Nebraska State Fair organizers talk safety following a weekend of tragedy

Fonner Park is getting ready for the 2019 Nebraska State Fair. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Fonner Park is getting ready for the 2019 Nebraska State Fair. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: Aug. 5, 2019 at 8:38 PM CDT
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After a weekend of tragedy with two mass shootings across the country, Nebraska State Fair officials spoke with Local4 News about how they're planning to keep their patrons safe.

"One of the things that Nebraska State Fair personnel does is go through an intense crisis management training," Lori Cox, State Fair Executive Director, said. "We cover everything from weather preparedness to active shooter to emergency response."

They take security very seriously at the fair and use this training to make sure everyone is on the same page in case something does go wrong.

"We train constantly," Cox added. "Our staff, particularly on the chief level, goes to national seminars and makes sure that we are gainfully purposed to respond to security needs as they might occur."

The staff also relies heavily on the strong police presence that is there each year. The State Patrol, Grand Island Police Department and a hired security company will be patrolling the fair making sure everyone is staying safe.

But while they're doing all they can to prepare, they do recommend guests to also keep an eye open for suspicious activity.

"One of the things that we always encourage our patrons to do is keep your eyes wide open at all times," Cox said. "Naturally when you're at an event where there's 30-40,000 people attending just make sure you're watching always."

If you do see anything that doesn't seem right, report it immediately.