Descriptive Essay On 9/11

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It’s quiet, and a little cold as I walk into the building. There are only a few hours before the feel of the buildings energy will change, there will be an excitement in the air. A sort of anticipation of what it is coming. The people are on their way; but I’m already here, and I have work to do. What event is happening tonight? What needs to be done? What do I need to know and prepare for? What information do I have to share? I never thought there would be so much done behind the scenes. Everything needs to be in place, or get everything done that needs to be done. Well, this is arena life I’m experiencing. Time is quickly ticking away; we have to get everything ready. Staff here? Check. Staff briefed and deployed? Check. Building ready? Check. …show more content…
When the arena first opened in October, 1999 there was security staff in place from the beginning, though it wasn’t as advanced as it is now. In the beginning a cursory glance at the fans could be done, do handbag checks and use a metal detecting wand if needed. Two years in and things changed dramatically. With the Al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, it left an awareness that things are not always happy in the world, and many were feeling vulnerable. Christopher Bellavita, Director of Programs for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, presents in “Changing Homeland Security: A Strategic Logic of Special Events Security,” the impact that these attacks had on the planning of security for special events. He begins by discussing the security meetings for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, and the changes they were being made, but quickly notes how things change, “The purpose of the Sunday meeting was to figure out how to introduce the new strategy to the other members of the public safety security coalition. The date was September 9, 2001. Two days later the Olympic Games became a trivial concern.” [1] Thankfully, the games went off without a hitch, but it was felt changes had to be made. These attacks lead to deeper looks into security and helped the with the …show more content…
Information will be provided to the performer, act or team of what is mandated by law. However, they can determine how the interaction between the fans and security is handled. In Kim Neely’s article “Concert Security: Music vs Muscle Concert Security Pits Music Against Muscle”, observes that the crowd as a little overzealous and security was reserved and interfering much. It is then discussed that, “The guards ' minimalistic approach is indeed a dictate of the band 's. The last time the Black Crowes played in Houston -- in October 1992 at the 8,000-capacity Astroarena -- [Chris Robinson] stopped the show eight times to admonish venue personnel who were, perhaps in an overzealous attempt to enforce local fire codes, ejecting fans for minor infractions like standing on their chairs. This time around, the Crowes are playing for free, and security is being handled their way.” [1] We are always there for the crowd’s safety but the artist or performer really can determine how a crowd is handled. While we always want to be respectful of an artist’s wishes, ultimately the safety and security of everyone will take

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