storm on October 7 was more than some could handle. One person attending Balloon Fiesta described it as chaos, with some people panicking and running for 15-20 minutes. They say the storm started as a sprinkler and then the rain just started falling.

Due to the storm, Balloon Fiesta officials issued an emergency alert calling for evacuation and then shelter-in-place as the storm developed over the park. During the alert, fireworks from the pyrotechnic show were set off, causing further confusion. Officials say these had to be fired as they were already loaded and needed to be emptied.

“The timing was really bad because it saved the infrastructure, but it also created a lot of confusion in the process,” Balloon Fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity said.

Balloon Fiesta organizers created a weather evacuation plan over five years ago as part of the overall public safety plan.

The events that unfolded on October 7 are those that Balloon Fiesta officials say they will learn from.