Boston: Think It Can’t Happen To You?

I try to keep my contributions to Week-Ender light and positive, something to go into the weekend with a glowing outlook on life; but I don’t see how the subject of this Week-Ender could be anything else except the horror that occurred at the Boston Marathon. As parks and rec professionals who plan large public events every day, PRB readers should be especially interested in this, because this was an assault on the very essence of why PRB readers do …


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3 comments on “Boston: Think It Can’t Happen To You?

  1. billy moore on said:

    The event has left me stunned as it has everyone. I have thought of what you are saying a lot in the last couple of days. Actually a lot since the theater and school shootings. We are a budget strapped small community department. I go to our programs and feel so great that our programs have reached a level of sportsmanship I am very proud of. But these events scare the heck out of us all. What is the answer? I am sure security was high at the Boston Marathon. What amount of security would prevent these happenings? Can we secure every event and protect everyone? As a country we need to weigh this out carefully. It CAN happen anywhere. There does need to be swift, extreme and severe consequences for the perpetrators. Ones that don’t drag out for years. When someone kills and injures people like these terrorist They need to go. I have no answer at this point.

    • Randy on said:

      Billy, there are no easy answers. Vigilance is the price we pay for freedom and our freedom is under assault. Situational awareness, making sure all staff members are watching for and reporting unusual or suspicious activity – and having a reporting system that works. Many times it is municipal staff who catch first wind of something going down and if they report it promptly, and if it is responded to appropriately, it could avert an incident and save lives. Terrorism, whether foreign or domestic – is a very difficult thing to defend against, but it is also a crime like any other and if citizens are out there keeping an eye on their communities, it can be defeated. Thanks for the comments…Randy

  2. Jill Korsok on said:

    Great article, Randy. I agree wholeheartedly that while we can always hope for the best and that our events, no matter how large or small, will be exempt from risk, it is much better to plan ahead and communicate that plan to everyone involved. From damaging weather to something as tragic as the Boston event, there is no harm in planning for a worse case scenario; there can be enormous ramifications, and harm, if there is no plan of action.

    I am confident the marathon planning team and Boston security forces had a plan in place because the aftermath was handled immediately and with precision. Lives were saved as a result and I congratulate them.

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